Rocket Ron


An incredible day at the world snooker championships ended yesterday evening with Ronnie O’Sullivan chinning Mark Selby on the line to win their semi final 17-16. He plays Kyren Wilson in the final starting today at 1.30 pm, where he is the 3/10 favourite.

Ronnie was trailing 16-14 but went on to rattle off three frames in a row in swashbuckling style.

He’s now got a great chance to win his sixth world title to go just one behind Stephen Hendry. In terms of career ranking titles he’d go one ahead of the Scot to a record 37.

The Rocket is a hugely popular character amongst snooker fans with his quickfire play and unusual brand of charisma.

He burst on the scene as a teenager in the 90s, instantly becoming a favourite, and to many he’s the greatest snooker player of all time.

But he’s never even made the SPOTY shortlist. Surely this would change with victory on Sunday (assuming SPOTY goes ahead), particularly in a year with limited sporting stories.

There would be strong motivation to vote for Ronnie amongst his army of fans (and potentially multiple times) with an element of wanting to reward him for his achievements in the sport throughout his career.

Followers of the site are already covered on Lewis Hamilton at bigger prices. With the potential for O’Sullivan to out poll him and go favourite, he should also be added to the book. A cheap cover can be made on Wilson to win the title.

* 2.5 pts Ronnie O’Sullivan 5/1 William Hill, Bet 365, Betfred

* 0.75 pts Kyren Wilson to win the world championship 13/5 Paddy Power, Betfred, Betway

Let’s hope SPOTY gets the green light this year. If it doesn’t go ahead all SPOTY stakes should be refunded.

2 thoughts on “Rocket Ron”

  1. Agree on this, for all of the reasons mentioned. Ronnie has been inexplicably shunned on many occasions in past, but if he lands on the shortlist he could be very tough to beat. Hamilton is less popular than Ronnie for my money and his consistent success in F1 has a risk of seeming a bit samey. Tyson Fury is another very strong contender but his fight will feel like a long time ago come December.

    Any sporting events you reckon to keep an eye on for potential contenders between now and end of year?

    1. Think Ron would have a strong chance Apleximus. We were quite keen in 2018 when he missed the cut so would be good to get a different result this time.

      The novelty factor may well boost him ahead of Hamilton.

      I guess for the rest of the year the main one to monitor is Rory McIlroy – if he won the Masters in November he’d complete the career slam of majors. He’s a 9/1 shot to do so. Other than that there doesn’t seem too much on the horizon barring a miracle Murray or Froome performance.

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