Jul 23 2014

BetVictor World Matchplay Round 2 Continues

Hot Tungsten and Hot Weather in Blackpool

Lots of greats darts again tonight, and I’ll be watching at home now, as my time in Blackpool is over.  It was a great experience, and I do hope to return one year – having a big seaside resort to enjoy in good weather during the day, then darts at night really gave it that extra dimension.  The venue is class too – watching from the balconies is actually very good – the back balcony has a bar running behind it, there’s lots of leg room, and it’s not too far back, so the view is great!

Balcony seats at the matchplay

Balcony seats at the matchplay, bar behind, great view in front

Wednesday July 23 Evening Session (7pm-12am)
Second Round

Paul Nicholson (83.94) 13-15 (86.62) Wes Newton
Stephen Bunting (99.37) 8-13 (104.67) Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor (105.64) 13-6 Michael Smith (100.44)
Adrian Lewis 10-8 Mervyn King

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UPDATE:  WOW Phil Taylor putting on a show in his game, goes 2-0 down.. but then the Power comes on.  Wins the next 8 legs.. the 7th leg a NINE DARTER.. finishing the 144; 60, 60, d12.

Wez comes through a real battle to beat Nicholson

Wez comes through a real battle to beat Nicholson tonight (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Looking at tonight’s matches… I’ve got to think Wes Newton has to play better than he did in round 1.  Wez actually said he wanted to walk off half way through that first game it was going so bad.  Paul played well in his first round game, BUT he wound the crowd up, and I think that will come back to bite him a little tonight, even though the Blackpool fans seem to be about the best behaved around. So I think Wez will shave it.  2nd game up could be the most interesting… Bunting didn’t have a great average in his first round game (92 ish?), and Gary was looking very good, his finishing was reliable… so I think Gary could again take this one in a fairly close game.

I don’t think Michael Smith will repeat his famous world championship win against Taylor tonight, I think Taylor will be looking to teach the young pretender a lesson, as as Taylor has his darts right (I hear he’s gone up from 24 to 26grams, not only changed his stems as was said on TV), I think he may not be stopped all tournament.   King played well taking out a less than par Huybrechts, but that was with no pressure – Lewis should give him that pressure tonight, and I just want to see a repeat of the class Lewis showed in round 1.

Tuesday Night Review; Barney Changes Darts AGAIN!

Taylor celebrates his magnificent 9 darter

Taylor celebrates his magnificent 9 darter (Lustig/PDC)

Well last night was an interesting one – Wade and MvG did what most fans expected, and smashed their way through their games (winning me a few quid along the way).  Chizzy on a tight attritional game against The Hammer… and then there was Raymond van Barneveld… once again not only starting a game with brand new darts, but then changing darts to his older set half way through the game when things weren’t going for him.  It wasn’t just barrels, He changed the entire set-up, stems and flights too.  While it may not have CAUSED him to lose the game, it shows his head isn’t right at all, as no player picks a set of darts, then ditches them mid game in such an important game.

Barney’s game started to fall apart after he was 4-0 up… and from where I was at the back of the room I could tell he was shaking his head and his body language really wasn’t there – he just seemed to give up on the game.  I’m re-watching it right now repeated on Sky Sports, an early doors it seems the commentators thought the new darts were no issue, and he was playing fantastic.  He was missing a few early doubles, which showed something wasn’t quite right.   It ended ‘only’ 13-8 to Whitlock, but even though Raymond was getting legs, he never looked like he was going to win, the look on his face just said ‘get me out of here’.  At 5-5 Barney practiced with his old set… but went back to the new looking ones, and then later made the switch.

Barney mid game darts change

Barney mid game darts change (Pix Lawrence Lustig)

 

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Jul 22 2014

World Matchplay Tuesday Games

Round 2 Begins at the Winter Gardens

Tuesday July 22, Evening Session (7pm-12am)
Second Round

Andy Hamilton 10 – 13 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 13 – 2 Richie Burnett
Michael van Gerwen 13 – 4 Ian White
Simon Whitlock 13-8 Raymond van Barneveld

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Well let’s hope that tonight can match yesterday’s great night in Blackpool, which due to the Adrian Lewis exhibition win actually ended early!   I feel for Andrew Gilding, as Lewis in that mood and form is unstoppable, and you can see why he wont back to back world championships with that relentless natural throw.    Stephen Bunting showed the PDC fans what he’s capable of, knocking out the much fancied Snakebite.  Merv King put on a good display, with his 10-4 win against an under par Kim Huybrechts.  The battle of the night saw Gary Anderson edge a great game against Jabba.

So how will tonight go?  If I knew that I’d be a rich man… But I’m sure most fans would expect Wade to have too much for Richie Burnett – a few people I’ve spoken to think that Wade may sneak through and win this tournament while everyone looks to MvG/Taylor for the winner.  Ian White will have something to say about that too – he’s an unflappable sort of player, with tons of experience, so he’ll fancy himself against Mighty Mike.

First game up is a tough one to call, as Chizzy played really well in his first round win… BUT I wonder if the grinding game of Hamilton will wear Chizzy down, breaking up his flow, and get him frustrated.  It’s hot up there too, and any frustration will feel even worse as the sweat trickles… so I think Hamilton may just edge it if the game goes all the way.

I’m sure the Barney army will be out in force again, but if he wants to go through to round 3 he’ll need to up his game from round 1 – and I know he doesn’t like playing late in the high temperatures due to his diabetes it’s hard to control the blood sugars.. so if he’s not 100% it could be Whitlock who is celebrating tonight.

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Adrian Lewis 2014 Matchplay

Even Jackpot can hardly believe how well he played last night! (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 21 2014

World Matchplay Monday Games

Phil Taylor celebrates at the Matchplay

Phil Taylor celebrates a very strong performance in Blackpool (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Well it’s day three in Blackpool, with the last of the round 1 games being played tonight.  Phil Taylor put down a marker last night, and the players left in the tournament will know he’s back in business, with adjusted darts which are stacking correctly for his throw – it could be ominous!  Young Michael Smith won’t be worried though, he hast he confidence of youth, and knowing he beat Taylor in the worlds in that famous game.

The SUN IS OUT in Blackpool today, and the fans here have all day to enjoy the town before heading to the Winter Gardens venue, so they should be in good form by 7pm when the Sky Sports coverage begins.

Tonight see’s a few fans favourites play; the ever colourful Snakebite kicks things off against Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting.  Should be a good game, Bunting would love to make a real name for himself to Sky viewers – and he’s got lots of big stage experience of course.

I met Kim Huybrechts yesterday, and he was suffering a little with ‘snuffles’ – so I’m guessing he’s coming out of a cold/illness.  Could that be enough to tip the balance to Mervyn King – players normally need to be 100% to win… time will tell.

Jackpot starts his tournament against the lesser known but strong player Andrew Gilding, who is having a great 2014 so far.  The fans will be expecting Lewis to win I’m sure – but if he has an off day Gilding has the game to punish him.

Last game up could be a stormer – the ever popular Gary Anderson taking on an in form Jamie ‘Jabba’ Caven.  Again Gary is rightly favourite, but Jabba will give him a real test if he brings his A game onto the stage.

UPDATE:  I spotted a few BDO darts royalty here tonight supporting Stephen Bunting; Daryl Fitton, Anastasia, and her hubby Tony Martin.  They are good mates of the Bullet, and great to see them here supporting him.

Monday July 21
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

First Round

Peter Wright (89.12) 6-10 (92.36) Stephen Bunting
Mervyn King (10.06) 10-4 Kim Huybrechts (92.53)
Adrian Lewis (110.51) 10-0 Andrew Gilding (92.55)
Gary Anderson (94.95) 10-8 Jamie Caven (92.03)

First Round – Best of 19 legs
* Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth “extra” leg is sudden-death.

BETTING

21 Jul 19:10 UK   BET!
8/13
Peter Wright   v   Stephen Bunting
4/5
21 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
11/8
Mervyn King   v   Kim Huybrechts
4/7
21 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/8
Adrian Lewis   v   Andrew Gilding
5/1
21 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
2/5
Gary Anderson   v   Jamie Caven
15/8

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Jul 20 2014

World Matchplay Day 2

Sunday’s are Made For Darts!

Chizzy wins his round 1 match

Chizzy has a good day, showed some great form (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Two big sessions of darts today, so if you thought Saturday was good, it’s double trouble today.  Phi Taylor starts his defence in the evening session, after his main rival MvG won through is game Friday night fairly easily.  Can the two meet in the final?  Time will tell! All the ‘favourites’ went through last night – I did predict Ian White would win his game.. but Kevin Painter had a bit of a mare the 2nd half of the game, and I know he tweeted as much to his fans.

James Wade was looking like he was going to win 10-1 vs the Pieman, but he ‘went to sleep’, a concentration lapse which he’s imfamous for.  He’ll need to hope that that’s the last time that happens this tournament, as James won’t get away with it again. Just look at the games below – we are in for a right treat!  Can Deano beat Chizzy?  I think he might pull it off.. Chizzy has been a bit unpredictible recently (when isn’t he?) – Chizzy has it in him to win any event, but can he keep at a high level across this tournament?

I can’t see past a Dolan win in game 2, and while both Nicholson and Thornton  seem to be out of form, I think Thornton will edge their game.  Paul needs a big tournament really – could this be the one?   The last game of the afternoon sees the Hammer against Wayne Jones, which I think can only go Hamilton’s way. In the evening, I know quite a few pundits are tipping a Michael Smith win against The Force, and a few in the press room think Baxter will beat an out of sorts Newton.

You can’t bet against Taylor in his game (but it’s not really worth betting on him at those odds), and I’ve heard whispers that Barney won’t like playing Vincent.. especially that late at night in the heat, so you may want to bet against Barney if you dare.

Sunday July 20 Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
First Round

Dave Chisnall (98.96) 10-4 Dean Winstanley (94,.43)
Brendan Dolan (88.91) 4-10 (93.85) Richie Burnett
Robert Thornton (97.06) 8-10 (94.95) Paul Nicholson
Andy Hamilton (94.42) 10-3 Wayne Jones (82.45)

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
First Round

Justin Pipe (96.66) 8-10 (98.87) Michael Smith
Wes Newton (81.99) 11-9 Ronnie Baxter (81.62)
Phil Taylor (101.79) 10-4 Darren Webster (96.58)
Raymond van Barneveld 10-4 Vincent van der Voort

UPDATE:  Paul Nicholson with an emotional win – although he’ll be looking at a fine after it’s obvious he tells some in the crowd to ‘f**k off’ after he gets some abuse (to be fair he somewhat encourages it with his actions in the game)

UPDATE:  Wez Newton wins a less than classic game against Ronnie Baxter 10-8… both with 81 ish aves! Wez admits that half way through the game he wanted to walk off – “a horrible game”. Well only way is up from that.

UPDATE:  I hear Phil’s been working on the lie of the dart, heavier shafts – not fiddling with the barrels at all.  Seems to be working!

BETTING

20 Jul 19:10 UK   BET!
EVS
Justin Pipe   v   Michael Smith
4/5
20 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
1/2
Wes Newton   v   Ronnie Baxter
13/8
20 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/20
Phil Taylor   v   Darren Webster
9/1
20 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
2/9
Raymond van Barneveld   v   Vincent van der Voort
10/3
Nicholson beats Thornton 2014 Matchplay

Nicholson beats Thornton and puts on one of his special shows (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 19 2014

World Matchplay Day One Games

Round 1 Begins in Blackpool; Let Tungsten Battle Commence!

Michael van Gerwen in Blackpool vs Beaton

MvG loves the crowd, and they love him

Well we are finally here – it’s the start of the World Matchplay, the 2nd most prestigious tournament in the PDC calendar, and a real fans favourite too.  Most of the players I’ve spoken to think this, after the worlds, is THE ONE to win.

The weather is hot and stormy, and lets hope the darts action is too!

I’m up in Blackpool myself for the first four days, hidden away in the press room – so if you’re going look out for the lesser spotted Krispy – as I try and get out now and then to get pictures of the fans enjoying the darts.   I’ll try and force myself out during the day – maybe I’ll check out the fun-fair and who knows.. a pub or two?

There’s only one session to kick off, two on Sunday.  So our four games (best of 19 legs with 2 clear rule etc) are a mouth-watering bunch.  For a full schedule of play, plus all the format and prize money info, check here.

The Games

Saturday 19th July,  (7pm-11pm)
First Round

Ian White (101.37) 10-4 Terry Jenkins (91.28)
Simon Whitlock (93.88) 10-6 Kevin Painter (90.86)
Michael van Gerwen (98.85) 10-7 Steve Beaton (92.77)
James Wade (93.01) 10-5 Andy Smith (89.67)

 BETTING

19 Jul 19:10 UK   BET!
4/5
Ian White   v   Terry Jenkins  (5-5 head 2 head)
EVS
19 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
1/3
Simon Whitlock   v   Kevin Painter  (11-5 head 2 head)
12/5
19 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/12
Micahel van Gerwen   v   Steve Beaton  (8-3 head 2 head)
13/2
19 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
1/6
James Wade   v   Andy Smith  (12-5 head 2 head)
4/1

So if I’m going to have a bet on tonight… Hmm I’d go for Ian White – he’s one of the quiet ones who gets the job done.   Also while they are level on the head-2-head comparison, Ian White has won 4 of their last 5 games. Also Kevin Painter has found form very recently, and he’s feeling confident – which could mean he may overcome those odds to win.     So if you want to win some proper money, put a few quid on both to win accy.   Chuck MvG and Wade in there two and you’ll have a nice reward if the luck gods favour you.  Of course I’m not a great tipster, so you probably don’t want to do that at all :-D     Here for all the betting odds including outright winners.

White vs Jenkins on the Winter Gardens stage

White vs Jenkins on the Winter Gardens stage

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Jul 18 2014

Krispy World Matchplay Preview and Betting Guide

Dare You Follow my Betting Tips?  You’re a Brave Soul!

Matchplay to stay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool

The World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, coming soon! (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Well it’s July, which can only mean one thing, THE WORLD MATCHPLAY, which is probably the 2nd most special darts tournament of the PDC calendar is nearly here – when darts fans pack their sun cream and bucket n spades to head to Blackpool, for sun, sea, beer and DARTS!

Fans have often told me that this is their favourite tournament to actually go to – it’s famous for having the ‘best’ most knowledgeable darts fans, who often book year after year on season tickets to watch the whole event day after day.  So as I’d never been, when I got a press pass invite from my friends at the PDC, I thought – you’ve got to go!   I’m finishing my current job too, so it’s time for me to be ‘dole scum’ until I find a new job *, and as I’m meant to be taking it easy for a while before I do, what better than 4 days by the seaside?  I’ve booked my hotel for the first four days, so I can see all the players play, and meet up with a few friends while I’m there.

The Matchplay features 32 of the best darts players in the world – the top 16 world ranked players, plus the top 16 from the pro tour order of merit, which includes those players who have been in top form ‘on the floor’ (the behind the scenes bread n butter events the public doesn’t see).

Outright Betting

Who dares bet against MvG or Taylor?  Well if you want to win some serious money with less risk you do!   Although Taylor at 3/1 is good odds for the Power, you won’t have got that for a while!   A lot of fans will be hoping this is Gary Anderson’s time to shine – his form has been getting better, and his power scoring is a delight to watch.  Chizzy seems lacking in confidence and form at the moment, so I’d not go there…  Wade is a bit of a dark horse, as he’s been out of favour with the PDC recently and he’s had to qualify for euro tour events because he’s not a great floor player, so he’s not been in the top 16 auto qualifiers.  He’s still class though, so could be good for the 16/1 odds (UPDATE:  He’s now 14/1, so someone is listening!).   Simon Whitlock has been quiet of late, but there are some signs of his form returning, so at 33/1, and as a major winner, he could be quite a good each way bet!

I have said it before though – and one day it will be right, Kim Huybrechts will win a TV major one day…. one day.  At 66-1 got to be worth £2 of anyone’s money?

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Outright at William Hill
2/1
Michael van Gerwen
3/1
Phil Taylor
9/1
Adrian Lewis
12/1
Gary Anderson
12/1
Raymond van Barneveld
14/1
James Wade
20/1
Peter Wright
33/1
Dave Chisnall
33/1
Robert Thornton
33/1
Simon Whitlock
33/1
Stephen Bunting
66/1
Andy Hamilton
66/1
Brendan Dolan
66/1
Kim Huybrechts
80/1
Ian White
80/1
Michael Smith
80/1
Wes Newton
80/1
Jamie Caven
100/1
Justin Pipe
100/1
Terry Jenkins
125/1
Kevin Painter
125/1
Mervyn King
150/1
Dean Winstanley
150/1
Paul Nicholson
150/1
Richie Burnett
150/1
Ronnie Baxter
150/1
Vincent van der Voort
250/1
Andrew Gilding
250/1
Steve Beaton
250/1
Andy Smith
500/1
Darren Webster
500/1
Wayne Jones

So – how does the first round stack up?

Match Betting
19 Jul 19:10 UK  BET!
4/5
Ian White   v   Terry Jenkins
EVS
19 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
1/3
Simon Whitlock   v   Kevin Painter
12/5
19 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/12
Micahel van Gerwen   v   Steve Beaton
13/2
19 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
1/6
James Wade   v   Andy Smith
4/1
20 Jul 13:10 UK   BET!
4/9
Dave Chisnall   v   Dean Winstanley
15/8
20 Jul 14:00 UK   BET!
4/9
Brendan Dolan   v   Richie Burnett
7/4
20 Jul 15:00 UK   BET!
2/5
Robert Thornton   v   Paul Nicholson
2/1
20 Jul 16:00 UK   BET!
1/3
Andy Hamilton   v   Wayne Jones
12/5
20 Jul 19:10 UK   BET!
EVS
Justin Pipe   v   Michael Smith
4/5
20 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
1/2
Wes Newton   v   Ronnie Baxter
13/8
20 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/20
Phil Taylor   v   Darren Webster
9/1
20 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
2/9
Raymond van Barneveld   v   Vincent van der Voort
10/3
21 Jul 19:10 UK   BET!
8/11
Peter Wright   v   Stephen Bunting
11/10
21 Jul 20:00 UK   BET!
11/8
Mervyn King   v   Kim Huybrechts
4/7
21 Jul 21:00 UK   BET!
1/8
Adrian Lewis   v   Andrew Gilding
5/1
21 Jul 22:00 UK   BET!
2/5
Gary Anderson   v   Jamie Caven
15/8

Looking at the first round games, there’s very few games I’d say there are ‘obvious’ bets – and who wants those.. I’m a chance taker when I put a few quid on, I want to back the unknown who’s in top form against the big name, where I can win big and brag all over twitter :-D   Peter Wright against Stephen Bunting could be an absolute cracking game – Bunting is a big stage player, having won at the Lakeside, so don’t write him off.

Sometimes the only way to get big odds is an accumulator…. so if I was going to have a flutter… on form that I’ve seen in recent times and what I know of the players….   Ian White to beat Terry Jenkins, although Terry does have the odd big run in him as we’ve seen at the UK Open and recently on the floor.  Ian White just has been playing consistently well.  Dolan to beat Burnett – unless Richie can get his ‘big snatch’ under control I can’t see him beating the history maker.  The Hammer to beat Wayne Jones has Andy is pretty consistent at the TV events, and it’s rare for him to go out early, and Wayne (who is a lovely bloke) hasn’t done too much on TV recently.   Kim Huybrechts to beat Mervyn King… add that one in and you’ll have 4.4-1.  OK that’s not as good as backing Darren Webster vs Phil Taylor.. but it may be a safer bet…

.. OR WILL IT?    Can Darren Webster beat Phil Taylor?   Well Darren is a quality player – I’ve watching him beat a lot of ‘big names’ on the floor.  Mr T is currently hard to gauge… we all know how good he can be (the best by miles), but it’s not been happening for him recently.   Pressure will be on him for a big result.

My tip of the tournament... Dean Winstanley to beat Dave Chisnall.   Both are great to watch on TV, but recently I’ve noticed that Chizzy is really lacking in confidence – he’s a real up n down yo-yo player, and at the moment, in my opinion, he’s on a low.  So at 15/8, I’ll have a bit of that action and count my winnings ;-)     (remember bets can be lost as well as won!).

If you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket, visit William Hill to have a flutter.  Only bet what you can afford to lose – and please, please, don’t blame me if my tips don’t come in.  It’s just my opinions based on my experience and knowledge of the players, and if I knew everything, I’d be so rich I wouldn’t be spending my time typing this!

Format

First Round – Best of 19 legs
Second Round – Best of 25 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 33 legs
Final – Best of 35 legs

Each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth “extra” leg is sudden-death. There will be no re-throw for the bull in this instance.  For example, should a First Round game (best of 19 legs) reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

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