2021 World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

2021 World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips

The eyes of darts fans around the world will be on Leicester next week when the Darts World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday the 3rd of October. 

Last year, for reasons due to you know what, we were denied our annual trip to the Citywest in Dublin’s fair city and instead had to make do with the tourney taking place domestically behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

The prestigious double start tournament will see 32 stars of the PDC battle it out across seven days for the corporation’s third oldest title and its £450,000 in prize money. World Number One Gerwyn Price will be the defending champion at the Morningside Arena in the East Midlands city.

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The World Grand Prix Darts event began in 1998 and was designed to replace the previous World Pairs Tournament. Since 2000, it was held in Ireland right up until last year when, like many other events, it was switched to a domestic venue. 

World Grand Prix winner could be a surprise

Heading into the 2021 renewal, there is an openness about darts right now that wasn’t there pre-pandemic and it really feels as though this year’s winner really can come from anywhere. Of course, that anywhere could very well be Wales. From there, after all, hails reigning Grand Prix champ, world champ and global numero uno Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price and his countryman Jonny Clayton

Last weekend, The Iceman helped himself to yet another title when he took down the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, not long after he lifted the first European Tour event of the year, the Hungary Darts Trophy, just weeks ago. He is very much the man to beat right now. As such, bet365 have priced him up as the 7/2 favourite to retain his title.

Has anyone in darts had as good of a year as Go Go Jonny the Ferret Clayton? The part-time plasterer for Carmarthenshire County Council is now the Darts Masters and Premier League of Darts champion, both of which he won after he, along with Price, won the 2020 Darts World Cup, an event which kicked the former Rugby player into new darting life.

Clayton now looks like a decent shout for any event he enters and because he is 13th on the Order of Merit, he can provide some pretty tasty prices too. bet365 has placed a rather generous 14/1 on his head which is not to be sniffed at.

Elsewhere, it would be unwise to rule out Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who has won the last two televised PDC events, albeit one in a two-player team tournament. That, of course, was the recent World Cup of Darts, which he took down with the help of big John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson, a win which came six weeks apart from the world number two’s excellent showing at the World Matchplay.

Ever the showman, Wright, perhaps more than anyone, has been transformed by having the fans back. World number two Snakebite has been priced up at 5/1 with bet365 to take down his third televised PDC title in a row.

As ever, a challenge is expected of the Green Machine, Mighty Michael van Gerwen who, after an astonishing 293 long and worrying days, has finally re-joined the ranks of the trophy winners after he claimed the Nordic Masters title a fortnight ago when he beat Fallon Sherrock in the final. 

Not so very long ago Mighty Mike looked near invincible and a shoo-in for just about any tourney he entered. That has not been the case of late, but his recent win did come in the absence of Gerwyn Price, who pulled out of the tournament with an elbow injury. Had he been involved in the event, things could have been very different and MVG might still be waiting for a trophy win. 

As we wind our way down towards the World Darts Championships in December, Mighty Mike will be looking to get himself back into that kind of form once again and this might well be the event to help him get there. 

Another darter to keep an eye on over the week is Belgian sensation Dimitri van den Bergh. The 2020 Matchplay champion looked almost unstoppable when attempting to defend his crown in July. It’s crazy how many nine-dart finishes The Dream Maker almost posted as he broke averaging records at the time.

In the end, he was undone by some dodgy doubles and an even better Peter Wright. If Snakebite can summon similar levels in Leicester then he could well be your man once again.

World Grand Prix Schedule 2021

Sunday October 3

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Martijn Kleermaker v Mervyn King
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Humphries
  • Stephen Bunting v Daryl Gurney
  • Dave Chisnall v Mensur Suljovic
  • Joe Cullen v Ross Smith
  • James Wade v Damon Heta
  • Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ryan Searle
  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Monday October 4 

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Darius Labanauskas v Brendan Dolan
  • Callan Rydz v Jonny Clayton
  • Vincent van der Voort v Gabriel Clemens
  • Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Danny Noppert
  • Jose de Sousa v Glen Durrant

Tuesday October 5 

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Wednesday October 6 

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Thursday October 7 

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

  • Four matches

Friday October 8 

Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)

  • Two matches

Saturday October 9

Final (Best of nine sets)

  • One match

QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2021 WORLD GRAND PRIX DARTS 

Venue: Morningside Arena, Leicester

Dates:  03/10/2021 – 09/10/2021

Format: Double start, best of three, five, seven and nine sets

Current Champion: Gerwyn Price

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: 1800 (UK)

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Top 5 Most Prestigious Darts Tournaments

Top 5 Most Prestigious Darts Tournaments

PDC Darts Tournaments

In a normal year, darts tournaments are running most weeks meaning there is pretty much always something going on and darts bets to make.

But the game has been running on a bit of a broken and beaten schedule for the past few seasons and it’s easy to lose track of which tourneys are the biggest and most prestigious in the game.

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So, for those new to the sport or for experienced bettors simply looking to refresh here is a quick run-through of the best tournaments that darts has to offer.

With an uncomplicated scoring system and a simple list of rules, darts must be one of the easiest sports to start following. After all, “It’s just fat blokes throwing arrows at a board.”

There really is no need for you to be an expert on all things tungsten to get involved with darts betting as you can pick things up pretty quickly.

Here then are the top 5 most prestigious darts tournaments.

PDC Grand Slam of Darts

PDC Grand Slam Of Darts

The darting highlight of November and the last big tourney before the almighty World Championships are held in December, the PDC Grand Slam of Darts was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation that originally encouraged entries from the British Darts Organisation (BDO). This agreement folded when the BDO collapsed into liquidation in 2020.

Since 2015, the PDC have given this event ranking status. The event is held each year in Wolverhampton, for the most part at Wolverhampton Civic Hall and later, temporarily, at Aldersley Leisure Village. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is the event’s most successful ever player with six wins.

It was actually Stoke-born Taylor that won the first three Grand Slam titles, beating Andy Hamilton, Terry Jenkins, and Scott Waites in the first three ever finals. Michael van Gerwen won this event three times in a row from 2015 through 2017 after which Gerwyn Price won back-to-back titles, the only two so far to be held at Aldersley Leisure Village.

Grand Slam participation is made up of finalists from the PDC’s televised events over a 12 month period. Ten of these places have already been taken and there are only four tournaments – The World Cup of Darts, World Grand Prix, European Championship and World Series of Darts – remaining.

If all 16 places have not been filled from those televised events then winners from the PDC’s European Tour and Players Championship events can receive entry into the Grand Slam. There will also be eight players selected from the PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifiers, plus UK and European Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit, as well as two Women’s Series qualifiers.

Venue: Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton

Format: Best of 9 legs, 19 legs and 31 legs

Current champion: Jose De Sousa (Portugal)

Most successful darter: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (6 wins)

Prize money: £550,000

PDC World Grand Prix

PDC World Grand Prix Darts

The World Grand Prix is a PDC darts tournament that takes place each October in Dublin, Ireland. The event has been held in Ireland since 2000 when it was originally held at the Crosbie Cedars Hotel in Rosslare, County Wexford. A year later, the tournament was moved to the Citywest in Dublin.

When the World Grand Prix was launched in 1998, it was designed to replace the World Pairs tournament, which only lasted for three seasons. The most successful player in this event is, unsurprisingly, Phil Taylor, who claimed this crown a record 11 times. That said, The Power was actually knocked out in round one five times during his career.

Venue: Citywest, Dublin

Format: Best of 3 sets, 5 sets, 11 sets, 13 sets and 15 sets

Current champion: Gerwyn Price (Wales)

Most successful darter: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (11 wins)

Prize money: £450,000

PDC Premier League of Darts

PDC World Darts

The third part of the darts triple crown, the Darts Premier League traditionally gets going in February to help kick the darts season, which begins with the Darts Masters at the end of January. The action takes place weekly until May when the play offs are held at the O2 in London. 

When the tournament was launched in 2005, the event was contested by seven players in a series of fortnightly fixtures. Today, there are ten players involved each year, drawn from the top four players in the PDC Order of Merit plus six wildcard selections.

For the first round, event nights are staged in various venues across the UK and Ireland, plus now there are some European nights too. The players all take on each other over these fixtures with earned points being added to the ten-man table. On Judgment Night (around night nine), the two bottom-based players will be eliminated from the tournament while the remaining eight players attempt to qualify for the London play offs, which take place over the May bank holiday.

There have been six overall winners of the Premier League so far in its history. Phil Taylor has dominated the Premier League, winning six out of the thirteen tournaments he starred in and actually went unbeaten in his first three seasons. Taylor eventually lost to James Wade after 44 matches.

Michael van Gerwen has also won the event multiple times with five wins to his name. James Wade, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Glen Durrant and Jonny Clayton are the other players to lift the Premier League of Darts trophy. 

Venue: Numerous host cities, London play offs

Format: Best of 12, 19 and 21 legs

Current champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

Most successful darter: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (6 wins)

Prize money: £825,000

PDC World Matchplay

PDC World Matchplay

Dart’s second-largest event and part of the Darts Triple Crown, the prestigious PDC World Matchplay is held in Blackpool each year in July. This is another event that is famed for the fans who really make it what it is inside the Winter Gardens, its home since its inaugural event in 1994. The tournament itself is built around a legs format and is the third of seven ranking events of the year.

The field is made up of 32 darters, 16 of which are the highest-ranked in the game. These are then joined by 16 unseeded ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers. When the event was first held, it was won by an American darter called Larry ‘The Bald Eagle’ Butler, who won against Dennis Priestley 16–12 in the first-ever final back in 1994. 

In 1997, Phil Taylor won the Matchplay for the first time and would go on to collect a trophy haul of 16 Matchplay titles over his career, some 14 more than Rod Harrington and Michael van Gerwen, who have two wins each. Following The Power’s retirement in 2017, the PDC renamed the Matchplay trophy the Phil Taylor Trophy in honour of the completion’s record-breaking champion. 

Venue: Winter Gardens, Blackpool 

Format: First to 10 legs, 11 legs, 16 legs, 17 legs and 18 legs 

Current champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

Most successful darter: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (16 wins)

Prize money: £700,000

PDC World Championship

PDC World Championships

The biggest, loudest, messiest and most lucrative darts tournament on earth and one that has established itself as essential British Christmas viewing, the PDC World Championship takes place each year in mid-December and finishes sometime around the new year lasting for around three weeks. 

The action comes from North London’s Alexandra Palace, known lovingly by darts fans as the Ally Pally, which has been home to the tournament since 2008, and basically acts as an inebriated celebration of all things darts at that special time of year. The atmosphere in the crowd is strictly party time but on the oche, fierce rivalries emerge as the world’s best darters slug it out for the biggest prize in the sport.

Around 96 players enter the event in the hope for winning the Sid Waddell Trophy, which is named in honour of the legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell who passed away in 2012.

The tournament is the final leg of the Darts Triple Crown and dates back to 1994 as a result of the split in darts, which saw the eventual emergence of the PDC. The PDC was born out of the World Darts Council following their break from the now defunct BDO.

Over the years, there have been ten different winners of the World Championships including one-time winners Dennis Priestley, Raymond van Barneveld, Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price, who won in 2021. There are also two times winners John Part, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson, plus three times winner Michael van Gerwen.

No one has won this tournament more than the now retired Phil Taylor who, in 25 appearances, took the crown a stunning 14 times, to go with his two alternative world titles.

Venue: Alexandra Palace, London

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

Current champion: Gerwyn Price (Wales)

Most successful darter: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor (14 wins)

Prize money: £2.5 million

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World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips 2020

World Grand Prix Darts Betting Tips 2020

The first televised PDC major since the World Series Tour Finals gets underway this week as the World Grand Prix gets underway at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Tuesday.

Whether it’s the year we have had or not, but darts feels more open now than at any point in the past few seasons when it felt that Michael van Gerwen was near imperial. This year, MVG has but one televised title, same as Gerwyn Price and Dimitri van den Bergh and one less than Peter Wright.

Price in particular has been in good form of late following up his win in Austria with a near miss in at German Masters where Devon Peterson took the crown. 

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The Iceman, along with world champion Peter Wright are both 5/1 with bet365 to take the Grand Prix title with the Welshman particularly tempting right now, particularly with no crowds allowed in to boo him. Price begins his campaign on Wednesday when he faces Jermaine Wattimena in a tough opener.

Snakebite also needs to wait until Wednesday when he faces Ryan Joyce in what should be a far more simple match. Or at least as simple as Snakey is willing to make it on himself. 

As for defending champion and five-time winner MVG, he is the favourite at 10/3, which is as long a price he has been pre-tourney for some time. Mighty Mike’s campaign begins against the Polish Eagle Krzysztof Ratajski on Tuesday night.

This famously is the double start tournament, meaning that games must start as well as end on a double throw which has in the past proved to be a decent leveler. That, and no fans as well as a change of venue – this normally goes off at the CityWest in Dublin — might mean we are in for some shocks this week. We certainly hope so.

As for movers outside the big three, Nathan Aspinall, who has now cemented himself in the PDC top eight, is a 10/1 shot, four points in from Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson at 14/1. Glen Durrant is a teasing 16/1 which shouldn’t be carelessly dismissed while Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith is available at 16’s to finally break his major duck. 

South Africa’s Devon Peterson, winner in Germany recently, is 22/1, while Rob Cross is 28/1 and Daryl Gurney 35/1, all with bet365.

World Grand Prix Draw

First Round (Best of three sets)

Tuesday October 6

  • Adrian Lewis v Chris Dobey
  • Danny Noppert v Ryan Searle
  • Mensur Suljovic v Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Jose De Sousa v Devon Petersen
  • James Wade v Mervyn King
  • Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
  • Michael van Gerwen v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Wednesday October 7

  • Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
  • Jamie Hughes v Stephen Bunting
  • Jonny Clayton v Ian White
  • Dave Chisnall v Glen Durrant
  • Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen
  • Peter Wright v Ryan Joyce
  • Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Nathan Aspinall v Gabriel Clemens

Second Round (Best of five sets)

Thursday October 8

  • Four second-round matches

Friday October 9

  • Four second-round matches

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

Saturday October 10

  • Four quarter-finals

Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)

Sunday October 11

  • Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
  • Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4

Monday October 12

  • Final (Best of nine sets)

QUICK GLANCE AT DARTS WORLD GRAND PRIX 2020

Venue: Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Dates: 06.10.2020 – 13.10.2020

Format: Best of 3, 5, 7, 9 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where to Watch: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Arena

When to Watch: (1900 GMT)

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