Paul Hunter Classic Snooker Preview and 1st Round Top Betting Tips

Craig Edwards

Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:46 AM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 6:46 AM UTC

Value in supporting the underdogs with less pressure than a ranking event 

<div><h2><strong>Paul Hunter Classic </strong></h2><p><strong>August 24-25<br />Stadthalle, Furth, Germany</strong></p><h2><strong>Introduction </strong></h2><p>A tournament in its thirteenth year since being renamed in tribute to the late Paul Hunter in 2007, the three-time Masters champion who sadly passed away at the age of twenty-seven. In recent seasons it has been a ranking title on the circuit but this year it has reverted to an invitation sixteen player event.</p><h2><strong>First Round Matches</strong></h2><h2><strong>Matt Selt (1.50) v Dominic Dale (2.75)</strong></h2><p><strong>Head to Head 3-4<br />Saturday 24th August </strong></p><p>Matt Selt was the surprise winner of the India Open earlier in the year snapping a poor run of form in spectacular fashion to pick up the £50,000 first prize and vital ranking points. With the confidence that comes from winning a tournament he has looked a more assured competitor in recent months making the semi-final of the season opening Riga Masters.</p><p>Dominic Dale the veteran Welshman was a shock winner of the Grand Prix in 1997 and proved that was no fluke ten years later winning the 2007 Shanghai Masters. Nowadays a regular commentator for BBC Wales on the snooker he still possesses the talent to compete. At the age of forty-seven his ranking position and playing privileges are under pressure this season after a poor 2018/2019 but last week he caught the eye with an impressive qualifying win against European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson.</p><p>This sort of exhibition type event will make a pleasant change for Dominic Dale in my opinion. It means no pressure for prize money and the ranking points he badly needs, while giving him the perfect opportunity to build his confidence. “The Spaceman” as he is known is very comfortable with crowd interaction and exhibition events. With a good head to head record he brings solid value as underdog this weekend.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet </strong></h2><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Dominic Dale to beat Matt Selt @ 2.75 Ladbrokes </strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em></p><h2><strong>David Gilbert (1.40) v Michael Holt (3.25)</strong></h2><p><strong>Head to Head 1-2<br />Saturday 24th August, 13:00</strong></p><p>Two regular practice partners David Gilbert and Michael Holt face off in the opening round over best of 7 frames on Saturday.</p><p>David Gilbert was a semi-finalist in the World Snooker Championship losing bravely 16-17 to John Higgins. This rounded off a superb season that included two overseas final appearances in the Wushan Open (China) and the German Masters so avid snooker followers were not surprised at him reaching the World Snooker Championship semi-final. He has started this season in solid form losing to Mark Selby in the round of 16 of the International Championship.</p><p>Apart from reaching the final of the Shootout in 2019 Michael Holt has struggled for his old consistency in the last couple of seasons. That final appearance showed snooker fans he is still on the radar and this type of event could be the perfect confidence builder for the man from Nottingham. He has made a solid if unspectacular start to the current season, winning four from six matches.</p><p>Similar to the other match I think we have value in the second favourite Michael Holt this weekend in Germany. A factor I considered to be in our favour is that he may draw inspiration form the close friendship he enjoyed with the late Paul Hunter, actually beating him in a good natured first round match of the 2005 World Snooker Championship. Also, the quick format of 7 frames with less pressure than a normal ranking event should make these two players closer matched than the betting market implies.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bet</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Michael Holt to beat David Gilbert @ 3.25 (9/4) Ladbrokes </strong></em></a></p></div>
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