Posted on May 20th, 2013
THE PDC have today announced BetVictor as the new title sponsors of the BetVictor World Matchplay, which will celebrate its 20th staging in July 2013.
The leading betting and gaming company, whose website www.betvictor.com offers sports betting alongside casino, poker and other games, have given their support to the PDC’s second oldest major.
The BetVictor World Matchplay, first held in 1994, celebrates its 20th birthday this summer, with the nine-day event being staged at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 20-28. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 19th, 2013
Michael van Gerwen continued his incredible run of success by claiming the European Darts Open title, defeating Simon Whitlock 6-2 in the final at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf and streamed live on LIVEPDC.tv.
Van Gerwen followed up Thursday’s McCoy’s Premier League Darts triumph by romping to the £20,000 first prize in the PDC European Tour event in Germany, winning six matches during the weekend before lifting the trophy – his eighth tournament win this year.
The Dutchman’s run to the final began with victory over Germany’s Andree Welge in the first round, he then saw off Wayne Jones before claiming four victories on Sunday.
After defeating Terry Jenkins, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, van Gerwen saved his best display until last as he gained revenge over Whitlock for a defeat in a Speedy Services UK Open Qualifier final recently.
Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a 13-darter which included the first of three 180s, and though Whitlock took out 70 to level, van Gerwen won the next four legs without reply to move 5-1 up – hitting a 124 finish, an 11-darter and a 12-dart leg.
Whitlock fired in a 180 and hit double ten to keep his hopes alive, but van Gerwen was not to be denied as he landed a maximum and finished 64 for a 14-darter to take the title with an average of 106.68.
Below is a post match video interview with Michael thanks to the PDC:
“It’s been a brilliant few days,” said van Gerwen, who takes home £20,000 following his first European Tour win.
“I’m a bit tired at the moment but winning is the most important thing, and I’m very glad I saved my best game for the final.
“Simon beat me the last time we played in a final and I knew I needed to play a proper game to beat him, and I think I showed my class with a very good performance tonight.”
He added: “The crowd was amazing and even though they were cheering for Simon in the final, they were very nice.
“Darts is growing in Germany and the crowds are very good here. Every ticket’s sold out and you want to see that.”
Van Gerwen will now travel to Dubai on Monday for next week’s inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, and he added: “I’m so happy with my game at the moment and I hope I can continue this form in Dubai as well because I want to do well there.
“I fly to Dubai on Monday and I’ll have a couple of days off when I get over there but I’ll be preparing for the Dubai Masters. I’m looking forward to it and it’s very exciting.”
Whitlock picks up £10,000 as runner-up, and had enjoyed a fine weekend as he won through to the final to delight the vociferous Dutch crowd, who cheered the Australian to the rafters.
Whitlock had overcome Tomas Seyler and Arron Monk to reach Sunday afternoon’s third round, where he saw off world number four James Wade 6-3.
He then fired in eight 180s and a 170 checkout in a thrilling 6-2 quarter-final victory over Justin Pipe before ending Jamie Caven’s hopes in the semis with a 6-4 win.
“I’m happy to make the final and I’ve done really well,” said Whitlock. “I’d have loved to have won it, but Michael’s the best player on the planet right now, and fair play to him, he played brilliant.
“He was absolutely awesome in the final. I beat Michael in the last two times I played him before this final and I expected to win, but the man is so good and he plays great darts.
“I had some tough games and I’m happy with my performance to make the final.”
He added: “I also want to thank the crowd because they were great – it’s the best crowd in the world for me. I don’t get support like this anywhere else and I’m so grateful to have such a great crowd.”
Whitlock will join van Gerwen, and the likes of Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in heading to the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, and he added: “I’m looking forward to every tournament I play right now and hopefully I can win in Dubai.”
Runs to the last four for Wright and Caven saw them claim £5,000 which could prove crucial in the qualifying race for World Matchplay and European Championship places this summer.
Caven defeated Mervyn King and Kim Huybrechts on Sunday as he progressed, while Wright saw off McCoy’s Premier League stars Robert Thornton and Andy Hamilton to reach the last four.
Kim Huybrechts maintained his unbeaten record against Dutch star Raymond van Barneveld with a narrow 6-5 win to book his quarter-final spot, while Gary Anderson’s impressive run was only halted by van Gerwen.
World number ten Pipe had edged out Adrian Lewis 6-5 in a thrilling third round game as he won through to the last eight, while Hamilton overcame Colin Osborne 6-1 in the last 16.
The next PDC European Tour event will be the Austrian Darts Open, to be held from May 31-June 2 at the Arena Nova in Wiener Neustadt. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.net.
European Darts Open Results
Sunday May 19
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Justin Pipe
Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Jamie Caven
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Jamie Caven
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen’s charge towards his first European Tour title continued as he defeated Gary Anderson 6-3 in the opening quarter-final. The Dutch star took the opening leg against the throw, with Anderson’s miss at double 11 allowing him back on double two before the Scot broke back on tops and then hit the same bed to lead 2-1. Van Gerwen, though, levelled in the fourth and broke with a superb 13-darter on double 12, before adding double four and double ten to lead 5-2. Anderson hit back with a 14-darter, but missed tops to win a fourth leg and van Gerwen wasted no time in sealing victory on double 18.
Peter Wright won through to his first European Tour semi-final with a 6-3 defeat of Andy Hamilton. Wright punished missed doubles from Hamilton as he won the game’s opening two legs, hitting a 177 in the second, before both players hit top gear in a run of four successive 11-darters, with the first two coming from the Stoke ace as he levelled before the colourful Lowestoft thrower took two of his own to move 4-2 up. Wright then won the seventh leg to move to the brink of victory, with Hamilton defying a 180 from his opponent to hit double ten to stay alive at 5-3 only to suffer further misses in the next as double five put Wright into the semis.
Simon Whitlock powered his way into the European Darts Open semi-finals with a thrilling 6-2 win over Justin Pipe – delighting the Dusseldorf crowd with eight 180s and a 170 checkout! The Australian landed a 180 and a 116 finish as he took the game’s opening leg, and despite a maximum from Pipe in the second, he doubled his lead with a brilliant maximum 170 finish. Pipe landed a 180 and double two as he got off the mark, but Whitlock regained his cushion by landing a 180 in an 11-darter before added another maximum and tops for a 4-1 lead. Whitlock then hit two 180s in the sixth leg, with Pipe adding one in reply but missing double 18 and nine to hit back as double five moved the European Champion to the brink of victory. He added a further 180 in the next, but missed the bull for the match as Pipe took out 100 to keep his hopes alive. Pipe then posted a 180 in the eighth leg, but Whitlock fired in two more maximums and double eight as he won through.
Jamie Caven completed the European Darts Open semi-final line-up with a 6-3 win over Kim Huybrechts. Caven made a fine start, landing a 180 and tops for a 13-darter in the opening leg before finishing 117 for a 12-darter to double his lead. He also punished four missed doubles from Huybrechts to win the third leg on tops, before the Belgian took out 83 and 82 to pull back to 3-2. Caven, though, landed a 180 and double four to move 4-2 up and posted a 171 and tops for a 13-darter as he moved to the brink of victory. The pair traded 180s in the next as Huybrechts kept his hopes alive, but Caven posted double five to secure his first European Tour semi-final spot.
Michael van Gerwen progressed to another final as he swept aside Peter Wright 6-3 in the European Darts Open. Wright kicked off the game with a 180 and added another maximum in taking the opening leg in 11 darts, before Whitlock took out 64 and 24 – for a 13-darter – to move 2-1 up. The pair exchanged further 13-darters before Wright finished 90 for a 12-darter to level at three-all, only for van Gerwen to find another gear. The Dutchman hit a 180 to leave 64 as he moved 4-3 up, finished 80 to break and sealed the win with another maximum in an 11-darter.
Simon Whitlock delighted the Maritim Hotel crowd with a 6-4 win over Jamie Caven as he reached the European Darts Open final. The Australian took the semi-final’s opening three legs before Caven took out 80 to get on the scoreboard at 3-1. Whitlock defied a 180 from his opponent by hitting a 14-darter to win his fourth leg, before Caven, aided by a brace of 68 finishes and double four, took three successive legs to level at four-all. Whitlock, though, landed a maximum in a 13-darter as he moved 5-4 up, before he hit a 162 score and landed double five for the triumph.
Michael van Gerwen picked up the European Darts Open title with a thrilling 6-2 defeat of Simon Whitlock in the final – averaging almost 107 in a superb display. Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a 13-darter which included the first of three 180s, and though Whitlock took out 70 to level, van Gerwen won the next four legs without reply to move 5-1 up – hitting a 124 finish, an 11-darter and a 12-dart leg. Whitlock fired in a 180 and hit double ten to keep his hopes alive, but van Gerwen was not to be denied as he landed a maximum and finished 64 for a 14-darter to take the title with an average of 106.68.
Posted on May 19th, 2013
Kim Huybrechts continued his challenge to win a maiden European Tour title with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the European Darts Open on Sunday afternoon. The third European Tour event of 2013 is being held in Dusseldorf and streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV.
Belgian ace Huybrechts had only dropped two legs in his wins over Steve Maish and Stuart Kellett earlier in the event, and was averaging 110 as he moved 3-1 up against van Barneveld.
He retained that advantage as he took a 5-3 cushion before van Barneveld punished two missed match darts to hit back and force a deciding leg – only to miss one dart for the win himself as Huybrechts returned to land double ten and reach the quarter-finals.
“It was a very close game and I did get a bit nervous at the end when I had a couple of match darts,” admitted Huybrechts. “Raymond missed his chance and I took mine, so I’m very happy to be through.”
Huybrechts will now face Jamie Caven in Sunday evening’s quarter-finals as the £100,000 tournament reaches its conclusion at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf. The quarter-finals on Sunday night will be followed by the semi-finals and final, with a £20,000 first prize on offer for the champion. All matches are being screened exclusively live at www.livepdc.tv. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 18th, 2013
King Dumps Out The Power in Dusseldorf
Coverage of the European Darts Open is being streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV, play continues at 1pm local time (12pm BST) on Sunday.
Mervyn King knocked World Champion Phil Taylor out of the European Darts Open with a 6-2 victory in the second round of the £100,000 event on Saturday night, but big guns Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, James Wade & Simon Whitlock all progressed to the last 16 in Dusseldorf.
Taylor, who lost to van Gerwen in Thursday’s McCoy’s Premier League Darts final, had been bidding to bounced back in the £100,000 European Tour event.
However, the world number one was punished for a string of missed doubles as King picked up a 6-2 victory in their last 32 clash.
After sharing the game’s opening two legs, Taylor saw King win the next four as he took out double six, 121 on the bull, 72 and 64 after the Stoke legend missed doubles in three of the legs. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 18th, 2013
Michael van Gerwen swept past Germany’s Andree Welge to reach the second round of the European Darts Open, and will be joined by Premier League Play-Off rivals Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld, who all returned to winning ways.
The Dutch ace claimed the biggest triumph of his career on thursday night by taking glory in the McCoy’s Premier League Darts, and began his bid to win the £20,000 PDC European Tour event in Dusseldorf just 24 hours later.
Welge took the lead in their first round clash at the Maritim Hotel, winning the opening leg with a 13-darter, but van Gerwen replied with legs of 14 and 13 darts to move 2-1 up.
The world number two then claimed the next four legs without reply to set up a second round clash on Saturday night with former European Championship finalist Wayne Jones.
“I’m pleased to win this because I’ve probably only had an hour or two of sleep!” joked van Gerwen.
“My confidence is so high at the moment and I love playing darts, so hopefully I can go on now and have a good weekend too.”
Taylor had seen his hopes of winning a seventh Premier League crown ended by a 10-8 defeat to van Gerwen 24 hours earlier, but showed no ill-effects at the Maritim Hotel by racing past Clark.
The Manchester-based thrower shared the opening two legs with Taylor, but the World Champion took out 104 as he moved 3-1 up before punishing three missed doubles from his opponent to hit double eight for a three-leg lead.
Taylor added another double eight finish before sealing the victory on double six, setting up a second round clash in the £100,000 European Tour event with Mervyn King on Saturday.
“My feet were tired after Thursday night but I’m pleased to get through that,” said Taylor. “I can get prepared now to play Mervyn in the second round and I’ll look forward to it.”
World number four James Wade dropped only two legs as he put his Premier League semi-final defeat behind him with a clinical win over Germany’s Jyhan Artut, and Raymond van Barneveld – the winner of last year’s European Darts Open – sneaked past young prospect Adam Hunt 6-5.
With teenager Max Hopp being edged out in a deciding leg by Justin Pipe earlier in the night, Simon Whitlock’s later 6-1 win over Tomas Seyler meant that German hopes in the event were ended on the opening day in Dusseldorf.
Adrian Lewis, the world number three, also dropped just one leg in his win over Scotland’s Keith Stephen, and he now plays Richie Burnett after the Welshman won the battle of former World Champions with Steve Beaton, edging to a 6-5 triumph.
Robert Thornton produced a stunning comeback from 5-0 down to win his first round clash with Kurt Van De Rijck 6-5, with the Belgian punishing a string of missed doubles from the UK Open champion as he took command only to miss six match darts as the Scot clawed his way back.
Andy Hamilton also came from behind to claim a 6-5 win from his clash with Austria’s Mensur Suljovic, although he trailed just 2-0 before pulling through to book his second round spot against Bristol’s Andy Parsons, a European Tour debutant who himself hit back from 5-2 down to defeat Colin Lloyd 6-5.
Wes Newton and Colin Osborne will meet in the second round following their victories over Mareno Michels and Terry Temple respectively, while former World Youth Champion Arron Monk sneaked past Kevin McDine in a deciding leg to set up a clash with Whitlock.
Paul Nicholson’s reward for a strong performance as he defeated Stephen Hardy is a game against Wade in round two, while Kevin Painter takes on van Barneveld after hitting seven 180s in a superb 6-3 win over David Pallett.
Kim Huybrechts landed four maximums and a 170 checkout as he overcame Steve Maish 6-1, and he now plays March’s UK Masters runner-up Stuart Kellett, who took a 6-4 win over Dennis Smith.
Huybrechts’ older brother Ronny, though, was knocked out in round one as he went down 6-2 to Peter Wright, who now plays Mark Webster after the left-hander saw off Darren Johnson 6-1.
UK Masters winner John Part saw off Jerry Hendriks 6-1 as he set up a second round game with Brendan Dolan, who edged past Jelle Klaasen 6-5 by finishing 125 with a bullseye, outer bull, bullseye combination in the deciding leg of their game after the Dutchman had hit a 180 to leave a double.
Dave Chisnall, last year’s European Darts Open runner-up, defeated youngster Chris Aubrey 6-1 and now faces Jamie Caven, who was a 6-3 winner against qualifier Paul Amos.
Terry Jenkins’ 6-2 win over Mark Jones sets him up for a second round meeting with Ronnie Baxter, who came from 2-0 down to defeat Austrian World Cup ace Maik Langendorf 6-2 in a game which took just 15 minutes.
Gary Anderson wasted little time in seeing off youngster Shaun Griffiths, with the Scot now lining up against Ian White in the second round, after the Stoke ace knocked out Kevin Dowling.
Experienced Alex Roy and Swindon’s Mark Cox both caused upsets by knocking out seeds Mark Walsh and Andy Smith, while Wayne Jones booked his last 32 place with a win over Dutch qualifier Bobby Biemans.
The European Darts Open’s second round will be split across two sessions (1pm & 7pm local time) on Saturday, with coverage streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV.
The third round will be held on Saturday afternoon, before the tournament concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Sunday night.
European Darts Open First Round Results
European Tour Event Three
Friday May 17
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Chris Aubrey
Wes Newton 6-3 Mareno Michels
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Steve Maish
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Stephen Hardy
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Mark Jones
Gary Anderson 6-1 Shaun Griffiths
Mervyn King 6-5 Prakash Jiwa
Kevin Painter 6-3 David Pallett
Wayne Jones 6-1 Bobby Biemans
Ian White 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Mark Webster 6-1 Darren Johnson
Colin Lloyd 5-6 Andy Parsons
Andy Smith 2-6 Mark Cox
John Part 6-1 Jerry Hendriks
Jamie Caven 6-3 Paul Amos
Robert Thornton 6-5 Kurt Van De Rijck
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Keith Stephen
Justin Pipe 6-5 Max Hopp
Richie Burnett 6-5 Steve Beaton
Phil Taylor 6-1 Matt Clark
James Wade 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Andree Welge
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Tomas Seyler
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Adam Hunt
Arron Monk 6-5 Kevin McDine
Mark Walsh 2-6 Alex Roy
Peter Wright 6-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Colin Osborne 6-4 Terry Temple
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Stuart Kellett 6-4 Dennis Smith
Saturday May 18
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Kim Huybrechts v Stuart Kellett
Peter Wright v Mark Webster
Ronnie Baxter v Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall v Jamie Caven
Justin Pipe v Mark Cox
Ian White v Gary Anderson
John Part v Brendan Dolan
Robert Thornton v Alex Roy
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Paul Nicholson v James Wade
Wes Newton v Colin Osborne
Andy Hamilton v Andy Parsons
Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor v Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen v Wayne Jones
Simon Whitlock v Arron Monk
Posted on May 17th, 2013
Michael van Gerwen is the 2013 McCoy’s Premier League Darts Champion
Michael van Gerwen won the 2013 McCoy’s Premier League darts title in style, hitting bull for a brilliant 132 checkout to beat defending champion Phil Taylor 10-8, in a high quality game of darts that saw both players post 100+ averages.
Premier League debutant Van Gerwen, who topped the table after 14 weeks of league play drew first blood in the final – taking the opening leg with throw in 13 darts. However, it was Taylor who commanded the game early on and established a 5-2 lead.
Double trouble for the 16 times World Champion after the interval allowed van Gerwen to reel off 5 legs in succession and put himself in the driving seat.
Taylor levelled the match at 7 each with a 160 finish after van Gerwen had refused a shot at the bull, instead leaving 32 for his anticipated return visit. The Dutchman then restored his two leg advantage, but missed two match darts before The Power finished 72 on tops. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 16th, 2013
Bash The Bookies With The Tungsten Tipster’s Darts Betting Tips
Our Tipster is back! We lost touch with him a few weeks ago (our fault) but today he’s returning in style to see his pre-tournament predictions through and bring some Play-Off night selections to your attention.
Let’s remind ourselves of those early tips.
Outright Betting (Points 1-5, 5 points being a Max Bet)
4 Points Taylor to win @ 2/1, Most Bookies
4 Points van Gerwen w/o Taylor @ 11/8, Bet Victor
2 Points Lewis to be relegated @ 7/1, William Hill
3 Points van Gerwen most 180′s @ 13/8, William Hill
Well, Lewis is out and MvG looks good for the 180′s and he and Taylor are still there on finals night. Well done TTT.
But what about tonight’s picks? See below!
Also we would like to remind you that Bodugi are offering MONEY BACK on bets in the outright market if Michael van Gerwen loses. It’s a fabulous offer, and it’s available on stakes up to £25 for new and existing customers. Get your bets in now! Bodugi.com.
And what about the Tipsters over at OLBG.com? They currently favour a Taylor v van Gerwen final with 52% backing MvG to lift the trophy. Don’t forget you can also share your darts tips in the OLBG.com free-to-enter Tipster competition to win cash prizes.
The Tungsten Tipster’s Premier League Play-Offs Punts
Van Gerwen -2.5 against wade @ 4/5
Barneveld under 98.5 ave @ 5/6 against Taylor
Van Gerwen to win @ 11/10
The above prices are widely available so we reckon you should package them up in cheeky treble .
Posted on May 15th, 2013
Phil Taylor is bidding to win a seventh McCoy’s Premier League Darts title at The O2 tomorrow night – but will face fierce competition for the £150,000 first prize from Dutch pair Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld and 2009 champion James Wade at the London venue.
The evening of darts will also feature the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final, which will be held after the two Premier League semi-finals.
The World Youth Championship Final will feature Kettering’s Ricky Evans taking on St Helens youngster Michael Smith over the best of 11 legs, with the winner claiming a £10,000 first prize.
For the first time, Taylor enters the Play-Offs as the second favourite with bookmakers Coral, the official betting partner of the event who make the reigning champion 7/4 to lift the title behind 11/10 favourite Michael van Gerwen.
The Dutch youngster has enjoyed an exceptional debut Premier League season, topping the league table with 11 victories from 16 matches, and plays 2009 champion James Wade in their semi-final.
“It was great for me to finish at the top of the table and it’s a very proud moment for me, but I want to go on and win the title now,” said van Gerwen. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 15th, 2013
Please find below a message from our Fantasy League sponsor and darts betting parter Bodugi.com.
The grand finale of the Premier League Darts is nearly upon us. At Bodugi, we’ve been following Michael van Gerwen all the way. The bolshy young Dutchman has played his way to the top of the table, displaying massive natural talent and stamina.
But can 24 year old van Gerwen win the whole competition? We hope that you selected Mighty Mike for your Fantasy League darts team, but even if you didn’t we’ve got a cracking offer for you.
We think that MvG has got what it takes, and we’re offering MONEY BACK on bets in the outright market if Michael van Gerwen loses. It’s a fabulous offer, and it’s available on stakes up to £25 for new and existing customers.
Get your bets in now, and be a winner withBodugi.com.
Posted on May 13th, 2013
Former Speedy Services UK Open champions Phil Taylor, James Wade and Roland Scholten will be in action on the opening night of this year’s tournament on Thursday June 6.
The trio will be amongst 114 players competing in the preliminary, first and second rounds of ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ next month, as the four-day event begins in the Premier Suite at De Vere Whites in Bolton.
Wade will kick off the tournament on the main stage when he faces Speedy Qualifier Robbie Green in the preliminary round of the event, having finished outside of the top 64 professionals following eight qualifying events.
The two-time UK Open champion will have to win three matches on the night if he is to win through to Friday’s third round alongside the top 32 professionals, with Birmingham youngster Matt Gallett awaiting Wade or Green in round one and the potential for a clash with Wolverhampton’s Wayne Jones in the second round. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you visited the DartsMad online darts shop? All the best in darts, dart boards, darts shirts and all other darts equipment & accessories from top brands like Unicorn, Winmau, Target, Bulls etc all at great prices with fast delivery. We have thousands of items in available with more stock added every week.