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Vladimir Sinitsin is widely acknowledged as the best snooker expert and commentator in the ex-USSR republics. He’s been the top Eurosport Russia commentator since 2000. He was also the president of Billiards Federation of the Soviet Latvia, participated in nine European Championships and three World Cups in snooker. He’s a referee of the highest international category. Sinitsin has also more than 20 years of experience in sports betting. He’s been giving us snooker tips from August 2013.
World Grand Prix final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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World Grand Prix final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Today’s final match repeats the final of World Championship 2015. In May last year it was Stuart Bingham that won, taking advantage of the excessive aggressiveness of Shaun Murphy, who was in the lead with a score of 8:4. Today, Shaun is in better shape, which is reflected in bookies’ odds. Public opinion is also on the side of Murphy. My survey showed that Murphy’s victory is expected by 77% of the respondents. I won’t be original. I opt for a confident win of Shaun Murphy with -2.5 frames handicap.

World Grand Prix quarterfinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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World Grand Prix quarterfinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Joe Perry vs Ali Carter is a match of equals. Perry had a very confident win against Kyren Wilson, while Carter beat Tom Ford 4-0, making four 50-points breaks. Carter is in dire need for rating points, that’s why I’m picking his win. Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy are favourites in the matches against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Liang Wenbo, respectively. The underdogs can win, nonetheless, but there is no logic in that. Shaun is playing better than others in this tournament and we can quite reasonably consider a bet on his victory in the whole tournament. Ding hasn’t gained his best form…

World Grand Prix 2016: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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World Grand Prix 2016: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

We have eight matches on the third day of the tournament. First, Ding Junhui will face Peter Ebdon, and he is the favourite here. They played a lot against each other in the Academy of Sheffield, and now Ebdon always admires Ding’s abilities. Junhui also has an advantage in their face to face games – 8:3. But now he’s playing with fits and starts, while Ebdon is on fire after his win against Neil Robertson. So I wouldn’t back Ding to win easily. I think that Mark Allen can defeat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. The only thing making me have doubt is…

World Grand Prix 2016: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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World Grand Prix 2016: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

We can see the favourites in four of eight Wednesday games. Not like we seen in O’Sullivan-Holt match, because sometimes the idols can lose. But I suggest to back Stuart Bingham to win against David Gilbert. Stuart won all four their face to face games, and he is higher in ranking. And Bingham is doing all he can to reach his past form. We can see him improving a lot and it’s a good time for it – the world championship is upcoming. But Gilbert is a tough opponent. He’s already 20th in the ranking. Marko Fu is better than…

World Grand Prix 2016: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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World Grand Prix 2016: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

In four evening matches, the most interesting seems the match between two close friends – John Higgins and Stephen Maguire. Steven really wants to return to the top 16 before the World Championship. I’m not implying anything, but I believe that the meeting will be hard, and Stephen’s victory could happen. In a match between Selt and Day, I don’t see the favourite. I think that Matt’s chances are no worse, as he has played superbly recently. He won the Group 7 in the Championship League and didn’t get lost among the stars of snooker in the final group. Single:…

Welsh Open 2016: Finals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Finals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

The clear favorite of the final is Ronnie O’Sullivan. It is impossible to disagree with that. At the same time, there are still some doubts. Both finalists have been great at the distance of six matches before the finals. Ronnie showed some very good snooker. There was an inexplicable failure from Neil Robertson in the opening match with Allen. If we consider not the external effect, but the content of the game, the level of both are quite comparable. It is impossible not to take into account the fact that Ronnie will face an opponent with a style of play…

Welsh Open 2016: Semifinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Semifinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Both semifinals have obvious favourites. All the fans can already imagine Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final match. If you like sensations you can try to bet on underdogs with handicaps or even without them. But I have no doubts in these two favourites because of their level of play. Neil Robertson plays more solidly than Mark Allen. He’s higher in rating and have a positive balance in their face to face matches (9:3). He plays more serial: 451 vs Allen’s 273 and 30 centuries vs Allen’s 28 and he was extremely good in the quarterfinal. Allen won…

Welsh Open 2016: Quarterfinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Quarterfinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

I expect a tight game at least in three of today’s quarterfinals. So we can make an accumulator using the “overs”: total match frames over 6.5 (five frames to win) in three games. The fourth one can be different. Maybe Ronnie O’Sullivan wouldn’t stand against world’s number one Mark Selby. Three quarterfinals have their favourites but I can’t say that it is obvious. I doubt a win from Ding Junhui vs Neil Robertson match. Ding played some weak games last time but he’s able to win more than one frame. Face to face score is 6:5 with Ding’s advantage. Now he…

Welsh Open 2016: Day 4. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Day 4. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

All top the players are playing quite solidly at this tournament. Only three players from Top-16 are out after three days. But maybe the underdogs will start to win now. Well, it’s tempting to bet on favourites. We can expect Ronnie O’Sullivan to win his match. Yes, Yu De Lu had once defeated him, but we all know what happened to Pengfei who had the same statistics. But there are no nice odds on this game. Mark Selby will face Mark Williams. The Welshmen won two the last matches against Selby last year and he’s leading in head to head games 9:5. But…

Welsh Open 2016: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

There are three matches between equal opponents on the third day, so I’d like to mention them. We can go for total match frames over 5.5 in a couple of games. The odds on that in Graeme Dott vs Marko Fu game are too low (1.50). Liang Wenbo against Michael White are backed at 1.61 to play over 5.5 frames. And there are no lines to bet on total overs/unders on the Dechawat Poomjaeng vs Yu De Lu at all. So I suggest taking a total over 5.5 frames in Wenbo vs White game at 1.61. The Thai is likely to…

Welsh Open 2016: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Just three players from Top-32 lost their matches on the first day of the tournament and Stuart Bingham, 2nd in rating, was among them. But in general, it was a calm day for the top players. So the storm may come on the second day. I’d like to bet on underdogs because I trust my inner voice. Ronnie O’Sullivan was nervous yesterday and after the game, many of his colleagues and fans had criticised him for the refusal to win a prize for maximum century break. And Tian Pengfei is the only one player who won all face to face…

Welsh Open 2016: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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Welsh Open 2016: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

I’d like to begin with bets on the underdogs. Ross Muir defeated Jamie Burnett 5:0 this week at China Open qualification game and now they play each other again. Nothing has changed, so we can go for Muir’s win. The odds on Chris Wakelin’s win against Mike Dunn are a little higher. Chris defeated Mike in 2013, but he’s becoming better and better now. And Dunn’s getting older. His experience and high rating will not help him. We can expect some faults and mistakes from the favourites, but I’d better show some faith. Mark Selby lost just six frames in…

China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

The qualifiers are nearly over. So far, only one player from the top 16 has fell short – Mark Allen. Near the completion of qualifying, the assumption that the favourites will take the matches very seriously turned out to be true. As of day 3, I can’t imagine Mark Williams, John Higgins or Judd Trump losing. But the odds on their win are mediocre. To make them attractive, it is necessary to add something. I’m afraid to take Oliver Lines victory over Noppon Saengkham. Oliver is talented, but Noppon was a junior world champion that underlines his abilities. The victory of Ken Doherty…

China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

There are 24 matches on the second day of qualifiers. There isn’t much choice, so, I’ve decided to make a 5-leg acca from low odds. Betting on the underdog would make the bet random. Maguire’s victory over former pro-Andy Hicks and Shaun Murphy’s win over Zak Surety are beyond doubt. Graeme Dott, who played last week in the semi-finals, is clearly better than respected, but not so for mighty Jimmy White. Mark Allen and Mitchell Mann are in different weight class categories. And finally, the German Masters new winner Martin Gould will certainly overcome young Scott Donaldson. Yes, the acca is vulnerable,…

China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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China Open 2016 Qualifiers: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

With the exception of Ricky Walden, the first day at China Open won’t see the top players. So, I opt for a modest acca. For the first one, I pick the victories of Matthew Stevens and Xiao Guodong. Matthew is fourth from the bottom ten in the rankings. He has not lost his class, but his results have declined. It’s not too late to fight for a comeback. For the first game, he has quite a passable contender – Chris Melling, who joined the tour from Pool. He’s not an easy opponent, but Stevens is tough enough.  Xiao Guodong has…

German Masters: Final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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German Masters: Final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Here’s the final. Martin Gould: UK, 34 years old, 20th in the rankings. It’s his second final; he’s got 139 Century breaks (11 of them this season). Luca Brecel: Belgian, 20 years old, it’s the first final in his career, he’s scored 54 Century breaks (13 in the current season). Martin’s got 2:0 in personal encounters, but they were back in 2010 and 2011, when Luka was not so strong. In the semifinals, Gould played better. They both made only two notable breaks (87 and 53 from Gould, 67 and 63 from Brecel). Gould controls his emotions better. I admit that…

German Masters: Semifinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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German Masters: Semifinals. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Players from Top-16 had left the tournament too quickly, so none of them are in semifinals. The same thing happened in Australia in 2012, but there were not so many top players. German Masters had them all, but they all lost. So who defeated them? Graeme Dott is the most titled of them. He was once a world champion. Kyren Wilson won in Shanghai. Luca Brecel can surely live up to all the advanced billings during the past six years. This year Martin Gould was in the final in Australia and lost to John Higgins in the last frame. The motivation…

German Masters: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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German Masters: Day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

This tournament is a nightmare for the favourites – just 2 of the 12 players are left after two days are from the Top-16. The similar situation (3 of 16 from Top-16) was just once before in the tournament of a lower level. The most interesting matches will be held in the evening session. Judd Trump was good yesterday. He defeated Anda Zhang (5:1) and made three centuries. We can expect the same high level of playing from him today. Martin Gould is tough to play with but he can hardly challenge Judd. Stephen Maguire will play against Graeme Dott in another quarterfinal.…

German Masters: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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German Masters: Day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

The first day saw unexpected results. I’m Particularly upset with Mark Williams, who lost the decisive frame to Martin Gould and spoiled our bet with 3.75 odds. The bet could have compensated for the failures of other bets. Let’s see what happens on the second day. In the second session of the day, I want to pick Mark King’s win over Stuart Carrington (the odds on that are high because Carrington beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the qualifying round). The second pick for acca is Liang Wenbo’s win over Ryan Day. The Chinese is finding his stability at the new level.…

German Masters: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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German Masters: Day 1. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

We got eight matches on the first day and some of them are quite interesting. The game between Allister Carter and Judd Trump is likely to be the major one, but there are no nice lines on it. I’d better keep an eye on the match between Alfie Burden and Anda Zhang. Why is the Chinese set to be a favourite by the bookies? Is it only because of his rating? Anda Zhang defeated Dechawat Poomjaeng and Robert Milkins which is not bad. But Alfie Burden defeated Robin Hull and Ricky Walden. And Burden got four big wins over Anda Zhang…

The Masters Final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters Final. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Here’s the final. It’s time to make bets on it. I not only made a bet, but also calculated the profit from previous tips. I’m writing this at 5 am in the morning, so there could be mistakes. According to my estimates, there have been 14 bets, 8 of which won. $140 was spent, and the profit has been $30.8, or 22%. What shall we do now? I see three ways. The first is to stop. But it sounds unsportsmanlike. The second choice is to make a small bet to secure profit and win a little. The third way is to make…

The Masters: day 7. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 7. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Here is a little story before my next tip. I can’t understand something, so I hope you’ll explain it to me. On the second day of the tournament, I was reviewing bets. I saw a bet on total tournament centuries over 21.5 at 1.73 with William Hill and said: “Hmm, that’s interesting!” My friend heard me, listened to my explanation (he has never been betting on snooker before) and went for it with another bookmaker at 2.00. And his stake was huge. And we saw at that moment that the odds on this event went down immediately from 2.00 to 1.89.…

The Masters: day 6. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 6. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

I write my predictions in between games and the number of centuries shoots up constantly every evening. So there are 12 centuries in the tournament already after Neil Robertson’s win. My past predictions were successful not only because of my far-sightedness; but because the tournament proceeds with its logic. There was only one loss of a player with high ratings (Murphy). Yesterday evening we saw the next one and my prediction was incorrect. This doesn’t mean that I always bet on favourites. Some of my bets on the underdogs were successful. What do we have on Friday? I’ll take bet bundle for…

The Masters: day 5. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 5. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Here’s my prediction on Day 5: Mark Allen must defeat Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby must get a win over Ronnie O’Sullivan. Both Marks are just better prepared for their matches. If you don’t think so, I can remind you some words from O’Sullivan who said that he is not well prepared. And Mark Selby was fantastic in first five frames of his starting match. Both players will be under pressure but Ronnie O’Sullivan feels it more. Don’t forget that Mark Selby has absolutely best results on Masters tournament. So we go for Mark Allen and Mark Selby to win…

The Masters: day 4. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 4. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

As people say – if it works, don’t touch it, just let it work. We were successful with bets with enhanced odds (bets at 2.75, 3.00 and 4.00 on the first two days of the tournament) so why not to continue? The odds are better than we can see them in accumulators. I like bets with enhanced odds on Day 4 too. One of them is on John Higgins and Neil Robertson wins. Another is on Higgins to win and make a match century break. John Higgins is the best on centuries this season. Can he defeat Wenbo? For sure, he…

The Masters: day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 3. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

We can go for pretty nice bets on the third day of the tournament. The first is a bet with enhanced odds on Robbie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby, both to win at 2.10. There’s nothing else to say here. I see one more good looking bet – on total tournament centuries over 21.5 at 1.73. Should we bet on that? Well, in 2009 there were 31 centuries, last year there were 28 centuries. After three games this year, there are four centuries already. The big century masters begin the tournament today and tomorrow. It’s Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson, John Higgins…

The Masters: day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction
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The Masters: day 2. Vladimir Sinitsin’s prediction

Yesterday we saw the loss of Shaun Murphy. But how we could predict Mark Allen’s win with Murphy being obvious favourite? It would be like “Shaun Murphy to win, but let’s bet on Allen”. Impossible. We couldn’t expect such a weak game from Murphy. He was bad in all showings. And one frame he lost with three misses on one red ball despite of being 17:1 up before that. Well, that was the first surprise of the tournament. More to come. We have two favourites in Day 2 – Judd Trump (odds to win are 1.60) and Barry Hawkins (odds…

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