The PDC World Darts Championships began yesterday on the 14th of December and although there is a huge field it offers very little value for the punter.
The current World Champion is Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen and he offers very little value as a betting proposition as he is odds on to win it outright. Phil Taylor is undoubtedly the best Darts player ever. He has won this a record 16 times (2 when it was BDO) and although he is not the force of old he still is one of the best darts players in the world. Taylor is not in Van Gerwens half of the draw and should have a great chance of reaching the final. The Power is a best priced 14/1 shot with a few firms and is good value at about 4/1 to reach the final (Ladbrokes and Betfred).
I personally think the 4/1 is well worth a bet because I would expect him to see off the main dangers in his side of the draw (Gary Anderson and Peter Wright). The format gets longer in terms of number of sets required to win as you go through the rounds and it goes without saying given his 16 titles here, that it really suits a consistent player like Taylor. In Van Gerwen’s half of the draw he as a definite banana skin in Rob Cross (I have had a small wager outright on him at bigger odds a few weeks ago) so he wont get everything his own way but realistically he should make the final and a Taylor/Van Gerwen final is only 11/2 best price.
The best place for punter to find value may be the individual match betting and trying the special offers like most 180′ s. So are there any lively outsiders at value well there are a few that may be worth a small wager but not much due to the poor terms EW first 2 bookmakers are offering and the ones I suggest are Dave Chisnall Best priced 150/1 (to reach final 50/1), Raymond Van Barneveld 66/1 (to reach final 28/1), Kim Huybrechts 200/1 (to reach final 66/1) and Robert Thornton 500/1 (to reach final 200/1).
You can get the odds here:
Good luck to anyone having a wager.