PDC World Championship Odds: Darts Outright Winner

Michael van Gerwen2.1022.
Rob Cross55.504.3354.505
Gary Anderson6.507775.506.50
Peter Wright111211131213
Corey Cadby2617-343434
Phil Taylor---34--
Daryl Gurney344141364141
Raymond van Barneveld344141365151
Michael Smith413441615167
Glen Durrant51-----
Adrian Lewis515151515151
Mensur Suljovic516781415151
Dimitri van den Bergh5181516710167
Gerwyn Price678181818181
Jamie Lewis67816781-101
Dave Chisnall6781671018181
Kyle Anderson10115112610115181
Simon Whitlock10181151151151101
James Wade101101101201151101
Jelle Klaasen126151101151151151
Danny Noppert151101-151-151
Kim Huybrechts126151151251151126
Ian White151151201201151201
Joe Cullen126151151201301151
Stephen Bunting201151126301201126
Darren Webster126151201251301151
Benito van de Pas126151151201301251
Alan Norris251301101201301251
Krzysztof Ratajski251201301151-301
James Wilson251201301301301401
Cameron Menzies-301----
Cristo Reyes301301201501151401
John Henderson251301301251501251
Jeffrey de Zwaan201501-201-401
Vincent van der Voort351501301251301251
Robert Thornton351401301501151251
Johnny Clayton301501501301201251
Chris Dobey201501301101251751
Mervyn King351401401501201251
Steve West301301401501301401
James Richardson301501751301-501
Keegan Brown3011001301251-501
Ted Evetts401301-201-1001
Steve Lennon501501501401-501
Steve Beaton501501501501501501
Max Hopp301301-4015011001
Kevin Munch501501----
Jamie Hughes-501----
Jan Dekker3011001501201301751
Mark Webster501501501501501751
Christian Kist501501501501501751
Jermaine Wattimena501501-501501751
Justin Pipe501501751401501751
Richard North751751501301-751
Martin Schindler501501-501-1001
Jeff Smith5015011001---
Joe Murnan-1001-5015011001
Josh Payne501----1001
Brendan Dolan5011001-501-1001
Nathan Aspinall-751----
Paul Lim-1001-501--
Ronny Huybrechts-1001-501751-
William O'Connor-1001751501-751
Zoran Lerchbacher50110011001501--
Robbie Green5011501--501751
Antonio Alcinas-1501501501-1001
Berry van Peer-1001----
Chris Quantock-1001----
Darren Johnson-1001---1001
Diogo Portela-1001----
Luke Humphries-1001----
Kenny Neyens-1001----
Simon Stevenson-1001----
Peter Jacques-1501-501-1001
Kevin Painter-1501--7511001
Ricky Evans-2001-501-1001
Rowby-John Rodriguez-2001-501-1001
Jamie Caven-3001-5017511001
Jeffrey de Graaf-1501----
Dirk van Duijvenbode-1501----
David Pallett-2001---1001
Robert Owen-1501----
Ron Meulenkamp-2001---1001
Peter Hudson-1501----
Paul Nicholson-2001---1501
Ryan Searle-2501---1001
Devon Petersen-25011001---
Jimmy Hendriks-2001----
Richie Burnett-2001----
Richie Corner-2001----
Ryan Meikle5015001----
Cody Harris-5001-501--
John Bowles-3001----
John Michael-3001----
Jamie Bain-3001----
Kim Viljanen-3001----
Kirk Shepherd-3001----
Marko Kantele-3001----
Mike De Decker-3001----
Mick McGowan-5001----
Mickey Mansell-5001----
Seigo Asada-5001----
Vincent Kamphuis-5001----
Wes Newton-5001----
Willard Bruguier-5001----
Xiaochen Zong-5001----
Yordi Meeuwisse-5001----
Matt Clark-5001----
Mark Walsh-5001----
Kai Fan Leung-5001----
Aleksandr Oreshkin-5001----
Andrew Gilding-5001----
Andy Boulton-5001----
Andy Jenkins-5001----
Bernie Smith-5001----
Alan Ljubic-5001----
Gordon Mathers-5001----

Christmas means just one thing in the world of darts, the PDC World Championship. Held every year at Alexandra Palace, north London, the PDC World Championship is the biggest and most lucrative darts tournament in the world. Purists may point to Lakeside – home of the BDO’s World Championships – as the true home of darts but there is no question this is the one they all want to win.

It’s also the hottest ticket in town. Darts fans have to register months and months in advance of the PDC World Championship just to have a chance of getting a seat inside Alexandra Palace. This may be the biggest event on the darts calendar (Michael van Gerwen went as far as to say “no other tournament matters”) but the early stages are largely a chance of fans, mostly clad in fancy dress, to enjoy themselves.

The action really gets going after the short break for Christmas but, as you’ll see below, there are plenty of betting options to take advantage of right from the first match on 14th December.

The big storyline ahead of the 2017/18 PDC World Championship is the impending retirement of the greatest darts player in history, Phil Taylor. The ‘Power’ has won this tournament an incredible 14 times and is credited by many current players as the main reason for darts’ incredible growth. Taylor is no longer the dominant force of old but he’s carefully managed his schedule to try and peak for the Worlds and showed his enduring class with a 16-6 win over Van Gerwen in the World Matchplay final. He couldn’t, could he?

Van Gerwen the Pick of the Favourites

You’d be forgiven for looking at Michael van Gerwen’s odds of 8/11 with Ladbrokes and shrugging your shoulders. To defend the Sid Waddell Trophy Van Gerwen has to beat the best darts players in the world and cope with the unpredictable set play format. He also has to cope with the lingering memories of some shocking performances on the Ally Pally stage.

The thing is, when you analyse the opposition, it’s hard to make a case for Van Gerwen being stopped.

Second favourite and two time World Champion, Gary Anderson has been nowhere near his best this season. Problems away from the oche have affected Anderson’s form on it and he looks one to swerve.

Peter Wright is next up at a best price of 12/1 with Betfred. There’s no question that Wright has the calibre to cause Van Gerwen huge problems but it’s his health that’s the big concern. After being rushed to hospital with gallstones, Wright is currently recuperating at home and his place in the tournament is in doubt.

Then there’s Taylor. Does the Power represent value at 12/1 with Bet365? Or is it a heart-over-head play? The 57-year-old was fantastic in the World Matchplay but he’s arguably even more comfortable on the Winter Gardens stage than at Ally Pally. While Taylor’s form is stronger than most, it’s not at the level that gets you overly excited about his chances. He’s also lost his cool a few times of late as his frustration grows about his game so avoid a bet on Taylor and focus on the new king of darts, Michael van Gerwen.

Each Way and Trading Options to Consider

Van Gerwen’s strength in the betting for the PDC World Championship has skewed the whole market somewhat. Just take a look at some of the prices available. Raymond van Barneveld at 66/1 with Ladbrokes, James Wade at 150/1 with BetVictor, Robert Thornton at 500/1 with BetVictor.

They’re all crazy prices about top quality darts players and if you are familiar with cashing out your bets, those three provide tempting trading options. But the best price on an outsider is the 14/1 Paddy Power are quoting on Rob Cross.

Those who only really tune in for the World Championship may not be aware of Cross but the 27-year-old will soon be a household name in darts. It’s taken Cross no time to get used to the demands of the PDC Tour and he is playing at a level few have attained in 2017. His power scoring, confidence and ability to hit big checkouts under pressure makes Cross the dark horse of the tournament.

Outright Options Not to Miss Out On

The main problem that Cross has is that he’s been drawn in the same half of the draw as Van Gerwen. Thankfully, there are several ways of tackling your ante post betting for the PDC World Championship.

For example, you can back Cross to win his half before a meeting with van Gerwen at 13/8 with Coral. If you think Taylor will make it to the semi finals, he can be backed to win his quarter at 2/1 with Ladbrokes. One player we haven’t mentioned so far is Adrian Lewis. The two time world champion has been battling hard to regain his best form and he looks a good bet to win his quarter at 5/2 with Coral.

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