Glen Durrant Wins Third BDO World Championship Title In A Row

Glen Durrant Wins Third BDO World Championship Title In A Row

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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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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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