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Premier League Darts Starts With A Bang

Premier League Darts Starts With A Bang
Wednesday,February 10,2016

Premier League Darts came back with a bang last week, but what did we learn from the first week’s games in Leeds? 



Well, the old guard of Taylor and van Gerwen, the two players who have dominated the sport for the past 20 years between them, both started with defeats, while debutant Michael Smith looked more bullied that Bully as he succumbed in both his games, winning only three legs in losses against Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis.


Champ Gary Anderson didn’t even make it to the stage, falling ill before last week’s matches and pulling out (hence Smith being forced to play twice on debut).



Wright opened with an easy victory over the nervous-looking Smith, and as van Gerwen eased into a 3-0 lead against James Wade, everything looked to be going as expected.


But just like in the World Championships, the wheels suddenly fell off for van Gerwen, and he went on to lose seven of the next eight legs as The Machine claimed an impressive victory.


Next up was The Power against the enigmatic Raymond van Barneveld, and while Taylor went down to a 7-2 defeat, it was difficult to tell if he played particularly badly or not, with Barney only missing his first double in the last leg, a mistake he didn’t repeat when Taylor gave him another look in three darts later.


Barry Hearn cheerily told us that for the first time there could be no argument over the make up of the Premier League, with the top 10 players in the world all invited, but with Robert Thornton looking completely out of form and embarrassed to be there, and the likes of Vincent van der Voort and Jelle Klaasen sat at home watching, Thornton will have to do a lot better than he managed in his whitewash against Chizzy to quieten the calls for head! 



Both Thornton and Smith will fancy their chances of getting off the mark this week in Newcastle, as the two poorest performers from week one are drawn against each other in week two!



In fact, looking ahead to this week’s fixtures, that’s not the only game that looks almost too close to call - the fixed odds bookies have just two players as odds on favourites this week - and Taylor, at 19/20 best price against Wade, and MVG, 5/6 against the fully recovered Anderson - are only just short of evens as it is.


That means Last Longest players are in a quandary, who do you pick as a winner this week when all 10 players are basically a coin flip or worse to win their game?


It’s preferable to have tough choices rather than easing your way through and too many people surviving every week though - those that play a lot of Last Longests on i-pools know that the real reason to play is to scoop the big prize, not chop it, and there’s no doubt our Premier League Darts Last Longests will be won many times over throughout the 16 weeks of play.



Last week’s Coupon Pools proved profitable for those who like a quick night. The double thrashing for Bully Boy, and the Thornton whitewash, not to mention Taylor and MVG only managing five legs between them, meant the unders landed in total games. With this week’s games expected to so close though, will that be repeated?


Our £100 entry Weekly Coupon garnered eight entries - enough for us to stick a £1,000 Guarantee on it this week - and was won by online poker pro Rick Trigg.


This week we’re hoping to smash the Guarantee and hand over at least a grand to one lucky i-pools punter - not bad for five minutes filling in the Coupon and an evening watching the arrows on Sky with refreshment in hand!



While we’ve stuck a £1k Guarantee on the big darts Coupon, i-pools is all about the small punter too, and this week’s Last Longest Guarantee is on the £2 Pool - it’s got £200 Guaranteed. That means we need 100 players to enter, easier said than done!


And of course we offer all our darts pools at low stakes as well as the higher ones, so if you want to play for £2 rather than £100, you can.


Don’t forget, the more players in the pools, the more you can win, so help us make i-pools bigger and better by inviting your mates and showing them how much fun can be had in the pools. Remember, you get a tenner as soon as they play for real too!



Thursday night is Premier League Darts night, so jump in the pools and sit back and watch the excitement unfold.


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