2021 UK CHAMPIONSHIP

Former snooker professional Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ previews the UK Championship for BetWithUs

November 23rd to Dec 5th

Barbican Centre in York

Craig Edwards explains why ‘Jackpot’ Jack Lisowski has the potential to be a crazy each way price for the UK Championship

The UK Championship is the sport’s second most prestigious tournament and the season’s first Triple Crown event on the calendar.  Ding Junhui won at 61.00 when beating Stephen Maguire 101.00 in the last renewal in York and despite their prices and being out of form, both players had a rich affinity with the event.  Last year’s renewal in Covid-19 times meant no crowds and Milton Keynes but Neil Robertson beating Judd Trump in the final 10-9 was a nerve-jangling finale worthy of the tournament’s status in the sport.

Having tipped Yan Bingtao a few weeks ago through the ‘favourite venue’ theory, we now add Jack Lisowski in the opposing half

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BetWithUs Snooker Betting Picks:  UK Championship

Jack Lisowski to win Quarter 4 @ 9/1 (10.00)

Jack Lisowski- each way @ 66/1 (67.00)

I would imagine Jack Lisowski is not at the top of many people’s lists as a potential surprise winner of this year’s UK Championship.  His laissez-faire approach frustrates many, including yours truly at times but he has an effortless level of class the majority will never reach.

What is concrete about ‘Jackpot’ is that he’s reached six finals in the last three seasons rewarding each way punters and on each occasion his price has been 28/1 (29.00) or better.  Well at ½ odds for second place that’s a profitable yield on Jack during that time and it’s only the fact that he’s run up against Judd Trump in three, Neil Robertson two, and Mark Selby in the other final that he’s yet to win a first ranking title.

The unwanted tag of the ‘best player to never win a ranking title’ belongs undoubtedly to the thirty-year-old from Cheltenham.  His showings at the Crucible Theatre in the World Championships in the longer format of the game have been underwhelming so you’d be justified in asking, ‘why the UK Championship?’  Firstly, one of those ranking finals was the China Open over best of 11 frames all the way to the final where he lost to Neil Robertson, that wasn’t the only time he’s performed promisingly in China where the events were all best of 11 pre Covid-19 hiatus. 

He’s also threatened a couple of deep runs at the UK Championship, last year he lost in the quarter final to an in-form Zhou Yuelong while he reached the last 16 in 2018 before losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan.   His draw in Mark Selby’s quarter gives him more than a glimmer of hope when we examine his record against the four-time World Champion from Leicester.  His attacking brand of snooker like his good friend, Judd Trump has often taken Selby off his feet.  It’s no mean achievement and a rare commodity in snooker circles for a player to have a positive head-to-head against Mark Selby but Jack Lisowski does, beating him on seven of thirteen occasions and twice in best of 11 frames.  We know the World Champion has looked a little laboured in the opening weeks of the season and if that continues Lisowski could be the man to take advantage.

Keep stakes modest but take Jack Lisowski to win Quarter 4 and smaller stakes each way on the 66/1 (67.00) which in context of the six finals in three seasons looks overpriced.

BetWithUs Snooker Betting Picks:  UK Championship

Jack Lisowski to win Quarter 4 @ 9/1 (10.00)

Jack Lisowski- each way @ 66/1 (67.00)

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