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PDC UK Open 2013 Day One Free Darts Betting Tip

It's the first of the PDC Majors this year, after a long hard slog through the Premier League Darts season. And, I have to be honest, I love the UK Open. It's the chance for stars to be made, and it's cliches galore on the Sky Sports coverage, as they trot out the old "FA Cup of Darts" references thick and fast. We've had some interesting finals over the years, and some interesting finalists. Roland Scholten made his name at the UK Open, Shayne Burgess did the same. Robert Thornton kickstarted his faltering PDC career in this tournament last year, and now one of the second tier players will no doubt be looking for the same fortune. This huge field is bursting with talent, and if they draw goes the right way for one of them, we could see a bit of an upset winner, especially with the short format over the first few rounds.

Obviously Michael van Gerwen has been unstoppable, winning everything in his path since the 2013 World Championship Final, and he'll be coming in full of confidence, but if the draw isn't kind, he might not get lucky, as he has had some tight matches over the short format over recent weeks. Then there' Phil Taylor, and the same applies to him, minus the winning streak. The fact Taylor is coming into the tournament in the second round also speaks volumes about his season - he's not played much in the floor tournaments, while his main competitors have. Maybe that will go against him, or maybe he'll be match fresh. We'll find out over the next few days. The usual suspects are also out in force - Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton, along with two of the big guns from the BDO, Robbie Green and Stephen Bunting, a man who many were speculating would jump ship to the PDC in January.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2012 Day Three Free Betting Tip

What a day of darts we had yesterday. There were shocks, outstanding performances and the obligatory Phil Taylor win. Tonight, we've only got the 8 matches, which is a shame. But we've got a couple off mouthwatering clashes, not least the all-Dutch encounter between Raymond van Barneveld and Christian Kist. These two superstars of Dutch darts have never faced off on the oche, and it's a case of youth versus experience, which is the most intriguing game of the night. We also have Gary Anderson taking on Tony O'Shea in another match I can't wait for. And then there's Wes Newton taking on Wesley Harms in what could be another cracker. It's fair to saw the end of the night is a bit more stacked than the start, but we still have the likes of John Part, Adrian Lewis, Andy Hamilton and Brendan Dolan, and we start with Mark Walsh taking on Wayne Jones.

Sunday's results were interesting, with Tony O'Shea taking the scalp of Adrian Lewis, Ted Hankey showed he is actually capable of hitting the doubles, as is Dean Winstanley, and Christian Kist exploded onto Sky Sports was a phenomenal destruction of Wayne Jones with a 97.21 average. It was great for the game to have Kist put in that kind of performance, which came on the back of Wesley Harms putting in a 101.79 average in his 5-2 over Terry Jenkins. It was a great day for the BDO, and I don't think anyone, not even the biggest PDC fan, would begrudge them their wins.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2012 Preview

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.

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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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PDC 2012 World Grand Prix Preview

After some time off after the World Matchplay, the PDC action started at the end of last month with the European Championship, then cotninued into Ireland with two Players Championship events before the main event in Dublin - the PDC World Grand Prix.

Like most PDC tournaments, this is another Phil Taylor Benefit, with The Power taking it down ten times, and he's the defending champion. The double-in format doesn't seem to bother him, unlike some of darts big names who tend to struggle on the doubles. Notables such as Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall might just have a bit of bother this time round.

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The Premium Tips have been running for three tournaments and these have been the results so far:

PDC World Matchplay: +16.92 units.
PDC UK Open: +7.62 units.
PDC Premier League: -18.43 units.

I won't sugar coat the Premier League results, but the UK Open was good for us, even though Robert Thornton gave the bookies the result they wanted. We then got a great result at the World Matchplay, so we're looking to keep the momentum going at the World Grand Prix.

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Looking at the prices, Phil Taylor is starting at one of his biggest SPs for a tournament for a long time. The 9/4 might end up looking like a gift come the end of the tournament. He's not been in the greatest form recently, but it is The Power.

Michael van Gerwen is the form player on the PDC Tour, taking his four ProTour title of the year on Saturday, and he's a best price of 33/1 to take the title. A huge price for a young man that's playing great darts, finally, after taking the BDO by storm what seems like an eternity ago.

The best of the rest: Simon Whitlock finally picked up a ranking title, winning the European Championship, and he's a best price of 14/1 to take the World Grand Prix title. Justin Pipe won his Champions League Darts Group, beating Phil Taylor in the final, so he's coming into the tournament in form, and he's a best price of 40/1 to nab his first PDC Major. The other in-form player on the PDC ProTour is Ian White, and he's currently sitting at 66/1 to continue his magnificent form.

The men with "double trouble": these three just love to miss the doubles, and Gary Anderson sitting at between 14/1 and 20/1 is something I find amusing. He's known for his double trouble, and he's also struggled for form in 2012. Even if he ends up winning, I don't fancy the 20/1. Then we have another BDO alumni,Dave Chisnall, who hates his doubles as much as Anderson, if not more. His scoring might get him out of trouble, but he's 25/1. Fancy it? I'm not sure. And continuing the theme of the ex-BDO boys, we have Dean Winstanley who has shown his trouble on doubles already in his short tenure in the PDC. He's 66/1 to take down the title, and he's the same kind of player as Chisnall - all scoring, no doubling. That being said, if he can start hitting the doubles, he's a threat. But I can't see it just yet.

Last year's finalist: Last but not least, we have the fairytale story from last year, Brendan Dolan, who is a huge 125/1 to go one better than last year and win the World Grand Prix. Can lightning strike twice? Well, Dolan's playing better than some of the shorter priced players in the field, but I can't see it.

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