In a post published yesterday, I wrote about the new match and Over/Under Wrestling Observer star ratings markets that Kambi published for the NJPW G1 Climax tournament. What I failed to do was point out that there was also a trio of head-to-head specials posted alongside them.
They're similar to the WWE Observer matchbets that are published for the monthly PPVs where customers can bet which of two matches - selected by the Kambi oddsmakers - will receive the most stars in Dave Meltzer's review of the event.
The first market contrasts Hiroshi Tanahashi .vs. Kazuchika Okada and Okada .vs. Kota Ibushi. Okada's match against Tanahashi is 11/10 to do better than his bout against Ibushi (9/10).
Should both meetings earn the same amount of stars in Dave Meltzer's reviews, the winning selection will be the 'Same Star Rating', which is being offered at 2/1.
The second market focuses on two of Will Ospreay's tournament bouts. The first is for his 20th July meeting with Kazuchika Okada and the other is for his match with Zack Sabre Jr, which is scheduled for July 30th.
Okada .vs. Ospreay is 11/10, Ospreay .vs. ZSJ is 17/20 and the option to gamble on both matches earning the same amount of stars from Dave Meltzer is 43/20.
Finally, Tetsuya Naito and Jay White are up against 'Any Other Match From Block B'. Both options are EVS. If Naito .vs. White ties the highest amount of stars with any other match - or matches - the winner will be 'Same Star Rating' at 2/1.
As far as me betting on these markets, I am extremely compelled to back 'Any Other Match From Block B' against Naito .vs. White. One of the reasons why is because, when I saw that Naito .vs. White is against every other bout in the block, I immediately thought that Naito .vs. Tomohiro Ishii - which is scheduled for July 24th - could do better than that.
I made small bets on 'Same Star Rating' in the other two head-to-heads.
By the way, in yesterday's post, I wrote about the selections I have backed in the match winner market. I should add that I've added a bet on KENTA to beat Okada in their July 27th match. I used the same ideology as I did when I bet against Okada with Will Ospreay - the champion losing a few matches in the tournament will set up challengers post-G1.