Robertson and Murphy to Contest Masters Final
January 18, 2015 13:07
So the Masters final is today and it will be Australian Neil Robertson against Englishman Shaun Murphy for this very coveted crown. The Masters is regarded as the most prestigious invitational snooker event in the World and the live TV coverage and £200,000 winners cheque help towards that accolade.
Robertson is a former winner of this event after having lifted the title back in 2012. The Thunder-from-Down-Under ended Ronnie O’Sullivan’s reign at the event by inflicting his first defeat in 15 matches. O’Sullivan was looking for his third Masters title in succession and yesterdays loss to Robertson was his first ever in a Masters semi-final
Robertson had beaten Ali Carter 6-1 in the quarter finals and described that as one of his best performances of the season. He continued this form into the match with O’Sullivan and even opened the match with a break of 100. Robertson eventually won the best-of-11 match by the same 6-1 scoreline and puts himself in the favourites seat going in to today’s final.
Murphy booked his place in the final with a 6-2 victory over Mark Allen. It was a fantastic performance from Murphy after losing the first two frames he strung 6 frames back-to-back with a great display of break building to set up a repeat of the 2012 Masters final.
The Masters is one title that Murphy has never won and he will be hoping that it is him lifting the trophy on Sunday evening. If he does win then he will be the 10th player in snooker history to win the ‘Triple Crown’, he has already won both the World title in 2005 and the UK Championship in 2008 so lifting the Masters will complete the set.
Charity Bets Update
As I wrote in a my previous article we are doing some Charity bets in 2015 aiming to raise money for both Freshfield Animal Rescue and Island Community Action.
The first bet of £25.00 went very well bringing in a £27.20 profit.
For today’s final I have used two of the free £5 bets we had in the account to try and add to this amount. I have placed the following two bets (this time with no advice so fingers crossed!):
Bet 1: Winning Margin over 3.5 frames at Evens
Bet 2: Lose the first frame but win the match, Shaun Murphy at 9/2
I actually think the winning margin will be 10-5 or 10-6 in this match so the bet should come in and I really just have a sneaking feeling it will be Murphy’s turn to win the Masters. No science involved just some gut instinct.
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