Darts To Have Four World Championships

Darts To Have Four World Championships

With the demise of the BDO, Darts was left with one solitary World Championship but, as of 2022, three new amateur events will be added to the calendar meaning there will actually be four separate championships.

The main one, the PDC Darts World Championship, which was won last year by Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price, will take place as usual from mid-December to early January. 

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On top of this, the World Darts Federation have announced their plans to launch their own World Championship in early January, holding it at Lakeside where and when the BDO used to hold their now-defunct world championships.

Given that it overlaps with the PDC version, its hard to see this event faring any better than the BDO’s event, which suffered from being the poor relation to the PDC event and set off just after the main event wrapped.

One suggestion the BDO had to save its tourney before folding was to move their championships to the Easter holidays to avoid clashing with the Alexandra Palace event.

Unifying World Amateur Champions

The WDF World Championships will not be darts-only new world tourney.

There will also be World Senior Championship, which will be held at the Circus Tavern in February where 16 times PDC World Champion Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, John Lowe, Ted Hankey and John Part will all be in competition.

To cap it all, the Modern Amateur Darts (MAD) organisation, which only launched last year, will be hosting their inaugural World Championship in December, before the Ally Pally event gets underway.

A bit like boxing, amateur darts could be over represented with different organisations with players able to compete in multiple events and win multiple awards to become the undisputed amateur champion. 

Welshman Wayne Warren won the final ever BDO World Championships and also holds the MAD world belt. Were he to also lay claim to WDF Championship, he could claim to be the undisputed king of amateur darts.

At 59, he is also eligible for the World Seniors event.

Price Returns For Players Championship 16

Of course, another Welshman is the reigning champion of Darts’ only other World Championship, the PDC version.

By far the biggest event in Darts, world number one Gerwyn Price was the 2021 winner, but has barely played since then and missed out on the Darts Premier League, won by yet another Welshman in Jonny Clayton, entirely after he returned a positive test for the virus.

He makes a return to the oche this week for the PDC Super Series 4 following three months watching on from home. It will be his first competitive PDC action since March when he came runner up in another Players Championship event.

Price has been priced up at 13/2 with online bookmaker bet365 to win the Players Championship 16 event outright. That makes him the second favourite for the event, which is not on TV, behind 5/1 favourite Michael van Gerwen.

Jose De Sousa is also priced at 13/2, with Jonny Clayton available at 11/1. Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is 14s as is Dimitri Van Den Bergh, while Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson is 18/1, all with bet365.PDC Super Series 4 will see four Players Championship events played at the Marshall Arena in the extremely familiar Milton Keynes this week, with 128 players competing for the titles across each day of action.

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Jonny Clayton Wins Darts Premier League

Jonny Clayton Wins Darts Premier League

World number one Gerwyn Price might not have been able to compete in this year’s Premier League of Darts, but Welsh fans needn’t have worried as The Iceman’s World Cup-winning partner, Jonny Clayton, scooped one of darts’ biggest prizes on Friday night when he won the 2021 PDC Darts Premier League.

Clayton, who considers darts to be a hobby, had been the last player to qualify for this year’s event when he won the 2021 Darts Masters back in January and was the lowest-ranked player in the PDC Order of Merit throughout. The Ferret has now won three PDC titles, two of which have been solo, in the past six months.

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Incredibly, Clayton was only in Premier League because he won the Masters, where he beat Michael van Gerwen and Jose De Sousa along the way, but was only competing in that due to a change of format that extended the field from 16 to 24 players.

Nevertheless, part time Clayton, the first Welsh champion of this event in its 17 year history, insists he will go back to work as a plasterer with Carmarthenshire council on Tuesday despite his recent unranked prize money cash injections courtesy of the PDC.

The 46-year-old took down the biggest prize of his life after he qualified for the playoffs at the last minute thanks to a winner takes all victory over fifth-placed Dimitri Van den Bergh before chalking up superb wins over Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final and then Jose de Sousa in the final at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Against MVG in the semis, Clayton beat the five-time champion 10-8 with an average of 103.25 and a checkout percentage of 62.5%. He then met Jose De Sousa, The Special One, in the final after the Portuguese beat Nathan Aspinall in his semi-final. Once at the final, the Ferret recorded an impressive 11-5 victory, posting an average of 100.18 compared to De Sousa’s 100.53. Clayton also pinned six of the match’s 13 180s.

Clayton has now won four titles this season, including the Players Championship, three more than any other darter so he won’t be ranked 17th in the world for very long. The former rugby player is now 10/1 with bet365 to win the Darts World Championships in January.

2021 PDC World Championship Darts Betting Odds   

  • Michael van Gerwen – 7/2
  • Gerwyn Price – 7/2
  • Peter Wright – 9/1
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 10/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 10/1
  • Jose de Sousa – 14/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 20/1
  • Michael Smith – 25/1
  • Gary Anderson – 20/1
  • Dave Chisnall – 40/1
  • James Wade – 33/1
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Darts Premier League 2021 Final Stage

Darts Premier League 2021 Final Stage

The fourth and final phase of this year’s Darts Premier League returns this Monday for the last five nights of action. While not culminating in a spectacular playoff weekend in London, the event will at least have some fans in attendance.

Fans, more than in many other sports, are the lifeblood of darts. In part, because the game is at heart just a bit of pub-based silliness or what has been described in some quarters as “fat blokes throwing things at the wall”, but also because of the atmosphere that a crowd can help generate.

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Darts might not be one of the nation’s most glamourous sports, or one of its more monied, but there is a reason darts is Sky Sports’ second most popular sport. It’s entertaining and fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, a mood that is perfectly captured by the fans.

Fans who are back this week at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, albeit in reduced numbers. And they will get to witness the final five consecutive nights right up until the playoffs on Friday the 28th of May.

Night 13 matchups set

Night 13 pits the top two – Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall – against each other in a match that could prove decisive on how the final table looks and consequently how the playoffs shape up. 

We always expected both of these players to qualify for the last four, even before the last-minute withdrawal of the world champion Gerwyn Price, who finishes above the other will make all the difference come Friday’s finals.

Bottom placed Peter Wright must beat James Wade, the guy directly above him in the table. Should the Snakebite lose and unless his shoulder has recovered over the break as he surely will, then I think that will signal curtains for his campaign.

While Dimitri Van den Bergh and Jose De Sousa are currently in the top four, keep an eye on the Ferret that is Jonny Clayton, who looks to be closing fast. The Welshman takes on both of these players either side of playing a potential lemon in Peter Wright, and I could easily see him joining Mighty Mike and The Asp in Friday’s foursomes.

The momentum for the final place could swing Van den Bergh’s way on Tuesday when he himself takes on Peter Wright. A win there, plus a defeat for De Sousa at the hands of Clayton, and we could have found a final four as early as then. 

That final order could take shape on the last night of the regular campaign when Jonny Clayton takes on Dimitri Van den Bergh to see he finishes where. 

Premier League Darts prediction final four: Michael van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Dimitri Vanden Bergh.

Darts Premier League 2021 betting odds (bet365)

Here are the current odds as set by the bet365 online sportsbook.

  • Michael van Gerwen – 13/8
  • Dimitri van Den Bergh – 10/3
  • Nathan Aspinall – 6/1
  • Jose De Sousa – 6/1
  • Jonny Clayton -13/2
  • Gary Anderson – 14/1
  • James Wade – 22/1
  • Peter Wright – 100/1

Premier League of Darts table 

  1. Michael van Gerwen (+21) 17 Pts
  2. Nathan Aspinall (+15) 15 Pts
  3. Dimitri Van den Bergh (+7) 15 Pts
  4. Jose de Sousa (+12) 14 Pts
  5. Jonny Clayton (+4) 14 Pts
  6. Gary Anderson (0) 13 Pts
  7. James Wade (-1) 11 Pts
  8. Peter Wright (-16) 9 Pts

Premier League of Darts 2021 Schedule

Night 13, 24th of May 

  • Jonny Clayton v Gary Anderson
  • Jose de Sousa v Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
  • James Wade v Peter Wright

Night 14, 25th of May 

  • James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
  • Jonny Clayton v Jose de Sousa
  • Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 15, 26th of May 

  • Jonny Clayton v Peter Wright
  • James Wade v Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinall
  • Jose de Sousa v Michael van Gerwen

Night 16, 27th of May 

  • Gary Anderson v James Wade
  • Nathan Aspinall v Jose de Sousa
  • Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton

Play-Offs Night, 28th of May 

  • Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Finals (Best of 21 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT DARTS PREMIER LEAGUE 2021

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: 24th – 28th of May 2021

Format: Best of 12, 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Glen Durrant

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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