The World of Darts has become bigger than ever. From its humble beginnings in the tap room of the local public house to several thousand seat capacity arenas such as the London’s O2 arena and Alexandra Palace. More than ever the sport is getting its recognition from TV and online sponsorship. Professional darts players now regularly compete for six figure prize funds and in the case of the PDC World Championship 2016, the prize fund is now over £1.5M.
Darts, as we see it today, in all its glory, would not be unless it had the support of the fans and its punters. Recently the BBC televised its first Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) event. The £100,000 first prize went the Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. Although Phil is the sixteen time World Darts Champion he certainly wasn’t the favourite, that honour went to the young Dutchman Michael van Gerwen. A return to form for Phil has yet again made Betfred revalue their odds on Phil winning yet more darts titles before the year is out and for anyone looking for the latest Betfred promotions these can be found at this site.
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The World Grand Prix of darts, 2-8th October 2016, is the only darts event on the PDC circuit to feature the double start double finish. Although this used to be a common in game played in the pubs across the UK, the double start was dropped many years ago to speed up games. However, the double start adds a further dimension to the sport and failing to start with a double within your first three darts can mean disaster for a player. The nine dart finish also becomes harder to achieve. Brendon Dolan coined his nickname the ‘History Maker’ in 2011 by throwing the first 9 dart leg double start double finish live on TV at the City West Hotel in Dublin.
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, the current PDC World Champion, will again head up as the favourites for this tournament title, but with the double start, many of the favourites can easily fall at the first hurdle. Phil Taylor having won this event 11 times in the past will also have something to say as to who is currently the best on the circuit.
The World Grand Prix is the last televised major PDC only event before the World Championships in December. However dart fans will be please to know the Grand Slam of darts returns to our screens in November and it will feature the top PDC and BDO players in a truly ‘who’s the best in darts’ championship. See this live on Sky Sports 12-20th November.