The Shanghai Masters is a 24 man non-ranking invitation event, the invited players will include.
(16) The highest world ranked players after the 2019 International Championship.
(4) The next highest ranked players of Chinese origin.
(2) Players from the CBSA under-21 rankings.
(2) Players form China’s Amateur Masters series.
The event will be held from the 9th-15th September. The venue is the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, China. The players will compete for the huge winning prize of £200,000. The total prize money on offer £751k makes this one of the most lucrative events in the snooker calendar. Live coverage can be followed on Eurosport 1&2. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the defending champion defeating Barry Hawkins 11-9 in last years final. The rocket proved too good in a high quality final in which the pair shared four centuries.
2007 Dominic Dale
2008 Ricky Walden
2009 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2010 Ali Carter
2011 Mark Selby
2012 John Higgins
2013 Ding Junhui
2014 Stuart Bingham
2015 Kyren Wilson
2016 Ding Junhui
2017 Ronnie O’Sullivan
2018 Ronnie O’Sullivan
Round 1 – (Best of 11 frames)
Round 2 – (Best of 11 frames)
Quarter-finals – (Best of 11 frames)
Semi-finals – (Best of 19 frames)
Final – (Best of 21 frames)
O’Sullivan Vs Carter or wildcard 1
K.Wilson Vs Maguire or Guodong
Higgins Vs Hawkins or Bingtao
N.Robertson Vs Ding Junhui or wildcard 2
Williams Vs Murphy or Haotain
Selby Vs Lisowski or wilcard 3
Allen Vs Bingham or Wenbo
Trump Vs Gilbert or wilcard 4
As we can see from the draw all of the world’s top 16 ranked players are present along with the highly talented Wenbo, Bingtao, Guodong & Haotain. However the most likely outcome is this event being won by one of the top 8 ranked players on the left side of the above draw for the following reasons.
- They have one less round to play, as they are automatically into round 2.
- The seeded draw means they can’t be drawn against each other until the quarter-final.
- Fairly long format here should usually favour the better players.
- Previous winners here show that the underdogs rarely come out on top.
- Higher prize money should focus the best players and add pressure to the players who are not use to winning huge prize money.
Therefore for the reasons stated above only two selections are given for the outright betting one from each half of the draw. Both have vast experience of playing in China and winning ranking events in the past.
“The Ace in the Pack” Trump delivered last season winning the masters and becoming the world champion, he also won two other ranking events besides. Trump’s impressive form has continued so far this season, winning all 7 of his matches on his way to lifting the International Championship crown.
Last season 74% match win rate (65/88)