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WHERE: Alexandra Palace London Running from Wednesday
WHEN: Wednesday, December 15 - Monday, January 3, 2022
Christmas season means one thing to darts fans; the World Championship is here. This year’s event sees a fiercely competitive field vying to get their hands on the famous Sid Waddell trophy at Ally Pally and seal their place in sporting history.
The tournament will be boosted by the return of the iconic darts crowd, unlike the 2021 event, which saw just one night hosting fans due to the Covid 19 restrictions enforced. Past winners of the World Darts Championship include reigning champion Gerwyn Price (2021), Peter Wright (2020), Michael van Gerwen (2019, 2017 and 2014), Rob Cross (2018), Gary Anderson (2015/2016), Adrian Lewis (2011/2012) and Raymond van Barneveld (2007).
In total, 96 players compete for a shot at the $662,000 (£500,000) first prize. Sportsbooks are calling World number one Gerwyn Price the marginal favorite at +400, with Mighty Michael van Gerwen next up at +450. Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton chalk up at +800 with the bar at +1600 upwards.
On form for the leading four, Wright catches our eye at +800. His form speaks for itself; he has lifted two majors in 2021 and can become world number one with a win here. Wright will be looking to add to his winner’s check from 2020 and is primed for this.
Our outsider pick:
We must look no further than Michael Smith, quoted at (+4000). Despite a quieter year, he had a decent run at the Grand Slam of Darts. ‘Bullyboy' was in command 12-8 against Peter Wright in the semifinal, but then ran out of gas and failed to win another leg as he eventually succumbed to the pressure of the big stage. In comparison, in set play, composure is an essential. Having made the final in 2019, his timely maximum-hitting and rhythmic style is a force to be reckoned with. Smith’s strengths are his power-scoring and he is a contender for a player to pass his moneyline for this market.
In recent years, we have seen longshot priced players go on a run in the competition due to their experience and acumen on stage. The likes of James Wade (+10000 with Unibet’s moneyline) is a very generous price. He is a player with longevity within the PDC’s order of Merit top 10 and currently sits in spot four. The World Crown has eluded The Machine, and while some say he is past his prime now, at Unibet’s quoted price, he cannot be ignored. However, he has never made it past the semifinals and his pathway will be tricky with top seed Dimitri van den Bergh in his quarterfinal.
After examining the odds, we fancy Peter Wright for a good run, and have dissected pricing. At +800 for the title, he is +333 with Bet365 to make the final and +175 to appear in the semi-finals. Bookmakers have Wright’s semifinal implied price well covered. Backing the +175 with Bet365 would be a good cover wager as well as the outright!
Our opening round picks:
Thursday 16th December – 06:45 ET – Joyce (-1000) v Benecky (+1000)
Looking at the opening two rounds, a couple of games really stick out. Ryan Joyce is -1000 to beat Eastern European qualifier Roman Benecky and comes into the event with little form on the circuit. Joyce has enjoyed stage presence recently, and at -1000 is not a price you can back. However, the correct score of 3-0 carries merit at -125 with Bet365. It is noteworthy that under 3.5 sets is no bigger than -137 with Unibet, so there is a hint of value there.
Darts pick: Joyce to win 3-0 -125
Sunday 19th December – 15:45 EST – Beaton (+125) v Sherrock (-115)
Steve Beaton will face the boos of the crowd up against fan favorite Fallon Sherrock. She is the mild favorite, with sportsbooks seeing a bright 2022 for her as hot property within the PDC. Fans will boo Beaton, with Sherrock sure to get a warm reception on her second championship appearance. From viewing her style and play, this will be a close first set. I anticipate Beaton will use earplugs to block out the noise, and can certainly take the first set. However, I think the break of throw will take time to materialize, so I am happily backing the first set to see five legs at +162 with Bet365.
Darts pick: Five legs in the first set +162
World Darts Championship Picks:
- Peter Wright – PDC World Championship winner (+800)
- Peter Wright to win Quarter 3 (+175) Bet365
- R Joyce 3-0 correct score - (-175)
- Beaton/Sherrock – First set to have five legs (+162)
This is the top tournament in the darting world. More than two weeks of scintillating darts action at London’s historic Alexandra Palace. The event was founded in 1994 and rapidly grew in popularity, now boasting a purse of $3.4million up for grabs its competitors.
The top 96 players face off in a knock-out format, with the top 32 in the rankings getting a bye to the second round. The relationship between the event and betting has always been strong and betting turnover is always high on a tournament whose last two sponsors have been major gambling companies.
How to bet on the PDC World Darts Championship
Thousands descend on the famous Alexandra Palace in London every year for the biggest prize in darts – the PDC World Championship. Darts fans everywhere adore this event, with its huge crowds, electric atmosphere and spectacular play, with many taking advantage of the huge number of opportunities it provides to bet on incredible top darts action.
Gerwyn Price, the third seed, became the first Welshman to win the world title. Reigning champion Peter Wright went out in the third round and world No.1 Michael van Gerwen in the quarterfinals. Price, known as The Iceman, froze out Scotland’s Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor
Phil Taylor was the undisputed king of darts for the first two decades of the PDC World Championship’s existence. “The Power” won the title an astounding 14 times during a period in which he utterly dominated his sport. Michael van Gerwen is second in the all-time list with three titles.
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