World Grand Prix Final Preview 2012

World Grand Prix Final

As personally predicted, a King/Van Gerwen final is upon us. We saw some clever money go on the Dutchman and the winner will instantly climb to 8th in the world. This will open all sorts of doors for either player, and surely both players will now appear in the Grand slam of Darts.

Best match odds:

King – 13/10 Boylesports
Van Gerwen – 4/5 Blue Square

So who will win it?

King has been the surprise of the tourney, whilst as mentioned some fancied Van Gerwen for this to be his time. King demolished Dolan 5-2. Van Gerwen looked great against Newton and one thing I for sure, if King gets 2 sets in front, will Van Gerwen have the mental ability to continue fighting? We think both players in this final are capable of any comeback, although we rate King higher purely out of his extensive experience on comeback ability.

All sorts of outcomes could appear in the final, well, there is only two outcomes for the winner, but the actual correct score will be where the money could be secured, depending on how close or how far apart the players will end up.

Check them out for yourself and be shrewd – http://www.oddschecker.com/other-sports/darts/world-grand-prix/mervyn-king-v-michael-van-gerwen/correct-score

We were hoping to see King get a handicap of 2.5 to see some value, but we have not. Mervyn is more than capable of scoring the most 180’s and Bwin go 3/4 he does so! Best of eleven sets we could easily see a 6-4 or 6-5 outcome triggering over 9.5 sets, as niether play will surely allow the other to get too far in front. Skybet go 11/10 that the match goes 10 sets or more.

Recommendations:

First 180 – King 8/11 BetVictor
Most 180’s – King 3/4 Bwin
Highest Checkout – under 141.5 BetVictor

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    PDC World Grand Prix Darts Day 2 Betting Tips

    With some fair prices we are in for a great night, and hopefully some successful outcomes.

    Order of play:

    First Round
    Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
    Andy Hamilton v Mark Webster
    Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
    Wes Newton v Ronnie Baxter
    James Wade v Colin Osborne
    Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett
    Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White
    Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson

    Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
    With Steve Beaton pondering around the top 32, a good run could be significant for the bronze Adonis to remain inside the circle of the top 32. With players like Ian White forcing his way up the rankings, Steve cannot be complacent.

    Best match odds
    Beaton – 10/11 Coral
    Smith – 11/10 Totesport

    There is little value in the handicaps and two fairly close players in ability, means this could go either way. Skybet disagree and think the game will be settled in under 10.5 legs at 8/11. Skybet go evens that the game will go over 2.5 sets, which may be the safer bet. Beaton has beaten Smith on four of the five occasions and have mainly met at Championship Darts at Crondon Park.

    We would love to see Beaton take this, but see over 2.5 sets as our recommended bet.

    Andy Hamilton v Mark Webster

    Mark Webster has shattered confidence at the moment and may struggle to hit a double. Hamilton has had the best year of his career and should be rock steady in winning this. In nine matches, Hamilton has beaten Webster seven times.

    Best match odds
    Hamilton – 8/13 Boylesports
    Webster – 6/4 general

    Hamilton is best priced 8/13 at Boylesports to beat 6/4 Webster with the same firm going 15/8 that Hamilton wins this to nil.

    Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd

    What can we say about Michael Van Gerwen, he won a players championship and secured another appearance at the finals at Minehead at the end of November. He plays a veteran Lloyd that on his day is quite an unstoppable player. The former winner and number one in the world will be aware of Van Gerwen’s weaknesses and will have to work on this

    Best match odds:
    MVG – 4/6 Coral
    Lloyd – 5/4 Totesport

    The pair have met eleven times, with Gerwen winning three of those, including two of the last three. With the confidence of MVG, he has been seen as a Longshot outsider for the crown. We are confident he will deliver and will take the 4/6 on offer.

    Wes Newton v Ronnie Baxter

    The two locals from Fleetwood and Blackpool respectively meet again. Having played three times in 2012, Wes has won two of the three. Wes beat Ronnie in a weekend player’s championship and goes in as the 4/7 favourite with Skybet.

    Best match odds:
    Newton – 4/7 Skybet
    Baxter – 6/4 Totesport

    Newton will be fully focussed after missing out at the European Championship finals, with the belief he can do it again. It is difficult looking past Newton at 7/4 with William Hill. We will take Newton at 2-0 (7/4) and 2-1 (5/2) for an even money return stakes adjusted.

    James Wade v Colin Osborne

    James Wade has been unwell recently and is unknown on the form of the machine. No bet for this game

    Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett

    We are big fans of Burnett who is a proper grafter. He plays Adrian Lewis, who knows he could snatch the world ranking from Taylor with a long campaign and the Power is de-railed in the first or second round.

    Best match odds:

    Lewis – 4/9 Skybet
    Burnett – 9/4 Stan James

    The pair have met three times all told, with Lewis winning all their encounters. Most recently in the World cup of Darts earlier in the year, Lewis won 4-3. The pair met in the competition back in 2004, where Lewis won 2-0. A repeat performance will see 11/8 Lewis wins 2-0 with Skybet and this gets the green light.
    Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White

    Barney has a tough opponent in Ian White in round one. He will know he will have to get out the blocks early, as White is building up a profile to enter the top 32 and could well do so by the time the World Championships are over.

    Best match odds:

    Barney – 1/2 Skybet
    White – 13/8 Bet365

    The thing we need to establish is whether Ian White can win a set. We are finding this difficult to establish looking at the form guide. Over 1.5 180’s for Barney is a banker at 4/6 and presents some value.

    Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson
    The crowd will be very hostile towards Nicholson, and this is how he likes it. We think Mansell with the crowd behind him should be capable of winning a few legs, and is 8/15 with BetVictor +1.5 sets

    Best match odds

    Nicholson – 8/13 Paddy Power
    Mansell – 6/4 Bet365

    If you think Mansell can win, you will expect Nicholson to get a set on the board also, so it may pay to take out correct scores on the following:

    Nicholson: 2-1 5/2 Skybet
    Mansell: 2-1 7/2 Skybet

    Alternatively over 2.5 sets is 11/10 with Paddy Power, although calculating the stake on the correct scores will return an accumulated odds return of 6/4 +. The only danger is if either player wins 2-0 and we feel if Nicholson really shows up, the danger is him winning 2-0.

    We recommend Nicholson outright though overall.

    Lockup Tipsters recommended selections:

    • Hamilton – 8/13 Boylesports
    • Beaton/Smith – Over 2.5 sets 1/1 Skybet (Or Beaton 2-1 11/4 Skybet, Smith 2-1 3/1 Skybet) Adjust stakes accordingly.
    • Newton at 2-0 (7/4) and 2-1 (5/2) for an even + money return stakes adjusted.
    • MVG – 4/6 Coral
    • Lewis 2-0 11/8 Skybet
    • Over 1.5 180’s for Barney 4/6 Skybet
    • Nicholson 8/13 Paddy Power

    John Gwynne picks –
    First round matches – Night two

    Beaton
    Hamilton
    Michael Van Gerwen
    Wes Newton
    Colin Osborne
    Adrian Lewis
    Barney
    Paul Nicholson

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    Scottish Double – Both To Win: Thornton & Anderson – 13/8
    English Double – Both To Win: Chisnall & Jenkins – 13/8
    R.O.W Treble – All To Win: Whitlock, Huybrechts & Voort – 3/1

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      PDC World Grand Prix Darts Night One Betting Tips

      We will expect Thornton to be on top form after an excellent weekend on the floor events in Dublin. Robert Thornton will want to be turning his form around against Walsh, as they have played eight times, and Walsh has won six of them. Both have similar winning percentages, and Thornton beat Walsh in a player’s championship event back in March.
      Order of play

      Monday October 8 (7pm-12am)
      First Round
      Mark Walsh v Robert Thornton
      Dean Winstanley v Dave Chisnall
      Simon Whitlock v Justin Pipe
      Terry Jenkins v Mervyn King
      Gary Anderson v Brendan Dolan
      Phil Taylor v Michael Smith
      Kevin Painter v Kim Huybrechts
      Vincent van der Voort v William O’Connor

      Best match odds:

      Thornton – 5/6 – Ladbrokes
      Walsh – 6/5 – Boylesports

      Thornton has had by far the best year of his professional career. We advised earlier to Lay Walsh in play and we will stick by this. We will be backing Thornton and this will be our Lockup Single of the day.

      Terry Jenkins v Mervyn King
      A tough game to call in essence. Both players have supreme quality and the game could go either way. A market to take a persons eye though could be over 2.5 sets, as neither player will back down easily and both will see they can win it. Both have been in major finals, so they know what is at stake. Over 2.5 sets is 1/1 at Skybet.

      Gary Anderson v Brendan Dolan

      Anderson has been looking on top form again since his suspension, and we can hardly forget the magic that Brendan produced last year. We thought that Brendan had the luck of the Irish on his side to help his tourney. Anderson though is a quality player in the elite top ten. We do not see anything but an Anderson win here and BetVictor8/15 with BetVictor says he will win. Anyone looking for better value should consider the Anderson correct score of Anderson 2-0, and Skybet go 11/8 on a 2-0 scoreline.

      Vincent van der Voort v William O’Connor

      They usually say, when the Dutch turn up, they produce the goods. VVV is on last and will want an extended stay until at least Wednesday. Connor has lost both times against VVV and we can see another loss taking place. VVV is excellent value –1.5 sets at 13/8 with Skybet and he will be too strong for the irish guy! Reasoning behind the bet is, this tourney is the beginning of the run in to the World Championships, so all players will want to be playing their very best to cement their world ranking, which may influence the route they have in the World Championships.

      Recommended betting:

      Thornton – 5/6 Ladbrokes
      King/Jenkins – over 10.5 games 1/1 Skybet
      Anderson 2-0 – 11/8 Skybet
      VVV – -1.5 sets 13/8 Skybet

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      Scottish Double – Both To Win: Thornton & Anderson – 13/8
      English Double – Both To Win: Chisnall & Jenkins – 13/8
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        European Championship Darts Day 2 Betting Tips

        European Darts tips night two

        We begin the evening, seeing a few shocks take place in round one. A so-called shock was Mark Webster, but a sure shock was Justin Pipe.

        Tonight’s match odds:

        (See oddschecker for Live odds)

        Michael Van Gerwen (8/15) Andy Smith (7/4)
        Richie Burnett (5/7) Co Stompe (6/4)
        Dave Chisnall (1/4) Gino Vos (4)
        James Wade (2/5) Colin Lloyd (41/18)
        Adrian Lewis (4/11) Ian White (11/4)
        Terry Jenkins (7/5) Raymond Van Barneveld (7/10)
        Kim Huybrechts (8/15) Vincent van der Voort (20/11)
        Ronnie Baxter (5/11) Michael Rosenauer (9/4)

        Van Gerwen won a recent players championship and have been in great form. We have some great matches on the card and we feel most comfortable with:

        Gerwen
        Burnett
        Jenkins
        Baxter

        Yes we are keen on Wade and Chisnall, but both offer no value.

        Interestingly Gerwen and Smith have not met since 2010, and Smith prevailed a whitewash in the match. We do not generally look into the past too much in this game, but Gerwen appears to be good value at 8/15 with Boylesports. We expect him to win 6-3 or 6-4 as he is that good.

        Ritchie Burnett is up next, the guy that bled a radiator once to get heated water for a pot noodle in a Hotel. Ritchie is 4/6 general and this is good value seeing as this is a format he prefers generally. His comeback to the top 32 has mainly been through the best of 11 tourneys.

        Both players traded victories in the 2010 players championship and we think Burnett will have the mileage to take out Stompe. We do not think he will make it easy, but is considered as one of the hardest grafters on the circuit.

        Jenkins has been tipped by John Gwynne and we have found out Barney has declined the invite for Championship Darts next Tuesday at Crondon Park. This indicates Barney has issues his end, and may not even turn up to play. We know Barney has been subjected to the critics over the last couple of years, but antique salesman Terry Jenkins plays a far professional approach now. Jenkins +1.5 legs is the bet of the night at 4/5 Coral

        Ronnie Baxter is last up on our betting list. We feel as Baxter has never lost to his opponent, that the 5/11 on offer for the win, should be taken. We wont bother risking money on correct scores, but goes into our list of winners for Saturday.

        Bet of the night – Jenkins – +1.5 Coral 4/5

        Gerwen & Baxter Double pays 2.19 at Youwin.com

          European Darts Championships Tips Thursday 20 September 2012

          We are pleased to be able to offer the Darts tips of Lockup Tipster. Lockup Tipster is one of the best Darts Tipsters Online and we are lucky to have him offering his tips to Betting Portal. This week is the European Darts Championships which is shown live on ESPN and ESPN Classic.

          We enter the autumn season of Darts after the summer break with some exciting tourneys in front of us. Four more televised events before the end of the year, including the infamous World Championships.
          The European Championships were devised in 2008, and Phil Taylor has won this every year. En route to his four victories include beaten finalists Steve Beaton, Adrian Lewis twice and Wayne Jones.

          PHIL TAYLOR will begin his challenge to win a fifth successive PartyPoker.net European Championship title against Magnus Caris when the £200,000 tournament is staged in Muelheim, Germany later this month.

          Taylor has been unstoppable since the European Championship was introduced to the PDC calendar in 2008, winning all four titles since by picking up two defeats of Adrian Lewis and wins over Steve Beaton and Wayne Jones in the other finals.

          This year’s event will be held from September 20-23 in Muelheim and screened live on ESPN, with the first round being split across Thursday and Friday night.

          Taylor’s opening clash will see him come up against Swedish number one Magnus Caris on Thursday September 20, with emerging Dutchman Jerry Hendriks or leading Austrian Mensur Suljovic awaiting the winner in the second round.

          World Champion Adrian Lewis will face Stoke rival Ian White in the first round on Friday night in a repeat of their meeting on Sunday night in the German Darts Masters final in Sindelfingen, which Lewis won 6-3.

          World number three James Wade drew former World Matchplay champion Colin Lloyd, while Wes Newton, the number four seed, plays Germany’s Tomas Seyler.

          Number five seed Andy Hamilton drew Paul Nicholson, Simon Whitlock plays Mark Walsh, Terry Jenkins faces five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and Mark Webster plays Germany’s Andree Welge – who won their German Darts Masters first round game 6-4 despite a nine-darter from the Welshman on Friday.

          With only eight players seeded, the draw threw together a host of big names, including Mervyn King’s battle with Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and Dutch star Vincent van der Voort’s clash with Belgian Kim Huybrechts, who made his name with a run to the quarter-finals of last year’s European Championship.

          Justin Pipe drew last year’s World Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan, World Matchplay semi-finalist Ronnie Baxter plays Germany’s Michael Rosenauer, Holland’s Michael van Gerwen plays Andy Smith, Dave Chisnall meets another young Dutchman, Gino Vos, and Richie Burnett meets Co Stompe.

          The second round of the tournament will be played on Saturday September 22, with the quarterfinals taking place on Sunday afternoon and the semi-finals and final being held in the evening session.

          Most bookies go 1/2 for E/W outright bets. Please check before betting.

          First round betting odds:

          Jerry Hendriks (11/10) Mensur Suljovic (10/11)
          Mark Webster (4/9) Andree Welge (21/10)
          Justin Pipe (1/2) Brendan Dolan (45/23)
          Andy Hamilton (10/13) Paul Nicholson (23/18)
          Simon Whitlock (2/5) Mark Walsh (5/2)
          Wes Newton (3/10) Tomas Seyler (10/3)
          Phil Taylor (1/12) Magnus Caris (10)
          Mervyn King (11/17) Kevin Painter (22/15)

          Being a best of 11 format, there is no rest bite for any player, a straight knockout, no second chances.

          Looking at the eight matches on offer, initial strong candidates are:

          Pipe
          Hamilton
          Whitlock
          Newton
          King

          Of course Taylor should make it through, but his odds are incredibly short, seeing as the first round short format is where he is most vulnerable. The field all know this.

          Pipe has played Dolan three times and twice in 2011 where he won both times. He is in respect 12-3 in legs up over the last two games, both in the best of 11 format. Pipe was incredible on the floor last year and began the year with a victory. He recently made a semi final, and this format suits him. Justin and Brendan have similar experience on the stage, but feel, that Dolan misses too many doubles, and Pipe is a great price at 1/2.

          Newton should beat Seyler. The stats suggest that Seylor has beaten Newton 2-1, but two of those matches were best of five matches, so cannot be considered reliable. The fact that was in 2008 says it all. They have played in a similar format to this in 2010 in Gibraltar, where Newton was the victor. Newton is far more experienced playing nearly 1100 matches to Seylors 133 matches. Newton’s win percentage is 68.2% with Seylors 45.86 percent – http://www.dartsmad.com/dartabase/darts_player_head_to_head.aspx

          Newton is best priced 3/10 at Bwin for this and is 5/6 –2.5, which is not worth risking, but the outright price is about right for your accumulators.

          Whitlock will be expected to beat Walsh, who was out of sort at the Matchplay. The pair have played eleven times, with Whitlock winning seven from the eleven. Whitlock beat Walsh this last Saturday 6/4, so this is a good omen for Whitlock to repeat the result. A 6-4 scoreline is 5/1 with BetVictor. The 2/5 outright is attractive enough and over 9.5 legs is 6/5 with Skybet. Correct scores of 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4 to Whitlock may see appeal with odds of 5/1, 9/2 and 5/1 respectively.

          Take the following:

          Pipe – 1/2

          Newton –1.5 legs

          Whitlock to win:
          6/2 (5/1)
          6/3 (9/2)
          6/4 (5/1)

          Being a best of 11 format, there is no rest bite for any player, a straight knockout, no second chances.

          Looking at the eight matches on offer, initial strong candidates are:

          Pipe
          Hamilton
          Whitlock
          Newton
          King

          Of course Taylor should make it through, but his odds are incredibly short, seeing as the first round short format is where he is most vulnerable. The field all know this.

          Pipe has played Dolan three times and twice in 2011 where he won both times. He is in respect 12-3 in legs up over the last two games, both in the best of 11 format. Pipe was incredible on the floor last year and began the year with a victory. He recently made a semi final, and this format suits him. Justin and Brendan have similar experience on the stage, but feel, that Dolan misses too many doubles, and Pipe is a great price at 1/2.

          Newton should beat Seyler. The stats suggest that Seylor has beaten Newton 2-1, but two of those matches were best of five matches, so cannot be considered reliable. The fact that was in 2008 says it all. They have played in a similar format to this in 2010 in Gibraltar, where Newton was the victor. Newton is far more experienced playing nearly 1100 matches to Seylors 133 matches. Newton’s win percentage is 68.2% with Seylors 45.86 percent – http://www.dartsmad.com/dartabase/darts_player_head_to_head.aspx

          Newton is best priced 3/10 at Bwin for this and is 5/6 –2.5, which is not worth risking, but the outright price is about right for your accumulators.

          Whitlock will be expected to beat Walsh, who was out of sort at the Matchplay. The pair have played eleven times, with Whitlock winning seven from the eleven. Whitlock beat Walsh this last Saturday 6/4, so this is a good omen for Whitlock to repeat the result. A 6-4 scoreline is 5/1 with BetVictor. The 2/5 outright is attractive enough and over 9.5 legs is 6/5 with Skybet. Correct scores of 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4 to Whitlock may see appeal with odds of 5/1, 9/2 and 5/1 respectively.

          Take the following:

          Pipe – 1/2

          Newton –1.5 legs

          Whitlock to win:
          6/2 (5/1)
          6/3 (9/2)
          6/4 (5/1)