UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

The first televised PDC event since January’s Darts Masters gets underway this Friday as the players make their return to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes for this year’s renewal of the UK Open.

Considered by many in the game to be the FA Cup of Darts, the UK Open runs from March 5 through 7 at the temporary venue, which will also host the first round of this year’s Darts Premier League, instead of its usual home at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

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The tourney carries its nickname due to the fact the players go unseeded and the format is a random draw, just like the football tournament.

We don’t currently have a great deal of recent results to draw betting inspiration from. Our past two tournaments have been one by Welsh World Cup winning duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, who picked up the Masters a month ago and with it the final Premier League spot.

Reigning champion and now world number two Michael van Gerwen will be back to retain the crown he banked when he beat World Champion Price in the final a year ago.

It is likely that for rest of this year, and possibly well beyond, those two will be jostling for bragging rights. They will also be favoured pair for every tournament, but because of the open format, they could meet at any point this weekend rather than being seeded all the way to another final.

Fittingly as snooker welcomes back former great Stephen Hendry from retirement, the PDC will welcome back our own hero when Raymond van Barneveld makes his return at the Marshall. Barney gets a bye for round one and has been drawn against Alan Soutar in round two.

Players ranked in the world’s top 32 will join the competition in the fourth round and the draw will be made at the end of the previous round.

Despite losing his place at the top of the darting tree, Michael van Gerwen has been installed as the 4/1 favourite for the Open. Even though he hasn’t picked up silverware in a while, that still represents as good a value as we have seen on the Dutchman in quite some time and is definitely worth considering.

Similarly, world number one Gerwyn Price is a 5/1 shot, which given his form over the past season must surely be too good to turn down. Of course, decent prices on those two mean that there are superb odds to be sniffed out further down the line.

It’s hard to ignore the 33/1 offered at bet365 for 2019 champion Nathan Aspinall for example. Or the same price offered on James Wade, another former UK Open winner, is another one that catches the eye.

Elsewhere, Peter Wright can be backed at 9/1 and Dimitri van den Bergh is at 20s.

For the romantics out there, the returning Raymond is 60/1 as the 2021 PDC darts season finally begins to creek into motion.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PDC UK OPEN 2021

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: February 5 – February 7

Format: Best of 11, 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1245 and 1900 GMT)

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Premier League Darts 2021 Schedule Announced

Premier League Darts 2021 Schedule Announced

The PDC has announced the dates – and venue – for this year’s delayed Darts Premier League.

While we await news of the fixtures, we at least have a start date for Darts longest-lasting event.

Unfortunately, the understandable decision to postpone proceedings in order to tour the event around local venues in order to allow for fans, hasn’t paid off. 

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Darts Premier League Once again in Milton Keynes

The weekly first stage, which will last for nine nights, will take place in its entirety at the now extremely familiar Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

It will, of course, take place behind closed doors too. 

Judgement Night, as ever, will see the bottom-placed two players in the league table eliminated.

From there, seven more nights will take place as we work our way towards the playoffs, which according to the latest government guidelines, might well finally allow for fans to be in attendance as we potentially work our way out of lockdown.

As always, players will earn two points for a win, and one for a draw, with the first stage of the tourney played to the best of 12 legs.

The top four players in the table after 16 rounds will contest the playoffs.

We also know this year’s Premier League Darts line-up. It was confirmed after the Darts Masters in January, which was won by the other member of Wales’ Darts World Cup winning duo Jonny Clayton.

As such, Clayton joins other PDC maiden victors, Jose De Sousa and Dimitri Van den Bergh as the three debutants of this year’s event which will begin on the 5th of April.

They are joined in the 10-player tournament by defending champion Glen Durrant, new world number one Gerwyn Price, five times DPL winner Michael van Gerwen, plus Nathan Aspinall, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross.

Premier League Darts 2021 line-up

  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Peter Wright
  3. Gerwyn Price
  4. Rob Cross
  5. Gary Anderson
  6. Glen Durrant
  7. Nathan Aspinall
  8. Dimitri van den Bergh
  9. Jose De Sousa
  10. Jonny Clayton

Premier League Darts 2021

Night 1, April 5

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 2, April 6

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 3, April 7

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 4, April 8

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 5, April 9

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 6, April 19

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 7, April 20

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 8, April 21

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Judgement Night, April 22

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 10

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 11

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 12

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 13

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 14

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 15

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 16

Venue & Date to be confirmed

PlayOffs Night

Venue & Date to be confirmed

  • Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Finals (Best of 21 legs)

Bet365 2021 Premier League Darts Betting Odds

  • Michael van Gerwen – 11/5
  • Gerwyn Price – 9/4
  • Peter Wright – 9/2
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 10/1
  • Gary Anderson – 10/1
  • Glen Durrant – 16/1
  • Jose De Sousa – 16/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 20/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 28/1
  • Rob Cross – 40/1

QUICK GLANCE AT PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2021

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, to be confirmed thereafter

Dates: 5th of April – To be confirmed

Format: Best of 12, 19 and 21 legs

Current Champion: Glen Durrant

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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The Many Looks Of Peter Wright

Over the years, Darts has shown itself to be no stranger to some of sports biggest characters.

In fact, it has provided a safe haven for many of Britain’s zaniest and quirkiest sportsmen.

In earlier times, notable names from the game would include Jocky Wilson, Bobby ‘King of Bling’ George, Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey, Steve ‘The Muffin Man’ Hine or Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham, who all held legitimate claims to be among darts biggest personas of their time.

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But in the modern era few are as eccentric than Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.

The Snakebite character he has portrayed over the last decade has made him one of the most recognisable sportsman in the UK, even for a game such as Darts.

His dancing intros, jigged to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party,” and his themed mohawk and matching outfits have been delighting darts fans for years now and have helped to establish him as a firm fan favourite on the PDC circuit.

The birth of Peter Wright, the showman

But that’s not what he looked like we first met him back in 1995 so what’s with the reinvention?

Well, back in 1995, at the now defunct BDO World Darts Championship, we witnessed the unremarkable debut of a young Peter Wright.

No mohawk, no beard and no loud outfit, what we got instead was a young, clean shaven Peter dressed entirely in black with normal short black curly hair.

Losing at the Lakeside 3-1 in the first round to Richie Burnett, that was the last we saw of Peter Wright as he left the game of darts to return to labouring work and be forgotten about entirely. Or so we thought at the time.

Never letting go of the dream, and knowing full well the extent of his capabilities, he returned to the game, playing in the 2010 PDC World Championship at the Ally Pally with a new look and a new attitude.

He had a new character too. This was the first time we were introduced to Snakebite, named, many falsely believed, after his favourite drink. In fact, the player has since claimed that he simply has a love for snakes, and they were the inspiration for his new look.

In his own words, he did not want to be a typical European player, looking grumpy, playing and going home but instead wanted to find something different, a new stage persona which led to the outfits and the crazy hair, which he describes as warpaint.

The new look worked, and he famously made it all the way to the World Championship final in 2014 in his mid-40s, before becoming the oldest winner in the competition’s history when he finally took down the main prize aged 50 in 2020, at last putting to bed all of the “all hair, no flair” tags, made by those who claimed he was little more than style over substance.  

So, while we know his greatest achievements at the oche, what are his biggest triumphs in the clothing department?

Some Of Peter Snakebite Wright’s Most Memorable Looks

Comic Relief 

A bit of Red Nose Day fun at the oche on one Premier League night.

Halloween

A spooky night at the oche.

Valentines

Love was in the air for this Premier League night in 2017.

You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Bully

A fitting tribute to Jim Bowen, the host of ITV’s cult 1980’s gameshow, Bullseye.

Stateside

Living it up in Las Vegas in 2017.

A Land Down Under

Chucking in Sydney in 2014.

MacSnakebite

Peter returned to his Scottish roots for this look.

Remembering The Crafty Cockney

A salute to the much missed Eric Bristow.

A Festive Snakebite

Snakey dresses as an elf for the 2020 Worlds, a tourney he would go on to win.

How Snakebite Stole The Ally Pally

For the 2020 World Champs, Peter found a great way to incorporate his face mask into his Christmas outfit.

The 2021 Darts Premier League, which would normally be getting underway about now, has yet to receive new and confirmed dates for the 2021 renewal following the PDC’s postponement.

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