Ronnie O’Sullivan Aiming for an Eighth Masters Title
Ronnie O’Sullivan had a terrific end to 2017, and continues to thoroughly entertain snooker fans with both his power play and unpredictability. “The Rocket” is back at one of his favourite tournaments on the calendar and is bidding for an eighth Masters’ success at Alexandra Palace. He been victorious in this competition for the past couple of years and looks primed for another tilt at the title. All of the best online bookmakers in the UK, which have been reviewed here at BettingTop10, have installed the 42-year-old as the favourite, with Betfair and Paddy Power offering a stand-out 5/2 on the chances of Ronnie O’Sullivan wrapping up a third consecutive triumph in North London.
The Rocket was superb at the UK Championship, beating Shaun Murphy 10-5 to take his sixth title in the process. It was an imperious display that capped off a memorable few months for the Chigwell-born player, who was also successful in both the Shanghai Masters and English Open. He is playing some fantastic snooker and is often difficult to peg back once he gets ahead in games.
Possible Threats in the Betting
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s recent form has seen him dominate the game over the past six months but world number one Mark Selby will be determined to knock him off his perch. The Jester from Leicester, who recently joined the 500 centuries club, has been struggling for consistency in recent months but is always dangerous and can be supported at 9/2. This is one event that continues to elude Judd Trump and he will be aiming to avenge the 10-3 defeat to the Rocket in the final of the Shanghai Masters.
John Higgins, who was embarrassed at the hands of Ronnie O’Sullivan during the 2017 Champion of Champions event, got his revenge at the Scottish Open and the experienced Scot is fourth in the betting for this event. Shaun Murphy hasn’t been mentioned by many as possible winner but will be hoping to quietly go about his business, whilst Anthony McGill, Ryan Day and Liang Wenbo are deemed outsiders for the tournament and can be backed at around 66/1.