Sunday 26 February 2023

Chizzy wins it

Apologies for not posting up anything either this morning or late yesterday, real life things caught up with me so couldn't post up a bets post for the last sixteen. That said, nothing much was missed - I was at least able to look at oddschecker this morning and didn't see any lines that were way out of kilter, or at least worthy of further investigation. So we didn't get much action on, and just down a small amount - will surely make up for that with the biggest betting day of the year coming up just on Friday, with the UK Open kicking off. To make up for it, I'm going to try to do a power rankings of all 160 entrants (assuming all the tour card holders turn up - whether Cadby, Perez etc play is obviously questionable), which should NOT be intended as a "well, this guy is #108 and he's playing #111 and he's 11/10 BET ALL THE MONEY sort of thing, there will be the usual round 1 and known round 2/3 matches tips thread in advance, and an in-running additional bets and notes thread as things progress. For now, Chizzy beat Humphries in the final, Luke not being quite able to say a full fuck you to the Premier League selection cabal, but Chizzy continues what's becoming an extended purple patch, and he's got to be considered as live as anyone for next weekend. Clayton continued his good form as well, Searle made a best run at this level to date, while Schindler, Beaton, Brown and van Duijvenbode rounded off the last eight. Nice job by Bunting as well to take out MvG.

But to end this post off, will only be a quick one, new FRH rankings:

1 Michael Smith
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Peter Wright
4 Gerwyn Price
5 Luke Humphries
6 Nathan Aspinall
7 Rob Cross
8 Danny Noppert
9 Dimitri van den Bergh
10 Jonny Clayton
11 Dirk van Duijvenbode
12 Joe Cullen
13 Dave Chisnall (UP 4)
14 Ross Smith (DOWN 1)
15 Ryan Searle
16 Damon Heta (DOWN 2)
17 Gabriel Clemens (DOWN 1)
18 Jose de Sousa
19 Chris Dobey (UP 1)
20 James Wade (DOWN 1)

Yep, despite Dobey having not even tried to qualify for this event in order to prioritise Newcastle losing a cup final, and despite Wade having shown up and won a match, Dobey actually moves ahead. Chizzy naturally gets a huge boost, the increased money up top making enough of a difference to get him ahead of Smith. Lower down, Beaton's quarters run gets him up to #53, Brown is one outside the top 60, while Martijn Dragt isn't a complete newcomer but is slotted into the 160's somewhere.

Expect a busy few days of posts as we get into full UK Open fever.

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