The World Grand Prix starts on Monday October 3rd, with 32 of the world’s best players facing off in the fight to be in the final two on October 9th. All matches will be screened live on Sky Sports. We’ve previewed this massive tungsten tussle and provided you with a couple of bets for the occasion.
World Grand Prix Darts Tips
- Michael Van Gerwyn – 11/2
- Danny Noppert each-way (1/2 2 places) – 20/1
- James Wade each-way (1/2 2 places) – 25/1
Location and Format
Leicester’s Morningside Arena is the venue again for this prestigious tournament and is unique in being the only major televised darts tournament that features a double-in, double-out scoring system. Basically you can’t start scoring until you hit a double at the start of every leg.
The World Grand Prix dates back to 1998 and since 2001 it has traditionally been held in Dublin, Ireland. The current champion is Jonny Clayton, who beat fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price 5-1 in the 2021 final. The all-time record holder is, of course, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor with 11 titles.
There is a £600,000 total prize fund with the money distributed as follows:
First round losers: £7,500
Second round losers: £15,000
The draw is unusual as only eight players are seeded, making for some huge clashes in the early rounds.
(1) Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler
Joe Cullen v Damon Heta
(8) Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney
Madars Razma v Ryan Searle
(4) Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall
Danny Noppert v Gabriel Clemens
(5) James Wade v Martin Lukeman
Ross Smith v Andrew Gilding
(2) Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
Callan Rydz v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Dave Chisnall
(3) Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Brendan Dolan v Stephen Bunting
(6) Jose de Sousa v Adrian Lewis
Chris Dobey v Luke Humphries
Michael Van Gerwyn – 11/2
A five time winner of the World Grand Prix, Van Gerwyn is in probably the best form he’s been in for a number of years. He’s won eight tournaments this year, including the Premier League and the World Matchplay. Amazed he wasn’t the favourite here as this format suits him. Has a tough first round draw against Gary Anderson but should he get past him, his route to the quarter finals looks assured.
Danny Noppert each-way (1/2 2 places) – 20/1
The current UK Open Champion, Noppert is a player that exudes confidence, which is essential on a double-in start. The Freeze has ‘High Hopes’ of another major title here and his quarter of the draw looks the weakest. A 2nd round match against Michael Smith will likely be his biggest stumbling block but the 31-year-old has improved every area of his game and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go deep here.
James Wade each-way (1/2 2 places) – 25/1
A two time champion of this tournament and one of the greatest players of the modern era, Wade has 11 PDC majors and the double start certainly suits a man who perhaps, doesn’t score as heavily as some of the others. As 5th seed, the draw looks kind to the 39-year-old Englishman, who faces Martin Lukeman in the first round and then probably Ross Smith in the 2nd. A quarter final against either Noppert or MIchael Smith would then await. Wade was a runner up in New Zealand recently, so is in decent looking form.