Well, I hope you were on the afternoon session tips! 5-1 for the session, which puts us at 5-4 for the session, but most importantly, we’re showing a very tasty profit for the tournament already after a 6.45 units profit today.
+4.65 units ahead for the tournament already, so we’re certainly not complaining!
A few nailbiting moments, but that’s to be expected with darts betting. The Grand Slam has had two great sessions so far and tonight’s session should be just as good. Let’s get onto the tips.
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 off, Betfair. If you've not got an account with Betfair, why not? More often than not, they have the best prices and, thanks to the ability to back or lay a selection, you can bet in-play with ease and also lay your bet back should you think the tide is about to turn for your player. It's where serious bettors bet and if you're serious about darts betting, you NEED an account here. Plus you get a free bet up to £25, which is always nice.
I want to introduce our friends at Paddy Power They’re big supporters of darts and they’ll give you a £10 bet when you sign up through Darts Betting Tips. They have great money-back specials on all sorts of markets and are perhaps the most fun bookmaker out there.
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!
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Stan James are big supporters of darts. 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.
Vincent van der Voort Vs Justin Pipe
Vincent van der Voort got a bit unlucky against Tony O’Shea. He put in a big average of just under 101, but he met a man matching him and capable of the big finishes. Likewise, Justin Pipe can feel a bit unlucky with his scoreline against James Wade. His average wasn’t the greatest, but he missed double 10 for a 140 checkout, which would have kept him in the match. Now, Pipe’s slow, methodical style might just scupper VDV here. It could become a scrappy match and VDV doesn’t like scrappy matches. Pipe’s price is tasty here and we’ll have a dabble on him.
Justin Pipe to beat Vincent van der Voort 7/4 @ Paddy Power
Recommend: 1 unit @ 7/4
Mark Webster vs Mark Hylton:
Mark Webster was another unlucky man last night. It’s not that he played poorly against Wayne Jones, but he just couldn’t win the scrappy legs, which he was punished for, eventually. Mark Hylton was out first whitewash of the tournament, losing 5-0 to Gary Anderson. While Hylton’s average was handy, it’s mainly because he didn’t get too near a double. Webster’s priced about right at 1/3, considering the calibre of opposition he’s playing, but we won’t get rich backing a 1/3 shot over the best of 9 format.
Recommend: No bet.
John Henderson Vs Stacy Bromberg:
The two Grand Slam of Darts debutants lost in their first matches and John Henderson didn’t really show what he is capable of. Stacy Bromberg, on the other hand, played about how we’d have expected. She can consider herself somewhat lucky to win a leg against a player like Mervyn King when she averaged just over 61. Henderson averaged just below 90, so on paper this should be a route for Henderson and I think it will be. He’s capable of big scores, while Bromberg is not. Henderson at 1/14 is probably more than generous.
John Henderson to beat Stacy Bromberg 5-0: 15/8 @ Paddy Power
Recommend: 2 units @ 15/8
Simon Whitlock vs Colin Obsborne:
Simon Whitlock had a shocker last night. He missed too many darts at doubles, too many darts were straying into the 1 bed and, all in all, it was a shocking performance by a man who many think is the second best in the world at the moment. Osborne, on the other hand, found a man in Robert Thornton who was playing well. Osborne started well, then found nothing in the home straight, which was a shame. Whitlock averaged around the 87 mark, just marginally more than Osborne. The battle of the Wizards should be close and if Whitlock takes it, I wouldn’t be surprised, but something just didn’t seem right with him. To be honest, I wouldn’t be backing Whitlock at 1/3 after his display last night, but I couldn’t bring myself to backing Osborne knowing that Whitlock did average higher than him in a poor display. Add to the fact Whitlock has the Indian sign over Osborne and it’s a match where we should just watch and find out where Whitlock’s head is.
Dave Chisnall vs Robert Thornton:
Two surprising winners last night in Dave Chisnall and Robert Thornton, as neither had been up to much in the later part of 2010, but both played out of their skin to record convincing wins. Both men averaged just in the 90s, which was more than enough to win their respective matches. Chisnall is quite a big favourite here with the bookies, but the way Thornton played showed he’s got some sort of form back and his price is just a bit too big here.
Robert Thornton to beat Dave Chisnall: 6/4 @ Paddy Power
Recommend: 1 unit @ 6/4
James Wade vs Tony O’Shea:
One of these men impressed last night, the other didn’t. Tony O’Shea put in a huge average of around 103, while James Wade struggled against Justin Pipe and the scoreline flattered him and his 88 average. O’Shea has proven he loved the stage in Wolverhampton and I think it can continue tonight against the world No.2. The bookies have him a pretty big dog considering the first round performances of the players.
Tony O’Shea to beat James Wade: 13/8 @ Blue Square
Recommend: 1 unit @ 13/8
Mervyn King vs Terry Jenkins:
Both winners in their first round, although both men’s performances differed somewhat. Jenkins was very solid against John Henderson, averaging a shade under 90. King averaged a shade over 80 in his 5-1 defeat of Stacy Bromberg. Both men have had poor 2010s by their high standards, but this might be the boost one of them needs and I think we have to back Jenkins on his very solid display last night.
Terry Jenkins to beat Mervyn King: 13/10 @
Recommend: 2 units @ 13/10
Gary Anderson vs Wayne Jones:
Two winners in contrasting fashions last night. Gary Anderson whitewashed Mark Hylton 5-0, while Wayne Jones won 5-2, but not in the most convincing fashions, missing a multitude of doubles on his way to a scrappy victory. A look at the averages sums up why Anderson is a short price to win this match. Anderson averaged 98.88, while Jones averaged 93.76. Now, while a average of almost 94 is good, it does hide the doubling problems Jones showed. If his doubling had been sharper, his average would have been right up with Anderson’s. Anderson will want to win this and again show that he’s a player to be feared.
Gary Anderson to beat Wayne Jones: 4/7 @ Blue Square
Recommend: 3.5 units @ 4/7
And that concludes day two’s tips. Again, sorry I couldn’t get the evening session tips to you straight away, but thanks to the laziness of the bookies, it wasn’t possible.
And, remember the most important thing – happy betting!