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PDC World Grand Prix 2011 Day One Tips

Good morning and welcome back after a long hiatus. It's the time of year where the PDC likes to take a lengthy break between tournaments and then hit us with a few almost back-to-back. Oh, and technical issues ruined the World Matchplay for us. But we're still here and hopeful of a winning tournament.

The format for the PDC World Grand Prix is the wonderful "double in" format, so expect a few upsets with players that have "double trouble" and there are a few big names that can fall into that category from time to time.

For the first day of free tips for the PDC World Grand Prix, we'll be turning to Betfair's prices, as they tend to be the best out there for the World Grand Prix and with our free darts tips, we want to give the best prices possible. Add to that their free bet promotion and it's one of the best combinations out there!

Wayne Jones versus Brendan Dolan

Not a great couple of months for either player, with Dolan's quarter final in the Player Championship event in Holland last month the best result for either man on the floor recently. The main factor here is Jones' suspect doubling and it might give Dolan the advantage, especially when the price on Jones is ridiculously short. We'll go with the Northern Irishman to cause a bit of an upset here, as his price is a little too big.

Brendan Dolan to beat Wayne Jones: 9/4 @ Betfair

Recommend: 1 unit.

Justin Pipe versus John Henderson.

The in-form Justin Pipe, a favourite of Darts Betting Tips takes on PDC new boy John Henderson and I think this could be a lot more one-sided than the bookies think. Pipe won his first Players Championship event at the weekend, beating Phil Taylor in the final, after losing to The Power 6-5 the day before. Henderson is nothing if not consistent on the floor, but Pipe's game is coming along leaps and bounds and he'll be a force to be reckoned with now that he's got his TV nerves out of the way. His price, for me, is huge and great value.

Justin Pipe to beat John Henderson: 5/6 @ Betfair

Recommend: 3 units.

Kevin Painter versus Vincent van der Voort.

If I'm being honest, I see no value to be had here. The bookies have both men level, I have them both level and since there's no way to split them, there's no real action to be had on the game.

Recommend: No bet.

Wes Newton versus Colin Lloyd:

Newton is the darling of the PDC right now and it's understandable why. He's a fresh face playing some great darts. Colin Lloyd was once in his position, although maybe not fresh-faced! Newton is playing consistently at the moment, which is more than can be said for 2004 Grand Prix champion, Lloyd. The problem is that Newton is around 1/2 to win, which, in this format, isn't good enough value for us.

Recommend: No bet.

Adrian Lewis versus John Part:

Adrian Lewis is one of the players that will struggle on doubles a lot of the time and he doesn't want to do that against a resurgent John Part. Part hit a great run of form at the end of August/start of September and that is in stark contrast to his opponent, Lewis, who lost in the first round of both floor tournaments at the weekend.

Part, a two-time finalist, might just cause an upset here and that's where we're going with our wager.

John Part to beat Adrian Lewis: 9/4 @ Betfair

Recommend: 2 units.

James Wade versus Steve Brown.

A strong middle of the year for Brown caused a few ears to prick up, but he's petered off slightly recently, so that should give Wade the edge here. While Wade's doubling can sometimes be suspect, he's solid enough to take out Brown. The price is ridiculously short for the format, but I can't see any other outcome than a Wade win.

Recommend: No bet.

Raymond van Barneveld versus Mervyn King:

Barney comes here on the back of a nine-darter in defeat to Phil Taylor at the weekend. While not a sign of winning form, it's good enough to suggest he's playing well. In comparison, King has just been plodding along, his form dropping to a steady level way below his best. Barney looks a good thing here and we want to be on his side.

Raymond van Barneveld to beat Mervyn King: 1/2 @ Betfair

Recommend: 4 units.

William O'Connor versus Andy Smith.

I like Andy smith. He's fun to watch, can hang with the best on his day and you often find a decent price on him. Sadly, today isn't one of those times. Smith is a paltry 8/13 to win his match against a player the Irish fans will be right behind. While I think Smith looks good enough to win here, I don't think we'll be getting rich quick backing him against an Irishman in Dublin at 8/13. Just enjoy the last match of the night and take in the sight of a night's worth of Guinness.

Recommend: No bet.

That's all for the first day of the PDC World Grand Prix. Remember to tune in tonight on Sky Sports to catch all the action from Dublin. Until tomorrow, happy betting and good luck!

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