A terrible night last night, let’s be honest. We had the misfortunate of backing Robert Thornton, who seemed incapable of hitting double 20 if his life depended on it. We then had Tony O’Shea, who got off to a blistering start, leading 4-1, and then winning a grand total of 3 legs after that. Finally, Mervyn King had darts to beat James Wade, couldn’t hold his throw towards the end of the match and that put us at 15-15 for the tournament and we have a profit of –
We were a tad unlucky with King, but the other two, well, it wasn’t our day. Let’s get back on track with tonight’s Grand Slam of Darts 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!
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. 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.
Scott Waites vs Raymond van Barneveld:
Well, this is a case of two men with contrasting fortunes in the group stages. Waites looked imperious winning his group, dishing out a lesson in darts to Martin Phillips and Adrian Lewis on the way to the top of his group. Raymond van Barneveld, on the other hand, had to have beat Darryl Fitton to secure his place, after looking distinctly average against Colin Lloyd in his previous group match. The bookies price this close and they seem to be basing this on overall form, not tournament form. Waites is the underdog and we’ll have a nibble on him to win this, as the price is right.
Scott Waites to beat Raymond van Barneveld: 28/25 @ Betfair.
Recommend 1.5 units @ 28/25
Colin Lloyd vs Co Stompe:
The Colin Lloyd resurgence continues this week, going undefeated in his group games. Co Stompe got through after an astounding comeback against Martin Phillips, with an average of around 94-95. Lloyd has been playing some excellent darts, including that victory over Raymond van Barneveld, but I think Stompe showed an extra bit of class with some amazing checkouts, including taking out 132 with two bulls and then a huge 104 under pressure after Phillips missed double top for the match. It was amazing under pressure and that might see him through against Jaws and I think, again, the price is right for the underdog here.
Co Stompe to beat Colin Lloyd: 6/5 @ Stan James
Recommend: 1.5 units @ 6/5.
Phil Taylor vs Ronnie Baxter:
So, will Phil Taylor be wearing his glasses? Probably not. That’s about the only question you need to ask about this game. I think Taylor has far too much for Baxter, who has impressed in patches, but looked average in others. It might be close for a bit, but Taylor has the tools to power away from Baxter when it comes down to it.
Recommend: No bet.
Ted Hankey vs Steve Beaton:
It’s a battle of the former BDO World Champions to finish the darts off tonight and it’s a match I can’t wait for. If Hankey plays like he did in the first few legs against Michael van Gerwen, Steve Beaton will punish him and there would be no going back. However, this match has the potential to go all the way, especially after Beaton really impressed against Paul Nicholson and he averaged 97.25 doing so. Hankey eventually averaged 92, after some shocking darts to start, so with a better start, his average would be close to that of Beaton. Hankey’s price ranges from 1/2 to 4/6, but it’s kind of short.
However, I think that both players might fancy a big checkout and they should have a lot of chances, so we’ll have a bet on the highest checkout, as I like the line for it and I know both players are capable of fireworks.
Highest checkout in Hankey vs Beaton match over 125.5: 5/6 @ Boylesports
Recommend: 1.5 units @ 5/6.
And that’s your lot for tonight. Hopefully a better night than last night. Get the beers in for Friday night action, especially Hankey versus Beaton. I’ll be doing my betting mostly on Betfair, just so I can trade my position in running, which proved invaluable when backing Tony O’Shea when he was 4-1 up!
Enjoy the darts, enjoy your Friday night and let’s get ready for the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday! Happy betting!