Following the announcement of the cancellation of the US Darts Masters back in April which had initially been scheduled for June 5-6 at Madison Square Garden, US darting fans will now have to wait until June 4-5, 2021 to see eight of the US top stars face off against eight of Europe’s finest – although fans will have to wait to watch there’s still plenty of competition going on it Europe as the BWIN World Series of Darts is well underway. There are plenty of betting options for favourites too as sports betting and online gambling in many states are starting to become legal as some such as Tennessee online gambling continues to be well represented in the darts community.
The finals in the European leg are set to take place this weekend and will be the first time since the start of the year that fans will be allowed in attendance too – reigning champion Michael van Gerwen had stated: “I am looking forward to performing in front of a crowd again, it’s what I love to do”. It’s certainly going to have some impact on the top runners as those with the most experience will surely thrive from the added crowd interaction, whilst the less experienced players may have been enjoying their time to play in silence whilst the crowds were still unable to attend – Gerwen had been having some troubles early on as it looks like his return to form had taken a bit of a longer hit than many anticipated, but through a number of good performances it looks like he’s shed off whatever may have been causing some issue and looks to be in very competitive shape heading into this weekend’s finals.
Contender for the win, Gerwyn Price, has uttered similar sentiment as he goes into the finals very confident – he had stated that he prefers to play in front of a crowd and that it could help to bring the best out of him – currently looking to have the hottest hands in the tournament he could be the favourite to take the whole lot but would also go on to say “I think everybody will be up for it this weekend though, not just me” showing the belief that the majority of players will benefit from the audience being in attendance.
The finals day will be played on Sunday, September 20th over two different sessions and being broadcast across a host of PDC broadcast partners and streamed for PDCTV subscribers – the US fans will need to keep a close eye on the outcome of the PDC championship here as it could give some nods toward what could be expected for the US Darts Masters once it does roll back around in June of next year, and it’s looking more and more likely that by that point fans will be allowed back in at 100% capacity without the worries of social distancing or other measures that may reduce spectator numbers