Selby Lifts williamhill.com UK Championship Trophy
Mark Selby lifted the williamhill.com UK Championship trophy after a final that was as spectacularly unpredictable as the tournament that came before it. As soon as he defeated Mark Davis in the semis, Selby, who started the tournament at 11/1 with the sponsors, was installed as 4/6 favourite for the match although by the start of play, his odds had drifted to 4/5 (Murphy had been well backed at 11/10).
Selby was the fifth favourite of the tournament after Judd Trump, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Murphy himself had all topped the betting at some stage throughout the nine days.
"The final was full of spectacular snooker reflecting all that we have seen over the last nine days and we at williamhill.com are already looking forward to next year's event," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "Selby was a worthy winner this week and having proved that he is over his injuries he now has to be considered a serious contender in The Crucible next year."
Selby has been cut from 9/1 to 8/1 to win the World Championship after his performance in the tournament this week.
World Championship odds: 9/2 Trump; 5/1 O'Sullivan (with a run); 13/2 Robertson; 7/1 Higgins; 8/1 Selby; 12/1 Murphy; 12/1 Ding; 14/1 Allen; 16/1 BAR