No one will be holding anything back in Newport as meticulous preparation for the world championships continue at the Welsh Open
Of course the first prize on offer is lovely and ranking points are crucial nowadays more so than ever, but most importantly it is about getting into the winning rhythm ahead of the biggest tournament of the year just two months after the event in Newport. Twice in the last decade the Welsh Open winner has gone onto win the worlds, so it is not a given by any means but it clearly helps.
Following wins at the last two traditional majors you would expect Mark Selby to be walking into any tournament he enters as the favourite but the reigning Masters and UK Champion has still got to sit behind Judd Trump in the odds.
The world number two Trump went out in the first round at the UK Championship and won just one game at the Masters and yet still the bookies favour him over the world number one. Trump though has never been beyond the quarter-finals in Newport whereas Selby, whilst carrying a fairly sever neck injury, reached the final last year only to lose to Ding Junhui. All-in-all it seems strange that Trump would still be rated more highly than Selby unless something dramatic happens before things commence in Wales.
John Higgins and Neil Robertson follow the world’s top two in the odds and are both previous winners of the title (Higgins three times) so have certainly got to be considered favourites alongside Selby and Trump.
What also can be the case in Newport is the odd unexpected run from a lower-ranked player as both Andrew Higginson and Joe Swail have proved by reaching the final in recent years.
History of the Welsh Open
The Welsh Open is one of the forgotten tournaments of the world snooker calendar. It is surprising why the tournament doesn't receive greater attention considering the event is staged inside the United Kingdom which is one of the most popular venues for the sport across the world.
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Welsh Open snooker betting has always been quite healthy and competitive because it is a tournament that has been taken seriously by the majority of the top ranked players. There is a lot of money available in the Welsh Open which makes many of the matches quite close and tense.
The Welsh Open is quite historically young and has not been around for too long. However, there is a real sense of pride in the event across Wales which is a country that has produced some of the greatest players that the sport has ever seen.
The history of the Welsh Open dates back to 1992 when it was first introduced as a ranking event on the professional calendar. The sole aim of the tournament when it first began was to get more overseas players from outside of the UK playing in matches in the UK which then had the biggest broadcasting rights for the sport.
The history of the Welsh Open has also seen some of the most remarkable achievements in the sport. The late Paul Hunter became the youngest player to reach the semi-final stage of a ranking tournament in 1996 when he was just seventeen-years-old.
The history of the Welsh Open originally saw the venue for the tournament staged in Newport, moving in 1999 to Cardiff and then back to Newport in 2005. The decision to move the tournament back to Newport was to give the event back its deep Welsh feel.
The Format of the Welsh Open
The format of the Welsh Open has stayed the same throughout the history of the event. The final has always been the best of 19 frames which makes for a great Snooker Betting sports spectacle.
Players who enter or qualify for the event are put together immediately in knock out matches to reach the later stages. This is exactly the same as the majority of all other ranking events on the professional calendar.
The format of the Welsh Open has seen a slight change in the respect that ranking points and prize money have increased over time. The points have risen due to the superior quality of players now when compared to 1992. The cash has gone up due to the increased coverage the event gets.
RECORDS AT THE WELSH OPEN
Records at the Welsh Open exist as they would for any other tournament. Records are what make an event special and enhance the Sports Betting experience for the betting public.
One of the most notable records at the Welsh Open is the four maximum breaks that have been made at the event. Ronnie O'Sullivan secured the first maximum back in 1999 and the latest one was made by legend Stephen Hendry against fellow Scot Stephen Maguire during the 2010-2011 Welsh Open.
Future of the Welsh Open
The future of the Welsh Open looks relatively secure because it is the main ranking event in Wales which is a main country in the United Kingdom. The rapid development of snooker across Asia threatens the future of tournaments such as this but they are sustainable while there is enough interest and a steady cash flow.
The future of the Welsh Open even includes plans which relate to the event and circumstances around which the event is held. Matches could be reduced in size to make the tournament quicker and increased capacity would increase the amount of prize money available.