World darts championship: top ten bets

Editorial insight…

…the PDC World Championship of Darts starts tomorrow evening at London’s Ally Pally.

Phil Taylor, Andy Hamilton, Justin Pipe and MVG all get mentions in The Metro’s run down of the top ten best odds for the biggest dart’s championship on Earth.

The odds, some tight (evens for 9-darter), some worth a couple of quid (MVG hitting back to back 9-darters @ 2014/1 – remember he was 1 dart away in the semi last year!) for the top ten bets are all listed through the link above.

Who doesn’t get a look-in at the bookies

For me, there are four players who always perform at the Ally Pally

  • Raymond Van Barneveld (5 times world champ)
  • John Part (thrice world champ)
  • Adrian Lewis (twice world champ)
  • James Wade (winner of most PDC majors [7] behind Taylor)

That The Metro has failed to mention these guys at all is something of a surprise. Especially with their focus on The Hammer! He was shocking in Minehead last month and was lucky to keep up his run of getting to the quarters in every major TV darts event for the last year and a half.

In addition, he’ll probably face Dean Winstanley in the Second Round. Dean was awesome at this year’s Grand Slam in Wolverhampton. If the two guys bring their current form to round two, The Hammer will be back him in Stoke before Christmas Eve!

James “The Machine” Wade, depending upon what head he wears, can never be written off. Barney, Darth Maple and Adrian Lewis have all proven they’ve got what it takes to repeatedly lift dart’s biggee. You cannot simply brush that experience aside.

Especially with Jackpot Adie Lewis. It grates me to say this, but when he’s on top form, there are few players that can touch him. Wade, Van Gerwen and Taylor are they, but only if they play to the top of their game.

The full draw, including preliminaries and qualifiers, can be found on Wikipedia’s 2014 PDC Darts Cahmpionship page.


Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are the hot favourites for the PDC Ladbrokes world darts championship at the Alexandra Palace. Here are the top ten bets for the tournament.

10. Highest three dart average

Phil Taylor is an automaton when he is in full flow and The Power looks a worthy favourite in this market at 5/4 with Bet Victor.

9. Who will reach the semi-finals by storming through the second quarter of the draw?

Andy Hamilton has reached at least the last eight of every tournament he has entered for the last 18 months and is 7/2 with sponsors Ladbrokes to charge into the last four.

8. The third quarter will be won by?

Michael van Gerwen could go all the way and it would be a major shock if he did not reach the semis so back him to win his quarter of the draw at 4/5…

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