The German Masters (Feb 1-5) will once again be hosted by Berlin’s iconic Tempodrom, a 2,500-seater venue considered by many players to be the best place to play on the entire snooker circuit.
32-Players line-up, and the first four rounds of matches are decided in a best of 9-frame format, with the final being a best of 17-frame format.
The event hasn’t always been a regular ranking event, but makes its seventh consecutive appearance as one since re-joining the list of ranking tournaments in 2011. Winners since then include Mark Williams (2011), Ronnie O’Sullivan (2012), Ali Carter (2013), Ding Junhui (2014), Mark Selby (2015) and Martin Gould (2016).
Previous winners Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby are again in the field but, as neither has dominated here, and the first prize is a mere £60,000, it could be time to look elsewhere in the market for some value – and Marco Fu could well be the answer at 16/1.
German Masters Snooker Betting Odds
O’Sullivan 9/4, Selby 5/1, Robertson 10/1, Fu 12/1, Bingham 16/1, Allen 20/1, Hawkins 22/1, Walden 28/1 – 33/1 Bar
Runner-up at the 2013 German Masters, and a semi-finalist in 2011, Fu has really been catching the eye of late. He played some stunning snooker to win the Scottish Open, noticeably making 11 centuries on his way to victory. However, it was his comeback in the final that really showed how confident he is with cue in hand right now. He trailed John Higgins 4-1 early on there and, with the crowd firmly behind the home-favourite, Fu could have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t to be his day. However, he’s enjoying his snooker so much at the moment that he hit-back by winning a stunning 8 consecutive frames to run-away with the title 9-4.
Fu was also on-fire during the recent Dafabat Masters, where he outplayed Mark Allen and Judd Trump with some excellent break-building, including six centuries and a 141 which proved to be the highest break of the tournament.
Those performances earned him a semi-final against Ronnie O’Sullivan, who had to raise his game to an exceptional standard to edge the match on his way to recording a record-breaking seventh Masters success. Despite that defeat, Fu told the waiting press that he was playing the best snooker of his life – and I’m happy to side with him at a venue where he’s shown previous from, and could delight in compiling centuries in front of an appreciative German crowd.
2017 German Masters Snooker Betting Tip
Marco Fun @ 12/1 Black Type