It’s the backdrop to any darts fan’s Christmas as the PDC World Championship takes over London’s Alexandra Palace for two weeks of high-quality tungsten-flinging action and naturally Ladbrokes is the only place to bet on it.
The bookies take their arrows pretty-darn seriously and from another extensive range of markets on darts most prestigious tournament, picking out the winners of individual quarters may be among the most profitable.
Anyone wishing to make this a Christmas to remember may want to hurl this quartet into a multiple which pays out at a dash shy of 18/1.
Michael van Gerwen to win first quarter @ 1/2
Defending champion Van Gerwen is the rising star of the sport and once again will be a man feared by all those who run into him.
The Dutchman has already claimed the European Championship and World Grand Prix crowns in 2014 and will be looking to atone for two premature exits in recent events on the biggest stage of all.
Gary Anderson to win second quarter @ evens
Third in the overall betting, the Flying Scotsman has lived up to his nickname off the back of a brilliant year on the PDC circuit.
Anderson recently won the Players Championship and reached the semis of both the World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix.
Phil Taylor to win the third quarter @ 4/9
Anyone who requires an introduction to 14-time PDC world title holder Taylor is reading the wrong article, as the old master is the 2/1 favourite for a 15th crown at the 22nd attempt.
In The Power’s section the three next best in the betting, Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Terry Jenkins, hold career deficits of 5-16, 6-17 and 3-38 in meetings with Stoke’s finest.
James Wade to win fourth quarter @ 10/3
The joker in the pack is The Machine but his inclusion will hardly have punters side’s splitting.
Only double world champion Adrian Lewis sits above Wade in this quarter and the 2014 Masters winner is in decent shape to upset the odds.
Wade has bettered Jackpot twice at big tournaments already in 2014.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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