The BDO World Darts Championship gets under way on January 7, running until January 15, at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green, Surrey.
The Championships began in 1978 and has been staged at Lakeside since 1986. For years, it was the only world championship tournament; this changed in 1993 when the game split following the formation of the Professional Darts Organisation (PDC), where you’ll find Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen.
While it has become the less prestigious code of the two, the BDO has an army of loyal fans for whom it remains the preferred tour, representing old school darts. For the record, the annual PDC World Championship takes place before the BDO version, beginning on December 15.
For the first time in 38 years, the BDO event will not be shown live on the BBC over the holiday season. Instead, you’ll find Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant (above) and the like plying their trade on Channel 4 this year.
Darts betting tips for the BDO World Championship
Tournament favourite Durrant is 9/4 with SkyBet, Bet365 and Betway to become the overall event winner, following a bumper year in which he has scooped the BDO Gold Cup, British Classic and the Denmark Masters.
If rumours are anything to go by then, should Durrant win here, he is unlikely to defend his crown as a move to the PDC surely beckons; a move the player is apparently warm to.
Defending champion, England’s Scott Waites, who defeated Canadian Jeff Smith 7-1 in last year’s final, is a best price of 10/1 at Bet365 to repeat his success this coming January and become a three-time winner. Smith, on the other hand, has drifted as far as 22/1 with the same online bookmaker as well as Betway to go one place better and take down the whole event.
Second favourite, 25-year-old Dutchman Danny Noppert, another who will surely switch codes in the future, is a best price of 5/1 at SkyBet to claim his first major BDO tournament win.
Jamie Hughes, who fell at the semi-final stage a year ago, can be picked up for 10/1 at Bet365 and Betway, while Scott Mitchell is 14s with both of the same bookies, who are both offering a best price of 16/1 for Dean Reynolds to go all the way.
We’ll end the betting on the older statesman of the BDO tour, the legend that is Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, who is ranked as 14/1 with both Bet365 and Betway and 12s at SkyBet. Adams, who sadly announced in September that he is being treated for prostate cancer, would be a popular champion having won at Lakeside in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
The sixty-year-old has been a fixture on the BDO circuit for years now and, for fans of this code, is regarded as a hero for his numerous rejections of PDC’s advances over the years and, coupled with his current troubles, would be an extremely popular winner here.