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8th September 2011, 5:22pm

King vs Hamilton Betting: Sheriff of Pottingham can be the top dog in opening Shanghai quarter final

King vs Hamilton Betting: Sheriff of Pottingham can be the top dog in opening Shanghai quarter final

The Shanghai Masters has reached the quarter final stage with all four quarter finals to be played across two session on Friday. The afternoon session at the Shanghai Grand Stage sees the top half of the draw played. The two quarter finals see Mark King taking on Ronnie O’Sullivan’s successor Anthony Hamilton while on the other table Mark Selby will take on Shaun Murphy who staged yet another comeback on Thursday.

I’m interested in the quarter final few would have predicted between Mark King and Anthony Hamilton. Between them they’ve taken out the last two Shanghai Masters winners with King seeing off Ali Carter in the opening round and Hamilton beating O’Sullivan in the last round so both should have their confidence high as they come into this quarter final.

Mark King is always unpredictable and coming into Shanghai his form was nothing much to write home about in many ways but he’s come through two tight matches against opponents in better form than he going into the matches but he’s scored consistently and battled hard tactically and can’t be taken lightly in this quarter final.

In contrast Anthony Hamilton has been the player of the tournament so far. He’s compiled 5 century breaks in his 3 matches so far and that could well have been a 6thhad O’Sullivan not rudely conceded in their final frame. He’s also put together some runs of 50 and above so the ‘Sheriff of Pottingham’ really is looking like the top dog in Shanghai so far this week.

They say you should never bet on a Mark King match but I think Anthony Hamilton is a touch of value even at 8/11. He’s playing superb snooker this week and looks like he could be a very worthy challenger for the title. For someone who has been in the game for as long as Mark King has he’s not a regular attendee of this stage of a major event. I don’t think nerves will come into play but it is territory that King isn’t totally used to. Given the form he’s in I’ll take Hamilton here.

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