What a great night last night. 4-1 for a huge night. Thanks for all the e-mails thankins me and it's nice to know some of you are putting your winnings to good use, especially Gary, who's off somewhere nice. Now, I don't think we can blame Simon Whitlock for not making it 5-0 last night, as his opponent more than held his own.
An early start to the darts today, with an afternoon session starting at 1:00, so don't miss that. We have three World Champions taking the stage today, with perhaps the most shocking being Jelle Klaase who took maximum advantage of Gary Anderson's injury.
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.
James Wade Vs Wayne Jones:
James Wade got past Vincent van der Voort in the previous round 13-10, with an average of 92.34 and a highest finish of 121. Wayne Jones had a good fighting result over Ronnie Baxter, winning 13-9, with an average of just over 90 and a highest out shot of 81.
On paper, Wade should win this and I don't see why not. However, Jones is solid, will grind away at Wade and it might not be as one sided as the bookies would have you believe. 1/7 for a man who struggled to get Andy Smith and could easily have lost to VDV isn't the way to riches. However, because the bookies favour Wade so much, the handicap line is ridiculous. -5.5 for a player like Wayne Jones, who is Mr consistency away from the cameras is brilliant.
Wayne Jones +5.5 against James Wade: Evens @
Recommend: 2 units @ Evens.
Jelle Klaasen Vs Simon Whitlock:
This should be a great match. Jelle Klaasen is showing the kind of form that got him a Premier League spot in 2009. It's just a shame he's coming up against one of the most in-form players in the PDC at the moment, Simon Whitlock. Klaasen had a hard, hard match against Gary Anderson and had Anderson not been injured, it might be a different match today. However, credit where credit's due and Klaasen handled the pressure with aplomb, winning 14-12 with an average of 86.24 and a highest outshot of 117. Whitlock, on the other hand, beat Steve Brown 13-10, averaging 94.59 and a top checkout of 78.
Whitlock's 8 point better average is about right for the tournament so far and Klaasen's patchy scoring is his big problem. Well, his doubling is a bit, too. Whitlock should have too much in his locker and should comfortably get to 16 before Klaasen. But at 2/7, I really don't fancy it. Whitlock on the handicap at -4.5 does, though.
Simon Whitlock -4.5 to beat Jelle Klaasen: Evens @
Recommend: 1.5 units @ Evens.
Co Stompe Vs Raymond van Barneveld:
Battle of the Dutchmen and a battle of two good friends. Simply put, Barney is back. Stompe might have looked handy against Mark Webster, but Barney looked irresistible in his demolition job of Alan Tabern, averging 103.85 in the process. There will be no time for friendship on the oche tonight, as Barney will feel has still has something to prove to not only the fans, but himself. The 1/4 is actually a great price if you like betting on odds-on shorties, but we don't here, do we?
Again, I like the look of the handicap line, at -4.5 for Barney. The line for the maximums is nice at around 12.5, but we're not getting the 20/23, or the 10/11 the pair, it's around 8/11, which isn't so appealing. The bookie know it could be high scoring, as when Stompe gets into the groove, he can get the maximums flowing just as well as Barney.
Raymond van Barneveld -4.5 to beat Co Stompe: 5/6 @
Recommend: 2 units @ 5/6
Phil Taylor Vs Kevin Painter:
The superlatives have run out. Phil Taylor beat Steve Beaton convincingly, after a slow start. He averaged 104.6 and took out 126 and 121 on the way. Kevin Painter never seems to have any luck against The Power and I can't see it changing tonight. 1/40 is the best price for Taylor, 16/1 the best price for Painter. It could be "name your price" really, for The Artist, the way Taylor is playing.
I'll be honest, nothing really jumps out at me value-wise for this match and I don't want to recommend a bet just for the sake of it, so just sit back, count your winnings from the previous matches and see if The Power can get that world record just to shut Sid & Co. up.
Recommend: No bet.
That's it for now. Remember to sign up at Blue Square, Victor Chandler, Boylesports, or Stan James to get your free bet for today's action. It should be a cracker with some of the best players in the world playing throughout the day. Enjoy and, most importantly, happy betting!