2019 US Darts Masters Betting Tips

2019 US Darts Masters Betting Tips

2019 US Darts Masters

The World Series of Darts gets underway this week in Las Vegas at the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which will host the North American Darts Championship and U.S. Darts Masters from Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, July 5.

The action begins with two days of Qualifiers on July 2-3 before the PDC US Darts Masters officially gets started on July 4 with eight first-round games before the North American Championships gets underway in the evening. Everything is then wrapped up on the Friday with the conclusion of the US Darts Masters that will bring the curtain down on the opening 2019 World Series of Darts event of 2019.

As a quick recap, the PDC launched the World Series in 2013. In that year, the PDC sent eight top players to Dubai and Sydney in the hope of spreading the sport’s uniquely British appeal to new, global audiences. Over the years, as popularity has grown, the competition has expanded with more events added to the tour.

There are now five World Series tournaments on the calendar in 2019, plus the World Series of Darts Finals. New Zealand’s Hamilton and Cologne in Germany make their debuts in the World Series this year, replacing Auckland and Gelsenkirchen respectively. Las Vegas, where we get started, Melbourne and Brisbane all remain on the schedule, while this year Shanghai will not be a stopover this time around. Finally, the World Series Finals will be staged in the Netherlands for the first time in Amsterdam in November.

World Series of Darts Schedule 2019

  • 4-5 July – U.S. Darts Masters – Las Vegas
  • 12-13 July – German Darts Masters – Cologne
  • 9-10 August – Brisbane Darts Masters
  • 16-17 August – Melbourne Darts Masters
  • 23-24 August – New Zealand Darts Masters – Hamilton
  • 1-3 November – World Series of Darts Finals – Amsterdam

There are eight top performers from the PDC tour in attendance: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Gary Anderson, who won this event last year. North American competitors will be confirmed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week where the winner of each of the four qualifying events will receive a place in the stage events, along with the top four players from the Qualifiers’ Order of Merit.

The winner of the North American Darts Championship will qualify for the 2020 World Darts Championship, meaning that all eight North American qualifiers will be looking to emulate the 2017 winner, South Dakota policeman Willard Bruguier, who previously claimed a competitive place in London.

2019 US Darts Masters and North American Darts Championship Schedule

Tuesday 2 July – North American Qualifiers One and Two
Wednesday 3 July – North American Qualifiers Three and Four
Thursday 4 July – US Masters Last 16 and North American Darts Championship
Friday 5 July – US Masters Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final

A quick run through of the competitors reveals that, unsurprisingly, Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to lift the trophy on Friday. To that end, Betwayhave price the big Dutchman at evens to win the first World Series event of the season. Last year’s Vegas champion, Gary ‘The Flying’ Scotsman is at a very decent and extremely attractive 7/1, not least because he should be in buoyant mood having recently taken down the World Cup of Darts in partnership with Peter Wright. Snakebite himself is at the wider price of 12/1 and could be about to turn around his season too, and, let’s face it, if anyone should thrive off the energetic atmosphere of Sin City it’s him.

The slightly shorter priced Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross can also be picked up for 7/1, but I’m sticking with Anderson this time out. Refreshed from sitting out the Premier League and buoyed by World Cup success, They Flying Scotsman price of 7’s is too good to turn down. Elsewhere, Gerwyn Price is available at 14/1, Michael Smith 16/1, Daryl Gurney 22/1 and Nathan Aspinall 25/1. Others available on request, all at Betway.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE US DARTS MASTERS 2019

Venue: South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Dates: Thursday 02.07.2019
Current Champion: Gary Anderson
Where To Watch: ITV Sport
When To Watch: (1945 GMT)

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James Wade Wins World Series Of Darts Finals; MVG Goes Into 2018 Grand Slam Of Darts As 10:11 Favourite

James Wade Wins World Series Of Darts Finals; MVG Goes Into 2018 Grand Slam Of Darts As 10:11 Favourite

James Wade World Series of Darts

One week from putting an end to his half-decade wait for a TV championship win at the European Championship, James ‘The Machine’ Wade won another as he beat Michael Smith 11-10 in the final of the World Series of Darts Finals.

Wade’s TV double came in Vienna after a hard-fought match that only began to split after The Machine broke to a 10-9, only to miss two darts for the match. This fumble allowed Smith back in the match from where he managed to force a deciding leg where he would throw first. Just like his opponent at the oche, Bully Boy also dropped his two championship shots.

In a match where seemingly no one wanted to win, Wade couldn’t take out his required 141, instead, letting Smith in for three shots at the double 20. Missing all three, Wade returned to take out the double 18 in one shot to bring home the title, his second in as many weeks. The Machine, who knocked out Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-final, hit five 180s and averaged 97 in the match where he would win his ninth career TV title. Smith, who one round earlier dispensed of Welshman Gerwyn Price, would average 99 and hit five maximums.

A look at the Grand Slam of Darts matchups

This Saturday sees the Sky Sports-televised Grand Slam of Darts, which takes place at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton from November 10-18. This unique tournament features players from both the PDC and BDO, which is combining to make a field of 32 in a 24/8 split. The event’s structure sees eight groups of four in a round-robin phase make up a first round, before the remaining 16 players go through to the knockout stages. During the round robin phase, each player will face off against each other once in a best-of-nine legs match, with two points going to the winner.

Michael van Gerwen has been grouped with Jonny Clayton, Joe Murnan and Gary Robson in Group A, while Michael Smith headlines Group B with Raymond van Barneveld, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adam Smith-Neale.

The in-form James Wade faces a tough Group C that includes Keegan Brown, Mark Webster and Wesley Harms, while Group D pits Ian White, Steve Hine and Michael Unterbuchner against Gary Anderson. Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, seeded second, leads Group E where his opponents will be Max Hopp, Josh Payne and Jim Williams.

BDO world champion Glen Durrant goes in Group F, along with Simon Whitlock, Gerwyn Price and Andrew Gilding, while Mensur Suljovic will be the favourite in Group G that includes qualifier Stephen Bunting plus Martin Schindler and Scott Mitchell. Reigning PDC world champion Rob Cross will meet Ryan Searle and Mark McGeeney along with hot prospect Dimitri van den Bergh in Group H.

Grand Slam of Darts Betting Tips

Despite not being quite as dominant in the second half of this year, three-time defending champion Michael van Gerwen is the 10/11 favourite to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row. The PDC world number one showed his class with last month’s World Grand Prix triumph, however, and it’s up to the likes of Gary Anderson, Peter Wright to stop him. Worryingly for the challengers though is that the format of this event suits the 29-year-old Dutchman — is there one that doesn’t? — who can utilise his three group matches to gather momentum as the competition goes on.

Of course, the same can be said for world number one and three Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson and Peter Wright. Anderson, in particular, offers the biggest threat to Mighty Mike and Betway have installed a 5/1 price on his head to win the tournament. Don’t discount a rejuvenated James Wade, fresh from his dual wins on the European circuit in Dortmund and Vienna. Betway are offering 20/1 on Wade and 9/1 on Wright to win outright. Mensur Suljovic is the other name worth considering this coming week after such an improved season. He can be picked up for 18/1.

Glen Durrant is my pick of the BDO qualifiers at 33/1 after reaching the quarter-finals last year, although emulating Scott Waites as the only other past winner from the BDO is a very tall order. In fact, Betway have priced any winner from the BDO at 20/1. Rob Cross fans can back their boy at 14/1, while Michael Smith, still looking for his first televised win, is available on 20/1, which is 30 points away from Gerwyn Price’s 50/1, again at Betway.

Group A

  • Michael van Gerwen (1)
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Joe Murnan
  • Gary Robson

Group B

  • Michael Smith (8)
  • Raymond van Barneveld
  • Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Adam Smith-Neale

Group C

  • James Wade (5)
  • Keegan Brown
  • Mark Webster
  • Wesley Harms

Group D

  • Gary Anderson (4)
  • Ian White
  • Steve Hine
  • Michael Unterbuchner

Group E

  • Peter Wright (2)
  • Max Hopp
  • Josh Payne
  • Jim Williams

Group F

  • Simon Whitlock (7)
  • Gerwyn Price
  • Andrew Gilding
  • Glen Durrant

Group G

  • Mensur Suljovic (6)
  • Stephen Bunting
  • Martin Schindler
  • Scott Mitchell

Group H

  • Rob Cross (2)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Ryan Searle
  • Mark McGeeney

Fixtures

Wednesday November 14

  • Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

Thursday November 15

  • Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

Friday November 16

  • Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

Saturday November 17

  • Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

Sunday November 18

  • Semi-finals (Best of 31 legs)
Mensur Suljovic Wins First World Series Of Darts Title

Mensur Suljovic Wins First World Series Of Darts Title

Mensur Suljovic World Series of Darts

Austria’s Mensur Suljovic won his first World Series of Darts title after beating the young Belgian Dimitri van den Bergh 8-2 in the German Darts Masters last Sunday. The Big Gentle overcame 16 others in front of 20,000 fans at the Veltins Arena.

Earlier on in the evening Suljovic defeated Robert Marijanovic 6-2 in the first round before seeing off world champion Rob Cross 8-7 in the quarter-final, which was prior to destroying defending champion Peter Wright 8-2 in the semis. Suljovic maintained his momentum through the final as he put together an average of 101.63 that comprised of five 180s. Suljovic also successfully landed eight of his 13 attempts at doubles in a comprehensive victory.

World youth champion, Van den Bergh had soundly beaten Martin Schindler 6-0 in round one, hitting an average of 109.98 on the way. That stat dropped to 94 come the quarter-final but was still more than enough to overcome world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-3. A Semi-Final average of 92 was also enough to put away Gary Anderson 8-7 in a match where the 23-year-old from Antwerp nailed a brilliant 124 checkout, proving he is certainly one to keep an eye on as we move into the latter part of the year.

The German Darts Masters was the first of six such events to be staged on the PDC’s World Series of Darts circuit in 2018. Next up, is the U.S. Darts Masters that will be held in the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in early July.

World Series of Darts Events

  • July 3 – 7: U.S. Darts Masters
  • July 13-14: Shanghai Darts Masters
  • August 3-5: Auckland Darts Masters
  • August 10-12: Melbourne Darts Masters
  • August 17-19: Brisbane Darts Masters
  • November 2-4: World Series of Darts Finals

World Cup of Darts Betting Tips

The World Cup of Darts is the next event on our radar and it starts this Thursday in Frankfurt. Scotland, whose team is comprised of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, are 11/4 second favourites with event sponsors Betway. However, the all-too-familiar Dutch pair of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld — defending champions no less — stand in their way. They are strongly fancied at evens among the 32 nations taking part in the tournament that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The Dutch pair will begin the defense against Dyson Parody and Justin Broton of Gibraltar.

Snakebite and The Flying Scotsman will match up against Larry Butler and Darin Young of the United States of America in round one, while four-time winners England — represented by Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall — will play the Czech Republic’s Roman Benecky and Karel Sedlacek. England, should you fancy them, are listed at 5/1 chance Betway to win their fifth World Cup title.

20/1 number four seed Australia — led by Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson — take on Hong Kong, while last year’s finalists Wales, also 20/1 and featuring Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton, will play Thailand. Former finalists Belgium, this year represented by Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh, are priced at a rather tasty 28/1. They will play their first game against the Republic of Ireland, while number six seeds, Daryl Gurney’s Northern Ireland are 25/1 and will meet Poland. Eighth seeds Austria, also 25/1, will come up against Japan.

World Cup of Darts Draw

  • Scotland v USA
  • Denmark v Brazil
  • Austria v Japan
  • Italy v Canada
  • Wales v Thailand
  • Switzerland v China
  • Australia v Hong Kong
  • Russia v Spain
  • England v Czech Republic
  • New Zealand v Singapore
  • Belgium v Republic of Ireland
  • Greece v Finland
  • Northern Ireland v Poland
  • Sweden v Germany
  • Netherlands v Gibraltar
  • Hungary v South Africa
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