5/1 for Justin to complete Pipe dream
Sportingbet quote Justin Pipe at odds of 5/1 to be playing in next season’s Premier League as his meteoric rise up the PDC rankings continues.
The Taunton flinger has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and now finds himself in the top 16 in the PDC rankings for the first time after winning the Austria Darts Open at the end of last month. The Force beat Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade en route to picking up the biggest win of his career in Vienna and now has a spot in next year’s Premier League firmly within his sights.
“It [the Premier League] is nice to watch from home, the atmosphere is unreal, but I’d rather be playing,” said Pipe when we spoke to him earlier this year.
Pipe began this season where he left off the last by winning the opening Pro Tour event of the year in Benidorm at the end of January, hot on the heels of picking up the prestigious PDPA Players’ Player of the Year award at the PDC awards ceremony earlier in the month.
“I take each game as it comes, I never look past that game but of course I’m confident and feel I can win each Pro Tour I go in,” added the 40-year-old.
The top four players in the PDC rankings at the end of each year are guaranteed a spot in the Premier League, with four wildcards (two from the PDC and two from Sky Sports) then handed out to make up the league’s eight competitors. A top four spot in the rankings looks to be outwith Pipe’s reach for this coming season, but if he can take his floor form onto the big stage in the latter part of this year a wildcard is a realistic possibility.
Odds of 5/1 that he is lining up in front of Premier League crowds could look particularly appealing as the season progresses.
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