The Grand Slam of Darts brings together rival players from the PDC and BDO in Wolverhampton this week where all eyes are on Michael Van Gerwen who is gunning for his 25th tournament win of the year. The rampaging Dutchmen looks unstoppable at the moment and bookmakers are taking no chances offering 8/11 for Van Gerwen to retain his crown.
This is the tournament once owned by last year’s beaten finalist Phil Taylor who has not won a PDC Premier event since beating Dave Chisnall in the final here in 2014. Taylor is vying for tournament second favourite with world champion Gary Anderson who’s only other performance of note this year was finishing runner-up at the World Grand Prix last month.
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The Grand Slam begins in earnest when the knock out stage gets underway on Wednesday 16 November. The group stage is a round robin format with the top two going through, allowing players a second chance to stay in the tournament if they have an off-night and probably gives the BDO players the best chance of causing an upset.
There are eight players from the BDO taking part in the Grand Slam of Darts with Glen Durrant rated the best of the bunch by the bookmakers. The gulf in class between the PDC and BDO is highlighted by the fact Durrant is a 50/1 chance while reigning Lakeside champion Scott Waites can be backed at 1000/1. Bradford-born Waites is a two time BDO Word Darts Champion and is a previous Grand Slam winner (2010) and runner-up (2009), a record matched by MVG and only bettered by Taylor who has won the title six times.
No BDO player has reached the final since Waites’ exploits six years ago and it will be a major surprise if that record were to change this month. Jeff Smith, Darryl Fitton, Martin Adams, Scott Mitchell, Jamie Hughes and Danny Noppert complete the BDO challenge and, with the exception of 80/1 chance Mitchell, can each be backed at odds in excess of 100/1.
The dart fans tournament sees the best of the PDC and the best of the BDO fight it out to be best of the best. This is a one of a kind tournament where both dart divisions meet for a tournament first prize £100,000.
Michael van Gerwen
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