SHEFFIELD, England, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sponsors Betfred now have four co-favourites for the World Snooker Championship after an entertaining day of quarter-final action at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan, who are locked at 4-4 in their match, are among the quartet of 4/1 market leaders along with Mark Selby and Mark Williams.
Selby trails 5-3 to Ding Junhui, while Williams is two frames away from a place in the semi-finals as he leads 11-5 against Mark Allen.
Betfred spokesman Jon Wilde said: "The tournament could not be more open with six of the eight remaining players covered by only one point in the betting. There is lots of value for punters and it's shaping up towards being a superb climax over the Bank Holiday weekend."
Higgins and O'Sullivan, both chasing a fourth World Championship, are each available at 5/6 to reach the semi-finals.
Ding is 8/11 to reach the last four for the first time at the expense of Selby, who is an Evens chance to make a third semi-final appearance in five years.
Betfred.com World Snooker Championship odds
Outright: 4/1 John Higgins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, 9/2 Judd Trump, 5/1 Ding Junhui, 33/1 Mark Allen, 100/1 Graeme Dott (e.w. 1/3 1, 2).
Quarter-finals in play: 1/66 Judd Trump, 18/1 Graeme Dott (Trump leads 11-5) 1/150 Mark Williams, 25/1 Mark Allen (Williams leads 11-5) 5/6 John Higgins, 5/6 Ronnie O'Sullivan (match level at 4-4) 8/11 Ding Junhui, Evens Mark Selby (Ding leads 5-3) ***Odds subject to fluctuation*** For more information, visit http://www.betfred.com/snooker