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A Return to Form for Darts

After a long layoff it seems, things have got back to form without much disruption as Premier League Darts is well underway again. There had been a lot of questions around the return that have also plagued many other sporting events too – how would the players look, would the layoffs over the past few months hurt performances, and would the change in circumstance for performance cause any big upsets?

Unlike other sports events, darts as a whole has remained in a unique position.  Although the normal competition was unable to continue, players have been able to stay sharp as their practice has increased. With the introduction of the Remote Darts League throughout the pandemic, there had also been several opportunities for players to gain some competition in too, even if under different circumstances. Because of this, heading into Premier League Darts, it does seem as if many are firing on all cylinders which could lead to an exciting few weeks of play.

 

Premier League Play-Off Finals, Lonodn O2 Area, Thursday October 22

 

Things may be looking a little difficult for punters too as the top spots have been shaken up somewhat – the favourite Dutchmen, Michael van Gerwen, had hit off a bit of a rough start and had put himself in a position not seen in his career as some pundits suggested that he could miss out on a top spot, but a string of recent positive performances have started to turn things around for the 31-year-old champ and could see him move back into contention. Others see things a different way with some predictions suggesting Michael Smith could take the top spot this year and taking MVG’s title.

There have been other betting challenges too as more regulation changes have been made throughout the pandemic. Some regulations are aimed at reducing participation options for problem gamblers, with the ban on all credit card betting and the reinforcement of initiatives such as Gamstop, players have had to look elsewhere for a spot to play. There are a growing number of sites not on Gamstop such as https://thebestcasinos.co.uk/ that have continued to provide a place to play and recommending some of the better services and will continue to do so for fans looking to feel a little more involved in Premier League Darts.

Crunch time may come in October; however, as competition may look very different by then. With the Play-Offs set to take place in The O2 Arena, and October being a targeted date for fans to be able to return to watch live sporting events, some players may thrive, others crumble under the different environment. We’ve seen across all sporting events that the changing dynamic for the environment has been enough to put some off their game and make the competition a little different, playing through the tournament behind closed doors is a very different experience and maybe much more comfortable for many, but with hopes that crowds will be at the O2, the pressure of not only performing but also pleasing the crowd after the layoff may favour some more than others.

 

PDC PDC Premier League Past Winners

The Premier League started in 2005 and plays in front of sell-out crowds in arena venues across the UK & Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. The four-month season concludes in London with the play-off finals at the O2 Arena.

 

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-up

2019 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 5 Rob Cross
2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 4 Michael Smith
2017 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
10
Peter Wright
2016 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
3
Phil Taylor
2015 Gary Anderson
11
-
7
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Raymond van Barneveld
10
-
6
Michael van Gerwen
2013 Michael van Gerwen
10
-
8
Phil Taylor
2012 Phil Taylor
10
-
7
Simon Whitlock
2011 Gary Anderson
10
-
4
Adrian Lewis
2010 Phil Taylor
10
-
8
James Wade
2009 James Wade
13
-
8
Mervyn King
2008 Phil Taylor
16
-
8
James Wade
2007 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Roland Scholten
2005 Phil Taylor
16
-
4
Colin Lloyd

The Premier League final best of legs has changed over the years:
2005 - 2008 best of 31 legs
2009 - best of 25 legs
2010 - 2014 best of 19 legs
2015 - Current best of 21 legs

 

 

 

 

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