Blog – Bookmaker Updates, Celebrity Big Brother & Snooker’s Masters

Weekly Roy the Boy blog with comment on two leading bookies and bets on CBB as well as Snooker's Masters. 

Bet365 Plus - Gone Today, Here Yesterday

There I was just three months ago waxing lyrical about Bet365 and their 'Best Odds Guaranteed Plus' offer. Today I can slag them off once more as that outstanding feature has now been removed from their service. No longer will you get 100/30 about the 3/1 shot that you backed at 11/4. I suppose this enhanced price concession was never going to last but it was good while we had it.

Boyle Bets 120 Plus in 3-Runner Affairs

It’s also sad to see Boylesports no longer offer bets on dogs to finish last in BAGS races. They have maintained a lot of their other alternative markets including winning distances but when they bet 6/4, 6/4, 11/8 in a market with three possible outcomes its clear they are only going to sweep up the recreational pennies and not get a cent from a halfway informed punter with an understanding of fair play.

Twins No Good in CBB

I’ve not been tuned-in to Celebrity Big Brother at all so I’m in no position to give a confident selection on the 2017 event which is already entering its second week. I see Jedward were latecomers to the show and are already heading the betting. Doubtlessly this pair will polarise opinions like nothing we have seen since Hillary and Donald but I cannot recall a pair of twins (or even ‘couples’) which have been successful in this or any other realty-type gameshow ever.

One to lay for me.

Ronnie at the Double?

Snooker’s Masters starts this week; all the action is live on the BBC.

Since 1984, the competition has been restricted to the top-16 players in the world rankings and, remarkably, there has not been a back-to- back winner of the event since Paul Hunter in 2001 and 2002. However, with Ronnie O’Sullivan landing last year’s Masters it is difficult to dismiss the prospect of that trend being bucked. He’s the current 3/1 outright favourite.

Nevertheless, with O’Sullivan winless since collecting this tournament 12 months ago, he is surely opposable at the price.

I really like Mark Selby, who has been backed in from a general 9/2 into a top-priced 4/1 shot in recent weeks. He has been drawn so far away from the ‘Rocket’ that the pair cannot meet until the final. He also beat O’Sullivan in the final of the UK Championship when last seen in competitive action and has won three ranking competitions during the current season (and was a beaten finalist in another). It’s a great record considering he has only played eight tournaments this campaign.

Form apart, the draw has proven to be very kind to the ten-time major winner who also cannot meet Trump or Higgins until the final and he should not be pressed too hard by his opening round rival, Mark Williams (he’s 1/3 to beat the veteran on Wednesday), or a second-round clash against either Barry Hawkins or Shaun Murphy.

This Week's Recommended Bets

Mark Selby to win the Masters Snooker @ 4/1 with Paddy Power, Betfred & select others.