The Grand Slam of Darts is in its infancy. It started in 2007 with a different format to the rest of the televised darts tournament. It’s a style almost identical to the International Darts League, with players from both the BDO and PDC competing in a group stage (similar to things like the Champions League, although playing each other only once). After the group stage, the top two from each group go through to the traditional knock-out format.
The league takes on a short, best of nine legs format. So much like the UK Open, it can throw up some “upsets”, although with the majority of players being at the top of their field, the results aren’t as surprising. Still, the advantage lies with who has the darts and it’s not uncommon to see slight price shifts just before the match depending on who has the throw. After the group stages, it changes to best of 19, then 31 and 35 for the final. Naturally, it gives those at the top of their game a chance to shine, giving us as bettor a bit of fairer playing field.
Due to the format, we can also bet on group winners, as well as the usual darts markets. It a welcome change and one that can pay dividends, as the field is perceived as being quite close (aside from obvious exceptions), thus meaning the books aren’t lop-sided. It can be easy enough to narrow the four man group down to two possible winners and from there, finding the value shouldn’t be too difficult.
2007: Phil Taylor beat Andy Hamilton 18-11
2008: Phil Taylor beat Terry Jenkins 18-9.