BDO World Darts Championship 2018

While the first ever BDO World Darts Championship was first held way back in 1978, the notorious split in the game 15 years later has taken some of the gloss away from this event. The PDC alternative may have the bigger prize money and the better players, but the BDO World’s attracts a competitive entry and there will be some thrilling darts to look forward to at the start of 2018.

Naturally, the betting markets will be very active too so here are your options for the next edition of the BDO World Darts Championships.

Dates, Venue and Format

2018’s tournament will take place between the 6th and the 14th of January and will be held at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green in Surrey which has been its home for over 30 years.

We are still progressing through some qualifying rounds at the time of writing and when the players arrive in Lakeside, there will be an initial preliminary round ahead of the main event. The first round proper features the final 32 throwers and they progress in straight knockouts all the way to the final itself.

Our current champion in England’s Glen Durrant and as the World’s Number One, he’s naturally highly fancied for the 2018 renewal.

Winner

Danny Noppert

Durrant currently heads the outright winner market by some margin and can currently be picked up at odds of 8/5 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa. To emphasise just how highly rated Durrant is, the second favourite Danny Noppert is back at a top price of 10/1 with Paddy Power and SkyBet.

‘Duzza’ may be seen to be in the form of his life but when you look at the overall results from 2017, he’s hardly the Michael Van Gerwen of the BDO section. This particularly body plays less tournaments than its PDC counterpart but Durrant has yet to add any major wins to that World Championship success.

However, a quarter final appearance in the Grand Slam of Darts, an event that combines both PDC and BDO players, suggests he remains in top form in the lead up to the big one.

Second favourite Noppert is from the Netherlands and lost out to Glen Durrant in the 2017 World Final by seven legs to three. At the age of 26, he should keep improving but that runner up position was his highlight of 2017.

Chasing Pack

Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell won this event in 2015 and ‘Scotty Dog’ is a popular player on the BDO circuit who will attract some attention at his top price of 12/1 with Paddy Power and 188Bet. Mitchell is a consistent thrower who has a tendency to raise his game at the big events but he’s another player who has been quite subdued in 2017.

At around the same figure, some bookmakers are listing prices for the 2017 Winmau World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski but please avoid placing any bets as the talented pole has now crossed to the PDC tour and won’t be in Frimley Green in 2018.

Those are the main contenders as far as the bookmakers are concerned but can those odds be upset?

Outside Chances

One man to look at could be the 2016 BDO World Champion Scott Waites who has four major titles to his name but is out at odds of 22/1 with GentingBet. Waites’ form has admittedly drifted in company with his price but he has the talent and at 40, he is far from past his best.

Other former champions are also lining up at Frimley Green and in the modern BDO era, Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams is a three-time World Champion and one of the most successful players in the game. He’s 61 now and back on the circuit after successful treatment for cancer so while his best odds of 40/1 with Ladbrokes and GentingBet may look distant, there will be no shortage of support for the veteran.

Another potential contender in this price group is Geert de Vos at a top price of 33/1 with SkyBet and Paddy Power. The Belgian made the quarter finals in 2017 – his best finish to date – but has the talent to take that further next time around.

Options

At present, only the outright winner market is open for this year’s BDO World Darts Championship but that will change in the lead up to the event and when the tournament kicks off.

With major BDO events, there is also a ladies tournament that runs alongside and that will be the case once again in 2018. Markets for this should have opened in the New Year for a tournament where Lisa Ashton is the World Champion.

For the men’s event, there will be Each Way betting or you could take the alternative route of betting on a player to reach the final. Betting on a nine-dart finish and / or a maximum 170 checkout should also be made available in the days leading up to the first throw.

Naturally, match betting will also come into play with match winner, leg score, winning margin and many other side markets being introduced from the Preliminary Round all the way up to the final on January 14.

Verdict

The bookies have come down heavily on the side of Glen Durrant and while he’s clearly a serious contender to successfully defend his crown in 2018, the 46 year old from Middlesbrough does look uncomfortably short at that 8/5 price in the outright betting.

Durrant has not really kicked on in 2017 to dominate the scene and there is plenty of talent ready to challenge from the chasing pack. The decision of Ratajski to switch codes will also open up one half of the draw to give players an easier passage to the final.

There are other contenders but we’re focusing on the players that we’ve previously mentioned and one name to stand out for us is that of Scott Mitchell. The 2015 Champion often appears too relaxed and doesn’t play with great intensity but while he enjoys his game, there is a serious side to his play and having won it before, we know he has the talent and temperament to get over the line.

Mitchell to win it is a very generous option at 12/1 while it could also be a breakthrough year for Geert De Vos who is an Each Way tip at 33/1.

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