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PDC World Darts Championship - Play For Big Money At i-pools

PDC World Darts Championship - Play For Big Money At i-pools
Tuesday,December 12,2017

You know Christmas is coming as the PDC World Darts Championship gets underway this Thursday. Arguably one of the highlights of the festive sport, get ready for two and a half weeks of the best darts and highest drama you’ll find anywhere this Christmas. And i-pools is the place to be for you to live the action and turn your darting knowledge into some cold, hard cash.


Our tournament long games include a Last Longest and Fantasy Pick 8, both with at least £250 guaranteed, while we’ll also be running daily Coupons and a Match Pool Predictor for each match from the quarter-final onwards.


Last Longest: The rules couldn’t be simpler for our Last Longest. With £250 guaranteed in the prize pot if you play for £5, pick a player to win their match from round one, and if they do, you’ll move through to round two. The pool will continue until there’s just one left standing but you must be smart with your picks, as you can only pick the same player once so saving the tournament favourites if possible, could well be the way to go.


Fantasy Pick 8: With £250 currently in the prize pot if you play for £2, here you must pick eight players to make up your team, one from each section of the draw. Each player will score you points depending on how far they go in the tournament, with the winner bagging 100, runner-up 50, semi-finalist 25, quarter-finalist 10 and so on.


But players can earn you double, treble or even quadruple points depending on their seeding. Those seeded from 9-16 will score you double as a x2 multiplier, 17-32 are x3 and unseeded players are x4. On top of that, you’re Banker will score you double points, so pick a x4 player and that’s big points potentially on offer. The team who accumulates the most points will take home the biggest share of the prize fund.


Here’s a look at some of the pre-tournament favourites and who we think could be worth picking in our pools:


You can get odds as short as 3/10 for Michael van Gerwen to retain the World Championship, and is the overwhelming favourite as he seeks his third world title. If you include the 2017 World Championship, he’s won six of the nine major televised competitions he’s played in this year, to go with the eight he added to his trophy cabinet in 2016.


It’s two years since he was shocked in the third round by Raymond van Barneveld, but now even better than he was then, it’s hard to see how van Gerwen can be stopped this time round. MVG faces fellow Dutchman Christian Kist in a potentially tricky opening tie, with Kist a BDO World Champion, winning the title back in 2012.


In terms of our pools, MVG would be worth saving until the later rounds of our Last Longest, while although he’s just a x1 multiplier in section one of our Pick 8, I’m sure he’ll be making the majority of your teams, with 100 points on offer for winning the title, along with a bonus point for each 180 hit and 25 for a nine-darter, which can never be ruled out for Mighty Mike.


Although he’s not had a great year, van Barneveld usually saves his best until the biggest show of them all, evident with three consecutive semi-finals appearances at the Ally Pally. He’s ninth favourite to lift the crown with the bookies and while a second PDC World title might now be beyond him, he’s certainly worth considering in our Pick 8.


Barney is x2 in section two, meaning he’ll score you double points. If all things go to plan, he’ll meet Dave Chisnall in round three and you’d back Barney to produce the goods once again when it really matters. He would probably meet MVG in the quarter-finals, providing he makes it that far, so you’d say a last eight finish is the best he could hope for, but that will still score you plenty of points. With a first round tie against world 68 Richard North, Barney should be a strong contender for you to choose in our Last Longest.


In section four of our Pick 8, 20th seed Rob Cross at x3, seems the best value to make it as the fourth member of your team. The 27-year-old has come from nowhere to impressing us all in the past year or so, and is many tipsters dark horse to win the whole tournament.


He’s fifth favourite with the bookies, after recently reaching the European Championship Final, losing out to MVG, who also beat Cross in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam. We’ll really see how far Cross has come with big tests early on, with 13th seed Michael Smith potentially waiting in round two and fourth seed Daryl Gurney in round three. Given the fact Cross will score you treble points, he’s definitely worth considering to make your team, and in our round one Last Longest, with a preliminary round winner waiting for him.


The usual suspects of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are also expected to go far, although with how the draw has panned out, it might not be so easy for Anderson. Providing results go as expected, two time world champion Anderson, could well face 16 time champion, Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals, with Taylor looking to end his career on a high.


Sixth seed Taylor is in section seven of our Pick 8, and has had a strong final year, which included winning the World Matchplay for the 16th time. He last reached the world final in 2015, where he came up just short against Anderson and will certainly be looking for revenge if the two face each other in the final eight. It would be one of the great sporting stories if the Power could end his career as world champion, which is why he’s a tempting and perhaps nostalgic choice to make your team.


Be sure to get close to the action and at the same time, give yourself the chance to turn your predictions into big prizes, right here at i-pools!


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