DEFENDING champion Samuel Tui is the top bet to once again triumph in the Pineapple Cup bowls tournament.
The tournament starts today at the Suva Bowling Club greens and more than 80 bowlers are expected to compete in the event.
Club vice-president Martin Fong said Tui would face stiff competition but held the upper hand as defending champion.
"He (Tui) is in good form and has just recently returned from an overseas tour where he performed really well," he said.
"He faces stiff competition from last year's finalists Semesa Naiseruvati.
"Other top local bowlers that could upset the defending champion are Abdul Kalim, Jona Koroitamana, David Aitcheson, Eminoni Turagabeci whose father, Caucau, once won the Pineapple Cup and there are a few others."
"In the past years, we had around 40 individuals but this year, we have 80 already confirmed for this weekend with more than 30 women.
"Last year we had around 80 teams and this year we are expecting the numbers to be more than 110 teams.
"This will be the locals' good testing ground against bowlers from Australia and New Zealand."