You’re always guaranteed plenty of entertainment at Butlin’s, and that’s exactly what we’re going to get over the next few days as the Ladbrokes UK Open returns to Minehead.
144 of the world’s best arrowsmiths will be joined by the 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers to form a field of 160 players for the three-day event which was won in 2019 by Nathan Aspinall.
Can any of the trio take home this year’s £100,000 first prize? We run through the odds.
It’s hard to remember a time when Michael van Gerwen didn’t start as favourite for a PDC tournament. But it could be worth avoiding his 9/4 odds when you take into account he’s only won one match here since 2016.
Gerwyn Price has a much better record in Minehead with final, quarter-final and semi-final appearances to his name in the last three years. He has a good recent record in TV majors and is 7/1 to go all the way.
That’s a price he shares with current World and Ladbrokes Masters champion Peter Wright, who won this tournament in 2017. Snakebite is in the form of his life and is one to be feared at one of his favourite venues.
It seems odd not to include the reigning champion amongst the favourites. But our traders have Aspinall down as a 16/1 shot. That won’t bother The Asp, who has taken his form up to another level entirely in 2020.
The 28-year-old produced a near career-best performance against MVG in the Premier League last month, and after delivering the goods to win this tournament 12 months ago, will not relinquish his title lightly.
Elsewhere, Gary Anderson may not have the longevity to last all three days at 20/1. Michael Smith, on the other hand, is getting closer and closer to a first major title and cannot be discounted at the same price.
Bully Boy reached the semi-final 12 months ago and only narrowly lost out in the Ladbrokes Masters earlier this year. If he can complement his scoring with some consistent finishing, he’s in with a fantastic chance.
Ones to Watch
There are plenty of notable names available at a big price, with James Wade in particular catching the eye. The Machine is a two-time UK Open winner and is more than capable of outrunning his 66/1 odds.
Chris Dobey and Gabriel Clemens will both fancy a run at the same price; while 150/1 shot Willie O’Connor has shown he’s capable of big things if he can hold his concentration throughout the tournament.
Simon Whitlock is another who could pique an interest at 150/1, as could aforementioned debutants Sherrock and Ashton, both of whom are available at 250/1 to win the whole things.
Where: Butlin’s Resort, Minehead
When: Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March
How to watch: ITV4
All Odds and Markets are correct as of date of publishing.