2019 BDO World Championship Darts Betting Tips

2019 BDO World Championship Darts Betting Tips

2019 BDO World Championship

Starting on January Saturday 5th and running until Sunday 13th January, the 42nd BDO World Professional Darts Championships will take place, which despite being the pinnacle event of the British Darts Organisation tour, is still the lesser of the season’s world championship events.

By the time the BDO event gets underway at the Lakeside Country Club, we will have crowned the PDC winner at the Alexandra Palace, but that doesn’t mean that the betting is any less rewarding. The BDO event has been running since 1978 and this year promises to be another exciting Championship and provide plenty of betting opportunities.

In total there are 32 players taking part, made up of 24 ranked players plus eight qualifiers. As for the tourney, round one starts as best of 5, before becoming best of 7 in the second, best of 9 in the quarterfinals, best of 11 in the semi-finals and best of 13 in the final. For years, this event was broadcast on terrestrial TV by the BBC, but since 2017 Channel 4 has picked up the rights which they now share with BT Sport.

2019 BDO Championship betting preview

From a bettor’s point of view, there is plenty to sink your teeth into but there is nothing like picking the winner in the outright market. To that end, the man to support is the bookies’ short favourite, Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant who Betway have priced at 11/10. Durrant, who has long been rumoured to be making a switch to the PDC, is the reigning champion after he won here 12 months ago, beating Mark McGeeney 7-6 in the final. Durrant could face another clash with the Winmau World Master Adam Smith-Neale or New Zealand’s Mark McGrath. As for last year’s runner up Mark McGeeney — who opens up against Derk TelnekesBetway recognise his potential and rank him as 11/1 to win, given his form here 12 months ago, looks like an absolute steal.

The second favourite is Michael Unterbuchner. The 30-year-old German has enjoyed a fine year, winning the Swiss Open and being the last BDO man standing in this year’s Grand Slam. Betway have responded by putting a 9/1 price on his head. Another player to look out for is Scott Waites, the two-time winner of this event who has previously beaten the best of that the PDC has to offer when he won the Grand Slam of Darts back in 2010. Waites lost 6-2 in the semis last year to Duzza, but if he can get back to his best after an average year, he’ll be a big threat and well worth the 20/1 Betway are offering. Just ahead in the betting is Scott Mitchell at 16/1, while number 4 seed Wesley Harms — who kicked up a stink in his Grand Slam of Darts match versus Gary Anderson — is 22/1 and gets his campaign underway in a match against Tony O’Shea.

2019 BDO World Championship Men’s First Round

  • Mark McGeeney (1) v Derk Telnekes
  • Martin Philips (16) v Conan Whitehead
  • Richard Veenstra (8) v Jim Widmayer or Nigel Heydon
  • Scott Waites (9) v Jeffrey van Egdom
  • Michael Unterbuchner (5) v Mal Cuming or Justin Thompson
  • Wayne Warren (12) v Mark Layton
  • Wesley Harms (4) v Tony O’Shea
  • Willem Mandigers (13) v Paul Hogan or Wesley Newton
  • Jim Williams (3) v Roger Janssen or Wouter Vaes
  • Daniel Day (14) v Dean Reynolds
  • Scott Mitchell (6) v Oliver Ferenc or Ryan Hogarth
  • Dave Parletti (11) v Brian Lokken or Krzystof Kciuk
  • Gary Robson (7) v David Cameron or Andy Hamilton
  • Chris Landman (10) v Kyle McKinstry
  • Glen Durrant (2) v Mark McGrath v Adam Smith-Neale
  • Ross Montgomery (15) v Scott Baker
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Daryl Gurney Wins Players Championships Finals; A Look At The PDC Darts World Championship

Daryl Gurney Wins Players Championships Finals; A Look At The PDC Darts World Championship

Daryl Gurney Players Championship

Daryl Gurney claimed the second televised title of his career on Sunday after he overcame Michael van Gerwen 11-9 in the Players Championship Finals final. Superchin averaged 96 compared to MVG’s 100 in a tight match that could have gone either way at almost any point, but Gurney held his nerve to see out the win and pick up his second win since the 2017 World Grand Prix.

Van Gerwen, who has won this event on the last three occasions, went into the match and the tournament as the favourite, which only intensified after he beat Gary Anderson 11-9 in an epic semi-final earlier in the evening.

Northern Irishman Gurney, who beat Danny Noppert 11-3 in the semis, proved himself to be stubborn opponent however and managed to keep the score level at 6-6 as the opening 12 legs all went with throw. MVG was the first player to make a break, beating Gurney’s throw in the 13th, only for his rival to break back immediately and then maintain his own throw to move 8-7 ahead.

Mighty Mike then hit back hard with back-to-back leg wins and looked to be the likely winner only to uncharacteristically miss the double 16 allowing Gurney back in with a chance. It was a chance he took nicely thanks to an 88 checkout. He then chucked a 13-darter to move one leg away from victory, which he he soon claimed after landeding a brilliant bullseye finish to take out 85 and win the tournament at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

A preview of the PDC Darts World Championship

The next event on the calender, of course, is the 2019 PDC Darts World Championship, the biggest event of the year. The draw and schedule for the event, which will take place at the Alexandra Palace from December 13 to January 1, has been set, so players can begin planning their route to darting immortality.

This year’s event will see the largest field in history with 96 players entering the tournament rather than the usual 72. The extra 24 qualifiers include, for the first time ever, two female contenders in Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton. The 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit will all enter the event in the second-round and have been drawn to play a winner from the 32 first-round matches.

Reigning World Champion Rob Cross and Lakeside Women’s Champion Lisa Ashton will headline the opening night of the £2.5 million event, kicking off 16 days of top darts action. Voltage, as Cross is known, will play the winner of the tournament’s opening fixture between Jeffrey de Zwaan and Indian Qualifier Nitin Kumar. Making her Ally Pally debut, Ashton will take on Dutchman Jan Dekker, also on the Thursday.

By day two, twice World Champion Gary Anderson will kic off his campaign looking for his third title and will play one of Paul Nicholson or Kevin Burness. World number one Michael van Gerwen enters the event on Saturday December 15 to play either Alan Tabern or Raymond Smith, while former finalist Peter Wright, gets going on the Sunday, as does Dave Chisnall.

The retiring five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld begins on Monday December 17 against one of Matthew Edgar or Darius Labanauskas, while last week’s winner Daryl Gurney steps up to the oche for the first time on Tuesday December 18. James Wade, Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock all get chucking on the Wednesday and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis opens his bid for a third Ally Pally title on Thursday December 20. Also on the Thursday, Steve Beaton, Stephen Bunting and Mensur Suljovic kick off their campaigns, one day before Gerwyn Price goes on the Friday, which concludes the second round.

As always, the third round is split on the side of the Christmas break, with the fourth round being played on December 27-28 before the quarter-finals on December 29. The semi-finals will take place on Sunday December 30 and will be followed on Tuesday January 1 by the final ,where the last two standing will battle it out for the Sid Waddell Trophy. Early prices are available now at Betway but our darts betting preview will be here next week.

PDC 2019 World Darts Championship Draw

Thursday December 13

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Nitin Kumar (R1)
  • Martin Schindler v Cody Harris (R1)
  • Jan Dekker v Lisa Ashton (R1)
  • Rob Cross v De Zwaan/Kumar (R2)

Friday December 14

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Michael Barnard v Jose De Sousa (R1)
  • Alan Tabern v Raymond Smith (R1)
  • Paul Nicholson v Kevin Burness (R1)
  • Jamie Lewis v Schindler/Harris (R2)
  • Danny Noppert v Royden Lam (R1)
  • Simon Stevenson v Ted Evetts (R1)
  • Chris Dobey v Boris Koltsov (R1)
  • Gary Anderson v Nicholson/Burness (R2)

Saturday December 15

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Richard North v Robert Marijanovic (R1)
  • Mickey Mansell v Jim Long (R1)
  • Josh Payne v Jeff Smith (R1)
  • Max Hopp v Noppert/Lam (R2)
  • Toni Alcinas v Craig Ross (R1)
  • Ryan Searle v Stephen Burton (R1)
  • Keegan Brown v Karel Sedlacek (R1)
  • Michael van Gerwen v Tabern/Ray Smith (R2)

Sunday December 16

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Gabriel Clemens v Aden Kirk (R1)
  • William O’Connor v Yordi Meeuwisse (R1)
  • Brendan Dolan v Yuanjun Liu (R1)
  • Dave Chisnall v Payne/J Smith (R2)
  • Luke Humphries v Adam Hunt (R1)
  • Matthew Edgar v Darius Labanauskas (R1)
  • Ross Smith v Paul Lim (R1)
  • Peter Wright v Alcinas/Ross (R2)

Monday December 17

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Vincent van der Voort v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
  • Wayne Jones v Devon Petersen (R1)
  • Ryan Joyce v Anastasia Dobromyslova (R1)
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Edgar/Labanauskas (R2)

Tuesday December 18

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Robert Thornton v Daniel Larsson (R1)
  • Ricky Evans v Rowby-John Rodriguez (R1)
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Seigo Asada (R1)
  • Darren Webster v Van der Voort/Ilagan (R2)
  • Steve Lennon v James Bailey (R1)
  • Ron Meulenkamp v Diogo Portela (R1)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chuck Puleo (R1)
  • Daryl Gurney v Ross Smith/Lim (R2)

Wednesday December 19

First Round (Best of 5 sets) & Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Nathan Aspinall v Geert Nentjes (R1)
  • Jeffrey de Graaf v Noel Malicdem (R1)
  • Joe Cullen v Dolan/Liu (R2)
  • Kim Huybrechts v Thornton/Larsson (R2)
  • James Wilson v O’Connor/Meuwisse (R2)
  • Simon Whitlock v Joyce/Dobromyslova (R2)
  • Michael Smith v Meulenkamp/Portela (R2)
  • James Wade v Ratajski/Asada (R2)

Thursday December 20

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Jermaine Wattimena v Barnard/De Sousa (R2)
  • Alan Norris v Lennon/Bailey (R2)
  • Stephen Bunting v Humphries/Hunt (R2)
  • Steve Beaton v Dobey/Koltsov (R2)
  • Cristo Reyes v Evans/Rodriguez (R2)
  • Mervyn King v Dekker/Ashton (R2)
  • Adrian Lewis v Stevenson/Evetts (R2)
  • Mensur Suljovic v Searle/Burton (R2)

Friday December 21

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • Benito van de Pas v Mansell/Long (R2)
  • John Henderson v Clemens/Kirk (R2)
  • Steve West v North/Marijanovic (R2)
  • Kyle Anderson v De Graaf/Malicdem (R2)
  • Ian White v Jones/Petersen (R2)
  • Jelle Klaasen v Brown/Sedlacek (R2)
  • Gerwyn Price v Aspinall/Nentjes (R2)
  • Jonny Clayton v Van den Bergh/Puleo (R2)

Saturday December 22

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Whitlock/Joyce/Dobromyslova v Norris/Lennon/Bailey (R3)
  • Chisnall/Payne/J Smith v Huybrechts/Thornton/Larsson (R3)
  • Gurney/Ross Smith/Lim v J Lewis/Schindler/Harris (R3)
  • Suljovic/Searle/Burton v Wilson/O’Connor/Meeuwisse (R3)
  • G Anderson/Nicholson/Burness v Wattimena/Barnard/De Sousa (R3)
  • Van Gerwen/Tabern/Ray Smith v Hopp/Noppert/Lam (R3)

Sunday December 23

Third Round (Best of 7 sets

  • Webster/Van der Voort/Ilagan v Beaton/Dobey/Koltsov (R3)
  • Cullen/Dolan/Liu v King/Dekker/Ashton (R3)
  • Wade/Ratajski/Asada v Klaasen/Brown/Sedlacek (R3)
  • A Lewis/Stevenson/Evetts v Van Barneveld/Edgar/Labanauskas (R3)
  • Price/Aspinall/Nentjes v K Anderson/De Graaf/Malicdem (R3)
  • Cross/De Zwaan/Kumar v Reyes/Evans/Rodriguez (R3)

Thursday December 27

Third Round (Best of 7 sets) & Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • White/Jones/Petersen v West/North/Marijanovic (R3)
  • Clayton/Van den Bergh/Puleo v Bunting/Humphries/Hunt (R3)
  • M Smith/Meulenkamp/Portela v Henderson/Clemens/Kirk (R3)
  • Wright/Alcinas/Ross v Van de Pas/Mansell/Long (R3)
  • 2x Fourth Round matches

Friday December 28

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6x Matches

Saturday December 29

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
  • Quarter-Final 1
  • Quarter-Final 2
  • Quarter-Final 3
  • Quarter-Final 4

Sunday December 30

Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)

  • Semi-Final 1
  • Semi-Final 2

Tuesday January 1

  • Final (Best of 13 sets)
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Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price Wins Controversial Grand Slam Of Darts Final

Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price Wins Controversial Grand Slam Of Darts Final

Gerwyn Price

In a Wales versus Scotland final, it was the Welshman Gerwyn ‘Iceman’ Price who triumphed after beating Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson in one of the most heated darts finals ever.

In the 16-13 win, the Welshman, who started the week as a 50/1 outsider to claim his first major televised title, was accused of over-celebrating each point he scored which wound not only his opponent up but also the Aldersley Leisure Village fanbase who were all staunchly behind the Scotsman.

Living up to his casting as the pantomime villain, former rugby player Price who only took up darts in 2014, celebrated even the most mundane of throws. During the match, he taunted the crowd and cheered in his rival’s face, which at one point led to Anderson shoving Price. Even as he collected his trophy, the Wolverhampton crowd let out a chorus of boos.

It was a final that overshadowed Anderson’s own controversial quarterfinal. In his game against Dutchman Wesley Harms, Anderson accused, and was in turn accused himself, of truly dirty tactics and leaving a stink at the oche. Yes, the two opponents accused each other of farting as each one stepped up to take their turn. In one of the most bizarre sporting interviews in living memory, Anderson, who blew his opponent away 10-2, announced “I thought Wesley had farted on stage. You can put your finger up my arse, there will be no smell there. I thought he had s**t, and I went ‘Oh, that’s dirty.’” For his part, Harms says his poor performance was due to the whiffy atmosphere he himself had encountered at the oche, claiming, “It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose”.

As a consequence, Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson have both been referred to the Darts Regulation Authority. Going forward, all players could face punishments during matches in an effort to deter gamesmanship. Under proposed plans being considered by the PDC, a sliding scale of penalties could be introduced during a match, like in Tennis. A player could be warned for behaviour such as over-celebrating. As of yet, the punishment for a fart has yet to be announced.

Price ends MVG’s Grand Slam of Darts streak

In the final itself, which was Price’s second ever and last since the 2017 UK Open, the Iceman showed his true resilience. This was true to form for the Welshman after he made it through to the final following two incredible comebacks against Simon Whitlock in the quarter-final and Mensur Suljovic in the last four. Nevertheless, Price was still the massive underdog against Anderson, who had an impressive week that culminated in a semi-final 16-12 win over Michael van Gerwen, which put an end to Mighty Mike’s three-year reign as the Grand Slam of Darts champion.

The Flying Scotsman took the bait of Price’s histrionics at the oche, especially when he lost four legs on the spin to blow his 7-4 lead. He looked like he was back in control soon after as he raced into an 11-8 lead thanks to successive finishes of 72, 84 and 144. Price had other ideas, and just as he had earlier in the week when he came back from 9-5 down against Whitlock and 10-5 down against Suljovic, he fought back to remain in the game. Taking out 70, 78 and 130 over the next four legs brought the Iceman back to within one at 12-11.

Anderson won the next set to increase his lead to 13-11, but Price ran away with the next four legs to become the first man to lift the newly-named Eric Bristow trophy. Price is now priced at 40/1 with Betway to win the Darts World Championship that begin on December 13.

This year’s World Championships at Alexandra Palace will be notable for being the last appearance of five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, who says he will retire after the event. 51-year-old Dutchman Barney is one of only three players to have won five world titles and has a total of 29 PDC titles over his career, including two UK Opens, the Grand Slam of Darts and the Premier League. RVB also won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) title in 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2005 before switching to the PDC. A golden send off for Barney is worth 50/1 at Betway right now.

Players Championship Finals betting tips

On Friday the 23rd of November, the last PDC event of the year before the World Championship takes place, as the annual Players Championship Finals return to Minehead.

The tournament represents the culmination of the 22 Players Championship qualifiers that took place around the UK between February and October, as well as those drafted from the Order of Merit. This is the eleventh staging of the tournament and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

As always with this event, there will be two stages of the competition, with the first stage getting underway on Friday with an all-Dutch battle between Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jelle Klaasen. The first two rounds of the competition are best of 11 legs, the third-round and quarterfinals are best of 19 legs, after which all games will be best of 21 legs. Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Daryl Gurney will all be featured in that first session. By the evening, the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson will all be stepping up to the oche.

Michael van Gerwen, winner of four of the last five Players Championships, is one of 14 different winners on the tour this year, with the others being Gary Anderson (3), Krzysztof Ratajski (2), Peter Wright (2) and Ian White (2). Mensur Suljovic, who should be there, has withdrawn and will not be part of this weekend’s proceedings in Minehead after bowing out due to family reasons. Instead, his place in the line-up will be taken by Benito van de Pas, who was the next non-qualified player to have been registered.

Suljovic is the only absentee from the usual roster of big names who are led, as always, by Michael van Gerwen. Betway have priced the superstar Dutchman at 11/10 to win outright in the North East. World number two Gary Anderson is worth 7/2 and was playing like a boss last week in Wolverhampton before letting Price’s on-stage antics and Harms’ aroma get the better of him.

I would steer clear of Peter Wright, but should you fancy Snakebite, he is worth 9/1 at Betway whereas James Wade, on a good run until Wolverhampton, is priced at 12’s. Wade had been playing some of the best darts of his life since the middle of October. Last week he won all three of his group games at the Grand Slam before suffering a shock defeat to Michael Unterbuchner. During his winning run, he did overcome some of darts’ biggest names including Rob Cross, Simon Whitlock, Gerwyn Price, Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic.

While he doesn’t boast the best record here, he has reached the semis before and the draw here has worked out favourably for him, avoiding the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson until the final, making him a good each way punt.

Rob Cross, who last year knocked out Wade in the quarterfinals, has shown some poor form this year, which has seen him drift as far wide as 28/1, a few points higher than Daryl Gurney’s 25/1. Last week’s hero and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price is 33/1.

Elsewhere, current Shanghai Masters champion and Darts Premier League runner-up, Michael Smith’s early season form is slowly starting to return, even making the final of the World Series, where he lost out to James Wade in a final-leg decider. Bully Boy also won three from three in the groups stage of the Grand Slam before running into Michael van Gerwen in the second round where he lost 10-8. He could well meet MVG and/or Anderson along the way but at 25/1, he could be an interesting outside bet.

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