The inaugural renewal of the PDC World Darts Championship is upon us, and the first dart will be thrown in just under 24 hours. So who has got what it takes to lift the biggest prize in World darts?
It’s a wide open tournament but it would be folly to dismiss the chances of 2011 and 2012 champion Adrian Lewis. Despite not firing on all cylinders in 2012 ‘Jackpot’ has class in abundance, and if he hits the form he is capable of, the 12/1 being offered by tournament sponsors Ladbrokes could be an absolute steal.
Lewis’s only singles win in 2012 since his World Championship victory in January has been the German Masters in September, but he has been there or thereabouts in plenty of tournaments, a highlight being a 10-0 whitewash of Robert Thornton in the World Matchplay.
The 27-year-old Stoke dartist has matured greatly since the days of playing blind shots and throwing hissy fits on the oche, and while the likes of legend Phil Taylor (2/1 Paddy Power) and Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen (5/1 888sport) are obvious threats to Jackpot’s hatrick attempt, I’m taking Taylor’s former protege to pull off his third successive victory.
I like a speculative punt at Christmas, and for a bit of interest I’ll be having an each way flutter on St. Helens thrower Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnell at 33/1 with Paddy Power.
Chizzy was knocked out in the last 16 of this event last year, in his maiden appearance at the Ally Pally. The 2010 BDO World Championship runner up is another devastating player when he is on form, and 3 Players Championship wins this year shows that he means business.
This year is bound to be a cracking renewal, so all that’s left to do now is to eat, drink, be merry, and cheer on my 2 darts bets over the Christmas festive period. Bliss.