Well, a slow start to the Monday session of the World Matchplay, but we finished with a bang and a spectacular win for Jelle Klaasen. We ended up in profit for the night, which is the main thing. The great thing is, there was no real sweat for Klaasen when it came to the home straight of the match.
Tuesday is the final day of first round matches and there are some fantastic matches on offer. Some quality players facing off against each other, which means we'll have some fantastic opportunities to have a bet.
I want to mention the bookmakers that will give you some free money for depositing there. Is there anything better than free money? Well, more free money. So, use my tips along with these free sign-up offers and we'll keep the great run going!
First up, Blue Square have stopped their £66 promotion and are now offering a seriously fantastic bet for new accounts. will be able to redeem a double your money offer. Customers are simply required to place a £5 bet at odds of evens or greater and once their bet is settled a £10 free bet token will appear in their account. Of course, if that's not enough to get you to sign up, how about cashback on your loses until the start of the football season in August? You place a bet that loses on various events, including the World Matchplay, you get 10% of your bet back. Just opt in to the promotion once you've signed up. Simple as that, seriously.
Victor Chandler as a well established name in sports betting and they really get behind the great sport of darts. They'll give you up to a £100 free sports bet, as well as casino chips is you sign up there. There's not a better offer available and I've taken advantage of this for tonight's tips, and I think you should too. Hey, if the tips win, great, but if, for some strange reason, they don't, you've lost nothing!
Boylesports are another great bookmaker for darts. They have a huge variety of markets and they have a nice £20 deposit bonus. You deposit and bet £20, they match it. Simples!
Stan James are big supporters of darts and are the actual sponsors of the World Matchplay. We find their markets to be amongst the best when it comes to darts betting, which is why we proudly support them. Plus, their £25 match bet is a fantastic offer, probably the best out there at the moment. So, why not sign up, deposit and have a nibble on our first tip of the night and Stan James will match it:
Seriously, if you don’t have accounts at any of these bookmakers, sign up, deposit and use your free bet to have a dabble on tonight’s tips. Now that that’s out of the way and you’ve got your free bets, let’s get the tips going.
Colin Lloyd Vs Kevin Painter:
Two top PDC players over the years facing off against each other in the first round is a mouth-watering prospect, especially as, on their day, both men are fantastic to watch. Colin Lloyd has found a little bit of form recently, while Kevin Painter is still a big time player, saving his best form for the TV cameras.
Lloyd is the bookies' favourite, although only by the narrowest of margins. I don't think I'd agree with this, as Painter, on his best form, which he is still showing at times, can be devastating, especially on the doubles. If he can stop his head from going, he'll be a hard man for Lloyd to beat. I think the bookies having Lloyd as favourite is a slight fault by them and we'll be having a little wager on Painter to beat Lloyd.
Kevin Painter to beat Colin Lloyd: Evens @
Recommend: 2 units @ Evens
Mark Walsh Vs Mark Dudbridge:
An interesting match between one underachiever and one man who overachieved a long time ago and has been lost in the wilderness ever since. Mark Walsh has shown some great form over the past few years, but mostly in floor tournaments. Mark Dudbridge, on the other hand, hasn't shown much at all, aside from a couple of runs in various tournaments since his World Championships Final defeat.
It won't be a classic, but it should be interesting to watch. Walsh is the favourite and rightly so. There's no value in the match odds, as I think Walsh will win, but at 8/13, it's not worth a dabble. There is far more value out there to be had than those odds. I can't see it being a high scoring match, with a flurry of 180s and although there might be a fair few legs played, I can see the line at around 6.5 being tricky for them to beat.
Under 6.5 180s in Mark Walsh Vs Mark Dudbridge match: Evens @
Recommend: 2 units @ Evens
Phil Taylor Vs Barrie Bates:
The Phil Taylor Show gets underway tomorrow evening and poor Barrie Bates. Bates, on his day, is a match for a lot of the PDC top 32, but he's not really got the game to trouble the big guns and it will be evident when he faces Phil Taylor. Taylor is in the form of his life, breaking records left, right and centre. The 1/40 on offer is probably about right, as can you see Bates beating him over this format at least 1 time out of 40? I can't.
As ever, Phil Taylor matches has little or no value, as the layers tend to run scared of opposing him in any market. However, I like the look over the highest checkout market. Put it this way, if Taylor wants a 9-darter, he'll have to take out at least 141 and with the line at 120.5, we'll definitely be having some of that.
Highest checkout over 120.5 in Phil Taylor Vs Barrie Bates match: 20/23 @
Recommend: 3.5 units @ 20/23
Paul Nicholson Vs Steve Beaton:
A fun match to end the night. Steve Beaton showed some great form in 2009 to get back to the form that won him the BDO World Championship. Sure, he didn't win any televised events, but he made a lot of money not just for himself, but for us backing him. His form in the floor tournaments was simply amazing and we capatalised on that. However, this year hasn't been as kind and he may start going back into the wilderness. Paul Nicholson, on the other hand, has a point to prove. Since the Players' Championship, he's been looking a bit lost. The UK Open was a total bust for him and he was lucky to even qualify here, as his floor results haven't been the best.
The fact is, Nicholson will have the crowd baying for his blood and he should thrive on it. He'll get them worked up, cheering for Beaton and he'll love it. He's a big time player and they won't get much bigger than this. A great crowd and a great stage. But the 1/2 doesn't scream value, especially as Nicholson has had a fair few blobs since his start in the PDC and Beaton is capable of beating him. Both men can be wildly inconsistent, but Beaton moreso, especially on this year's form.
I think Nicholson will be out to make a point and it might be a quick match in that respect. Stan James have the total number of legs at 17.5 and I think there will be a couple less, maybe a 10-5, or a 10-4 if Nicholson gets in the groove.
Under 17.5 legs in the Paul Nicholson Vs Steve Beaton match: 4/5 @
That's all for now. Let's keep banging in the profit like we did on day 3, but let's get a beter strike rate than 50%. It's going to be a fun night and the crowd could end up being wild for the Paul Nicholson match. Enjoy the darts, have a good bet and, most importantly, happy betting!