Is Michael Van Gerwen The Best Of All Time?

Is Michael Van Gerwen The Best Of All Time?

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While he may never come close to Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s full career achievements, there is a case to be made that Michael van Gerwen is the best darter of all time.

Quick Michael Van Gerwen Facts and Accomplishments

NicknameMighty Mike
NationalityDutch
Date of Birth25 April, 1989
Premier LeagueWinner 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 20119
PDC World ChampionshipsWinner 2014, 2017, 2019

His list of achievements is endless, particularly when it comes to the majors where the 27-year-old now stands bald head and shoulders above the rest of the field. A recent trophy glut cannot hide a glorious decade for the Dutch sensation who still has enough time on his hands to overtake Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor as the sport’s finest ever, an accolade many have already paid to him.

It was ten years ago that the 17-year-old from Boxtel, Holland became the youngest player ever to win a major darts title when he took down the 2006 World Masters to add to the multiple tournaments he had also collected as a teenager.

MVG darts: A Dutch prodigy

One year later he moved up, sizing up the game’s number one, Phil Taylor, which for any other teenager would have been too daunting a task. No matter.

The 18-year-old Mighty Mike took down The Power in straight sets. This was achieved as part of a quite remarkable run to the final of the Dutch Masters of Darts tournament, where he went on to hit an incredible nine-dart finish against Raymond van Barneveld, the eventual tournament winner.

Throughout his senior successes, he was also thriving at the youth level, where he reached two PDC Youth World Championship finals, allowing him to begin asserting his dominance on his peers.

PDC Young Player Of the Year Award signals futures success

In 2011, he was named as PDC Young Player of the Year, giving himself the confidence to make the following season his true breakout year. In 2012, MVG won seven Pro Tour events, hit a live televised a nine-dart leg on his way to Blackpool’s World Matchplay quarter-finals and scored his first major PDC title, the £100,000 World Grand Prix title in Dublin, that October.

He then made the final of the next televised tournament, The Grand Slam of Darts, where he perfectly executed a highly impressive 10-5 triumph over sixteen-time world champion Taylor in the last 16.

In that season’s World Championships, he eliminated defending champion Adrian Lewis before destroying James Wade in the semis and losing to Taylor in the final. Then, to cap it off, the PDC awards ceremony that had twelve months earlier crowned the Dutchman as Young Player of the Year was now awarding its newest star the Fans’ Player of the Year, PDPA Players’ Player of the Year and his second consecutive Young Player of the Year award.

Having taken no time at all to rise to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit, MVG achieved automatic qualification for the Premier League of Darts which, of course, he won in a final against The Power as the pair began to lock up the sport, refusing to let almost any other player get a look in over the following few years.

The pair met again in the final of the 2013 Players Championship which, like so many others to come, went the way of the Dutchman. He finished the season by becoming the World Champion when he defeated Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright in the final at the Alexandra Palace.

Michael van Gerwen: A Darts icon

MVG darts career highlights

From there, he has grown into one of the sport’s domineering forces as he picked up title after title in 2014 and 2015 before, this year he has won almost everything, virtually unchallenged. He has later retained his Masters, Matchplay, European Championship, Grand Slam and UK Open titles while also claiming the Premier League.

Today, he is a three-time PDC World Darts champion and five-time winner of the Premier League of Darts. Van Gerwen is the second most successful player in PDC history, behind Phil Taylor.

And it is this on which he will ultimately be measured in darting history.  While Taylor has won 84 major titles, which includes the jaw-dropping record of 16 World Championships, MVG is in receipt of 52 PDC wins and is closing in on the record. This, while Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson all have two apiece. It would be a travesty if Van Gerwen only collects three World Championships in his career, but we can’t really see that happening, can we?

The biggest event of the year begins in a matter of weeks and, if MVG is to challenge The Power’s WC legacy, then he must start delivering at the Ally Pally. A tenner says he will.

Michael van Gerwen’s amazing 2016

  • The Masters (PDC Major, ArenaMK)
  • UK Open Qualifier 2 (Wigan)
  • Dutch Darts Masters (European Tour)
  • UK Open Qualifier 5 (Wigan)
  • UK Open Qualifier 6 (Wigan)
  • UK Open (PDC Major, Minehead)
  • German Darts Masters (European Tour, Munich)
  • Players Championship 3 (Barnsley)
  • Gibraltar Darts Trophy (European Tour, Gibraltar)
  • Premier League Darts (PDC Major)
  • Shanghai Darts Masters (WSD Event, Shanghai)
  • World Matchplay (PDC Major, Blackpool)
  • European Darts Open (European Tour, Duesseldorf)
  • Perth Darts Masters (WSD Event, Perth)
  • European Darts Trophy (European Tour, Muelheim)
  • European Darts Grand Prix (European Tour, Sindelfingen)
  • Players Championship 14 (Barnsley)
  • Players Championship 15 (Barnsley)
  • Players Championship 16 (Barnsley)
  • Players Championship 17 (Dublin)
  • World Grand Prix (PDC Major, Dublin)
  • European Championship (PDC Major, Hasselt, Belgium)
  • World Series of Darts Finals (PDC Major, Glasgow)
  • Grand Slam of Darts (PDC Major, Wolverhampton)
  • PDC World Championship ?

Career honours in the PDC

  • PDC World Championship: 2014, 2017, 2019
  • Premier League: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • UK Open: 2015, 2016, 2020
  • World Matchplay: 2015, 2016
  • The Masters: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • World Grand Prix: 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Grand Slam of Darts: 2015, 2016, 2017
  • European Championship: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Players Championship Finals: 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • World Series of Darts Finals: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • World Cup: 2014, 2017, 2018
  • Televised nine-dart finishes: 7

Michael Van Gerwen FAQs

We know a lot about Michael Van Gerwen the world-class darts player, but darts fans also have a lot of other questions about MVG. So here we take a look at some of the questions you are asking about arguably the best darts player today.

What is Michael Van Gerwen’s nickname?

Michael Van Gerwen’s nickname is “Mighty Mike.” He also is commonly referred to by his initials, MVG.

Who is Michael Van Gerwen’s wife

Michael Van Gerwen’s wife is Daphne Govers, who he married in 2014.

What is the Michael Van Gerwen Net Worth?

The Michael Van Gerwen net worth is estimated to be around the $6 million mark. As the world’s number one darts player from 2014 to 2021, he has amassed a small fortune with over £8.5 million in career earnings.

What does Michael Van Gerwen’s house look like?

In 2017, MVG purchased a home in Vlijmen, in the Dutch province of North Brabant, Netherlands.

What is the Michael Van Gerwen Twitter handle?

Michael Van Gerwen’s Twitter can be found at @MvG180. The account is managed by MODUS Darts and has over 385,000 followers.

How old is Michael Van Gerwen?

Michael van Gerwen was born on April 25th, 1989.

What did Michael Van Gerwen look like with hair?

It’s hard to believe that the famously bald Dutchman once had hair. This is what MVG looked like during his early darts days:

Michael Van Gerwen (MVG) young with hair

What are MVG career earnings?

As of March 1st, MVG career earnings total £8,571,167, which is the most all-time.

Even more MVG questions answered

Still want to know more about your favorite player? MVG sat down to do the Autocomplete Challenge on YouTube to answer some top questions that fans are searching for on Google.

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Peter Wright Wins 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Becoming Two-Time Winner

Peter Wright Wins 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Becoming Two-Time Winner

Peter Wright beat Michael Smith 7-5 in the final of the PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace to become a two-time winner of darts’ biggest event.

The Scot needed to produce a comeback late in the game after letting an early two-set lead slip to beat Michael Smith in a thrilling final at the Ally Pally.

Snakebite found himself playing poorly and trailing five four down in a race to seven sets with Smith two legs up in the tenth.

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Streaky as he is, he then turned on the style and never really looked back, stunning Bully Boy in the process. 

Wright, who won the event in 2020, went on to win three sets in a row to claim the title.

The 51-year-old becomes only the sixth player to win the title twice.

2021 World Matchplay champion Wright became the oldest first-time darts player when he won the event two years ago and remains the second oldest winner in history behind 16 times winner Phil ‘ The Power’ Taylor, who was 53 when he won his last world title.

During the tournament, Wright averaged 98.34 compared to Smith’s 99.22.

In the semis, Wright had beaten fellow Scot Gary Anderson, while Bully Boy saw off the challenge of James Wade.

Only one round earlier, Smith knocked out the returning champion Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price, who threw the tournament’s third nine-dart finish during the match.

Two Set Lead Lost

Playing in his third final, Snakebite stormed into a two-set lead before England’s Smith, who was appearing in his second Ally Pally final, took the following two.

The world champion then switched his darts set during the break before coming out to hold his throw, this despite Smith throwing his 72nd 180 of the tournament – which broke Gary Anderson’s previous record of 71 – and retake the lead to go three two up.

Smith then took the following two sets to lead the match for the first time at four three before also claiming the ninth.

In the 10th set, with Smith five four ahead, Wright was two legs down before winning three straight legs to level the match once again.

Switching on the afterburners, the Scot then reeled off another three legs without reply from perennial runner-up Bully Boy.

After taking down the 11th set, Snakebite then won two more legs to move within one of victory.

Smith did manage to win the third leg in the 12th set but Wright landed a double 12 before long to win the match and win the PDC World Championship for the second time.

Snakebite’s Winning Darts Betting Tips

Back in July, our new world champion made a bold prediction when he made the following claim, “I am going to win the Worlds and the World Matchplay this year, so get the double on. Put a £1 on it or 50p“.

As far as darts betting tips go, that was a pretty successful one because back in the summer, prior to the Blackpool event, that double was around 80/1 with bet365 darts betting so we hope you got that on at the time.

Peaking at the exact right time for darts’ two biggest majors, he has been consistently inconsistent in 2021 throwing the best and worst of darts.

In all though, it’s been a pretty decent couple of years for a player that nearly quit the sport before reaching his first World Championship final back in 2014.

Since then, he suffered a further 19 televised final defeats and lost 11 of his first 12 majors finals before winning six of his last seven ahead of his maiden world title, so he knows only to well how his beaten opponent feels today.

For Smith, 31 from St Helens, this was his sixth major final defeat out of six after also coming home second in the 2018 Darts Premier League, 2018 World Series of Darts Finals, 2019 World Darts Championship, 2019 World Matchplay and the 2020 Darts Masters.

PDC World Championship 2022 Key Stats

OVERALL

  • Tournament average: 91.66
  • 100+ averages: 13
  • 100+ checkouts: 228
  • Tournament 180s: 859 (0.47 per leg)
  • Legs played: 1798
  • Sets played: 435

HIGHEST TOURNAMENT AVERAGE

  • Jonny Clayton: 102.83 (three matches played)

HIGHEST MATCH AVERAGE

  • Michael Smith: 106.32 versus Ron Meulenkamp (Round Two)

MOST 180s

  • Michael Smith: 83 in 199 legs (0.41 per leg) *Tournament record

NINE DARTERS (THREE THROWN)

  • William Borland versus Bradley Brooks (Round One)
  • Darius Labanauskas versus Mike De Decker (Round One)
  • Gerwyn Price versus Michael Smith (Quarter Finals)

NEW YEAR, NEW SEASON

With the first title of the new season out of the way, it’s around 49 weeks until we make a return to the North London and the Ally Pally, but there’s plenty of PDC darts tournaments lined up for the new year in what looks like a more regular darts calendar in 2022 following a disrupted couple of seasons.

Next up is the PDC Darts Masters at the end of the month where reigning champion Jonny Clayton will return to Milton Keynes looking to defend his crown.

The Ferret’s success in the tournament earned him a spot in the Premier League of Darts, which he then also went on to win.

In a similar manner, the PDC will announce this year’s 10 Premier League players later on in the month, likely after the Masters. 

We do know that Jonny Clayton has his entry, as does world number one Gerwyn Price, five times winner Michael van Gerwen and, of course, newly crowned world champ Peter Wright.

July sees the World Matchplay get underway at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, while all of the autumnal tournaments should be going off in their usual spot all things being well, before the World Champions get going again around Christmas time to lead us into the new year.

PDC 2022 FULL DARTS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

JANUARY

  • 28 – 30, January (Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes) The Darts Masters
  • Defending champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

FEBRUARY

  • 3 February, (Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff) Premier League Darts 2022 Night One
  • 10 February, (M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Two
  • 17 February, (SSE Arena, Belfast) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Three
  • 24 February, (Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Four
  • 31 March, (Utilita Arena, Birmingham) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Nine (Judgement Night)
  • (Premier League) Defending champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

MARCH

  • 3 March, (Westpoint, Exeter) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Five
  • 4 – 6 March (Butlin’s Minehead Resort) UK Open
  • Defending Champion: James Wade (England)
  • 10 March, (The Brighton Centre, Brighton) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Six
  • 17 March, (Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Seven
  • 24 March, (Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Eight

APRIL

  • 7 April, (First Direct Arena, Leeds) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Ten
  • 14 April, (AO Arena, Manchester) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Eleven
  • 21 April, (P&J Live, Aberdeen) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Twelve
  • 28 April, (3Arena, Dublin) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Thirteen

MAY

  • 5 May, (OVO Arena, Glasgow) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Fourteen
  • 12 May, (Utilita Arena, Sheffield) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Fifteen
  • 19 May, (The O2, London) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Sixteen
  • 26 May, (Utilita Arena Newcastle) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Seventeen (Play Off Night)

JUNE

  • 3 – 4 June (Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA) US Darts Masters (World Series)
  • Defending Champion: Nathan Aspinall (England)
  • 16 – 19 June (Eissporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany) World Cup of Darts
  • Defending Champion: Scotland

JULY

  • 16 – 24 July (Winter Gardens, Blackpool) World Matchplay of Darts
  • Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

AUGUST

  • 12 – 13 August (Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville, Australia) Queensland Darts Masters (World Series)
  • 26 – 27 August (WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia) New South Wales Darts Masters (World Series)
  • 19 – 20 August (Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand) New Zealand Darts Masters (World Series)
  • Defending Champion: Michael van Gerwen (The Netherlands)

SEPTEMBER

  • 16 – 18 September (AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) World Series of Darts Finals
  • Defending Champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

OCTOBER

  • 2 – 8 October (Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin) World Grand Prix
  • Defending Champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)
  • 27 – 30 October (Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany) European Championship
  • Defending Champion: Rob Cross (England)

NOVEMBER

  • TBC: (Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton) Grand Slam of Darts (Unconfirmed)
  • Defending Champion: Gerwyn Price (Wales)
  • TBC: (Butlin’s Minehead Resort) Players Championship Finals (Unconfirmed)
  • Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

DECEMBER

  • TBC (Alexandra Palace, London) 2023 PDC Darts World Championship (Unconfirmed)

Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

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2021 PDC World Darts Championship Post Christmas Predictions

2021 PDC World Darts Championship Post Christmas Predictions

The PDC World Darts Championship is taking a three-day Christmas break returning on Monday 27th so now is as good a time as ever to take a look back at highlights from the past eight days as well as what we can expect going forward.

While there have been a few shock exits, none of the big hitters have come unstuck as of yet so there is every reason to continue to believe that, with the possible exception of Jonny Clayton, there will be no new name on the Sid Waddell Trophy this year.

Former holders Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and current reigning champ Gerwyn Price all sailed safely through to the post-Christmas period, and there is every chance that the winner will be one those once again.

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What happened during Week One?

The undeniable high point of the first week was Willie Borland’s history-making nine-darter in his game against Bam Bam Bradley Brooks. 

Never before have we seen one hit to win a match. To see it happen to decide what had been a fantastic match between two of the game’s upcoming stars was nothing short of sensational.

This is especially true for Borland, who was making his Ally Pally debut. What a way to do it.

It was also the first time a nine-dart finish has been landed in front of an audience at the Alexandra Palace since Borland’s fellow Scot Gary Anderson pulled the feat off six years ago.

Borland has since lost to Ryan Searle but leaves having created a piece of darting history that will live long in the memory.

Amazingly, the following day another nine-darter was struck, this time by Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas.

Labanauskas’ perfect leg was not, however, enough to keep him in the tournament as he lost his match to Belgium’s Mike De Decker.

Speaking of Belgium, Dimitri Van Den Bergh was the highest numbered seed to crash out in round one.

The Dream Maker was shot down 1-3 by Germany’s newest darting star Florian Hempel.

Mensur Suljovic, Krzysztof Ratajski and Fallon Sherrock have all also failed to make it past the first round.

Heavy Hitters still in the fight

The big three – Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen – are all safely through to the next round and all of them looked impressive while achieving it.

World number eight Jonny Clayton also put in a good performance against young Irishman Keane Barry in what was a very good match which included ten ton plus finishes.

Barry is another future star of the game and gave the Ferret, one of the best players in the world right now, a real scare.

Elsewhere, momentum is building for a rejuvenated Rob Cross, who dismissed crowd favourite Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday night.

True, his average wasn’t as high as many other performances, but he was up against the crowd. The way he responded to going one set down against Barney will do wonders for his confidence when he reflects on his achievements over the Christmas break.

Voltage did very well to get rid of Raymond van Barneveld, but things won’t get any softer against Daryl Gurney, which could make the tie of the third round.

If Cross can raise up his average closer to the 100 mark then he has a real chance of winning a second world title.

Speaking of averages, the best statistical performance of the tournament so far goes to Michael Smith, who produced an average of 106 against Ron Meulenkamp.

Unfortunately for Bully Boy, who is a former finalist here, he is chucking in the same quarter as tournament favourite and world number one Gerwyn Price.

Another Welsh winner

Our top darts betting tips? Nothing has changed my mind that the most likely winner will be whichever Welshman – Price or Clayton – comes through their likely quarter-final clash on New Year’s Day. Price is available on Bet365 for 4/1 while Clayton can be snagged for 13/2 to win the event outright.

Before then, on Monday, December 27, both have prior matches to take care of. 

Price will need to see off Kim Huybrechts, which he very much should do, while Clayton is required to overcome Gabriel Clemens, and then possibly Bully Boy Smith, if they are to meet in the last eight.

Now that Dimitri Van den Bergh and Ratajski have crashed out, the final quarter of the draw has bust wide open.

This should provide world number four James Wade, and maybe even Joe Cullen, with an opportunity to go on a deep run.

Peter Wright has a bumpy-looking potential run to the final but it’s nothing that should faze him.

As good as they all are, Ryan Searle, Jose de Sousa and Nathan Aspinall can all give Snakebite a scare, but the quality he can produce when he is on form coupled with the experience he has makes him a real threat to recover the crown he won in 2020.

Finally, Michael van Gerwen has a tricky clash with Chris Dobey and, while he still doesn’t look like the force he once was, is never out of contention.

MONDAY DECEMBER 27

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Ross Smith v Dirk Van Duijvenbode
  • Michael Smith v William O’Connor
  • Florian Hempel v Raymond Smith
  • James Wade v Vincent Van der Voort
  • Gerwyn Price v Kim Huybrechts
  • Jonny Clayton v Gabriel Clemens

TUESDAY DECEMBER 28

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Steve Lennon v Mervyn King
  • Ryan Searle v Danny Noppert
  • Joe Cullen v Martijn Kleermaker
  • Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
  • Peter Wright v Damon Heta
  • Michael van Gerwen v Chris Dobey

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 29

Third/Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Jose De Sousa v Alan Soutar
  • Dave Chisnall v Luke Humphries
  • Nathan Aspinall v Callan Rydz
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White​
  • 2x Fourth Round

THURSDAY DECEMBER 30

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6x matches

Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)

  • 4x matches

SUNDAY JANUARY 2

Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)

  • 2x matches

MONDAY JANUARY 3

Final (Best of 13 sets)

  • Winner Semi Final 1 v Winner Semi Final 2

QUICK GLANCE AT THE WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022

Venue: The Alexandra Palace, London

Dates:  15 December 2021 – 3rd January 2022

Format: Best of 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 sets

Current Champion: Gerwyn Price

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Darts & Sky Sports Arena

When To Watch: 12:30, 19:00 (UK)

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