Nov 01 2014

Unibet Masters Day 1

Raymond van Barneveld vs Michael van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld vs Michael van Gerwen – fireworks in Edinburgh? (Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

There be darts on TV again today, as the ‘Masters’ competition gets underway in Edinburgh.  The £160,000 tournament will then conclude on Sunday, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session to be followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session. It’s LIVE ON ITV4, from 12.45pm.

From what I’ve seen, ticket sales have been disappointing – although there’s nothing official about it – I just saw and shared on twitter/Facebook that an Edinburgh events website were giving away free tickets, and from the look of the numbers on the page, they had given away 480+ at the time I saw.  If that’s true, sales must have been very low (if you also count in the freebie tickets I’ve seen given away in competitions etc, and the fact sponsors usually have some to give away too).

I’m guessing because this tournament is relatively new (in its second year), and it’s so close to other comps (Grand Slam coming up of course), fans just don’t have the money to get to every event.  I think there are possibly too many tournaments stuff into the late Oct -> Dec period, as we’ve also still got the players champs in Minehead, and then of course the worlds to go.

Eight games today – Snakebite kicks it off against Justin Pipe, and it ends tonight with Gary Anderson taking on the Hammer.

Tickets for The Unibet Masters will be available at the Royal Highland Centre on Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2. Play commences at 12.45pm and 7pm on each day, with doors opening one hour before each session.

The Unibet Masters, Saturday November 1
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round x4

Peter Wright v Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall v Robert Thornton
Simon Whitlock v Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
First Round x4

James Wade v Brendan Dolan
Phil Taylor v Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson v Andy Hamilton

Fancy a flutter – get over to William Hill and get a free £25 matched bet.  You can bet on games, stats, and also in play.

 

 

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Oct 29 2014

Win Grand Slam VIP Final Tickets!

Cash Converters Competition on Facebook

Quick, get over to the Cash Converters Facebook page and enter their competition – as they have two VIP tickets to give away to this year’s Grand Slam of Darts final.  Who doesn’t want a bit of VIP in their life?

So visit them here to enter; https://www.facebook.com/CashConvertersDarts and GOOD LUCK!

cheers, Krispy

vip grand slam comp

VIP Grand Slam comp

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Oct 27 2014

Unibet Masters Draw

TAYLOR TO MEET NEWTON AS DUTCH DUO CLASH IN UNIBET MASTERS FIRST ROUND

Phil at last year's Masters event

Phil at last year’s Masters event (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

PHIL TAYLOR will begin his bid to retain The Unibet Masters title on Saturday November 1 against Wes Newton, while World Champion Michael van Gerwen faces a massive all-Dutch clash with Raymond van Barneveld at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.

The second staging of the £160,000 tournament will see the world’s top 16 players do battle across two days, live on ITV4, on November 1-2.  The opening day will feature the eight first round games split across two sessions at the Royal Highland Centre, with two of the event’s Scottish stars in action in the afternoon session on Saturday November 1.

World Championship finalist Peter Wright, who was born in Lothian, will take on Justin Pipe in the tournament’s opening fixture, before Ayrshire’s former UK Open champion Robert Thornton meets Premier League star Dave Chisnall.

The afternoon’s third game sees Australian number one Simon Whitlock take on Mervyn King – a European Tour winner in September – before two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, last year’s Masters runner-up, faces leading Belgian Kim Huybrechts.

The evening session kicks off as in-form James Wade, who reached the World Grand Prix final recently and won a Players Championship on Saturday, takes on Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan.

Reigning champion Phil Taylor, the 16-time World Champion, will then meet two-time major finalist Wes Newton before the eagerly-awaited all-Dutch meeting between World Champion Michael van Gerwen and Premier League Darts champion Raymond van Barneveld.  Scottish number one Gary Anderson, the former Premier League champion who has won six ranking titles during 2014, then takes to the stage for the final first round game, as he meets 2012 World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton.

“We’ve thrown up some very special games for darts fans during this event,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“This event is the best versus the best – the top 16 in the world – and it’s an event not to be missed.”

Tickets for The Unibet Masters are still available and can be purchased from pdc.seetickets.com and by calling 0844 871 8807.  Tickets are also available through www.secc.co.uk and by calling 0844 481 8898.

The Unibet Masters
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Raymond van Barneveld (16)
Dave Chisnall (8) v Robert Thornton (9)
Simon Whitlock (5) v Mervyn King (12)
Peter Wright (4) v Justin Pipe (13)
Phil Taylor (2) v Wes Newton (15)
Gary Anderson (7) v Andy Hamilton (10)
James Wade (6) v Brendan Dolan (11)
Adrian Lewis (3) v Kim Huybrechts (14)

Schedule of Play

Saturday November 1
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round x4

Peter Wright v Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall v Robert Thornton
Simon Whitlock v Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

First Round x4

James Wade v Brendan Dolan
Phil Taylor v Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson v Andy Hamilton

Sunday November 2
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals

Whitlock/King v Wright/Pipe
Wade/Dolan v Lewis/Huybrechts
Taylor/Newton v Anderson/Hamilton
van Gerwen/van Barneveld v Chisnall/Thornton

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals & Final

Format

First Round – Best of 15 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Final – Best of 19 legs

 

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Oct 26 2014

European Championships Finals Day

Michael van Gerwen and Terry Jenkins

Michael van Gerwen and Terry Jenkins Euro Champs finalists (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Well it’s finals day in Germany, and there will be NO PHIL TAYLOR after he was beaten 10-9 in a cracker of a game vs Stephen Bunting.  When Bunting joined the PDC I predicted he would be a top 10 player within two years, and he’s well on the way to that, as he gets used to the noisier crowds of the PDC.  He’s certainly got the talent to go far – and beating Phil will open many darts fans eyes

Michael van Gerwen is still in the mix of course, and it would be a brave punter who bet against him!  It’s all live on ITV4 – note the slightly earlier start time this evening!

UPDATE:  So Michael van Gerwen wins his 7th major title in 2 years, beating Terry Jenkins in the final, and hitting 9 darter to get his game going against Barney in the semi-final.  He’s a pretty awesome force in darts right now!

Sunday October 26

Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)
Quarter-Finals
Mervyn King 10-5 Jelle Klaasen
Stephen Bunting 7-10 Terry Jenkins
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld 10-7 Peter Wright
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7.45pm-12am local time, 6.45pm-11pm UK)
Semi-Finals

Terry Jenkins 11-8 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 11-6 Raymond van Barneveld * MvG hits a 9 darter!

Best of 21 legs

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Terry Jenkins

Best of 21 legs

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Oct 25 2014

European Championships Round 2

War!  What is it good for?  Nothing, so instead turn on ITV4 at 12.45 today and watch some darts!

Quite a few seeds tumbled out last night, we’ve lost Wade, Anderson, Lewis, Hamilton, Whitlock already.  But there’s still a lot of darts class on display today, across two sessions on ITV4.

I enjoyed my mate Chris Mason’s comms last night, especially when he wasn’t shy about talking about how current PDC darts crowds do try to effect the results of games (and often manage it), and how players either have to adapt to that or not play in the PDC.  He like me acknowledge that the ‘football fan’ darts fans are bringing the £s into the game buying up tickets, but there is something a little sad about the loss of good order and fans who give both players a chance to show their best.  Not something I, Chris, or possibly anyone can change now, and I know that many darts fans who read this will say it’s better now than it used to be, and nothing requires changing.

Anyway, enjoy the darts today – I’m off to a gig in the lovely town of Stamford later, so Mrs Krispy will be on score update duty.

Saturday October 25
Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)

Second Round
Terry Jenkins 10-8 Robert Thornton
Dave Chisnall 10-9 Ian White
Jelle Klaasen 10-7 Jamie Caven
Peter Wright 10-5 Kim Huybrechts

Evening Session (8pm-12am local time, 7pm-11pm UK)
Second Round
Raymond van Barneveld 10-7 Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor 9-10 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Brendan Dolan
Ronny Huybrechts 7-10 Mervyn King

Jabba beating Mensur in Germany

Jabba beating Mensur in Germany yesterday (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Oct 23 2014

European Championships First Round

ADRIAN LEWIS begins his defence of the 888.com European Championship title against Jelle Klaasen on Friday, as Michael van Gerwen bids for glory in a third successive weekend on the PDC circuit in the ITV4-televised event in Germany.  World number three Lewis defeated 2012 champion Simon Whitlock 11-6 as he won his first European Championship title at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim last July.

This year’s three-day event kicks off on Friday when the 32 players compete in the first round in Germany, with Lewis kicking off his challenge against Holland’s Jelle Klaasen, a former semi-finalist.

The £250,000 tournament, featuring an increased prize fund this year, will be televised live on ITV4 from the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany. A small number of tickets are still available via www.pdc-europe.tv.

UPDATE:  So Barney said on Twitter there’s something new/different tonight.. and then on ITV4 they seem to think he may be wearing glasses for the first time on TV.  so will it be a flop like Taylor or just what the doctor ordered?  

Friday October 24
Afternoon Session (1.45pm-6pm local time, 12.45pm-5pm UK)

First Round
Wes Newton (85.74) 1-6 (98.72) Ian White
Vincent van der Voort (101.09) 6-2 Robert Wagner (100.59)
Rowby-John Rodriguez (93.53) 2-6 (91.36) Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven (95.03) 6-2 (91.41) Mensur Suljovic
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jyhan Artut
Dean Winstanley (91.41) 5-6 (88.23) Kim Huybrechts
Christian Kist 5-6 Mervyn King

Evening Session (8pm-12am local time, 7pm-11pm UK)
First Round

Peter Wright 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Andy Hamilton 1-6 Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson 5-6 Terry Jenkins
James Wade 4-6 Ronny Huybrechts
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Phil Taylor 6-2 Steve Beaton
Simon Whitlock 4-6 Raymond van Barneveld

A good win for Kim Huybrechts

A good win for Kim Huybrechts in a tight and gritty game (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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