That time of year again, folks. What will happen? Hope Walden has a decent run again, Hawkins can fook off.
LLB betting subthread. Odds:
Ronnie OSullivan 6/4
Ding Junhui 8s
Neil Robertson 9s
Mark Selby 11s
Judd Trump 11s
no value in ronnie at all. Think ding will have a shout, assuming he continues his season form. A lot of dark horses there again, maybe another run for walden on the cards, while the bottom half of the draw looks STACKED.
Waiting for the qualifiers to be drawn along the seeds. A good mixture of old and new, with perennial favourites Ken Doherty and Alan McManus making the draw, while qualifying put paid to previous champs Mark Williams, Peter Ebdon, Graeme Dott and Crucible specialists Joe Swail and Matthew Stevens. In their place, we have new blood in Michael While (who was impressive last year), Kyren Wilson (ranked 89!). Serial killer impersonator Martin Gould is also in, which is nice. Old faves Dominic Dale and Robin Hull also make it.