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World Grand Prix Darts 2022

 

World Grand Prix Darts 2022

(TV event October 3-9, 2022)

One of the fan's favourite events of the year, the World Grand Prix, will return to the Morningside Arena, Leicester. Before 2021, the World Grand Prix home was staged in Dublin, Ireland and may return to the emerald isle later

The World Grand Prix, unlike other Professional Darts Corporation events, has a unique event format. To start each leg, darts players must hit a double or centre bullseye. Failure to start on their first throw of three darts can cause the loss of the leg, so expect upsets as many of the top players have fallen at this first hurdle. However, this event has also been filled with nine-dart legs, and we have previously seen more than one in a single match.

The nine-dart leg in the World Grand Prix usually comes from a double twenty start followed by two treble twenties, hence why most players will try and start a leg with this combination.

Players who favour double sixteen as their main target area to start the leg cannot win the leg within nine darts. Hence, if one of your favourite bets is a nine-dart leg, you should avoid players that start the leg with a double sixteen combination; otherwise, you might as well rip up your betting slip.

One of the favoured players for a nine-dart leg is James Wade. Although he is known as the Machine, his former nickname was 009 because he was one of the prolific hit nine-dart hitters. James Wade won the World Grand Prix back in 2010. However, he has still yet to win the biggest prize of all the World Darts Championships. However, James might be one of the players going under the radar, and an earlier bet might prove dividends while the odds are in the punters' favour. At Bwin, you will find some of best odds on the World Grand Prix and World Championship, and like other sporting events, the odds will change as each event draws closer.

 

The Players

Defending Champion Jonny Clayton will be one of the favourites to lift the title. However, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright might be the front runners to win the World Grand Prix this year. Peter, the current World Darts Champions, may be one of the fan's favourites for the 2022 World Grand Prix title. However, he only made the final once in 2018, losing out to Michael van Gerwen.

Jonny Clayton has come to the forefront of world darts, yet he seldom gets the full recognition he deserves. It usually takes a few years of consistent play before pundits fully recognise a player's talent. Yet, Jonny has been on the circuit for many years and is usually in the mix towards the end of any event he enters.

 

Gerwyn Price

The former rugby star, Gerwyn Price, has shown some form of dominating the majors in the past 24 months. Winning the World Grand Slam in 2020, the 2020 World Cup for Wales with his darts partner Jonny Clayton, and the World Darts Championship in 2021.He also wom the Word Series of Darts in September 2022. The former World Grand Prix Champion is always a force to contend with. But the earlier short format in the World Grand Prix could be the only Achilles heel for the Welshman. While the longer formats favour the seeds, it is the early rounds when some fail, especially with the double start the World Grand Prix features.

 

Peter Wright

Peter, the current PDC World Darts Champion, can sometimes frustrate some fans with the constant equipment change. Even when winning events, there is no guarantee Peter will use the same darts setup for the next event. Peter has also been known to change his dart mid-game! No other player changes their darts equipment as frequently as Peter, and although most players can easily swap and change equipment, they tend to use trusted setups.

Peter strives for perfection, and if he feels something is working correctly, he makes changes; that is not to say he won't return to a previous setup. However, Peter seldom blames his darts equipment should he ever lose.

Dart fans usually wait to see how Peter performs in his opening few legs before deciding to place their bets. If Peter has the correct dart setup for the match, he is hard to beat, but in the past, Peter has also changed his darts mid-game!

 

Michael van Gerwen

Michael dominated the sport after the legendary Phil Taylor's retirement, and although he has a recent lean patch, he is the current 2022 Premier League Champion.

Michael is making a comeback, and although only third in the PDC Order of Merit, he is showing the form that once made him a multiple world champion

 

The Top Sixteen Players

The top sixteen by the PDC Order of Merit claim their automatic place in the World Grand Prix and will be ranked accordingly. A few dart fans are starting to take a bigger interest in some player's surge up the ranking table, and Dimitri Van den Bergh is one.

Dimitri is a form two-time World Youth Champion and the former 2020 winner of the World Matchplay. The young Belgium player is slowly working his way up the league table and is one to keep an eye on.

 

Jose de Sousa

The player who decided to stay in the UK most of his time during the 2020-2021 lockdown benefited in 2020 by winning his first major PDC title, the Grand Slam of Darts. Considered one of the most challenging events to win, the Grand Slam featured qualifiers from different sides of the sport. The top-performing former BDO players joined PDC players before the BDO demise and qualifying ladies, making the mix of the cream that darts offers. Qualifications have since changed how players are selected for the event, but it is still considered one of the most challenging tournaments to win. Jose could be a one to watch this year, and many punters will likely consider him a fair bet.

 

World Grand Prix - Previous Tournament Winners

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-Up 

2021 Jonny Clayton
5
-
1
Gerwyn Price
2020 Gerwyn Price
5
-
2
Dirk van Duijvenbode
2019 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Dave Chisnall
2018 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Peter Wright
2017 Darryl Gurney
5
-
4
Simon Whitlock
2016 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
2
Gary Anderson
2015 Robert Thornton
5
-
4
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Michael van Gerwen
5
-
3
James Wade
2013 Phil Taylor
6
-
0
Dave Chisnall
2012 Michael van Gerwen
6
-
4
Mervyn King
2011 Phil Taylor
6
-
3
Brendan Dolan
2010 James Wade
6
-
3
Adrian Lewis
2009 Phil Taylor
6
-
3
Raymond van Barneveld
2008 Phil Taylor
6
-
2
Raymond van Barneveld
2007 James Wade
6
-
3
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor 
7
-
4
Terry Jenkins
2005 Phil Taylor
7
-
1
Colin Lloyd
2004 Colin Lloyd
7
-
3
Alan Warriner
2003 Phil Taylor
7
-
2
John Part
2002 Phil Taylor
7
-
3
John Part
2001 Alan Warriner
6
-
2
Roland Scholten
2000 Phil Taylor
6
-
1
Shayne Burgess
1999 Phil Taylor
6
-
1
Shayne Burgess
1998 Phil Taylor
13
-
8
Rod Harrington

 

 

 

 

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