Dutchmen dominate Grand Slam
After one of the most enjoyable tournaments in recent memory the dust is settling in the PDC and the ever-changing landscape is looking different again as we approach the World Championships.
As we all know it was Raymond van Barneveld who lifted the trophy on Sunday evening, his first major title since the 2007 UK Open, and whereas Barney was sliding away in the odds for the big one before, he is right back amongst the favourites now.
It wasn’t just the champion who impressed the bookmakers though as runner-up Michael van Gerwen continued his blistering run of form to reach the final and only narrowly losing out in what was yet another cracking final to go with the brilliant showpiece events of the UK Open and Grand Prix this year.
Barney is now down to around 10/1 across the board whereas he was almost double that just a couple of weeks ago. For years now it has looked like confidence has been the problem for the great Dutchman and clearly the bookies feel that this much needed boost in Wolverhampton could prove to be the turning point he has been searching for.
It is his younger compatriot that they are even more impressed with though who is down to a 3/1 second favourite in most places with Ladbrokes the producing the best price on Mighty Mike at 4/1. Averaging over 100 in four of his seven matches and beating the likes of Rob Thorrnton, Scott Waites, Dean Winstanley and of course Phil Taylor has convinced many that his time for world domination is now.
Talking of the Power, if some players’ odds are constricting then some must be drifting and that is exactly what is happening to the 15 time champion of the world. Whilst it was near impossible to find evens on the Power for a tournament not too long ago he is now 11/4 with near enough every bookmaker around. There will be plenty who will be piling in on this price, but whilst Taylor is still an undoubtedly outstanding player, his recent performances have not been confidence inspiring. He didn’t just lose to van Gerwen in Wolverhampton but also to Scott Waites in the group stage and having not reached the semi-finals at each of the last two world championships his air of invincibility has well and truly worn off.
With prices for the big one as lengthy as they have been for years and with the field as open as ever we should be set for one of the greatest tournaments of all time. Whilst Taylor, van Gerwen and Barney will be attracting some flutters, the reigning champ Adie Lewis can’t be ruled out and neither can recent finalists Simon Whitlock and Gary Anderson and the likes of Dave Chisnall and Wes Newton are massive prices given their talent. Plenty of punters will be making some serious money thanks to whoever wins the 2013 world championship.
• Barney the next to fall to Mighty Mike
• Dutch to make short work of Englishmen
• Kist to topple Barney again
• Anderson to face Hammer blow
• Van Gerwen could seize Power
• Nicholson and Dolan to take qualification to the wire
• Expect big scores as the Count meets Mighty Mike
• Harms good value on current form
• Must win matches for Saturday's losers
• A little bit of history repeating
• Artist and Webby offer Grand Slam value
• Plenty of value on offer at the Grand Slam