World Grand Prix Darts Betting Guide
As with the World Matchplay and World Championship, the World Grand Prix is also sponsored by a bookmaker. In this case that’s Bodog. This is a unique tournament as it is the only tournament in professional darts which requires a double to start a leg and one to finish it. The tournament features 32 of the best players in the world and is played in October and broadcast live on Sky for the whole week.
The World Grand Prix took over from the World Pairs tournament in 1998 and was originally held in the Casino Rooms in Rochester. Since 2001 the Citywest Hotel has become the fixed venue for this event which is well supported by the Irish. ‘Doubling in Dublin’ is often a saying transfixed to this tournament. Phil Taylor has won this tournament 9 times with only 3 other players – Colin Lloyd, Alan Warriner and James Wade, also having won the event.
As with the World Matchplay, the top 16 in the world qualify for this tournament by right with the top 12 non-qualified players from the Players Championship Order of Merit also qualifying. Making up the field of 32 are the top four Irish players in the world rankings.
This tournament often offers some good value betting wise because the early rounds of the tournament are so short. The first round is best of 3 sets so there’s often a few favourites who become casualties of the format. It’s hard to bet on things like total 180’s in this event due to the double start. In play betting remains popular in this tournament though with every missed double having a significant effect on the market.
All of the usual suspects were missing from the 2012 final with Michael Van Gerwen facing Mervyn King. Both darters had played the best darts of their careers but it was Dutchman Van Gerwen who took the title by 6 sets to 4.