Posted on May 24th, 2013
Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Results
The top eight players from the PDC Order of Merit (as of Jan 2013) locked horns over the last two days to contest the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters at the Dubai Tennis Centre.
The $250k outdoor event, hoped to be the catalyst for a World Series saw the players having to adjust to both the heat and the occasional gust of wind (despite a curtained stage) in their quest to globalise the sport of darts.
Michael van Gerwen became the first man to claim the Trophy and $50,000 winners cheque following an 11-7 victory over fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld, adding to his haul of the Premier League and European Darts Open titles over the past couple of weeks.
A 170 checkout facilitated an early 2-1 lead for the younger man, but van Barneveld kept in touch – a 121 finish levelling the game at 6 legs each. Van Gerwen though found another gear, a 164 checkout secured the next leg to restore his advantage. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 23rd, 2013
As the PDC elite sweat it out in the Dubai heat contesting the inaugural Duty Free Darts Masters, we have been busy totting up the latest OLBG Beat The Tipster results; and it’s not good news for our Tipster.
Form it would seem, is definitely temporary! After dominating with his European Darts Trophy predictions our Tipster has let himself down with his European Darts Open picks. 57 entries managed to outwit him and get themselves into the random prize draw sponsored by OLBG.com.
To put his dismal performance into context, DartsMad Steve (that’s me) finished in fifth place overall, and I only submit my entries to test the form is working and thus very little thought process is applied to my own selections. Anyway…
Michael van Gerwen won the tournament – fresh from capturing the 2013 Premier League Darts title adding £20k to the £150k he had won just three days earlier, with Simon Whitlock collecting £10k as runner-up. A full tournament round-up can be found here, but who won the BTT prizes?
European Darts Open Prize Winners
- One80 Dot Trainer Board – Kevin Heath
- Target Adrian Lewis Darts – Paul Moreton
- Darts Coaching Manual by David Kirby - Richard Shaw-Wright
Our winners will be contacted via email to arrange delivery of their prizes.
Remember all Beat The Tipster competition points won in 2013 will be recorded to make up an overall leader board to compete for the end of season prizes.
End of Season Prizes – Allocated to the Top 3 Tipsters of 2013 after Lakeside 2014
- Unicorn DartMate freestanding/portable system with upgraded HD board – 1st Prize*
- Dartsmate Elite electronic scorer with v computer feature – 2nd Prize
- Unicorn Phase 6 – Purist – Black Titanium, Phil Taylor 25g barrels – 3rd Prize* Due to the weight of this item international winners may be requested to contribute towards shipping or accept a cash alternative.
Please ensure you enter all the BTT competitions throughout 2013 if you want to fight for your position at the top of the leader board.
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.
Reigning champion Phil Taylor is bidding to extend his incredible run of success in the tournament, having won 13 World Matchplay titles and equalled his own record run of five straight victories when he defeated James Wade 18-15 in the 2012 final.
Rod Harrington, the 1998 and 1999 champion, is the only other two-time winner, while America’s Larry Butler, Peter Evison, Colin Lloyd and James Wade have also enjoyed success at the Winter Gardens.
Despite his amazing BetVictor World Matchplay success, Taylor is currently the second-favourite to lift this year’s £100,000 title at 3/1 with the sponsors, with new Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen 5/2 to be crowned as the champion in Blackpool. 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 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 »
Posted on May 13th, 2013
Predict the Winning Double with New PDC Darts Roulette
Living Sports, an award-winning second screen game developer, has announced the launch of Roulette Darts in partnership with the PDC and leading data provider SportStat.
Roulette Darts is an exciting new interactive darts game which will launch later this year and allows users to predict which will be the next winning double as they watch the match on TV or live at a venue.
Players simply tap the screen dartboard where they think the next double will be scored and they can place their predictions using a smartphone, tablet or PC. They will also be able to download the game as an app or from specific bookmaker websites.
The Professional Darts Corporation has licensed the product, developed by Living Sports in conjunction with SportStat, and it can be played on a ‘fun only’ basis or in conjunction with selected bookmakers. Read the rest of this entry »
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