What a World Grand Prix, and hot on the heels of Michael van Gerwen's triumph, we get the Grand Slam of Darts, where all the big guns of darts (minus Martin Adams) get together to find out who's the best of all. It's a great tournament, and it's good to see the BDO boys competing against the PDC boys. In fact, with some new young Dutch faces this year, it's going to be extremely interesting.
The Grand Slam of Darts starts tomorrow evening, with Kevin Painter taking on Dean Winstanley, finishing off with James Wade taking on Arron Monk. In between we get to see Scott Waites, Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock and World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen in action.
Like most PDC tournaments, I'll be offering both a free tip for each day of competition, as well as a Premium Tips service. For £10, you get access to the Premium Tips for the entire tournament.
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The Premium Tips have been running for four tournaments and these have been the results so far:
PDC World Grand Prix: +4.26 units.
PDC World Matchplay: +16.92 units.
PDC UK Open: +7.62 units.
PDC Premier League: -18.43 units.
The last three tournaments have been good for us, even though Robert Thornton and Michael van Gerwen gave the bookies the results they wanted in the last two majors. We've been on the right side of most of the upsets, and we're looking to keep it going for the Grand Slam of Darts.
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Looking at the main competitoes, Phil Taylor is starting shorter than he did for the World Grand Prix at 9/4. He's coming in off the back of another Champions League Darts success, and will fancy his chances of making it 5 from 6 this year.
Michael van Gerwen is the form player on the PDC Tour, taking his first PDC Major in Dublin last month, and he's sitting around 10/1 4th favourite, which is a hell of a lot shorter than the 33/1 that he started out at the World Grand Prix. It looks a bit short, but there's no denying that he's playing some fantastic darts, and must be in with a shout.
The best of the rest: Simon Whitlock is playing solid darts, as usual, and is steadily picking up some success on the floor. He's 3rd favourite at around 9/1, which is a fair enough price for the Aussie. The other in-form player over the past month has been Paul Nicholson, but I can't see him troubling the boys at the head of the market. However, he's got a bit of a plum draw in the group stage, with Andy Hamilton, Brendan Dolan and Barrie Bates being his competition in Group F. So he should shorten if, as expected, he makes it out of his group. If other results go his way, maybe, just maybe he can put a run together.
The BDO Boys: since this is the time where all the darts boys get together (again, minus Wolfie), we have to look at some of the BDO boys, and we'll start with the BDO World Champion, Christian Kist. He's the real deal, and the bookies may have just overpriced the heavy scoring Dutchman, with prices ranging from 28/1 to an unbelievable 50/1. The youngster is a reigning World Champion, and he's aronud 30-40 points bigger than Adrian Lewis. So if you're thinking of putting your money on one of the World Champions, ignore Jackpot and go for Kist. We also have the only man apart from Phil Taylor to win the Grand Slam of Darts, Yorkshire's Scott Waites. Like Kist, he's 50/1 at best to regain the title he lost last year. While he wasn't impressive last year, there's no denying he's a talented player, and scores more 140s than Dennis Smith, which says it all. And then we have Wesley Harms. Another one of the young Dutchmen, he's around 100/1, which is fair enough when you consider he's the same price as Brendan Dolan, who's shown solid form at the World Grand Prix this year. And we better not forget a perennial favourite of darts crowd, Tony O'Shea. The Silverback is around 66/1, and it's a fair price. However, I think most people watching will be hoping he goes on a big run here, as he's just great to watch on the oche.
Last year's finalist: Last but not least, the forgotten man of the PDC this year, Gary Anderson, who is at 16/1 to go one better than last year and win the Grand Slam of Darts. Can he go one further than last year? Well, there's no real sign that he can, as his form this year has been nothing short of shocking. 16/1 doesn't appeal to me in the slightest, and there's far better value to be had elsewhere.
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