Cash rules everything around me, TSHQ nation. Darts, get the money. Hundred and eighty, y’all. It’s K.M. back with more free money on darts bets. We made a solid profit last time out at Grand Slam of Darts, and this will be no different. It’s the last major of the year before the big one, the World Championship, and with crazy seeding due to the fact seeding is based off of money won in players championship events throughout the year, we got some cool, strange matchups we don’t normally get when we go off the PDC Order of Merit. I got no time to dilly or dally, let’s get right to the bets I think are best off the 8 games on Thursday, December 8th.
Oh yea, before we start, bet Phil Taylor -120 to win this event, at 3 units. Phil Taylor wins every tournament.
Peter “Snakebite” Wright (-125) vs. Denis “The Heat” Ovens
The third match of the tourney is our first taste of a tasty matchup. The Heat is a pro’s pro, solid as a rock, you know he’s going to come with the goods and give Snakebite all he can handle. Meanwhile, Snakebite is a player that has flashes of brilliance, and that’s not referring to his crazy hair styles that make him look like Dennis Rodman. I’m going to take the upside in this short format, Wright gave Taylor hell on the short format last time out, and Ovens sometimes can be a touch of a slow starter. Not the place to drop a big wager, but Wright is of more overall quality, and on this line he’s a must bet for a small play.
Bet: Peter Wright -125 (1 unit)
Prediction: Wright 6-4 Ovens
John “Darth Maple” Part (-138) vs. Wayne “The Wanderer” Jones
I don’t have much respect for Wayne Jones. He’s ok at best. John Part is a 3 time champion of the world, but my major concern in this match is that John Part has started out slow as dirt in every TV tourney this year so far. Wayne Jones is good enough to beat you, and at even money, it’s a fair price in my world. Bet on Wayne Jones? Yea, why the hell not?
Bet: Wayne Jones +100 (1 unit)
Prediction: Jones 6-3 Part
Ronnie “The Rocket” Baxter (+150) vs. Raymond “Barney” van Barneveld
If you read my darts, you know Barney is my favorite. He’s also all kinds of out of form. Ronnie Baxter is a surly one, but he’s got quality to him. The Rocket seems overdue for a big win, and with Barney having took so much time off, the +150 beckons. Take a flyer and go for the nice payday.
Bet: Ronnie Baxter +150 (1.5 units)
Prediction: Baxter 6-5 van Barneveld
James “The Machine” Wade (-300) vs. Andy “The Pieman” Smith
Yuck city. James Wade has been boss for the last few months, but Andy Smith has seemingly overcome his pathetic TV showing history and is playing on the tele about as well as he plays on the floor events, where he is a top contender. Wade has the upmost respect for Smith’s game, he’s said it many times, and will not take this lightly. It’s because of that reason and the fact Wade beat Smith 4-2 in sets in the quarters of the Grand Prix that I feel betting Wade here is the wise play, but again, don’t go too overboard.
Bet: James Wade -300 (2 units)
Prediction: Wade 6-3 Smith
Paul “The Asset” Nicholson (-300) vs. Steve “I don’t know him” Brown
Nicholson, the C.M. Punk of darts, is charging full throttle towards a spot in the Premier League. To get that, he has to beat Steve Brown. Whoever that is. This is the one major Nicholson has under his belt, and he will not go out in the first round to Steve Brown. At least I hope to hell not. With a round 2 match with Wadey looming, Nicholson should see off Brown with ease, making this the best of Thursday.
Bet: Paul Nicholson -300 (2 units)
Prediction: Nicholson 6-1 Brown
I’ll be back on Friday with the second half of the first round! See you all then!