Players who are not in the main World Snooker Tour are competing in the second-tier tournament called Challenge Tour. Eight players from this season’s ranking are taking part in the play-off event where the winner can get a wild card for the World Tour for the next season. In the Challenge Tour betting tips three players are at similar odds to win, let’s see them closer now.
The 2019/20 Challenge Tour season has had 10 events so far giving an opportunity to amateur players to race in competitions. 64 players took part in the events which were held in England, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Wales. Ashley Hugill became the overall ranking winner after his two victories during the series. He also won the World Snooker Federation Open in Malta which made him eligible for the world tour next season. So the player behind him in the ranking, German Lukas Kleckers received the first wild card to the world tour. Now players between 4th and 12th place will fight for the other wild card in order to join the best players next season.
Biggest favourites in the Challenge Tour betting tips
Online sportsbooks in the UK are giving similar odds for three former professional players. Allan Taylor, Rory McLeod, and Adam Duffy with the odds of 4-4.50. Taylor won the wild car to the World Tour in the 2013/14 season and spent six seasons there. But last year he was dropped out of the top 64 and lost his tour card. After winning one event this year in Leicester, he is trying to win the play-off and return to the professional circuit.
Rory McLeod is another former professional player who has also been relegated from the top series at the end of last season. McLeod is one of the most experienced players after spending 18 years on the main tour between 2001 and 2019. He reached his highest ranking, 32nd in 2011, and won the Ruhr Open in 2015. He will start the play-off against 18-year old Dean Young, who has the best ranking from the participants. Young won the event in Pelt, Belgium, and reached the semi-finals two more times. His odds to win the play-off is 11.00 at the 1xBET Sportsbook according to the Challenge Tour betting tips.
Other players who can win the wild card
Adam Duffy is the third player, who is considered a possible winner by online gambling sites in the UK. He’s also had experience from the World Tour, he was professional between 2011-14 and 2016-18. He couldn’t return since but he will have another chance now. Duffy starts the day against Patrick Whelan who finished behind him in the ranking. Duffy’s odds to win the game is 1.53 while winning the tournament is 4.50.
The remaining players are all amateurs, but Oliver Brown and Jake Nicholson both have won one event in the season. Their odds are quite high, 9.00 and 13.00 for the final win, but they can cause surprise. Especially as the whole tournament will be held on a single day, with the final scheduled for 8 pm. So the player with the best concentration and stress tolerance will have the best chance to win it and join the bests next year.