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gobelins
30 Apr 17 11:16
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So, after 15 days of hard graft we've arrived at the final. J.Higgins has cost me a few quid with his wins over M.Allen and B.Hawkins, but I can at least be thankful I didn't oppose him on the spreads as he'd have been very high on my list of 'sells'. I wouldn't have picked him had I been given 10 picks, as I thought he was bound to throw in an awful session, as he always does these days, and he'd be punished for it. But, fair play to him he's playing well (apart from the opening sessions against Hawkins) and he really fancies his chances if his interview last night is anything to go by. However, he's got the massive obstacle of M.Selby in his way. I know he's not universally liked on here, but the way he can dictate the tempo of a session is incredible. He is so clever, even in the way he breaks off - not opening the reds when he wants to keep it tight, but opening them up when he's in full flow. His achievements here are even more creditable given that the tables are set up to promote open, attacking snooker. The match prices look spot-on, and I have no financial interest in the final (yet) so just hoping for a close finish, which would be a fitting climax to a good championship, especially as I may take Higgins with the 4.5 frame start!

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By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 11:20
Looking at the one frame Higgins has played after having a long time to knock in the new tip I think he will be a lot better than he was against Hawkins. Selby to win but not by a huge margin.
By:
BornToWin
When: 30 Apr 17 12:40
No doubt John remembers the stalling tactics from their last final, hopefully he hits this b'stard again.

So boring, and don't give me any goat nonsense watching his cue action is like a visit to the dentist.
By:
going skint
When: 30 Apr 17 12:40
a bank holiday humiliation coming the way of honest john
even bucket pockets wont save him although they will ensure he wins a few frames
a very one sided final is on the cards
1.4 on here thanks very much
By:
davyb
When: 30 Apr 17 13:05
I'm on higgins to win this and I'm going in again at the prices, pressures now off higgins which is a good thing as I think he will now produce the goods, one thing that wont happen is Selby have this all his own way
By:
BornToWin
When: 30 Apr 17 13:11
All this talk of his B game, C game or fecking Z game.

He doesn't have an A game, he just bores his opponents to death because he is a grinder. A good one yes, but not easy on the eye.
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 13:23
i've just laid off some of the jester
cos i just have a feeling in my water
that despite honest john playing averagely at best
this may not be the total shoo-in
peeps are expecting
didn't like all that insecure looking up at his box b0llocks
from Selby y'day
for me a sign of not total confidence in oneself
having said all that higgins needs to get off to a good start
By:
moondan
When: 30 Apr 17 13:35
Over in 3 sessions is probably a good bet.

Anyway good luck both and if it goes deep into monday night I will be delighted.
By:
england_v_south_afri
When: 30 Apr 17 13:39
Selby is a cracking price. Ok your not going to get rich @ 1.38 but for me i'd make him 1.18.
By:
crepello
When: 30 Apr 17 13:41
I will be delighted if there is no snooker to be played on Monday night - Higgins looks shot to bits to me - unfit for this tough grind - Selby all the way ......
By:
peckerdunne
When: 30 Apr 17 13:49
I hope Higgins gets absolutely mauled...

I think it will be respectable though..

Mark by 6..

All of snooker is depending on Mark...

Just can not allow Higgins anywhere near this trophy...
By:
alun2005
When: 30 Apr 17 14:07
Great to hear 'Boys on the Baize' again, although it's power was rather diminished because Rob isn't wearing 'Old Trusty'.

An opportunity sadly missed.
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 14:07
Grin
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 14:11
Here we go...
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 14:15
poor safety
By:
alun2005
When: 30 Apr 17 14:23
Great start by Mark.
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 14:24
done what he had to do and is so good at
capitalising on mistakes
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 14:25
Ideal situation is John wins session, market panics then I get on Selby.
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 14:26
No chance of that how highs playing now!
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 14:26
making UEs already swiftly followed by the jester
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 14:27
Anyone know how to turn predictive text off on the galaxy  s6!!?
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 14:28
Found out how...
By:
Angela Rebecchi
When: 30 Apr 17 14:57
Beware leaving bets up. BBC and internet streams are over 5 seconds behind, so courtsiders/raw feed players will steal your money by taking it before you've even seen the shot.
By:
alun2005
When: 30 Apr 17 15:24
Bit of a poor attendance here for the Final.
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 15:25
No mention of the 143 break in that bbc package. Easily the most memorable moment...
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 15:27

Apr 30, 2017 -- 3:24PM, alun2005 wrote:


Bit of a poor attendance here for the Final.


Just scaling in your plan for a pristine final Alun...

By:
thegiggilo
When: 30 Apr 17 15:33
Iron maidenShocked coming on to bang out 666 in the interval..
By:
davyb
When: 30 Apr 17 16:17
flip flop looming large
By:
thegiggilo
When: 30 Apr 17 16:23
Selby playing like a club player,tables desoerate and going for lonfg blues iff the spot no chance of potting themn and doing anything with the cueball awful stuff..
By:
thegiggilo
When: 30 Apr 17 16:23
Selby playing like a club player,tables desoerate and going for lonfg blues iff the spot no chance of potting themn and doing anything with the cueball awful stuff..
By:
davyb
When: 30 Apr 17 16:24
higgins will do a job on Selby with session to spare
By:
ccd
When: 30 Apr 17 16:26
Hes got that sheepish look on his boat. We saw that at the Masters...
By:
england_v_south_afri
When: 30 Apr 17 16:29
What has happened to Selby safety play. Looks like he has forgotten how to play the game.
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 16:36
higgins perfected that trick shot
been seeing it a fair bit recently
missing the black off its spot!
By:
Canaletto .
When: 30 Apr 17 16:37
Higgins up to his old tricks again
By:
Canaletto .
When: 30 Apr 17 16:39
Bent as a nine bob note is Scottish John
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 30 Apr 17 16:40
hello my pedigree chums, still havent gotten over ding yet Sad have I missed much
By:
BornToWin
When: 30 Apr 17 16:42
Selby fanboys toys coming out the pram early doors, apart from that Grant nothing much...
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 30 Apr 17 16:43
Grin
By:
johnnythebull
When: 30 Apr 17 16:48
big frame
jester in trouble
bit of a lottery these best of 35 shootouts!
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