Michael van Gerwen Wins World Grand Prix For Fifth Time

Michael van Gerwen Wins World Grand Prix For Fifth Time

MVG World Grand Prix

Mighty Michael van Gerwen became the first-ever reigning World Grand Prix champion to retain his trophy over the weekend when he beat Dave Chisnall 5-2 in the final at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel. It was also the fifth time overall that the Dutch world number one has come out on top in this unique double-start major since lifting the trophy for the first time in 2012.

Career-wise, this was 30-year-old MVG’s 36th individual PDC major title and shortens his World Championship price to 11/8 with Betway for this December’s tournament at the Ally Pally.


For Dave Chisnall though, this event must have brought up mixed feelings. On the one hand, he played brilliantly all week to reach the seventh televised final of his career, giving by far his best performance in years along the way. On the other hand, he was ultimately left empty-handed once again.

Chizzy can take pride in his performance, knowing that an average of 93.32, 12 maximums and checkout percentage of 46.43 would likely have been enough had it been against any other opponent than the one he was facing.

Instead, he came up against a bang in-form Michael van Gerwen, who took the first set in just three deciding legs of 16 darts while denying Chizzy a visit to the oche at the same time. After Chizzy took the second, MVG — who had a slightly superior average of 94.87 — came from 2-1 down to take the third before moving ahead despite a pair of Chizzy breaks.

It was Chizzy who took the next leg, despite just missing out on a nine-darter, after which MVG began to edge closer to victory. Chisnall managed to delay the inevitable by taking the match into a decider, which Mighty Mike all but decided with a double-six to win in Dublin once again.

2019 Champions League of Darts Betting Tips

This weekend, players relocate to Leicester’s Morningside Arena for the fourth staging of the Champions League of Darts, which will be held on 19 and 20 October. This new arena is the tournament’s third venue in its short four-year history and becomes the latest to welcome the top eight players in the world, each looking to gain some momentum as they head towards the Darts World Championship at the end of the year.

Forgotten man, Gary Anderson is the defending champion following his crushing 11-4 win over Peter Wright in last year’s final in Brighton. Both players will be back this weekend, although neither look much like winning anytime soon. For those that think otherwise, Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ is available for 7/1 with Betway.

As for world number 1 Michael van Gerwen, he will be determined to secure the title that has evaded his clutches since it was created three years ago in 2016. Should he do so, he will complete his collection of darts major events across his career. As for the Champions League, in those previous three years, only Phil Taylor, Mensur Suljovic and Gary Anderson have lifted this relatively new event.

Mighty Mike will need to overcome a tough draw that pits him in Group A that includes the reigning champion Gary Anderson plus James Wade and Michael Smith. You can never rule out MVG, and those backing him to win outright for his first title in this competition can expect a price of 6/5 with Betway.

Gary Anderson has suffered a terrible season, plagued by injury and subsequent poor form. On his day, however, few players can live with Scotsman, and given the flakiness of those around him, 7/1 doesn’t look an unreasonable shot for the two-time World Champion. While Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith is still to taste top class tournament success, it must come one day. If you fancy that to be this week then we would advise you jump on Betway’s 14/1, the same price offered on James Wade, which I personally will be backing each way considering 1/3 of the odds offered by Betway on The Machine to make the final.

Group B’s Rob Cross is definitely worth a look at 6/1. He faces Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney in the group stage and shouldn’t have too many troubles in what some have dubbed the “Group of Death.” Wright, as ever, would prove to be a popular, if unlikely, winner and he still has his believers. If you count yourselves among them: A) Why? and B) You’ll be pleased to know that Betway are offering 7/1 on Snakebite, who this week admitted he is nothing more than an outside chance, despite being ranked third in the world game.

Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney represents decent value too at 12s. The Northern Irishman will be shaving his hair off for charity halfway through the tournament, and so long as it doesn’t affect him, he will fancy his chances of getting out of the group. Fellow group mate Gerwyn Price isn’t one to shy away from the big occasion, however, and will fancy himself to do well. At 10/1, The Iceman will tempt some and rightly so.

Also, know this: with MVG’s shortest rival price being 6/1 and 1/3 of the odds offered on a top-two finish, you can back any of the other seven players each way for a profit should they make they at least make the final — and we can’t say fairer than that.

Champions League of Darts Schedule

Group A

  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Gary Anderson
  • Michael Smith
  • James Wade

Group B

  • Rob Cross
  • Peter Wright
  • Daryl Gurney
  • Gerwyn Price

Saturday 19 October

  • Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
  • Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price
  • Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
  • Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
  • 4x Group Matches (Previous sessions losers and winner face off)

Sunday 20 October

  • 4x Group Matches (Remaining group matches)
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final

QUICK GLANCE AT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OF DARTS

Venue: Morningside Arena, Leicester
Dates: Saturday 19 October 2019 – 20 October 2019
Format: Best of 19 & 21
Current Champion: Gary Anderson
Where To Watch: BBC 1,2
When To Watch: (1230, 1830 BST)

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Previewing The Darts World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Previewing The Darts World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Darts World Grand Prix

Glen Durrant, Dave Chisnall, Chris Dobey and Michael van Gerwen are the last four men standing in this year’s Darts World Grand Prix and all four go again in Friday’s semi-finals. As for last night’s quarters, MVG, in the hunt for his fifth Dublin title, and his opponent Mervyn King, both landed 170 checkouts in a match that eventually went the way of the Dutchman.

It nearly didn’t happen after he was given a fright by King, who dumped van Gerwen out of the UK Open earlier in the year. At one point, King was one 16 away from taking things to a fifth and final set but never got the chance to take it as the Dutchman instead took out 60 in the deciding leg of the fourth. Earlier in the week, King had overcome Dimitri Van den Bergh and James Wade and an unlikely win against Mighty Mike looked very much on the cards.

The world champion has never successfully defended this event since beating King in the 2012 final. If he does take this year’s title, it will be his 11th title of the season, having previously scooped the Masters, Premier League, Melbourne Masters and New Zealand Masters.

How they got here

Mighty Mike will now play Chris Dobey who reached the last four at the expense of Ian White. Dobey also knocked out Gary Anderson in the previous round and took Thursday’s opening set 3-0. White missed 11 starting doubles while failing to reach a finish in any of the same legs but picked things up in the second set and drew the match level.

Roles were reversed by the next set when it was Dobey that couldn’t land his starters, 12 of them in fact. His form returned in the deciding set, which he won 3-0, thanks to a pair of big checkouts from 156 and 100.

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall came through a tough fight with Nathan Aspinall to reach his third semi-final at the World Grand Prix. It could have been so different, however, as Chizzy spurned two match darts in the deciding leg of the third set which would have given him his second whitewash in as many days following a 3-0 thumping of Stephen Bunting, coming just 24 hours after his brilliant win over Gerwyn Price.

Then there is the three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant, who overcame Jermaine Wattimena in a hard-fought 3-2 battle. Duzza is now just one victory away from a maiden televised PDC final in his first season with the tour. He has had a strong week following his eliminations of Krzysztof Ratajski and Rob Cross in the previous rounds

Darts Betting Tips

Two games and four players are all that remains before Saturday’s climax. Unfortunately for three of those players, Michael van Gerwen is one those four which pretty much makes him the overwhelming favourite to lift the trophy in Dublin. Mighty Mike goes in Friday’s second semi match of the night.

In the first, Dave Chisnall, who has been looking like his old self this week, takes on Glen Durrant. There will be many in the crowd cheering for Chizzy, who may finally realise his career-long dream of winning an elusive televised title. The St. Helens chucker will be appearing in his fifth major final if he overcomes his opponent on Friday. However, that opponent is the former BDO man Duzza, who is looking at home on the PDC circuit.

The main threat for Chizzy in this double start tourney is that Duzza is one of the more consistent doubles chuckers on the tour so just how many finishes Chizzy can get to is questionable. This is Durrant’s second major PDC semi-final since switching and he has already taken care of Rob Cross, which suggests he has enough to make it to Saturday’s final.

Semi Final price: Dave Chisnall (EVS) V Glen Durrant (4/5)

As for semi-final number two, Michael van Gerwen takes on Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey in a match where the world number one is the overwhelming favourite. MVG has recorded 17 no scoring visits at the start of legs and the worst double-in record of the week with 72 misses across 42 legs. And still, he can’t be beaten.

Mighty Mike has a tournament average of 91.45 and will need to stay alert tonight as Hollywood, who has thrown well all week, seeks his first PDC title of any kind. In a match against Ian White, he successfully landed five 100+ checkouts and has also claimed the scalp of Gary Anderson, So if the nerves of appearing in his first-ever televised semi-final don’t effect him, a shock could be in the cards.

Semi Final price: Michael van Gerwen (1/6) V Chris Dobey (4/1)

Betway’s prices on the outright winners for the 2019 Darts World Grand Prix are:

  • Michael van Gerwen 4/9)
  • Glen Durrant (5/1)
  • Dave Chisnall (11/2)
  • Chris Dobey (14/1)
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Krzysztof Ratajski Wins Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Krzysztof Ratajski Wins Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Gibraltar Darts

Poland enjoyed its first-ever winner on the European Tour when Krzysztof Ratajski beat Dave Chisnall in the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy at the weekend. The Polish Eagle averaged a decent 109.51 during his 7-3 destruction of Daryl Gurney in the semi-final which more than prepped him for the bruising 8-2 win over Chizzy that was to follow.

A look back at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Ratajski averaged 102.85 against the St. Helens man’s average of 99.96, which despite being strong was let down by him missing five of his seven darts at doubles. When it came to taking down the doubles, Ratajski pinned eight of his 14 attempts while also landing two more maximums and scoring the game’s highest checkout with 124.

Despite this, Chizzy stormed into a 2-0 lead after he broke his opponent’s throw with a 117 checkout. The Pole responded with a 124 finish before reeling off seven legs on the bounce to scoop the 13th and final European Tour event of the season.

Earlier on, Chizzy was the in-form player and even completed his third nine-dart finish of the season which came in the second leg of a 6-4 victory over James Wade. He also landed three 180s and made two other 100+ checkouts on his route to the final.

Chisnall followed up that by taking out UK Open and US Masters winner Nathan Aspinall, who himself had eliminated Michael van Gerwen 6-3 in the third round. On his road to glory, Ratajski also took care of Ian White and Joe Cullen, both by 6-3 score lines.

With all 13 European Tour events now having been staged, the field and draw has been finalised for the televised European Championship, which takes place in Gottingen, Germany from October 24-27.

World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

Next up is Dublin and the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre where, from October 6 – 12, the World Grand Prix Darts will take place. This annual event was won last year by Michael van Gerwen and this year the Dutch world number one will be back on the Emerald Isle to defend his title. Given its open structure, you cannot rule out any the top names at the Grand Prix. Such an open tournament it is that Betway are offering 7/4 on Michael Van Gerwen.

This event is famous for its unique format where doubles are required to both start and finish the legs, which along with the first-round being the best of three sets, has caused many an early-round upset over the years.

This year the first round has thrown up some tasty looking matches that include Gerwyn Price versus Dave Chisnall , and even more excitedly, Rob Cross taking on Mensur Suljovic. As reported above, Chizzy (40/1) made it to the Gibraltar Darts Trophy final last week where he lost out to Krzysztof Ratajski (50/1), who also finds himself in this side of the draw. For me, the standout player on this side of the draw is Rob Cross, but such a tough opener means I’m leaning towards The Iceman, Gerwyn Price to at least make the last four, and at 14/1 he represents good value.

On the MVG side of the draw, we find star names such as Peter Wright, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and James Wade. Wade is a two-time Grand Prix winner so knows what it takes to win Dublin and experience in an event like this is critical. Having to start on a double suits The Machine to a tee given his impeccable record on them. Picking up a Players Championship in Barnsley a month ago arrives in Dublin in decent form and could run deep so is certainly in consideration at 22/1 with Betway.

Rob Cross opens against The Gentle but is known to be a slow starter, which usually goes punished in this event. Elsewhere, Peter Snakebite’ Wright’s doubles often let him down so the 9/1 offered by Betway on both of them – and Gary Anderson – is worth ignoring this week and we can instead turn our attention to The Bully Boy’s 20/1.

Michael Smith is becoming a bit of a bridesmaid at these events, but sooner or later he must surely lock down a win. I mean, if Peter Wright can. It’s true that this year hasn’t run as smoothly as the last for Bully Boy but Smith always seems to put in a good run at the big events. His scoring power is up there with the best and if the doubles fall his way he can beat anyone. Simon Whitlock (80/1) provides his first test which should be then followed by Joe Cullen (80/1) or Ian White (28/1), either of which he is more than capable of dismissing. After this, things should get very interesting indeed.

World Grand Prix Darts 2019 Schedule

Sunday October 6 (1900)

First Round (Best of three sets

  • Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Hughes
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Steve Beaton
  • James Wade v John Henderson
  • Mervyn King v Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock
  • Joe Cullen v Ian White
  • Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown
  • Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
  • Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
  • Glen Durrant v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Peter Wright v Max Hopp
  • Adrian Lewis v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
  • Stephen Bunting v Jonny Clayton
  • Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert
  • Vincent van der Voort v Nathan Aspinall

Monday October 7 (1900)

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Eight Second Round Matches

Tuesday October 8 (1900)

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four Second Round Matches

Wednesday October 9 (1900)

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four Second Round Matches

Thursday October 10 (1900)

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

  • Quarter Final 1
  • Quarter Final 2
  • Quarter Final 3
  • Quarter Final 4

Friday October 11 (1900)

  • Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)
  • Semi Final 1
  • Semi Final 2

Saturday October 12 (2000)

Final (Best of nine sets)

QUICK GLANCE AT THE WORLD GRAND PRIX DARTS 2019

Venue: Citywest Hotel, Dublin
Dates: Sunday 06.10.2019 – 12.10.2019
Format: Best of 3, 5, 7, 9 legs (All legs must begin and end with a double)
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: 1900 BST

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