UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

The first televised PDC event since January’s Darts Masters gets underway this Friday as the players make their return to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes for this year’s renewal of the UK Open.

Considered by many in the game to be the FA Cup of Darts, the UK Open runs from March 5 through 7 at the temporary venue, which will also host the first round of this year’s Darts Premier League, instead of its usual home at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

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The tourney carries its nickname due to the fact the players go unseeded and the format is a random draw, just like the football tournament.

We don’t currently have a great deal of recent results to draw betting inspiration from. Our past two tournaments have been one by Welsh World Cup winning duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, who picked up the Masters a month ago and with it the final Premier League spot.

Reigning champion and now world number two Michael van Gerwen will be back to retain the crown he banked when he beat World Champion Price in the final a year ago.

It is likely that for rest of this year, and possibly well beyond, those two will be jostling for bragging rights. They will also be favoured pair for every tournament, but because of the open format, they could meet at any point this weekend rather than being seeded all the way to another final.

Fittingly as snooker welcomes back former great Stephen Hendry from retirement, the PDC will welcome back our own hero when Raymond van Barneveld makes his return at the Marshall. Barney gets a bye for round one and has been drawn against Alan Soutar in round two.

Players ranked in the world’s top 32 will join the competition in the fourth round and the draw will be made at the end of the previous round.

Despite losing his place at the top of the darting tree, Michael van Gerwen has been installed as the 4/1 favourite for the Open. Even though he hasn’t picked up silverware in a while, that still represents as good a value as we have seen on the Dutchman in quite some time and is definitely worth considering.

Similarly, world number one Gerwyn Price is a 5/1 shot, which given his form over the past season must surely be too good to turn down. Of course, decent prices on those two mean that there are superb odds to be sniffed out further down the line.

It’s hard to ignore the 33/1 offered at bet365 for 2019 champion Nathan Aspinall for example. Or the same price offered on James Wade, another former UK Open winner, is another one that catches the eye.

Elsewhere, Peter Wright can be backed at 9/1 and Dimitri van den Bergh is at 20s.

For the romantics out there, the returning Raymond is 60/1 as the 2021 PDC darts season finally begins to creek into motion.


Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: February 5 – February 7

Format: Best of 11, 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1245 and 1900 GMT)

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UK Open 2020
This weekend the PDC are treating us to an event dubbed the FA Cup of Darts. That’s right, its time for another major, and the second televised event of the week after the Darts Premier League stopover in Exeter on Thursday, the UK Open.

This event earned its nickname due to its random round by round draws as well as the participation of amateurs among the 160 player field. Like its footballing equivalent, giant-killing has been a feature of the event over the years and hopefully, this year will be no different.

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A preview of the UK Darts Open

No players will be seeded and a random draw is held for each of the following rounds after the conclusion of the third round. As such, this is an event that doesn’t necessarily favour the big names, proof of which can be found in the fact that we have enjoyed 10 different winners in the 17 years that this event has been running, which is quite open by darts standards.

Plus, consider the fact the greatest darter of all time, Phil Taylor only lifted the trophy five times while the pretender to his crown, Michael van Gerwen has only claimed it twice. For the record, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade have also won it two times, while the other names scratched onto the trophy are that of Roland Scholten, Robert Thornton, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall, who took the trophy this time last year.

Ignoring the obvious claims of MVG, a case could be made for Nathan Aspinall to reclaim his title, even if he did lose to Peter Wright in the Premier League last night. The Stockport man’s battling spirit is a key element to his game, even if it was Snakebite who came out on top in Exeter. Wright is another who will need no introduction in Minehead this weekend.

One member of the current big three that will contest The Open is world number three Gerwyn Price. Price was playing like the best in the world until last night when his undefeated record, the last in the Darts Premier League, fell after he was soundly and surprising beaten by Glen Durrant. 2020 will surely bring more televised trophies for the Welshman otherwise it will, in all honesty, be deemed a failure given his ability on the arrows, and this could well be the ideal place to get things started for The Iceman.

If not Aspinall or Price then who? Well, all eyes will surely turn to Michael Smith, who desperately needs to break his major tournament duck. If his recent nine-darter is anything to go by then his form couldn’t be in better condition for a deep run at the Open.

Bully Boy is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the world today and has been the bridesmaid on nine occasions since 2018. This includes second-place finishes at the World Series of Darts Finals, 2019 World Championship, 2019 World Matchplay, the 2020 Darts Masters and this weekend’s Belgian Darts Championship part of the European Tour. Oh, and he beat Mighty Mike 7-4 in the Darts Premier League last night in an effortlessly classy performance.

Glen Durrant is another on the hunt for his first trophy, albeit on the PDC alone. The former BDO world champ only earned his Tour Card two months before his UK Open debut last year but is now a year into life with the PDC and is going well in the Darts Premier League as witnessed by his excellent 7-3 defeat of Gerwyn Price.

Finally, mention must be made of ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Humphries, who last night became the first challenger to win a match in the Darts Premier League when he beat Gary Anderson. Anderson was off throw in his match last night after a wishy-washy season so far. He will need to raise his game significantly if he is to win the Open for a second time having triumphed in 2018. As for Humphries, he will be relishing the opportunity to shine on another major PDC occasion and should not be ruled out.

UK Open Betting Lines

Michael Van Gerwen11/102/1
Peter Wright9/213/2
Gerwyn Price7/17/1
Nathan Aspinall16/116/1
Gary Anderson14/114/1
Michael Smith14/120/1
Glen Durrant25/125/1
Rob Cross20/125/1
Luke Humphries66/180/1


Venue: Butlin’s Minehead Resort, Minehead

Dates: 06.03.2020

Format: Max of 11, best of 19, 21

Current Champion: Nathan Aspinall

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1200 GMT)

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2019 UK Open Darts Betting Tips

2019 UK Open Darts Betting Tips

UK Open Darts 2019 Preview

Only one day after Thursday’s Premier League action, this year’s UK Open gets underway at Butlins’ Minehead Resort in Somerset.

The big news is that the defending champion Gary Anderson will be taking part. The Flying Scotsman hasn’t competed since losing his World Championship semi-final in December and has since pulled out of both the Masters and the Premier League to undergo treatment for a long-standing back problem. However, he has now been confirmed among the entries for the Open which starts this Friday. As well as Anderson, the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Michael Smith will all be confident of glory.

Amateurs and pros alike descend upon UK Open

This event is popular with fans due to the randomness of matches. Likened to football’s FA Cup, the Open allows for no seeding advantage and includes the participation of 32 amateur qualifiers among the 159-player field, which is also made up 128 PDC Tour Card Holders. 16 qualifiers are drawn from the 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit and 16 others are part of the Riley’s Amateur Qualifiers, which once featured the likes of Rob Cross, 12/1 at Betway to win outright this year. From there, as in the FA Cup, a random draw is made at the conclusion of every round meaning unheralded players can, and often do, go on a deep tournament run.

Last year, play took place behind closed doors after the UK was caught in a freak snowstorm dubbed Storm Emma. No such problems look likely this year as the UK has instead posted record-breaking February weather meaning the venue should be packed. The draws for the first three rounds, which will be played over eight separate stages, have already been made. And it’s in the fourth round that the world’s top 32 take to the stage on Friday evening where things get interesting. As you would expect, the cream always rises to the top in darts and the past five winners are Michael van Gerwen (twice), Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright, who has finished runner-up in this competition twice.

All of the above are in the line up again as is Michael Smith, who has recovered in time from the emergency abscess surgery he underwent on Monday and carries Betway’s price of 12/1 on his head for tournament success. One to look out for is the pantomime villain that is Wales’ Gerwyn Price, who has been playing well of late in the ongoing Premier League Darts and has won back to back PDC Players Championship titles this past weekend. He is available at a very tempting 25/1 with Betway Sports. The 25/1 offered on PDC newbie Glen Durrant is definitely another one to consider too. The reigning BDO World Champion is new to the PDC organisation and has already won his first competition.

Naturally, it’s hard to oppose Michael van Gerwen but his odds-on 5/6 makes things less interesting for those looking to turn a profit. Second favourite Gary Anderson should feel suitably refreshed and has won here before meaning Betway’s 8/1 catches the eye. Another former winner, Peter Wright can be backed at 16/1, just short of the 20/1 Betway have placed on Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price’s 22/1.


Venue: Butlin’s Minehead Resort
Dates: Friday 01.03.2019 to Sunday 03.03.2019
Format: First, Second & Third Rounds (Best of 11 legs), Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, QFs (Best of 19 legs), Semi-Finals and Final (Best of 21 legs)
Current Champion: Gary Anderson
Prize Money: £450,000
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (From 11.00 GMT Friday with coverage across the weekend)

Schedule for The 2019 UK Open

Main Stage

  • Mark McGeeney v David Pallett – First Round
  • Wes Newton v Cameron Menzies – First Round
  • Dawson Murschell v Ross Smith – Second Round
  • Glen Durrant v Day/Kuivenhoven – Second Round
  • Portela/Bates v Hughes/Rydz – Second Round
  • Taylor/Labanauskas v Kevin Burness – Second Round
  • Luke Humphries v Vincent van der Voort – Third Round
  • Toni Alcinas v Nathan Aspinall – Third Round
  • Ricky Evans v Justicia/Thoburn/Dennant – Third Round
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Shepherd/Worsley/Brooks – Third Round

Stage Two

  • Barry Lynn v Michael Rasztovits – First Round
  • Jamie Hughes v Callan Rydz – First Round
  • Dennis Nilsson v Madars Razma – First Round
  • Mike van Duivenbode v Ted Evetts – First Round
  • Scott Taylor v Darius Labanauskas – First Round
  • Wayne Jones v Vincent Kamphuis – Second Round
  • C Harris/Davey v Adam Hunt – Second Round
  • Temple/Preston v Arron Monk – Second Round
  • Shepherd/Worsley v Bradley Brooks – Second Round
  • Mickey Mansell v Danny Noppert – Third Round
  • James Richardson v Steve Lennon – Third Round
  • Baker/Harrington v Krzysztof Ratajski – Third Round
  • Devon Petersen v Portela/Bates/Hughes/Rydz – Third Round

Stage Three

  • Conan Whitehead v Michael Burgoine – First Round
  • Shaun Fox v Andy Jenkins – First Round
  • Joe Murnan v Mark Frost – First Round
  • Diogo Portela v Barrie Bates – First Round
  • Mark Wilson v Mark Dudbridge – Second Round
  • Nilsson/Razma v McGeeney/Pallett – Second Round
  • Van Duivenbode/Evetts v George Killington – Second Round
  • Collins/Rodriguez v Andy Boulton – Second Round
  • Gabriel Clemens v Zoran Lerchbacher – Third Round
  • Beveridge/Woodhouse v Chris Dobey – Third Round
  • Stevenson/Gray/McFarlane v Mark Webster – Third Round
  • Carlin/Bunse/Michael v Durrant/Day/Kuivenhoven – Third Round

Stage Four

  • Adam Huckvale v Mark Barilli – First Round
  • Geert Nentjes v David Evans – First Round
  • Cody Harris v John Davey – First Round
  • Kirk Shepherd v Jonathan Worsley – First Round
  • Matthew Edgar v Gary Eastwood – Second Round
  • Harry Ward v Browning/L Harris – Second Round
  • Newton/Menzies v Atkins/Bain – Second Round
  • Derry/Budgen v Van der Meer/Dootson – Second Round
  • Richard North v Ronny Huybrechts – Third Round
  • Ryan Joyce v Owen/Kantele/Lacey – Third Round
  • Newton/Menzies/Atkins/Bain v Josh Payne – Third Round
  • Cullen/Robinson/De Sousa/Raman v Van Duijvenbode/Clark/Zonneveld – Third Round

Stage Five

  • Jose de Sousa v Brian Raman – First Round
  • Nathan Derry v Lee Budgen – First Round
  • Vincent van der Meer v Eddie Dootson – First Round
  • Matt Clark v Niels Zonneveld – First Round
  • Robert Marijanovic v Davy van Baelen – Second Round
  • Fox/Jenkins v Mario Robbe – Second Round
  • Simon Stevenson v Gray/McFarlane – Second Round
  • Gavin Carlin v Bunse/Michael – Second Round
  • Wilson/Dudbridge v William O’Connor – Third Round
  • Fox/Jenkins/Robbe v Jeffrey de Zwaan – Third Round
  • Collins/Rodriguez/Boulton v Christian Kist – Third Round
  • Jones/Kamphuis v Taylor/Labanauskas/Burness – Third Round

Stage Six

  • Jarred Cole v Michael Barnard – First Round
  • Jason Cullen v Reece Robinson – First Round
  • Christian Bunse v John Michael – First Round
  • Martin Atkins v Jamie Bain – First Round
  • Scott Baker v Ryan Harrington – Second Round
  • Tony Newell v Huckvale/Barilli – Second Round
  • Tytus Kanik v Wilkinson/Meeuwisse – Second Round
  • Lynn/Rasztovits v Whitehead/Burgoine – Second Round
  • Edgar/Eastwood v Ryan Searle – Third Round
  • Ward/Browning/Harris v Jan Dekker – Third Round
  • Temple/Preston/Monk v Robert Thornton – Third Round
  • Van Duivenbode/Evetts/Killington v Nilsson/Razma/McGeeney/Pallett – Third Round

Stage Seven

  • Marko Kantele v Chris Lacey – First Round
  • Lloyd Browning v Lee Harris – First Round
  • Kevin Thoburn v Matthew Dennant – First Round
  • Adrian Gray v Ian McFarlane – First Round
  • Peter Hudson v John Goldie – Second Round
  • Nentjes/Evans v Cole/Barnard – Second Round
  • Robert Owen v Kantele/Lacey – Second Round
  • Murnan/Frost v Ryan Meikle – Second Round
  • Marijanovic/Van Baelen v Martin Schindler – Third Round
  • Newell/Huckvale/Barilli v Brendan Dolan – Third Round
  • Derry/Budgen/Van der Meer/Dootson v Keegan Brown – Third Round
  • Kanik/Wilkinson/Meeuwisse v Murschell/R Smith – Third Round

Stage Eight

  • Daniel Day v Maik Kuivenhoven – First Round
  • Carl Wilkinson v Yordi Meeuwisse – First Round
  • Terry Temple v Simon Preston – First Round
  • Robbie Collins v Rowby-John Rodriguez – First Round
  • Darren Beveridge v Luke Woodhouse – Second Round
  • Cullen/Robinson v De Sousa/Raman – Second Round
  • Jose Justicia v Thoburn/Dennant – Second Round
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Clark/Zonneveld – Second Round
  • Ron Meulenkamp v C Harris/Davey/Hunt – Third Round
  • Nentjes/Evans/Cole/Barnard v Justin Pipe – Third Round
  • Murnan/Frost/Meikle v Alan Tabern – Third Round
  • Lynn/Rasztovits/Whitehead/Burgoine v Hudson/Goldie – Third Round
  • Fourth Round (Best of 19 legs)

Saturday March 2

  • Fifth Round (Best of 19 legs)
  • Sixth Round (Best of 19 legs)

Sunday March 3

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