18th November 2011, 4:34am
Power Snooker Betting: Ronnie O'Sullivan in good enough form to retain Power Snooker title
The fast and furious Power Snooker returns to our screens this weekend with the top 16 players in the world rankings entering a larger tournament than last year’s event. The tournament is a straight knockout. This tournament sees snooker played but not quite as we know it. The rules for this event are unique with things like powerzones and powerplays all part of the game with each match lasting 30 minutes in total.
With a 20 second shot clock in operation slower players need not apply this week. The rules of the game try to detract from bouts of safety too so we’re looking for a player who is naturally aggressive and who isn’t scared to go for shots. With the powerzone in the baulk end of a normal table players with long potting ability and cue power will go very well this week.
With all that in mind it’s no surprise Ronnie O’Sullivan is the tournament favourite at 4/1. He won the event last season. Judd Trump is the second favourite and that’s probably no surprise either. John Higgins, Mark Selby and Mark Williams all come next in the betting which is a bit more surprising because I wouldn’t have thought this was the game for them at all. I do believe those who were involved in the tournament will have a massive advantage this weekend as they will know the rules a bit better than the newcomers.
In all honesty I can’t see beyond O’Sullivan here. This game is right up his street. He pots an amazing amount of balls and he does it so quickly that when the powerplay is on he can rack up an insane number of points in next to no time. Having had experience of the tournament he won’t be completely alien to the event either. In the last couple of weeks he’s been playing some fantastic snooker in the PTCs and the Premier League and I think he can retain his Power Snooker title this weekend.
Back R.O’Sullivan to win Power Snooker for a 2/10 stake at 5.00 with Ladbrokes