Grand Slam of Darts Betting Tips
The Grand Slam of Darts is a tournament unlike any other in the darting calendar.
For every other week of the year, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and British Darts Organisation (BDO) host tournaments in direct competition with each other. But, for one week only, the best players from both organisations compete against one another at the Grand Slam.
The Grand Slam also has a group stage before the usual knockout rounds. That gives the event a unique feel and helps provide top class sporting drama at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Van Gerwen Unlikely to Be Stopped
Michael van Gerwen is the undisputed best darts player in the world. It’s been that way for a long time now but 2017 has been far from perfect for the Dutchman.
Given the strength in depth at the top level of darts at the moment, even a player like van Gerwen is going to lose games. But the nature of some of his losses have raised concerns that he struggles to maintain concentration.
Then there’s the injury problems he’s suffered. A back problem saw him miss the UK Open in March while bursitis in his left ankle caused him to pull out of the German Masters at the end of last month.
But, you can make an argument that those injuries have actually been a good thing for van Gerwen.
He simply loves being the best darts player in the world and being unable to compete only spurs him on. His disappointment at the German Masters certainly helped motivate him for his success at last week’s World Series of Darts.
You may think that van Gerwen is a short price to win the Grand Slam of Darts at 10/11 with Sportingbet. That, however, is a bigger price than you’ll have got without his problems this year so we recommend backing him to win the tournament for the third year in a row.
Grand Slam Offers More Than One Betting Opportunity
From a punter’s perspective, the Grand Slam of Darts is nothing short of a dream. Oftentimes there are very few options other than backing the tournament winner but we’ve got eight groups to get our teeth stuck into as well as the individual match markets.
While some of the groups have a very firm favourite, the draw has thrown up some very interesting ones.
Mensur Suljovic has had a great 18 months or so on the PDC.
The Austrian has been winning over crowds around the world for his passionate displays on the oche but he is far from popular among his fellow pros. It’s nothing to do with Suljovic’s personality but everything to do with his style of play.
His action is slow, he takes his time taking his stance and he goes for strange out-shots which flummox his opponents.
Suljovic will be happy enough with his draw in Group G alongside Michael Smith, James Wilson and Mark McGeeney. He’ll have to be at his best to win it but on the back of some good form, Suljovic looks a good price at evens with BetVictor.
Group F is another interesting draw with both Dave Chisnall and Stephen Bunting fancying their chances. The two PDC players must be wary about the challenge that Scott Mitchell and Jeffrey de Zwaan will put up but the winner should come from Chizzy or the Bullet.
Of the two, Chisnall is the one with the talent to go on and win the tournament but his habit of throwing games away when not fully concentrating is worrying.
Bunting still has plenty to prove among the world’s best and his desire to send out a message makes him a good bet to win Group F at 5/2 with Bet365.
Top Betting Offers
Michael van Gerwen to win at 10/11 with Sportingbet
Mensur Suljovic to win Group G at evens with BetVictor
Stephen Bunting to win Group F at 5/2 with Bet365