We are excited to introduce to Betting Portal our first guest tipster Lockup Tipster. I have followed The Lockup Tipster on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/#!/LockupTipster ) I have been impressed by his knowledge of the Pro Darts Scene and his success with Darts Betting Tips. Find below his preview to the UK Open Darts which starts this week.
Possibly the most exciting tournament the PDC holds, as the UK open is open to anyone who wishes to enter. Of course there are gruelling qualifiers to make it to Bolton, but it pays dividends for the achievement to say “I was in the UK open” Billed the FA Cup of darts it is the only PDC major where the draw is not pre-determined on rankings. The draw is done from the 3rd round onwards live on stage.
The UK open on the opening night will look like a weekend floor tourney when the TV cameras begin their coverage. With so many people involved, it is necessary to have the volume of dartboards on show.
For those of you unfamiliar with the UK open, this is the format :
For those of you unfamiliar with the UK open, this is the format
- Preliminary, First and Second Round (Thursday): Riley’s and Speedy Hire qualifiers and those placed 33-96 in the UK Open Order of Merit start the tournament here. Best of 7 legs.
- Third Round (Friday): Top 32 in UK Open Order of Merit joins the 32 survivors from Thursday. Best of 17 legs.
- Fourth Round (Saturday) Best of 17 legs.
- Fifth Round (Saturday) Best of 17 legs.
- Quarter Finals (Sunday) Best of 19 legs.
- Semi Finals (Sunday) Best of 19 legs.
- Final (Sunday) Best of 21 legs.
Personally, after the Premier League, all dart followers look forward to the UK open! It is quite the novel event. We can effectively see anyone play anyone during the tourney and James Wade will enter the event as defending Champion. For those needing a reminder, James defeated Wes Newton in the final 11-8 last year. Paul Nicholson, who subsequently lost to James in the Quarter Finals, defeated Phil Taylor.
Players to watch?
Dave Chisnall has been a big hit since joining the PDC. Dave has scored some BIG victories, one notably against Phil Taylor. Another to keep an eye on is Justin Pipe. Pipe won a lot of floor events in 2011 season and has been performing well in the 2012 campaign thus far. Justin is great on the floor, but has never quite done the business on the stage, which has hampered some progress.
Those looking for an insurance bet may consider the Field Vs the Premier League on the field at a BIG 11/2. So if Taylor, Whitlock, Hamilton, Barney, Wade, Painter, Lewis or Anderson do not win it, you have pocketed a 11/2 shot! It should be noted every winner since the Premier League started in 2006 have won the UK open, so the bookies may not be too far out on the skinny 1/10 offered on any of the above.
Who will win it?
Obviously Phil Taylor will be the red-hot favourite to win the Tourney at best priced 2/1 at Coral. Bwin and 188sport have Taylor at 6/4. This is a bookmakers delight and nightmare in that the permutations of who will face whom if everything goes to plan are known.
Others to keep an eye on is James Wade to retain, and players like Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock and Wes Newton having decent runs in the Tourney.
It should be noted that the field are a massive 4/9 on beating Taylor to the 2012 crown. This should not be ignored. It will take Taylor a lot to overcome all the stakes to regain this crown.
We are in a difficult position to think who will win it, but think Taylor will not be celebrating any victory.
The final word
The field to beat Taylor may be skinny at 4/9, but a great price for punters in general with the chances at stake. We feel the Taylor era is in a gradual decline, and may continue at the UK open.
Preview four-fold ACCA for Thursday night:
Best priced 2.61 at Ladbrokes