PTC Grand Finals Betting
The Player’s Tour Championship comes to a head in early March as the 32 best performing players from both the standard and the Asian PTC collide in Galway in the Grand Finals.
It is a unique even as the seedings are based on the PTC events over the year and not the world rankings which throws up some interesting matches at junctures in the competition you would not expect. It also sees those who have not performed well enough over the year miss out with Shaun Murphy, the highest profile name not to make it to the Grand Finals.
Mark Selby has dominated proceedings in the PTC events this season and goes in to Galway as the number one seed having accrued nearly ₦3000000 in prize money than his nearest competitor. That nearest competitor is Stuart Bingham who has excelled on the newly formed APTC, winning two of the three events held in China.
The joint favourites for the competition are the two highest ranked players on the planet, Selby and Judd Trump although thanks to the differing seeding method they are in the same half of the draw which will be an unusual occurrence for them. They are both rated at a best price of 7/1 for the event but their half of the draw seems much the more dangerous one with Neil Robertson and John Higgins just two of the sharks lurking to attack in the deadly waters of the upper half.
The bottom half is anything but straight forward but does appear to be the more serene path with Stuart Bingham looking like he may have the best chance of any of reaching the latter stages. He has been one of the more consistent players over the last couple of years but continues to be overlooked and at 20/1 with Betvictor looks a great price.
Others in his half of the draw are the winners of the last two ranking events in Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen, the latter is obviously the form player having retained his title in Haikou recently but faces a very tough task first up against Mark Davis so backing him at 12/1 could see you lose your investment early on.
The prize money at the PTC Grand Finals has been upped this year to a staggering £100,000 for the winner so there is no doubt every player involved will be treating the event seriously and there should be some great snooker between March 12 and 17 at the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway.
PTC Grand Finals Qualification
It is a fairly complicated qualification process for the PTC Grand Finals which takes into account players’ performances over the four UK Players Tour Championship events, the six European Tour competitions and the most recent additions of all, the three Asian Players Tour Championship tournaments.
The top 25 players on the Players Tour Championship Order of Merit qualify along with the winners of the three Asian PTC events and then the four next highest ranked players from the APTC. Things have been made complicated in 2013 by Stephen Lee winning an APTC event and then being banned from playing afterwards. Also Stuart Bingham winning two of the three APTC events did not help matters. However, an extra place was simply handed to one player from the PTC Order of Merit and one from the APTC, Xiao Guodong being the lucky recipient of the final place.
PTC GRAND FINALS HISTORY
The Players Tour Championship was first brought in for the 2010/11 season has become the bread and butter of the snooker tour ever since. The Grand Finals have been the showpiece event of the tour season since they were first held in 2011.
Shaun Murphy topped the Order of Merit in the first ever season of the PTC and went on to win the first ever Grand Final, beating Martin Gould 4-0 in the final in Dublin. The following year it was Judd Trump who performed best over the year but he could not carry this form into the finals as he lost out to Xiao Guodong in the last 16. Stephen Lee was the man who lifted the trophy impressively seeing off Neil Robertson 4-0 in the final.
The runner-up at the PTC Grand Finals is yet to have won a frame, something the organisers will hope changes, but with the format remaining as best of seven throughout the competition it is always a distinct possibility.