Nathan Aspinall Wins 2019 US Darts Masters In Las Vegas

Nathan Aspinall Wins 2019 US Darts Masters In Las Vegas

US Darts Masters

UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall last week collected his second PDC title when he took down the US Darts Masters in Las Vegas by beating the Bully Boy Michael Smith 8-4 in Friday’s final. 27-year-old Aspinall from Stockport was making his World Series debut and saved the occasion to produce a personal best TV average of 106.7. He also managed to land five 180s, while successfully pinning 8 of his 11 darts at doubles.

Aspinall, nicknamed The Asp, couldn’t have hoped for a better start, as he opened with a 10-darter before banking two 180’s on each of his first two visits in the follow-up. Even a bounce out couldn’t stop him as he landed 15 perfect darts in a row. Not to be outdone in front of the Vegas crowds, Smith went on to throw a maximum of his own before checking out for 130 in the next to level the match at 2-2.

Things settled down thereafter with the next three legs going with throw until The Asp moved ahead, winning four legs on the bounce and with them, the second televised title of his career.

It could all have been so different. Earlier on in the day, Aspinall needed to survive a match dart against Peter Wright in the semi-final before winning 8-7 to send Snakebite packing. While Bully Boy started the day with a sweet victory over Michael van Gerwen before steamrolling Gerwyn Price, who had earlier eliminated his old enemy Gary Anderson, to reach the US Darts Masters final.

2019 German Darts Masters Betting Tips

Running from Friday 12 September and 13 September, the German Darts Masters is the next stop on the World Series tour, following from last week’s stopover in Las Vegas. The German Darts Masters will see eight top PDC stars take on eight leading German players at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

Representing the PDC are Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Mensur Suljovic, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld. These eight stars will be joined by eight more players, all playing in front of their German home crowd. These are Max Hopp, Martin Schindler, Gabriel Clemens, Nico Kurz, Kevin Munch, Robert Marijanovic, Christian Bunse and Maik Langendorf.

According to Betway Michael van Gerwen is the most likely to win the competition outright as he has been given the favourite’s short price of 11/10. He is followed in the betting by Gary Anderson, who can be picked up for 5/1. For those fancying Rob Cross to land another tourney, they can get 13/2 on Voltage.

James Wade and Peter Wright are both available for 10/1, while Daryl Gurney is 14’s. Mensur Suljovic is looking to defend the title he won last year in Gelsenkirchen and has a 16/1 price on his head. Of the Local heroes, Max Hopp is the shortest of the set at 50/1, the same price as the last of the PDC eight Raymond van Barneveld. And while a win for Barney is always welcomed, our money this week is going on Gary Anderson at 5’s as he looks to make up for lost time having missed so much of 2019 so far.

Friday July 12

First Round

  • James Wade v Kevin Munch
  • Gary Anderson v Nico Kurz
  • Daryl Gurney v Christian Bunse
  • Peter Wright v Robert Marijanovic
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Gabriel Clemens
  • Mensur Suljovic v Maik Langendorf
  • Michael van Gerwen v Martin Schindler
  • Rob Cross v Max Hopp

Saturday July 13

  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final


Venue: LANXESS Arena, Cologne
Dates: Thursday 12.07.2019
Format: Best of 11 legs, QF, SF & F Best of 15 legs
Current Champion: Mensur Suljovic
Where To Watch: ITV Sport
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

2019 World Matchplay Schedule

Whoop, whoop, the summer’s biggest darts event is not too far away now so it’s timely then that PDC have released the schedule for this year’s World Matchplay Darts, which takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 20 to July 28.

Famously one of the pros’ favourite events, the World Matchplay features 32 players all competing for the Phil Taylor Trophy live on Sky Sports. Round one takes place over three days, including two Sunday sessions. The second round is split across Tuesday and Wednesday, before the quarter-finals are held on Thursday and Friday, with the semi-finals on Saturday before Sunday’s final.

Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before a sixth sudden-death leg.

Early prices are available at Betway but we can quickly summarise here; Michael van Gerwen will be favourite, with Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, Peter Wright and the reigning champion Gary Anderson all following on.

The draw sees Gary Anderson open up against Danny Noppert while newly crowned US Darts Masters champ Nathan Aspinall will play Mervyn King on the same night. Other Saturday clashes include Gerwyn Price versus Stephen Bunting and Rob Cross versus Chris Dobey.

Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen, Ian White, Darren Webster and Michael Smith all go in Sunday’s afternoon session, while the evening session sees Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Jeffrey de Zwaan all launch their bids as well as pitting Adrian Lewis against three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant. Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney and Simon Whitlock all play on Monday.

Saturday July 20

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
  • Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
  • Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
  • Rob Cross v Chris Dobey

Sunday July 21

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
  • Ian White v Joe Cullen
  • Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes
  • James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
  • Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant

Monday July 22 (1900 BST)

First Round (best of 19 legs)

  • Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown
  • Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
  • Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
  • Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort

Tuesday July 23 (1900 BST)

Second Round (best of 21 legs)

  • Smith/Hughes v Chisnall/Hopp
  • Wade/De Zwaan v Suljovic/Wattimena
  • Anderson/Noppert v Aspinall/King
  • Van Gerwen/Beaton v Lewis/Durrant

Wednesday July 24 (1900 BST)

Second Round (best of 21 legs)

  • Gurney/Evans v Clayton/Brown
  • Price/Bunting v White/Cullen
  • Cross/Dobey v Webster/Ratajski
  • Wright/Van der Voort v Whitlock/Henderson

Thursday July 25 (1900 BST)

Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Two matches

Friday July 26 (1900 BST)

Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Two matches

Saturday July 27 (1900 BST)

Semi-Finals (best of 33 legs)

  • Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
  • Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4

Sunday July 28 (1900 BST)

  • Final (best of 35 legs)
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2019 US Darts Masters Betting Tips

2019 US Darts Masters Betting Tips

2019 US Darts Masters

The World Series of Darts gets underway this week in Las Vegas at the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which will host the North American Darts Championship and U.S. Darts Masters from Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, July 5.

The action begins with two days of Qualifiers on July 2-3 before the PDC US Darts Masters officially gets started on July 4 with eight first-round games before the North American Championships gets underway in the evening. Everything is then wrapped up on the Friday with the conclusion of the US Darts Masters that will bring the curtain down on the opening 2019 World Series of Darts event of 2019.

As a quick recap, the PDC launched the World Series in 2013. In that year, the PDC sent eight top players to Dubai and Sydney in the hope of spreading the sport’s uniquely British appeal to new, global audiences. Over the years, as popularity has grown, the competition has expanded with more events added to the tour.

There are now five World Series tournaments on the calendar in 2019, plus the World Series of Darts Finals. New Zealand’s Hamilton and Cologne in Germany make their debuts in the World Series this year, replacing Auckland and Gelsenkirchen respectively. Las Vegas, where we get started, Melbourne and Brisbane all remain on the schedule, while this year Shanghai will not be a stopover this time around. Finally, the World Series Finals will be staged in the Netherlands for the first time in Amsterdam in November.

World Series of Darts Schedule 2019

  • 4-5 July – U.S. Darts Masters – Las Vegas
  • 12-13 July – German Darts Masters – Cologne
  • 9-10 August – Brisbane Darts Masters
  • 16-17 August – Melbourne Darts Masters
  • 23-24 August – New Zealand Darts Masters – Hamilton
  • 1-3 November – World Series of Darts Finals – Amsterdam

There are eight top performers from the PDC tour in attendance: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Gary Anderson, who won this event last year. North American competitors will be confirmed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week where the winner of each of the four qualifying events will receive a place in the stage events, along with the top four players from the Qualifiers’ Order of Merit.

The winner of the North American Darts Championship will qualify for the 2020 World Darts Championship, meaning that all eight North American qualifiers will be looking to emulate the 2017 winner, South Dakota policeman Willard Bruguier, who previously claimed a competitive place in London.

2019 US Darts Masters and North American Darts Championship Schedule

Tuesday 2 July – North American Qualifiers One and Two
Wednesday 3 July – North American Qualifiers Three and Four
Thursday 4 July – US Masters Last 16 and North American Darts Championship
Friday 5 July – US Masters Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final

A quick run through of the competitors reveals that, unsurprisingly, Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to lift the trophy on Friday. To that end, Betwayhave price the big Dutchman at evens to win the first World Series event of the season. Last year’s Vegas champion, Gary ‘The Flying’ Scotsman is at a very decent and extremely attractive 7/1, not least because he should be in buoyant mood having recently taken down the World Cup of Darts in partnership with Peter Wright. Snakebite himself is at the wider price of 12/1 and could be about to turn around his season too, and, let’s face it, if anyone should thrive off the energetic atmosphere of Sin City it’s him.

The slightly shorter priced Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross can also be picked up for 7/1, but I’m sticking with Anderson this time out. Refreshed from sitting out the Premier League and buoyed by World Cup success, They Flying Scotsman price of 7’s is too good to turn down. Elsewhere, Gerwyn Price is available at 14/1, Michael Smith 16/1, Daryl Gurney 22/1 and Nathan Aspinall 25/1. Others available on request, all at Betway.


Venue: South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Dates: Thursday 02.07.2019
Current Champion: Gary Anderson
Where To Watch: ITV Sport
When To Watch: (1945 GMT)

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US Darts Masters: Gary Anderson Defeats Rob Cross To Land The Title In Las Vegas

US Darts Masters: Gary Anderson Defeats Rob Cross To Land The Title In Las Vegas

Gary Anderson US Darts

The Flying Scotsman, Gary Anderson, returned to his winning ways this past weekend after winning his sixth World Series of Darts crown in the US Darts Masters final against Rob Cross. Taking place on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, the World number two produced a superb comeback to win 8-4 win over Cross.

Anderson’s road to the title

Anderson, a two-time world champion, showcased his undoubted class with a series of determined performances as he took the title, his first ever win in Vegas. The performance came as he cast aside DJ Sayre easily before moving on to the Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell, who he vanquished in a 8-5 quarter-final win, despite trailing 3-2 early on.

He came up against James ‘The Machine’ Wade — who had earlier beat Michael van Gerwen 8-3 — in the semi-finals in a match that went all the way to a deciding leg despite Wade leading 6-2 at one point. Anderson hit back to level before edging 7-6 ahead only to miss double ten for a 140 checkout and with it, the win. He didn’t need to wait long, which followed shortly after he bagged a 75 to nick the win and move into the final.

Once in the final, World champion Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross soon laid claim to a 3-0 lead, which turned into 4-1. Anderson, however, jumped on the opportunities Cross’ missed doubles presented him, and in a run of seven legs, he leveled and overtook his rival before storming to victory, with a stunning 164 checkout.

Cross’ route to the final was also a tricky one, meeting both Michael Smith and Peter Wright on Saturday’s final day. Smith was dismissed for 8-6, with the pair each landing seven maximums, while Peter Wright was shot down 8-3 in the semi-finals.

The eight PDC stars all now relocate to China ahead of the next World Series of Darts event, the Shanghai Darts Masters, on July 13-14. At the time of writing, no prices have been updated in the sportsbook of the online bookmakers Betway.

2018 World Matchplay

The full draw for the biggest darts event of the summer has been made. The 2018 World Matchplay takes place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 21-29.

Last year Phil Taylor marked his final appearance on his declared favourite stage with a 16th World Matchplay title, beating Michael van Gerwen in the process. This year, MVG is the favourite to overcome the 32-player field and claim the now-renamed Phil Taylor Trophy.

That said, the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Michael Smith will all have something to say about that. Below we have listed the first round, with the 16 seeded players paired with the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

  • Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • (16) Adrian Lewis v James Wilson
  • (8) Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
  • (9) Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
  • (5) Daryl Gurney v Steve West
  • (12) Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
  • (4) Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
  • (13) Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson
  • Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
  • (15) Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson
  • (7) Simon Whitlock v Richard North
  • (10) James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena
  • (6) Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
  • (11) Ian White v Max Hopp
  • Rob Cross v Mervyn King
  • (14) Darren Webster v Steve Lennon
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