The German Masters returns to the Tempodrom this week with more players than usual in attendance. In previous editions only 32 players would qualify for the final venue but after several top 16 players missed the cut last year, top eight players have had their qualifiers held over this time around.
The setup in this venue is rather unique too, with the four outside tables surrounding the main table meaning the crowd there can view all tables at once, creating a very different atmosphere.
0.5pts Each Way - Ali Carter to win Outright @ 18/1
Some players enjoy this setup more than others and defending champion Ali Carter is definitely one who seems to enjoy it. He’s only won five ranking events in his career but two of them have been in this venue and he’s actually reached the final the last two times he’s qualified for this event, with five years of failing to qualify in between.
He’s enjoying a good campaign this season too, finishing runner up in the Wuhan Open to Judd Trump and beating Williams, Trump and Allen on his way to the Masters Final earlier this month.
Winning this event last season sees him enter this year as number one seed too, meaning he’ll avoid any top 16 players until at least the Quarter Finals this week.
0.5pts Each Way - Tom Ford to win Outright @ 50/1
At 50/1 last year's runner up Tom Ford also looks good each way value here. Ford is enjoying a good season having already reached three quarter finals and progressed to the final at the International Championship.
He’s won 27 out of 36 matches this season and it’s generally taking very good players to stop him.
He won’t have any particularly easy games this week but the big names in his quarter are Brecel, Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson, all of whom have been struggling this season.
0.5pts Each Way - Jordan Brown to win Outright @ 150/1
With Ronnie O’Sullivan withdrawing from this event there is a great chance for a lower ranked player to go far in Quarter three.
Jordan Brown and David Gilbert meet in the first round and the winner of this one will avoid any top 16 players until the quarter finals, aside from an out of form Robert Milkins.
Bookies have reacted to this by making David Gilbert second favourite in the quarter but the value for me lies with his opponent Jordan Brown.
Brown has met Gilbert three times previously and came out on top on all three occasions, including a 6-3 win when the pair met in the International Championship earlier this season, an event in which Brown went on to reach the semi finals.
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