Glen Durrant Wins Third BDO World Championship Title In A Row

Glen Durrant Wins Third BDO World Championship Title In A Row

Glen Durrant BDO

Glen Durrant won his third BDO world title in a row on Sunday but now looks set to deflect to the rival PDC sooner rather than later. Durrant became the first man since legend Eric Bristow, who died last year, to win three straight titles. Bristow, nicknamed the Crafty Cockney, won his three titles over three years ending in 1986 before the PDC was even in existence.

Duzza collected his record-equalling win courtesy of a 7-3 win against two time champion Scott Waites at the Lakeside Club. Mirroring Michael van Gerwen’s PDC victory 13-days earlier, Duzza won the opening leg on Bull, took down 25 legs, hit 25 out of 54 doubles. He won by a 7-3 score line and finished the match on double 16, exactly the same as MVG, who also collected his third World Championship.

Durrant averaged 96 over Waites’s 91 and also landed three more 180s than his rival. Scotty 2 Hotty, who was crowned champion in both 2013 and 2016, took the game to his opponent in the first half of the match, landing his second 160 checkout of the tournament with the scores tied at 3-3. That was as good as it got after he lost the seventh set 3-1 and never really recovered. Waites briefly took the lead in the 10th, in one last attempt to save the match, but a string of missed doubles allowed Durrant to land a 114 checkout to close out the match.

2019 Darts Masters Draw

We’re now just two weeks away from the 2019 PDC season getting underway, which begins with the Darts Masters. Taking place at the MK Arena in Milton Keynes from February 1-3, the Masters is the traditional first event of the season. The event is made up of the top 16 players on the Order of Merit and will be broadcast on ITV4.

Newly restored PDC World Champion Michael van Gerwen is out to win his fifth Masters title in a row and has rightly been installed as the pre-tournament favourite at 10/11 with Betway. He is followed in the betting by 9/2 shot Gary Anderson and Michael Smith at 8/1. Rob Cross is the fourth priced favourite at 10/1, two points cheaper than Peter Wright, which says a lot for the way Wright played last year. The Gentle, Mensur Suljovic is available at 22/1 ahead of James Wade’s 28/1 before Adrian Lewis, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price who are all 33’s with Betway.

Friday February 1

First Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
  • Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
  • Gary Anderson v Darren Webster
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton

Saturday February 2

First Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Gerwyn Price v James Wade
  • Rob Cross v Joe Cullen
  • Michael Smith v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis

Sunday February 3

  • Quarter Final 1 (Best of 19 legs)
  • Quarter Final 2 (Best of 19 legs)
  • Quarter-Final 3 (Best of 19 legs)
  • Quarter-Final 4 (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Final 1 (Best of 21 legs)
  • Semi-Final 2 (Best of 21 legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)
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2019 BDO World Championships Semi-Final Betting

2019 BDO World Championships Semi-Final Betting

BDO World Championships

Scott Waites will face Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner in the first of Saturday’s BDO Men’s World Darts Championship semi-finals at the Lakeside Club after the two-time champion overcame Conan ‘The Barbarian’ Whitehead in Friday’s Quarter Finals. Only one round earlier, Whitehead had eliminated Mark McGeeney but couldn’t rediscover his form once reaching the final eight.

Scotty-2-Hotty, seeking his third Lakeside title, managed to bank an average of over a ton for a 12-dart opening leg. Whitehead then took the second set before moving ahead thanks to a third set victory in which he scored an exceptional 154 checkout. Waites came back, taking out the next three sets as he seized the initiative, with averages of 101, 81 and 68 with momentum swinging his way.

Before long, Waits had moved within one leg of the semi-finals, inspiring Whitehead to give it everything he had and dig out a bullseye followed by double 16 for a 102 finish. This fightback wasn’t to last long, however, as he subsequently missed crucial shots which allowed Waites to collect double 20 and end ‘The Barbarian’s’ comeback setting up a meeting with Michael Unterbuchner in Saturday’s semi-final in the process.

A look ahead to the Semi-Finals

For the second year in a row, Unterbuchner, who Betway have priced at 11/2 for the outright win, reached the Lakeside semi-finals after fighting back to defeat the 13th seeded Dutchman Willem Mandigers 5-4. In truth, Unterbuchner looked like he would be heading out after he found himself trailing 3-1 early on. Instead, he showed great character as he took out a vital 104 finish to get back into the match and ensure this exhilarating quarter-final went the distance. Mandigers, who was playing in his first Lakeside quarter-final following his surprise victory over Wesley Harms, hit the highest checkout of the match with 158. It was not quite enough as his opponent averaged 88.35 overall compared to his 86.66 to make the last four.

Friday’s late session saw victories for Glen Durrant and Jim Williams who won 5-2 and 3-5, respectively. The pair will now meet later today with Durrant seeking a record-equalling third successive Lakeside title after seeing off Kyle McKinstry to book his semi-final spot.

4/6 favourite ‘Duzza’ is bidding to become the first man since Eric Bristow in 1984-86 to lift the trophy three years in a row but fell behind early on as McKinstry took the first set. Duzza soon found a way to flip the score in his favour however to move 2-1 ahead. Things remained close until the seventh set, which Durrant claimed with a checkout of 85 to finish the match.

Duzza will now meet 11/2 shot Jim Williams in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final after the Welshman saw off Scott Mitchell in Friday’s other quarter-final. Williams has won five titles on the BDO circuit since his defeat here last year and is a decent 11/2 at Betway to take the trophy home on Sunday. The final takes place on Sunday at 19.00 (GMT) with live coverage available on both BT Sport and Channel 4.

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Michael van Gerwen Wins Third PDC World Darts Championship

Michael van Gerwen Wins Third PDC World Darts Championship

PDC World Darts Championship

Michael van Gerwen won his third PDC World Darts Championship after defeating Darts Premier League and World Series of Darts Finals runner-up Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith 7-3 in the final on New Year’s Day.

Despite winning 18 individual titles in 2018, there were a few doubts lingering around the Dutchman’s form heading into this year’s tournament at the Alexandra Palace, but having successfully navigated his way past his first four opponents, he simply blew away world number two Gary Anderson 6-1 in the semi-final to banish any remaining negativity.

The path to the final

On his way to the final, Bully Boy produced a brilliant set of performances not least in his close fought semi-final win over Nathan Aspinall. In the Quarter Final stage, he dismissed Luke Humphries 5-1, which followed his 4-1 defeat of Ryan Searle in the fourth round, John Henderson 4-2 in round three and a 3-1 victory over Ron Meulenkamp in his opening match.

MVG’s route was harder than he made it look, comfortably seeing off Ryan Joyce 5-1 in the QF’s, making light work of twice world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis in a 4-1 win in the fourth. This was a repeat of the scoreline that eliminated Max Hopp in the third round, which followed his opening day 3-1 win over Alan Tabern.

The world number one, who only dropped five sets on his way to the final, carried his form into the final where he stormed into a 4-0 set lead over Smith. The match was a repeat of MVG’s victorious 2018 Premier League final and produced the same outcome. Van Gerwen looked to have blown the fourth set with three missed doubles but instead survived after Smith spurned four of his own to find himself 4-0 down. Bully Boy did fight back to half the deficit before missing more than enough crucial chances to make the game more competitive.

Banking a 124 checkout in the deciding leg of the fifth set, Smith took out 124 and 127 at the start of the next set before finishing a 70 to claim the sixth leg and raise the crowd’s hopes of a comeback. Instead, Mighty Mike won three of the next four to complete an emphatic triumph and get his hands on the Sid Waddell Trophy for a third time.

At 29, MVG has now won 117 titles and becomes only the second player after Phil Taylor to be PDC world champion more than twice.

Darts Premier League line up announced and latest betting odds

On February 7 in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, ten of the world’s best darts players will once again begin another Premier League campaign. This year, the event stretches out over 17 weeks, and as always, will conclude at London’s O2 arena in May. As well as the thrilling conclusion to the Darts World Championship, Sunday also saw the confirmed line-up for this year’s tournament, which means we can also look to the Ante Post betting prices.

Four-time champion Michael van Gerwen leads the line-up — and the betting — while last year’s runner-up Michael Smith is also in competition. Two-time champion Gary Anderson, Rob Cross and 2017 finalist Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright will all also be in action.

2009 champion James Wade returns to the 10-man field after missing the 2018 tourney. It will be interesting to see who get more boos on the road between himself and fellow Premier League competitor Gerwyn Price. Raymond van Barneveld is back for a final season ahead of his retirement, while Players Championship Finals winner Daryl Gurney and German Darts Masters winner Mensur Suljovic both compete for a second year in a row, having made their Premier League debuts in 2018.

Betting Prices supplied by Betway

  • Michael van Gerwen (4/5)
  • Gary Anderson (5/1)
  • Michael Smith (9/1)
  • Rob Cross (10/1)
  • Peter Wright (12/1)
  • Mensur Suljovic (25/1)
  • Daryl Gurney (33/1)
  • James Wade (40/1)
  • Gerwyn Price (50/1)
  • Raymond van Barneveld (50/1)

2019 PDC Tournament Calendar


  • 1 – 3 (Milton Keynes) The Masters
  • 7 (Newcastle) Premier League Darts Matchday 1
  • 14 (Glasgow) Premier League Darts Matchday 2
  • 21 (Dublin) Premier League Darts Matchday 3
  • 28 (Exeter) Premier League Darts Matchday 4


  • 1 – 3 (Minehead) UK Open
  • 7 (Leeds) Premier League Darts Matchday 5
  • 14 (Nottingham) Premier League Darts Matchday 6
  • 21 (Berlin, Germany) Premier League Darts Matchday 7
  • 22 – 24 (Leverkusen, Germany) European Tour 1
  • 27 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Premier League Darts Matchday 8
  • 28 (Rotterdam, Netherlands) Premier League Darts Matchday 9
  • 29 – 31 (Hildesheim, Germany) European Tour 2


  • 4 (Belfast) Premier League Darts Matchday 10
  • 11 (Liverpool) Premier League Darts Matchday 11
  • 18 (Cardiff) Premier League Darts Matchday 12
  • 20 – 22 (Munich, Germany) European Tour 3
  • 25 (Birmingham) Premier League Darts Matchday 13
  • 26 – 28 (Saarbrücken, Germany) European Tour 4


  • 2 (Manchester) Premier League Darts Matchday 14
  • 3 – 5 (Graz, Austria) European Tour 5
  • 9 (Sheffield) Premier League Darts Matchday 15
  • 10 – 12 (Sindelfingen, Germany) European Tour 6
  • 16 (Aberdeen) Premier League Darts Matchday 16
  • 23 (London) Premier League Darts Play-Offs
  • 24 – 26 (TBC, Netherlands) European Tour 7


  • 6 – 9 (Hamburg, Germany) World Cup
  • 14 – 16 (Copenhagen, Denmark) European Tour 8
  • 28 – 30 (Prague, Czech Republic) European Tour 9


  • 20 – 28 (Blackpool) World Matchplay


  • 3 (Hildesheim, Germany ) Players Championship 21
  • 4 (Hildesheim, Germany) Players Championship 22
  • 30 – Sep 1 (Vienna, Austria) European Tour 10


  • 6 – 8 (Mannheim, Germany) European Tour 11
  • 13 – 15 (Riesa, Germany) European Tour 12
  • 27 – 29 (Gibraltar) European Tour 13


  • 6 – 12 (Dublin) World Grand Prix
  • 19 – 20 (VENUE TBC) Champions League
  • 24 – 27 (Göttingen, Germany) European Championship


  • 1 – 3 (Amsterdam, Netherlands) World Series Finals
  • 49 – 17 (Wolverhampton) Grand Slam of Darts
  • 22 – 24 (Minehead) Players Championship Finals


  • TBC (London) World Championship
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