The World Grand Prix of Darts is the next big event on the calendar year. Phil Taylor reigned supreme in the inaugural Champions League of Darts recently after taking down main rival Michael van Gerwen. Now it is return to Dublin for the World Grand Prix in which, Taylor, not surprisingly at all, has had past success.
The Power is the most successful player ever in the history of the World Grand Prix of Darts having won 11 of the 18 previous editions. It’s fair to say that he has been dominant in the event, but of course he hasn’t been as consistent and dominant in the sport for a few years now, not as much as he was when he won seven of the first nine editions of the tournament.
But that having been said, he has won two of the last five World Grand Prix Finals, his last title coming in 2013 when he took down Dave Chisnall. But the big man on the block nowadays is Dutchman Michael van Gerwen who has started to get his feet firmly under the table in the tournament having won two of the last four editions and having reached the final in three of the last four seasons.
Might Mike fell short of a title defence last season when he lost the final against Robert Thornton, who became just one of four other players besides Van Gerwen and Phil Taylor to win the tournament. One of either MVG or Taylor have been in the final in seven of the last nine editions of the tournament but they have never squared off in the showcase match itself.
Van Gerwen and Taylor are together in the top half of the draw as well, so they wouldn’t be meeting in the final this year either, but would be on course for a massive semi final showdown. Gary Anderson is a 6/1 shot to come through the field as he goes on the opposite side of the draw, with everyone else at 22/1 or bigger.
The tournament his year runs from October 2nd through to October 8 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and it is Van Gerwen who is trading as 5/4 favourite to win the title, leaving Phil Taylor a huge 5/1 shot to go and win the title for the 12th time in his career.
So plenty of action to come from Dublin for this darts fest and Paddy Power have an In Play money back special betting offer running for the World Grand Prix of Darts. If the final checkout in any match is 100+, Paddy Power will refund all losing in-play single bets on that match as a free bet. This offer applies to an in-play single bet with minimum odds of 1/2 and there is a maximum free bet of £25 per customer and there is just the maximum of one free bet customer in the offer as well.