With so many of the big names exiting at the first round stage, now is the time to look for some value in the market and back some outsiders.
With favourite Neil Robertson (4.7) facing a potential in-form Ronnie O'Sullivan (6.2) in the quarter final and second favourite Judd Trump (4.8) facing a tricky route to the semi-finals to face Higgins (12.5) Hendry (19) or Maguire (10) I can't see much value in this part of the draw.
Instead, I look to the bottom quarter of the draw, the scene of some early upsets (Selby, Ding and Allen) and look to back two Welshmen - Matthew Stevens trading at 25 and Ryan Day at 42. They both face winnable second round encounters against Barry Hawkins and Cao Yupeng repsectively. If they were to win they would face eachother in the quarter-final with one then guaranteed to reach the semi-final most probably against Robertson or O'Sullivan at which point I would suggest a lay to make a small profit.