The Top Table – Mark Selby – 18/7/19
Name: Mark Selby
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Years Professional: 20
Current Ranking: 6th
Ranking Event Successes: Winner Welsh Open 2008, Shanghai Masters 2011, UK Championship 2012 & 2016, World Championship 2014, 2016 & 2017, German Masters 2015, China Open 2015, 2017 & 2018, Paul Hunter Classic 2016, International Championship 2016 & 2017, China Championship 2018
Notes: After a simply frighteningly good run between 2014 and 2018, Selby has dropped off a bit. That shouldn’t be surprising such was the tournament win rate he had during those 3/4 seasons. Just quite how much he’s underperformed lately is alarming though. There have been no excuses put up by the Jester from Leicester but something isn’t right. He’s a hard one to write off and we know he can dig in when times are tough but until something is done to prove us wrong we must treat this decline as a genuine one and try to make money from it.
Green Room Prediction: Avoid betting him in ranking event outrights as he will be 3rd or 4th in the betting and that doesn’t reflect his chances currently. Look out for low-risk opportunities to lay him on Matchbook in early round matches he ”should” win. It’s gone wrong for him at odds of 1/7 and 1/10 recently.