Could home favourite Saengkham win six-red world championship?

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It has been dubbed as snooker’s version of Twenty20 Cricket.

But even so you may not be totally familiar with the Six-red World Championship currently being held in Bangkok.

For a start the scoring system is slightly different to traditional snooker.

There are only six reds – as the name suggests – and six coloured balls.

It makes for a fiercely quick format of the game that leaves no room for mistakes.

So far in the 2017 edition it’s one of the domestic fancies that has wowed the crowd.

The home favourite

Noppon Saengkham is starting to become a regular on the circuit.

The 25-year-old has reached the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of this tournament in the past and looks well placed to go through to the knockout rounds.

He’s already beaten two of the biggest names as well.

Tom Ford and Ding Junhui have both been put to the sword as Saengkham charges towards the knockout phase.

The established names

In Group E, two heavyweights are battling it out for top spot.

Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham both have a chance of claiming top seeding ahead of their final group clash.

The pair went head-to-head in the semi-finals last year and will both be looking to advance through from the round-robin stage.

Maguire is currently rated at 4/6 to win the group while Bingham is 6/5.

Rest of the pack

What we know from this relatively new tournament is that domestic players tend to do well.

Last year seven Thai players made it into the last-16 knockout round.

Although there has been a reduction in group sizes this year we’re still expecting a number of the home favourites to make it through.

One to look out for is Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

The local favourite won his first game 5-3 against Kyren Wilson and will fancy his chances of making it through from a strong position.

Of the rest we like Mark King to overhaul Mark Williams to win Group F at 15/8 and Marco Fu to win Group H at 4/5.

Click here for a full list of 2017 Six-red World Championship odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.