Darts fans can look forward to 6 days of fantastic Darts competition with the World Grand Prix being played in Dublin from Monday 4th October through till the 10th of the Sunday. The World Grand Prix is a unique tournament in the Darting World as it is the only tournament in Darts that plays need to hit a double to start as well as the standard double finish.
The obvious favourite to win is, as always, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor who is attempting to win the World Grand Prix for an amazing 10th time. At the moment Blue Square are offering some of the best betting odds on Phil Taylor as most bookmakers are offering odds of 4/9, Blue Square are among the few that are offering the slightly bigger 1/2. With 32 players battling for the title though we think you have to be very brave to lump on a short price like that so it might be worth looking elsewhere for a shock result. If you want a win only bet then we think that 2 selections that stand out could be either Raymond Van Barneveld or ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Simon Whitlock. Van Barneveld has an array of different odds available being as short as 6/1 with some bookies but some such as Totesport and Bet365 are still offering 10/1. Whitlock also has varying odds starting at a low of 7/1 with some but Boylesports offering the best betting odds of 11/1 which could even be worth an each way gamble. But if you are fancying a long shot in the each way betting then maybe either Kevin Painter or Ronnie Baxter could offer good value with 100/1 being offered by some bookies on both players.
With so many 1st round matches you’d probably fall sleep if we went through them all so we’ve just picked a few stand out bets what we think will offer good betting value. Firstly Adrian Lewis has a best price of 3/4 with Sportingbet and we think that is a good price for the talented youngster to beat Alan Tabern and would be our first match bet. Lewis is also known for big scoring so at 4/7 with Blue Square it might be worth betting that Lewis gets more 180′s than Tabern.
A fancied player to win the title would be Gary Anderson but we think the format might not favour him as he can be a bit dodgy hitting doubles so we would select Ronnie Baxter in their first round match. A host of bookies are offering odds of 11/8 on a Baxter win and this is another bet that we think offers a good bit of value.
Another price that we think is a bit big in the match betting is the 4/6 that bookies such as Sky Bet, 888Sport and Victor Chandler are offering on Mervyn King to win his first round match against Wayne Jones.
At 1/19 backing Phil Taylor to beat his first round opponent is not really worth bothering with so why not chuck him in a favourites accumulator? William Hill offer the best odds of around 10/11 on Whitlock, Taylor, Van Barneveld and James Wade all winning their first round matches and we think all darts fans would agree, that should happen!