Free tip Snooker Betting: Belgium’s Luca Brecel can excel in the Riga Masters (22nd-24th June)
Outright: Luca Brecel 66/1 each-way Betfred
Wednesday Matches (9am): Jamie Jones to beat Gary Wilson 5/6 Boylesports
The first ranking tournament of snooker’s 2016/17 calendar gets underway on Wednesday morning. The Kaspersky Riga Masters, a Player’s Tour Snooker Championship tournament, is a 64-player competition which features some of the biggest names in the sport.
Mark Selby, who landed his second World Championship crown less than two months ago tops the bill. The 33-year-old player from Leicester shares outright favouritism with Neil Robertson and Judd Trump. All can be backed at 6/1, if ‘shopping’ at Coral and bet365.
It is 14/1 bar these which is surprising as some notable names are competing in the Latvian capital. They include John Higgins (14/1 Coral), Stuart Bingham (16/1 Betfred), Kyren Wilson (22/1 Coral) and Marco Fu (25/1 Boylesports).
However, with this competition being a ‘best of seven frames’ format right up until the final, which is ‘best of nine’, its foolhardy to get too carried away with outright snooker betting tips. Speculatively and because he is over-priced, Luca Brecel is our suggestion for outright honours.
At 66/1 the 21-year-old Belgian player can be backed each-way where the terms are half-the-odds for a final table appearance. And a final table is what he made in last season’s German Masters. Allied to a fourth round finish in both the UK Championships and UK Open, results show he is a real emerging superstar.
Housed in the very top bracket of the draw, the world-ranked No. 30 player is not due to meet a ‘big name player’ until the semi-final stages. It all adds up to make his ‘double-carpet’ (66/1) price too good to miss.
Recent win can inspire Jones
As for Wednesday’s opening round games… Jamie Jones is a strong fancy against Gary Wilson. Jones, who can be backed at 5/6 with Boylesports, landed his first tournament win of his professional career last week (in the Pink Ribbon Pro/Am Charity Championship) beating David Grace.
That victory is sure to have given the World Ranked No. 35 plenty of confidence while Wilson arrives here on the back of a very disappointing 2015/16 season which followed an outstanding 2014/15 when he looked destined for great things.
In such situations it is always prudent to back the in-form runner especially when he is already placed higher in the official rankings.