The tenth ranking tournament of the 2019/2020 season starts this week. It’s the BetVictor German Masters, which will be held in Berlin.

Like last weekend’s European Masters, which was held in neighbouring Austria, there is a £400,000 prize-pool with £80,000 going to the winner.

Both events make up part of the four-leg BetVictor European Series, which also consists of the popular one-frame Shoot Out and concludes in BetVictor’s hometown with the Gibraltar Open in March.

Decided on the total prize-money won over the four competitions, the outright winner will receive a £150,000 bonus.

Naturally, Neil Robertson with his recent European Masters victory is the current favourite to take the BetVictor European Series accolade and if he were to pull off a second tournament victory this week, we could probably award him the trophy.

Ali Carter collected £17,500 for his semi-final appearance in Austria but he cannot build on that having failed to qualify for this event.

Kyren Wilson is also missing and he is the reigning German Masters champion! Conversely, Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump enter the fray this week and they would have genuine aspirations of putting 80k on the scoreboard and in their bank account.

At this early stage, the BetVictor European Series prize-money looks like this:

odds are massively attractive.

 

Wilson to account for below-par Jones

Gary Wilson is playing at the top of his game and without unnecessarily going into too much detail, he looks a ‘pin’ to put into your opening round doubles and trebles.

Jak Jones will be his victim (on Thursday afternoon). The 26-year-old Welsh player has never progressed past the third round of a ranking event (in 39 attempts) and has been a first-round casualty in four of his last six competitions/attempts.

 

No way Man

I’m going much deeper for a third-round selection, opting for the little known Swiss player Alexander Ursenbacher over Mitchell Mann.

The latter named player has played five ranking events this term and been a first-round casualty in three of them (including the last two). He’s operating at a 40 percent win ratio this season (won six of 15 games and just 44 of 104 frames played). Not exactly inspirational stuff.

Meanwhile, Ursenbacher has been far more convincing, winning 17 matches and losing 11. He’s recorded an impressive seven century breaks from the 94 competitive frames he has won and overcame the very talented Thepchaiya Un-Nooh to qualify for this competition.

A victory over Mark Allen to reach the quarter-finals of the Northern Ireland Open in November really stands out and combines to make him a confident selection in a match scheduled to take place Thursday morning.

Tips:

Scott Donaldson to beat Ding Junhui

Gary Wilson to beat Jak Jones

Alexander Ursenbacher to beat Mitchell Mann

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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