Roy The Boy looks at the World Snooker which starts tomorrow and he likes the 100/1 about Jack Lisowski.
World Snooker, back when…
Back in 1991 I asked a professional snooker player who was going to win the World Championship. He told me “John Parrot”. I’d never heard of the guy, I found him at the bottom of the betting lists trading at 100/1.
So I pressed a little harder and the reply: “The cats out of the bag, he’s banging in centuries for fun on the practice tables and everyone is scared of him.” I never had a penny on him, he beat Steve Davis in the semis and then Jimmy White in the final. Sickening.
But there have been big priced winners aplenty in recent times and a couple of triple-digit winners. Stuart Bingham was a 100/1 winner just three years ago. His price was all the more amazing giving he was the No. 10 seed.
And in 2005 an unknown Shaun Murphy, who had played just seven ranking tournaments in his entire career (and never progressed the third round in any of them), landed the World title despite being a 200/1 poke at the outset.
Now I don’t feel duty bound to find myself a big-priced player to back in this year’s World Championship but one has found me and he’s 100/1 all-round.
Jack Lisowski is his name and he is one of the fastest players you will ever see in action. The 26-year-old from Cheltenham has been around for a while and achieved very little during seven years on the tour. OK, he did not play every ranking event from 2011 onwards and he has only been a regular in ranking events for the past two seasons.
He has only started looking like a real player these past six months too. In October’s English Open he beat an in-form Mark Williams and Jud Trump en-route to the quarter finals where Ronnie O’Sullivan accounted for him. He bettered that run in China a month later making the semi-finals of the Shaghai Masters.
Most recently he has made the quarter final of the China Open, accounting for John Higgins (6-2) and missing out on a place in the semis by a single fame against Kyren Wilson.
Building the breaks
Ranked outside the top-16, 30 to be precise, Lisowski has had to play and win three qualifying matches in Sheffield this past week. He has done so with ease.
In his third match, a 10-3 victory over Alan McManus, he registered eight breaks in excess of 50 including a 114 and 104 in the final three frames. He also had six 50+ breaks when beating Christopher Keogan (10-4) and eight 50+ breaks against David Grace (10-3). Here he registered a 100, 111 and 122.
Bingham & Higgo awaits
Well you know where my tenner is going, 100/1 seems outrageous to me. Lisowski has been drawn against Stuart Bingham in the first round. If (and when) he gets through that John Higgins should be waiting in the second round. Don’t forget, the score was 6-2 when this pair last met three weeks ago.
Jack Lisowski at 100/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports