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Waites wants to follow Lewis and become darts world champion

| 04.01.2011

Now that Adrian Lewis has finally lived up to his potential and won a maiden Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship, all eyes will turn to Frimley Green for the latter stages of another tournament.

Inspired by a nine-dart finish in the opening set, Lewis triumphed 7-5 over Gary Anderson in the final of the PDC event to pocket prize money of £210,000.

The result lifts him to number two in the world rankings and also means that Lewis is just the fifth winner of the tournament since the forming of the PDC in 1994.

Meanwhile, it is Scott Waites who heads the betting odds market to win the Lakeside World Championship, which is the flagship event for the BDO organisation.

Waites overcame Ted Hankey in the most anticipated showdown of the opening round and this victory has taken him to the head of the market at 9/4.

His recent victory in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, where he got the better of James Wade in the final, was proof of his impressive current form and should be a further boost of his credentials.

Martin Adams had a much tougher task in seeing off John Walton in the first round, but after pulling through that nail-biting encounter he is a strong contender at 11/4 in the Lakeside World Championship darts betting.

Stuart Kellett is making his debut at Frimley Green, but he is a livewire challenger after dismantling Darryl Fitton in the opening round and winning two tournaments in 2010.

These successes were key in him being named as the second seed and Kellett is 7/2 to take the title at his first attempt.

The Dutch have a good darts heritage and a £10 bet on Jan Dekker winning could see a return of £400. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.