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PDC UK Open Day One Tips

Well, the Premier League is over and we saw history made by Phil Taylor in the final. Now we're ack to our regularly scheduled tournaments and we start with the cliche-tastic UK Open.

It's dubbed the FA Cup of Darts and that's because there's the open draw format, where Phil Taylor could meet any of the big names early on in the tournament and where a qualifier from the Rileys qualifiers, or a player from the BDO regions that voted in favour of Barry Hearn's proposal, could go deep, or even win it. While it's highly unlikely that will happen, simply because of the gulf in class between everyone and Phil Taylor, the chance is there and there have been shocks galore in every tournament and this year will definitely be no different.

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PDC Las Vegas Desert Classic Day Three Tips

Well, not the greatest start to the tournament, but now we're into the longer format, we know the lie of the land for our bets and we can bet accordingly.  These two tips should get us on the right track and I'm confident we can make a healthy profit from this tournament.

Klaasen to beat Part - 5/6 @ Blue Square Just going on first round form alone, Klaasen would be the pick.  He looked in great form against the in-form Ronnie Baxter and is playing some good darts.  John Part's game is a bit shaky at the moment, especially with him trying to change his darts and his throwing style.  If Klaasen can find the consistency, there's no reason why he can't give Part a drubbing.  We think this price is just far too generous and would have had Klaasen shorter if we were pricing this match ourselves.

Recommend 2 units @ 5/6.

Painter to beat King - 11/10@ William Hill.  Again, going on first round form alone, Painter would be favourite.  He scored heavily last night and hit his doubles under pressure.  King didn't look too solid on his scoring or his doubles against Louis Blundell and a more experienced darts player might have punished him for it.  Should be a toss of the coin, perhaps favouring Painter with his recent win over King being the deciding factor.

Recommend 1 unit @ 11/10.
So, there we go, the two tips that are sure to get us back on the right track and in clover.

UK Open Review

Before the next tournament starts, we want to go over the last results from the UK Open.  While they don't make the greatest reading, we can take a lot out of them and use it to progress forward for this week's tournament in Las Vegas.

Outright Selections: Jamie Caven 0.5pts EW – Beaten 10-3 in QF by Colin Osborne

Wayne Jones 0.5pts EW – Beaten 9-7 in R4 by Colin Osborne

Vincent Van Der Voort 0.5pt EW – Beaten 9-6 in R3 by Wayne Jones

Merv King 0.5pts EW – Beaten 9-8 in R3 by Michael Barnard

Summary: Caven performed best of our selections in reaching the QF where he froze a little on stage I felt. Jones was beaten by Caven’s conqueror Colin Osborne in the previous round who played inspired darts all week. We were a bit unlucky that 2 selections were drawn to play in R3 but VDV was well beaten and King also deserved to lose by all accounts. All in all a disappointing tournament but hopefully this is a temporary blip.

Profit/Loss: -4pts

Match Bets:

R1 – Mark Jodrill to bt David Smurthwaite: 2pts @ 8/11 WON

R2 – Michael Barnard to bt Steve Maish: 1pt @ 6/5 WON

R3 – Michael Van Gerwen to bt Andy Hamilton: 1pt @ 6/5 LOST

R3 – Louis Blundell to bt Andy Roberts: 1pt @ 11/10 LOST

R3 – Peter Wright to bt Mark Webster: 0.5pts @ 9/4 LOST

R4 – Roland Scholten to bt Wes Newton: 1pt @ 11/10 LOST

R4 – Peter Manley to bt Mark Webster: 1pt @ 5/6 LOST

R5 – Wes Newton to bt Alan Tabern: 1pt @ 7/4 LOST

QF – Kevin Painter to bt Alan Tabern: 1pt @ 11/10 WON

QF – Ronnie Baxter to bt Terry Jenkins: 1pt @ Evs WON

SF – Kevin Painter to bt Colin Osborne: 1pt @ 5/4 LOST

Summary: A 4/11 strike rate is not what we are aiming for and certainly won’t continue in the future. Overall a small loss of -1.75pts but the problem with this tournament seems to be the quick turnaround in matches and the lack of specials as bookmakers haven’t enough time to get them out. Hopefully once the Matchplay starts and The Desert Classic we will see an upturn in our fortunes.

Our betting tips for Las Vegas will start over the next 24 hours, so keep watching and we'll try and make us all a lot better off come Sunday night.

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