Roy the Boy takes a look at something new for Betswot ... scientific betting ... and something much more usual ... snooker.
My betting faux-pas of the week, I actually make many every week, is me lunging into Stephen Hawking being the next face on the £50 note. I thought I was on a real scoop too. I mean the headline on SKY News said “prominent British scientist to be the new face on £50 note”. Paddy Power accommodated me for a maximum €78 at 5/2.
It was a foolish placing the bet before checking the Internet. I now known the Bank of England has only ask the public to nominate a scientist as the face of the new plastic £50 note and “Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century mathematician known as the ‘grandmother of computing’ is supposedly an early frontrunner alongside Nobel prize-winner Dorothy Hodgkin, Rosalind Franklin and Hawking.
Look, Hawking has to be 2/9 in this field so I’m not overly concerned but what vexes me is this line from the Guardian newspaper: “The Bank is yet to set a date for the new note to go into circulation. It has only said that it will launch after the polymer £20 is introduced in 2020.” Talk about having your money tied-up in a long-term savings plan!
Take the remaining 7/4 if you have patience because this should be like picking up money from the floor – lots of it
Can Ken make a mark in Belfast?
The Northern Ireland Open (starts November 12) is the eighth ranking tournament of a busy 2018/19 season. 128 players will line-up in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and with opening games being a ‘first to four frames’ format there’s sure to be some big betting upsets.
I’m hoping Irishman Ken Doherty will cause one of them. Crafty Ken suffered a 5-0 defeat against Mark Williams in China Championships, a 4-0 loss to Zhou Yuelong in the European Masters, a 4-0 loss against Chris Wakelin in the English Open and suffered another whitewash (6-0) against Mark Selby in the International Championships just over a week ago.
So how can I make a case for him against anyone you may ask? Well, Ken landed the UK Seniors Snooker Championship at the end of October and a reminder a washed-up Mark Williams did the same a few year back. He was rejuvenated in such a way he went on to become World Champion in 2018. Mark Davis also won the seniors in 2016. He had a fruitful year thereafter and just a few weeks back he made the final of the BetVictor English Open.
Doherty faces Scott Donaldson in Belfast and I’m not expecting him to be white-washed by the Scotsman who is half his age, far from it. At the very least I’m hoping to find some handicap markets on the ‘old boy’ and I’m expecting some attractive odds.
Next £50 note to feature Stephen Hawking 7/4 Powers