Despite many sporting events being cancelled over the COVID-19 pandemic, the famous double-start Darts World Grand Prix is still scheduled to take place this year. With a date of October 6-12 pencilled in, tickets are not availble. Who is favourite to progress, and can you get a slice of the action for yourself if you like to bet online? It is time to have a look.
UPDATE: Usually a highlight of the PDC calendar, the event has now been moved to Coventry and will be played behind closed doors. Dublin will miss this event this year, but hopefully, it will return next year to full capacity crowds.
This year’s upcoming World Grand Prix is set to be sponsored by BoyleSports and will see 32 players competing. All legs must begin and end with a double, which makes it one of the more challenging darts tournaments for competitors to take part in. It is not just BoyleSports who are lined up as sponsors of the major event, with a host of online bookmakers, including Betfred, Jack’s Casino, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Unibet and William Hill all involved. Many of these sportsbooks will also be offering exclusive live-streamed coverage of the competition as it gets underway in October.
The roster of competing players has not yet been made available. However, many former competitors are thought to have travel plans for October to participate in the World Grand Prix. Naturally, five-time winner Michael van Gerwen will be turning up to defend his title, and last year’s runner-up, Englishman, Dave Chisnall might fancy his chances of an upset this time around.
The PDC event will feature the top sixteen players on the PDC Order of Merit, while sixteen non-qualified players from the ProTour Order of Merit will also be invited. Only the top 8 players from the PDC Order of Merit will be seeded for the competition. While things are liable to change, punters can at least look at the current rankings to get a good idea of who is likely to turn up, come October.
Sports betting fans may also wish to have a look at wagering on this year’s event. The usual suspects, including Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Rob Cross will likely be involved. The former will unquestionably be the favourite, with the latter two outsider bets for the time being. Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, Scotland’s Gary Anderson, and Wale’s Gerwyn Price are also set to feature as things stand. Last year’s international stars, Max Hopp and Jermaine Wattimena, are currently too far outside the top sixteen to be guaranteed a place, but as we have said, things can change.
If you are an avid fan and fancy a bet on darts, then there are more than a few sportsbooks which will be taking bets. Any of those listed above, as well as a variety of other leading online bookmakers, will also live stream the tournaments, so you do not miss a minute of the action when the Darts World Grand Prix gets underway this October.