Mark Allen triumphed at Alexandra Palace on January 21st, successfully clinching the Paul Hunter Trophy and the £200,000 prize money as he edged out Kyren Wilson to win his first ever Masters title. The world number eight wasn’t particularly fancied in the betting heading into the first triple crown event of the year but the Northern Irishman was left beaming following his 10-7 victory, which kept viewers gripped throughout. Allen didn’t have the simplest of passages en-route to the showpiece event, with in-form Ronnie O’Sullivan just one of the players standing in his way. A confident display helped him overcome the UK Open winner, who was reportedly feeling under the weather. The Rocket’s unpredictable and often erratic nature cannot be an excuse for the resounding 6-1 defeat he suffered at the hands of the eventual champion and it shouldn’t detract from another excellent display from Mark Allen. Allen will return to action at the end of January in the 2018 German Masters, which is held annually in Berlin. He has been priced up as the fifth favourite with William Hill for the event. He can be backed at 10/1 for success in the German capital. Sportingbet are also offering 5/1 on him reaching the final. Kyren Wilson’s Performance Impresses Snooker Fans Whilst Mark Allen eventually prevailed, Kyren Wilson played a huge part in ensuring it was an entertaining final. The 26-year-old broke down in tears following the conclusion of the event as the emotion of the occasion caught up with him. He’d previously knocked Judd Trump out of the tournament and was full of confidence coming into the final with some of the snooker he played reflecting his increased belief. Allen praised his opponent for helping to create a memorable match and backed him to bounce back. Wilson’s performance points to a bright future for the Kettering-born player, who is being tipped for success in 2018. He will need to put the devastating loss behind him as he looks to regain his focus ahead of a busy few months. Offers from some of the most popular bookmakers, such as bwin and Stan James, can be found on the BettingTop10 website, each with a review and a rating out of five stars.