Grand Slam Betting: Waites has Scott what it takes
The 2011 Grand Slam of Darts gets underway this week kicking off a two-month span of televised darting action leading to the World Championships at Alexandra Palace.
Phil “The Power” Taylor once again leads the field as a heavy, best-priced 5/4 favourite, and who could argue with that? Taylor seems back to his best having won the last three PDC televised tournaments following a major title drought stretching nine long months.
James Wade has been his usual consistent self in the lead up to the tournament with a recent floor win in Benidorm and deep runs at his last four majors. The Machine has been drawn in the opposite half from Taylor, who at his short price may scare punters away, and could prove inviting at 10/1.
Going into this year’s tournament reigning champion Scott Waites has yet again slipped under the bookies’ radar. Waites, who was on fire at the BDO World Masters in Hull, defeating once invincible rival Martin Adams, and posted a tournament average of nigh on 100, despite the long format, opens at a relatively high 25/1.
Indisputably, the form player of the PDC circuit at the moment is Justin Pipe. Pipe has posted three outright wins on the Pro Tour as well two runners up spots all within the last month, and at 100/1 could provide some fantastic value for each-way punters. Pipe has managed to avoid Taylor’s half of the draw, and his Dennis Priestley-like slow pace could well be a rhythm breaker for many players coming up against him.
Gary Anderson (7/1) and Adrian Lewis (12/1) are likely to be two heavily favoured players going into the tournament. However, the erratic play of both could make them vulnerable in the early stages with both players suffering early exits in recent televised outings.
Lewis has failed to reach the knockout stages since the inaugural 2008 event, while Anderson has been having horrendous problems on the doubles. Four consecutive early round televised exits since his Premier League victory make him especially vulnerable in this short format where there is little opportunity to claw back lost legs.
With any darts tournament the value is to be had where Phil Taylor can be avoided. Scott Waites made the final in 2009, and went relatively unnoticed again and won it in 2010. His win last year coupled with his recent World Masters victory seems to have taken a weight off his shoulders and he is playing with a confidence rarely shown previously. It’s easy backing Phil Taylor as a huge favourite and I wouldn’t argue against it, Waites, however, is too good to pass up at a tasty 25/1 on the basis of the last two years.
Back Scott Waites @ 25/1 (each-way) with Betfred (£50 free bet)
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