Van Gerwen Victorious in Vegas

Van Gerwen Victorious in Vegas

He came, he saw, he conquered – as expected, Michael van Gerwen took down his second World Series of Darts title inside a week after beating Daryl Gurney 8-6 in the final of the inaugural US Darts Masters in Las Vegas.

It was another imperious display for Mighty Mike, putting on a show in Sin City, dropping only the one leg as he dismissed Chris White, Dave Richardson and Gerwyn Price before moving onto Gurney.

Northern Irishman Gurney, making his first appearance in a World Series event, had overcome two out of the world’s top three in both Peter Wright and Gary Anderson to make it to the final. Once there, he fared little better than the others paired with MVG, immediately going 2 legs to zero down, the first of which was closed out by the Dutchman with a 124 checkout. Gurney rallied though, just as he had against world number two Gary Anderson in the semis, and took five of the next six legs to move into the lead.

By the tenth leg, however, MVG was back in charge courtesy of a 112 finish and a 13-darter, after which the Dutch star won four straight legs on the bounce to put him 7-5 ahead, before a closing and definitive leg was taken by van Gerwen by way of a 98 average and 12-darter finish to treat the Nevada crowd and help himself to back-to-back World Series triumphs.

2017 Darts World Matchplay Betting Tips

This Saturday at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, the biggest darting event of the summer gets underway as the 2017 Darts World Matchplay takes place from July 22-30, live on the Sky Sports Action HD. This year the tournament boats a new record £500,000 prize money, £115,000 of which will be awarded to the champion, with a £10,000 bonus on offer for a nine-dart finish.

As for the match action, it’s another ex-champion, James Wade, along with top stars Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, who will go in the tournament’s first session on Saturday. In all, 32 players will be competing with the first-round split across the opening three days with a double session on Sunday. It’s the second of these sessions that legendary 15-time Matchplay champion Phil Taylor gets his final ever Blackpool challenge underway before retirement, when he takes on UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price.

The same session also sees Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld launch their campaigns before Monday night when Michael van Gerwen, the 4/6 favourite with Bet365, begins his quest for a third successive World Matchplay win, and, as ever, it’s hard to disagree with the rampant Dutch giant.

The second round is split across Tuesday and Wednesday with the ever-thinning field progressing to the quarter-finals which are then split across Thursday and Friday, with the semi-finals on Saturday before Sunday’s final.

Scottish star Gary Anderson has seen his Betway odds cut to 5/1 following a kind draw, with Wright the third favourite at 6/1 with Bet365. Taylor on the other hand can be picked up for 22/1, also at Bet365, as he seeks a golden goodbye in Blackpool. Be warned though, that neither Taylor, who could face Raymond van Barneveld in round two, or MVG who will likely meet Kyle Anderson or Simon Whitlock on Wednesday, have been given the easiest of routes to the final.

Traditionally, there have been early eliminations for seeded players in round one here so be on the lookout for potential upsets again this year. Can Steve Beaton rewind back the clock and overcome Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis? It’s worth 9/4 with Skybet. Also, do any one of Sunday night’s fixtures have the potential to cause causalities to the big names? That said, Skybet are offering 5/2 on either Peter Wright or Gary Anderson facing off against MVG in next Sunday’s final in separate forecast bets that are worth looking at. Likewise, you can get 33/1 on either of the Scottish pair meeting up with Phil Taylor.

Now 24 years old, the Matchplay has still only ever been won by seven different players in its lifetime. Larry Butler, Colin Lloyd, Peter Evison and James Wade have one title each, while Rod Harrington has another two. The other seventeen tournaments have been split 15-2 between Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen. If you fancy this record to be broken then pay attention to Skybet’s ‘new winner’ special worth 5/4 should anyone but those two win the tournament.

It’s also worthy of mention that the same sportsbook is offering nationality bets on the winner, 5/4 Dutch, 6/4 Scottish, 3/1 English and 16/1 other.

First Round

Saturday July 22 (7pm)

  • Michael Smith v Steve West
  • James Wade v Darren Webster
  • Gary Anderson v Christian Kist
  • Peter Wright v James Wilson

Sunday July 23

Afternoon Session (1pm)

  • Jelle Klaasen v Justin Pipe
  • Robert Thornton v Cristo Reyes
  • Benito van de Pas v Daryl Gurney
  • Mensur Suljovic v John Henderson

Evening Session (7.30pm)

  • Dave Chisnall v Mervyn King
  • Phil Taylor v Gerwyn Price
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Joe Cullen
  • Kim Huybrechts v Alan Norris

Monday July 24 (7pm)

  • Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson
  • Adrian Lewis v Steve Beaton
  • Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
  • Ian White v Rob Cross

Second Round

Tuesday July 25 (7pm)

  • Suljovic/Henderson v Klaasen/Pipe
  • Wade/Webster v Smith/West
  • Anderson/Kist v Van de Pas/Gurney
  • Wright/Wilson v Thornton/Reyes

Wednesday July 26 (7pm)

  • Chisnall/King v Huybrechts/Norris
  • Lewis/Beaton v White/Cross
  • Taylor/Price v Van Barneveld/Cullen
  • Van Gerwen/Bunting v Whitlock/Anderson

Thursday July 27 (7pm)

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Friday July 28 (7pm)

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Saturday July 29 (7pm)

  • Semi-Finals

Sunday July 30 (7pm)

  • Final
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Michael Van Gerwen Wins Third European Tour Title Of 2017

Michael Van Gerwen Wins Third European Tour Title Of 2017

Sunday’s Austrian Darts Open final at the Multiversum in Schwechat went predictably the way of the invincible Dutchman Michael van Gerwen.

European Tour: Michael Van Gerwen vs Michael Smith

Michael Smith was the latest victim, seen off after a fine display in which Mighty Mike ran out the 6-5 winner.

For the Dutchman, this was his third European title of the season so far, having landed wins in both Jena and Hamburg already in 2017. This time, MVG took home £25,000 for his dismissal of former World Youth Champion Smith.

Merseyside resident Smith enjoyed success in Gibraltar last month when he won the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, his second win of the year, which moved him into the top 11 players in the world.

Here, though, the 26-year-old was no match for MVG despite initially opening up a 2-0 lead against the world’s best player – even scoring a 13-darter featuring a 180 as he broke his brilliant opponent early on.

It wasn’t to last, as van Gerwen hit back to level. Smith remained upbeat and defiant when many others would crumble before an imperious van Gerwen on a mission. The Englishman hit 86 on the bull to stretch his lead to 3-2 before landing a magnificent 170 checkout to move even further ahead.

Mighty Mike isn’t one to tolerate such uprisings, though, and before long had struck back once again, this time courtesy of a 14-darter. Crucially, Smith then missed an all-important shot at the top allowing MVG to land yet another 13-darter, before going one better with a 12-darter in the deciding set to secure his 17th career European Tour win.

European Darts Open betting tips

It’s back to Germany for this week’s European Darts Open event, specifically the Ostermann Arena in Leverkusen.

The matches run from Friday to Sunday and the betting for is shaping up as follows.

No money to be made with Mighty Mike

As ever, there is little-to-no value on Michael van Gerwen who is 4/7 at Bet365, just ahead of Peter Wright at 4/1 with the same sportsbook.

Snakebite the Wright bet?

Snakebite” has gone quiet of late following a decent first half of 2017.

An early exit in Vienna last week only compounded his humiliation from the Darts World Cup a fortnight earlier when Scotland, for whom he paired with world number two Gary Anderson, bowed out early following a defeat to Singapore.

If the popular mohawked Scotsman is your pick, then know this: he is a half point higher in Betway’s book than any other; you can find him at 9/2.

No hair-raising bets

Sadly, there is no book running on which hairstyle Wright will be sporting on Sunday but with America’s Independence Day just days away, there is a good chance he might be stars and stripy.

Other darts bets

For anyone that might be thinking Michael Smith might go one better this time around or, at the very least, equal his Austrian heroics of last week, Bet365 are listing him at 33/1, which is decent enough for an each-way punt.

The same almost applies for James “The Machine” Wade who is a sturdy 40/1, as is Kim Huybrechts. While the book runs longer, I wouldn’t look beyond these chuckers if I were you.

Inside of these prices, you’ll find Dave Chisnall, 18/1, Mensur Suljovic, 20/1 (both at Betway), and Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis who is currently available at 28/1 with both Bet365 and Betway.

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Michael van Gerwen Wins Darts Premier League For Third Time

World number one Michael van Gerwen was crowned the winner of the Darts Premier League for the third time in five years.

Darts Premier League finals

The conclusion of an epic evening at The O2 Arena saw the brilliant Dutchman gifted a get out of jail free card by a generous Peter Wright.

Final: Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright

Mighty Mike fought back from a 3-0 deficit and then a 7-2 deficit to steal an 11-10 victory over Wright, who once again dropped much-needed double shots – in this case a horribly frustrating six (six!) championship darts.

Heartbreak for Snakebite fans came in the 20th leg when Wright failed to land a double 16 before incredibly missing two more shots, then another three on his next visit.

Van Gerwen, who has now made the final of every Darts Premier League, is not the man you want to let back into a game. The Dutchman duly capitalised, taking full advantage and landing a double 10 before closing with a 12-darter to claim the £250,000 first prize.

Semi-final: Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

Earlier on Thursday, we also watched the semi-finals play out. The first match of the day allowed MVG to despatch the twice World Champion Gary Anderson 10-7 courtesy of a pivotal MVG break of throw late on in the match.

Anderson had taken the opener, and the game remained a tight, tense match until van Gerwen’s decisive snatch in the sixteenth leg.

Semi-final: Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Elsewhere, the Darts Premier League said goodbye to crowd favourite (and the greatest darts player of all time) Phil “The Power” Taylor as he gave way to Peter Wright.

Both The Power and the crowd had been hoping the six-time winner could claim a seventh before retirement but Wright wasn’t reading from the script and eliminated Taylor in a 10-9 victory.

Wright had romped into a 4-0 lead before Taylor showed his true class to bring the game level, preceding a break of throw that sent The Power into an amazing 9-8 lead and within touching distance of a final spot. Sadly, though, it wasn’t to be as Taylor missed a match-winning dart to allow Wright to take the final place.

Darts betting tips for Dubai Masters

Both MVG and Wright will turn out again this Wednesday in the Dubai Masters where the former is an outright winner’s price of 4/6 across the board – but for which Wright is an intriguing best price of 5/1 with SkyBet.

Phil Taylor will also be making an appearance in the Middle East this week. Bet365 are offering 14/1 on an outright win for The Power.

Dave Chisnall, who will make his World Cup debut for England next week, is an overall price of 22/1 in the same sportsbook, while James Wade can be selected for an outsider’s price of 33/1.

Anderson, for those interested, can be picked up for a Dubai tournament win for 11/2 at Betway where you will also find Raymond van Barneveld at 25/1.

Dubai Masters schedule

Wednesday’s Dubai Masters order of play is as follows:

Peter Wright takes on Dave Chsinall before MVG meets RVB in an all-Dutch clash.

This preceds a match between Anderson and Taylor before James Wade meets Gerwyn Price, 80/1 at Betway, to close the night’s opening round.

More PDC tournaments in 2017

  • Betway World Cup of Darts – Frankfurt, June 1-4
  • World Matchplay – Blackpool, July 22-30
  • Champions League of Darts – Cardiff, September 16-17
  • World Grand Prix – Dublin, October 1-7
  • European Championship – Belgium October 26-29
  • World Series of Darts Finals – Glasgow, Nov 4-5
  • Grand Slam of Darts – Wolverhampton, Nov 11-19
  • PDC World Championship 2018 – Alexandra Palace
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