SHEFFIELD, England, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Allen has been cut to 16/1 from a biggest price of 50s for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship after staging a stunning fightback to win 10-9 against Matthew Stevens.
The 11th seed from Northern Ireland recovered from 9-6 down and will play Barry Hawkins in the second round.
Betfred spokesman Jon Wilde said: "Allen is gaining a reputation for being a Crucible specialist and showed fantastic battling qualities at the end of a disappointing season for him. He looks on course to repeat last year's achievement of reaching the quarter-finals at the very least."
The gamble on Ronnie O'Sullivan shows no sign of abating and his odds have been cut again by the sponsors to 5/1 joint favourite with John Higgins, who leads 6-3 against Stephen Lee in their first-round match.
Graeme Dott, the 2006 champion, is 16/1 to repeat that triumph after the three-time finalist completed a 10-7 victory over Mark King.
Mark Selby was not at his best but did enough to open an 8-1 lead against debutant Jimmy Robertson and his odds for the title are unchanged at 11/2 joint third favourite.
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Betfred.com World Snooker Championship odds
Outright: 5/1 John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan (from 11/2), 11/2 Ding Junhui (from 13/2), Mark Selby, 6/1 Mark Williams, 12/1 Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, 14/1 Ali Carter, 16/1 Mark Allen, Graeme Dott (from 28/1), 40/1 Stephen Hendry, 50/1 Martin Gould, 66/1 bar (e/w 1/2 1,2).
Thursday's second round matches: 1/5 Mark Williams, 7/2 Jamie Cope 4/11 Judd Trump, 2/1 Martin Gould ***Odds subject to fluctuation***