Ex Snooker Professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the outright market in this week's Betvictor Shootout.
<p style="text-align:center">* Date: 21/02/2019</p><p style="text-align:center">* Time: 09:30</p><p style="text-align:center">* Venue : Watford Colosseum, Watford</p><p style="text-align:center">* Channel: ITV4 & Eurosport</p><h2>Preview</h2><p>This Shootout event is now in its ninth year and has now become a well established stop on the snooker circuit. World snooker has given the event ranking status despite the one frame format. Each frame can last no longer than 10 minutes and players have a personal shot clock which will penalise if they take too long. For the first five minutes the players have a fifteen second shot clock which changes to ten seconds in the final five minutes of the frame.</p><p>The tournament gives snooker players and fans to mix in an unique raucous atmosphere as the players play frantically against the clock aswell as their opponent. This year the top 128 players who enter get the chance to play which has been increased from 64 giving more professionals chance to win the £32,000 first prize. This gives the perfect opportunity for a lower ranked professional to make a breakthrough earning a place in the Champion of Champions just like the Cypriot Michael Georgeiu did twelve months ago.</p><p>The snooker fans turn out in style for this one-off event with matches all day on the one TV table with plenty of stars like Kyren Wilson, Barry Hawkins, Stuart Bingham, Shaun Murphy and Jimmy White choosing to enter.</p><p> </p><h2>Key Stats & Facts</h2><p>Despite the lottery format two players have reached two finals and they are Xiao Guodong and Graeme Dott. Previous Champions are Anthony McGill, Robin Hull, Michael White, Dominic Dale, Martin Gould, Barry Hawkins and Nigel Bond.</p><p>We know that players with a slower shot time will often not be suited by this chaotic competition. Generally players need a relaxed naturally fluent style otherwise the noise from the shootclock in the final five minutes of the frame will knock them out of the routine and repetition a snooker player relies on.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Odds</h2><p>* Barry Hawkins - 20/1</p><p>* Stuart Bingham - 25/1</p><p>* Kyren Wilson – 25/1</p><p>* Shaun Murphy - 28/1</p><p>* Xiao Guodong - 33/1</p><p>* Luca Brecel - 33/1</p><p>* Graeme Dott - 40/1</p><p>* Joe Perry - 40/1</p><p>* 50/1 Bar</p><p> </p><h2>Verdict</h2><p>Our selections have all shown a propensity to do well in previous years of the Shoot-out, combine this with good current form we have good value to small stakes.</p><p>Take care with the bookmakers offering each way terms of 1/4 odds for 1-4 places or 1/2 odds for 1-2 places and I prefer the four place option.</p><p>Xiao Guodong has reached two finals of this event showing he has the temperament to shut the noise out around him out and concentrate on his own game despite all the distractions and only two weeks ago reached the semi final of the World Grand Prix.</p><p>Luca Brecel looks like he is coming back to form this season and with one runner up finish in this event his rapid style is we know is well suited. Only last month the “Belgian Bullet” reached the quarter finals of the prestigious Masters at the Alexandra Palace, London beating provisional world number one Mark Allen in the process.</p><p>Martin Gould is a former champion who has had a quiet season but loves the cut and thrust of this event which could be just what he needs to kick start his year.</p><p>Kurt Maflin has some form in this event and had his best run all season and having missed the yellow on a maximum 147 break in reaching the Welsh Open quarter finals.</p><p>Ben Woollaston is a quicker player than many think and has shown a liking for this particular format in the past.</p><p>Finally ‘Gentleman’ Joe Perry cannot be overlooked as his relaxed fluent style of play in tandem with his professionalism is perfect for the rollercoaster happenings in the shootout.</p><p> </p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p>0.1 each way - Xiao Guodong 33/1@(<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a>)</p><p>0.2 each way – Luca Brecel 33/1@(Skybet)</p><p>0.1 each way – Martin Gould 40/1@(<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b2e07733-b156-44ba-bdcb-83e67b8f8c27">Sporting Bet</a>)</p><p>0.1 each way – Kurt Maflin 66/1@(Skybet)</p><p>0.1 each way - Ben Woollaston 66/1@(Skybet)</p><p>0.2 each way – Joe Perry 40/1@(Skybet)</p>