Devastated Wayne Warren Wins BDO World Championships

Devastated Wayne Warren Wins BDO World Championships

Wayne Warren BDO World Championship 2020

Welshman Wayne Warren became the oldest BDO champion of all time when he lifted the BDO World Championship trophy on Sunday night but was left devastated when he found out about the prize fund cut. Warren, 57, claims he hasn’t yet been paid and had no prior knowledge about the cut funds or what his final figure will be.

Before the tournament, the BDO had informed players that the prize monies were going to be ‘somewhat reduced’ but, at the time of writing, such numbers are still waiting to be disclosed. All we know is that it will not be an equal figure to the sum that Glen Durrant took home for winning the same event in 2019.

Former PDC World Championship finalist and current BDO star, Andy Hamilton called on the BDO chairman, Des Jacklin, to resign over the fiasco and named, as many have, Martin Adams as his potential successor as the chairman of the organisation. This was a request to which Wolfie responded positively, even proposing to move the BDO World Championships to Easter to avoid a clash with PDC event.

Recapping the action

In the final, Warren beat fellow Welshman Jim Williams 7-4 at The Indigo at The O2 in East London. Williams got off to a fast start, hitting a 102 checkout in the second leg before taking the opening set in just 13 darts. Williams then took the second not long after, landing enough maximums to punish Warren for missing three darts that would have put him level.

Warren did draw level soon after, taking out the following two sets to bring the match to 2-2 before sealing the fifth set after fighting back from two legs down. Warren then dropped off the boil completely in the next to allow Williams to produce a whitewash in the next.

Warren responded to take the seventh set, only to lose the eighth in a decider before moving ahead completely and rounding off a sensational victory with his second match dart on double top. The veteran Welshman had performed strongly over the week and deservedly got his hands on the BDO’s top prize and reward, whatever that is.

In the Women’s Championships, Mikuru Suzuki successfully defended her women’s BDO World Darts Championship title by beating four-time winner Lisa Ashton 3-0 in the final.

2020 PDC TOURNAMENT Schedule

2020 PDC Tournament Schedule

With three weeks passing since Peter Wright lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy, all eyes are turning towards the new PDC season. Everything gets started all over again on the 31st of this month when the Darts Masters gets our 2020 calendar underway.

This year we will be heading to new venues in new towns in new countries globally including Prague, Budapest and New York, to name but three of the new stops along the way.

As ever, we will be looking forward to the majors such as the World Cup of Darts, Grand Slam of Darts and Champions League of Darts plus, of course, the World Darts Matchplay in Blackpool come July. Plus, eleven months from now, the Ally Pally will once more roar into life for the 2021 Darts World Championships all over again where Snakebite will seek to defend his trophy.

Of course, come February, the Darts Premier League gets going and, once again, each fixture will have a one-off challenger, all of which have been confirmed already. Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall, Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney and Glen Durrant will all be competing each week and, following the success of the challengers last year when they stepped in for the injured Gary Anderson, they will be back as part of a reformed league.

The history-making 25-year-old Fallon Sherrock will be representing her home town of Nottingham on February 13, while the Highlander John Henderson will perform on the opening night in Aberdeen on February 6. Sherrock made history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship, before beating number 11 seed Mensur Suljovic on her way to the third round, while Henderson also went out of the same tourney in the third round when he was beaten by Gerwyn Price.

In Cardiff, Jonny Clayton will perform just as William O’Connor will in Dublin on Night Four. Night Five in Exeter sees Luke Humphries chuck, one week before Stephen Bunting throws in Liverpool.

Newcastle’s local hero will be Chris Dobey while Jeffrey de Zwaan will represent in Rotterdam on Night Eight as will Jermaine Wattimena, also in Rotterdam one night later.

Any points collected by the challengers will not be applied to the league table, but players will receive financial rewards for avoiding defeat.

In the wise words of the Peter Wright walk-on theme, “it’s time to party!

Roll on 2020.

JANUARY

  • 31- Feb 2 (Milton Keynes) The Darts Masters

FEBRUARY

  • 6 (P&J Live, Aberdeen) Premier League Darts Night 1
  • 13 (Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham) Premier League Darts Night 2
  • 20 (Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff) Premier League Darts Night 3
  • 27 (Motorpoint Arena, Dublin) Premier League Darts Night 4
  • 28- Mar 1 (Ethias Arena, Hasselt) Belgian Darts Championship European Tour

MARCH

  • 5 (Westpoint Arena, Exeter) Premier League Darts Night 5
  • 6-8 (Minehead) UK Open Finals
  • 12 (M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool) Premier League Darts Night 6
  • 19 (Utilita Arena, Newcastle) Premier League Darts Night 7
  • 20-22 (Glaspalast, Sindelfingen) European Darts Grand Prix European Tour
  • 25 (Rotterdam Ahoy) Premier League Darts Night 8
  • 26 (Rotterdam Ahoy) Premier League Darts Judgement Night
  • 27-29 (Ostermann Arena, Leverkusen) European Darts Open European Tour

APRIL

  • 2 (The SSE Arena, Belfast) Premier League Darts Night 10
  • 9 (FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield) Premier League Darts Night 11
  • 11-13 (Zenith, Munich) German Darts Grand Prix European Tour
  • 16 (The Manchester Arena, Manchester) Premier League Darts Night 12
  • 23 (Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin) Premier League Darts Night 13
  • 30 (Arena Birmingham) Premier League Darts Night 14

MAY

  • 1-3 (Premstattner Halle, Premstatten) Austrian Darts Open European Tour
  • 7 (The SSE Hydro, Glasgow) Premier League Darts Night 15
  • 8-10 (ERD Arena, Budapest Hungarian) Darts Open European Tour
  • 14 (First Direct Arena, Leeds) Premier League Darts Night 16
  • 21 (The O2, London) Premier League Darts Play-Offs
  • 22-24 (Sachsenarena, Riesa) International Darts Open European Tour

JUNE

  • 5-6 (Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York) US Masters World Series of Darts
  • 12-13 (Forum Copenhagen) Nordic Darts Masters World Series of Darts
  • 18-21 (Hamburg) World Cup of Darts
  • 26-28 (Trier Arena, Trier) European Darts Matchplay European Tour

JULY

  • July 3-5 (Halle 39, Hildesheim) German Darts Championship European Tour
  • 10-12 (Sparkassen-Arena, Jena) German Darts Open European Tour
  • 18-26 (Winter Gardens, Blackpool) World Matchplay of Darts

AUGUST

  • 21-22 (Claudelands Arena, Hamilton) New Zealand Darts Masters World Series of Darts

SEPTEMBER

  • 5-6 (Morningside Arena, Leicester) Champions League of Darts
  • 11-13 (WTC Expo, Leeuwarden) Dutch Darts Masters European Tour
  • 18-20 (Venue TBC) World Series of Darts Finals
  • 25-27 (Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar) Gibraltar Darts Trophy European Tour

OCTOBER

  • 4-10 (Citiwest Hotel, Dublin) World Grand Prix
  • 16-18 (Kralovka Arena, Prague) Czech Darts Open European Tour
  • 29-Nov 1 (Dortmund) European Championship

NOVEMBER

  • 14-22 (Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton) Grand Slam of Darts
  • 27-29 (Butlin’s, Minehead) Players Championship Finals

DECEMBER

  • TBC (Alexandra Palace, London) 2021 PDC Darts World Championship
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The Price Is Wright As Gerwyn Wins Grand Slam of Darts

The Price Is Wright As Gerwyn Wins Grand Slam of Darts

Gerwyn Grand Slam of Darts

In a memorable final to last week’s brilliant Grand Slam of Darts, an imperious Gerwyn Price outplayed a rejuvenated Peter Wright to successfully defend the Eric Bristow Trophy, a title he won one year ago. Price, who knocked out Michael van Gerwen at the 20th attempt earlier in the afternoon, will now be a lot of people’s favourite for next month’s World Championship, such was the manner of his performance.

It was here in Wolverhampton 12 months ago that The Iceman beat Gary Anderson in the final and where he established himself as the game’s bad boy. The boos have followed him from tourney to tourney this past year, but the Welshman is now turning those boos into cheers as spectators and commentators alike begin to appreciate his talent.

A look back at the Grand Slam of Darts

Price rounded out a memorable week in Wolverhampton with a 16-6 victory over Snakebite. Price threw 11 maximums, averaging almost 108 as he dominated the final, threatening nine-darters on numerous occasions. On both of these, however, he lost the leg and on the second occasion, it allowed Wright to cut the deficit to 7-5.

Any hopes Wright might have harboured that that leg win and see the Iceman melt were quickly dashed as the former rugby player reeled off eight legs in succession. Aside from Snakebite, who performed well all things considered, claiming one leg back, the game was as good as gone and all wrapped up inside the hour.

Price was even within range of breaking Phil Taylor’s record 109.04 average for a Grand Slam final — set in a 16-4 triumph over Gary Anderson in 2011 — but three missed match darts put an end to that.

The Iceman’s success is his second major trophy, the same as his first, and comes in his fourth televised final. A win in this week’s Players Championship Finals will shorten his second favourite World Championship odds of 7/1 further still.

As for Snakey, he can take comfort in a campaign in which he rediscovered the form that was missing in the first part of the year. An improvement, and perhaps a win on Sunday in Minehead for 2019’s last trophy, will definitely put a happy ending on an otherwise horrible year.

Players Championship Finals Betting Tips

The last trophy of the year is on the line this weekend as the players take their final run out before next month’s PDC World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, Ally Pally to you and me. This year’s Players Championship Finals will be taking place at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Running from Friday November 22 through to Sunday, all of the action will be broadcast on ITV 4 as Daryl Gurney bids to defend the title he won against Michael van Gerwen 12 months ago. The Dutchman is understandably Betway’s 6/4 favourite to win the event for the fifth time, but many will have been impressed with Gerwyn Price last weekend and so his price of 13/2 will be tempting.

The Iceman became only the seventh player in history to successfully defend a PDC televised title with his Wolverhampton win last week where he also took down Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright. Price will now look to ride the momentum to another title as the best possible warm-up for the World Championships.

The first two rounds here are fought over 11 sets so there isn’t much room for errors, which more than anything else explains why longshots often do well here. Defending champion Daryl Gurney is a 25/1 shot and well worth considering as is Dave Chisnall, who also put in a good show at the Grand Slam of Darts and is a slightly shorter 22/1, both with Betway.

Last week’s runner up, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, can be confident given the quality he showed last week but in a punishing event, the tourney’s third seed could end up regretting missed chances. That said, should the real Snakebite stand up, his 12/1 price tag will look generous.

World number two Voltage Rob Cross is available at 14/1, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith can be picked up for 22/1, while Glen Durrant and Mensur Suljovic can be backed at 25/1 for the pair, all at Betway.

Players Championship Finals Schedule

Friday November 22

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Stephen Bunting
  • Jose de Sousa v James Richardson
  • Glen Durrant v Scott Baker
  • Max Hopp v Jelle Klaasen
  • Chris Dobey v Cristo Reyes
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Smith v Martin Schindler
  • Ian White v Devon Petersen
  • Harry Ward v Darius Labanauskas
  • Justin Pipe v Mervyn King
  • Brendan Dolan v Ross Smith
  • John Henderson v Ryan Joyce
  • Keegan Brown v Andy Boulton
  • Steve Beaton v Ricky Evans
  • Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
  • Dave Chisnall v Matthew Edgar
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Steve Lennon
  • Gerwyn Price v Mickey Mansell
  • James Wade v Ted Evetts
  • Mensur Suljovic v Kim Huybrechts
  • Daryl Gurney v Luke Woodhouse
  • Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries
  • Peter Wright v James Wilson
  • Nathan Aspinall v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Jonny Clayton v Ryan Meikle
  • Joe Cullen v Kyle Anderson
  • Vincent van der Voort v Arron Monk
  • Gabriel Clemens v Mark McGeeney
  • Adrian Lewis v Josh Payne
  • William O’Connor v Steve West
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Jamie Hughes
  • Ron Meulenkamp v Rob Cross

Saturday November 23

Second Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Price/Mansell v Brown/Boulton
  • Wade/Evetts v Beaton/Evans
  • Suljovic/Huybrechts v Noppert/Searle
  • Gurney/Woodhouse v Clemens/McGeeney
  • Lewis/Payne v Van Gerwen/Humphries
  • Wright/Wilson v Dobey/Reyes
  • Aspinall/Van Barneveld v Cullen/Anderson
  • Wattimena/Hughes v Meulenkamp/Cross
  • De Zwaan/Whitlock v Henderson/Joyce
  • Clayton/Meikle v Ward/Labanauskas
  • De Sousa/Richardson v Van den Bergh/Bunting
  • White/Petersen v Van der Voort/Monk
  • Ratajski/Lennon v O’Connor/West
  • Durrant/Baker v Hopp/Klaasen
  • Chisnall/Edgar v Pipe/King
  • M Smith/Schindler v Dolan/R Smith

Sunday November 24

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 Legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Venue: Butlin’s Resort, Minehead
Dates: Friday 22.11.2019
Format: Best of 11, 19. 21
Current Champion: Daryl Gurney
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (1245 GMT)

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2019 PDC Darts Masters Betting Tips As The New Season Begins

2019 PDC Darts Masters Betting Tips As The New Season Begins

PDC 2019 Darts Masters

The new PDC darts season gets underway this weekend in Milton Keynes with the 2019 Darts Masters at The Marshall Arena. Last season’s winner – and indeed the winner of the previous four Masters events – Michael van Gerwen is once again the favourite. His main challenger, Gary Anderson, who is the only other player in the top half of the draw to make the quarter-finals at the Ally Pally, has withdrawn due to a back injury.

However, 15 other big names from the PDC world will be on show, including Stephen Bunting, who replaces The Flying Scotsman.

Quick glance of the 2019 PDC Darts Masters

Venue: The Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes
Dates: Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3
Prize Money: Winner £60,000, Runner-Up £25,000, Semi-Finalists £17,500, Quarter-Finalists £10,000, First Round Losers £5,000
Format: First Round – Best of 19 legs, Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs, Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs, Final – Best of 21 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: ITV4

Previewing the 2019 PDC Darts Masters matchups

This year, Mighty Mike goes into the event as World Champion, having won at the Alexandra Palace back on New Year’s Day. His rivals will be all too aware of his preference for the Masters’ longer style format, with the first round being best of 19. It is also true that he always starts the season strong, having refreshed himself over the January break and it usually shows by the time the world’s best head to Milton Keynes. Indeed, in 11 of his last 12 Masters matches, MVG has posted averages of 100 or more.

Mighty Mike opens up against sixteenth seed Jonny Clayton on Friday night. Welshman Clayton beat MVG in a Grand Slam of Darts group match last year and also came close in the quarter-finals. Given that match, who’s to say he’s not capable of winning here? Given his 125/1 price at Betway, he might be worth a small each way flutter. Also in the top half of the draw are Mensur Suljovic, who goes head to head with Simon Whitlock, Daryl Gurney will take on Dave Chisnall and Anderson’s stand-in, Stephen Bunting will face 13th seed Darren Webster.

Daryl Gurney is another who knows what it takes to beat MVG, having done exactly that at the Players Championship Finals. A poor World Championship display should inspire him to show his best again, especially with the Premier League campaign coming up on the horizon. In the absence of Gary Anderson, Gurney and his opponent Dave Chisnall might both be looking ahead to the semi-finals already.

In the bottom half of the draw, things are equally as competitive. Second seed Rob Cross begins his campaign as the solid favourite against Joe Cullen, while the ever (un)popular Gerwyn Price takes on the game’s other pantomime villain, one James ‘The Machine’ Wade. Sixth seed Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith faces Ian White in his opener, while Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will need to improve drastically if he is to make it past first-round opponent Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis.

Peter Wright is the biggest name in this side of the draw, having a great deal more to prove than most after suffering a horrible 2018. His season came to an abrupt end at The Ally Pally where he fell at the first hurdle to distant outsider, Spain’s Toni Alcinas. During 2018, Wright only collected three titles, pitiful given his standing as world number two for the majority of the year. The year came after a strong 2018 where Snakebite picked up eleven titles including the UK Open. However, last year he did reach the finals of both the World Grand Prix and Champions League Darts, so there were fleeting moments of hope for the Scotsman, including his impressive if unexcepted demolition of MVG in the semi-final of the Champions League.

Wright has a tough start against two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, who is slowly returning to form after a poor couple of seasons himself. Jackpot made the last 16 at the World Championships before coming up against MVG and could easily dismiss Peter Wright at the Darts Masters. Should Wright progress, he could face Ally Pally runner-up Michael Smith, who is now playing like an unofficial member of the top three, which is why his Betway price of 7/1 looks like a bargain worth taking. The St Helens thrower is second favourite ahead of Rob Cross, although he is outperforming Voltage massively as evidenced by his numerous ton plus averages at the World’s last month.

Elsewhere, Gerwyn Price, who was hit with a £21,500 fine plus a suspended sentence for his behaviour during his Grand Slam of Darts match against Gary Anderson, takes on James Wade. The English darter will also feel the boos rain down on him following his horrible attitude against Seigo Asada in North London. While neither are fancied to walk away with the season’s first trophy on Sunday, this match will provide an early season indicator on who this year’s public enemy number one will be.

2019 PDC Darts Masters betting lines

The following OUTRIGHT victory prices are all available at Betway.

(4/7) Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton (125/1)
(20/1) Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock (66/1)
(28/1) Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall (33/1)
(66/1) Stephen Bunting v Darren Webster (100/1)
(9/1) Rob Cross v Joe Cullen (50/1)
(28/1) Gerwyn Price v James Wade (28/1)
(7/1) Michael Smith v Ian White (66/1)
(12/1) Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis (20/1)

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