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Here is our preview of The World Grand Prix tournament starting on Monday!

The World Grand Prix

Posted: 01.10.14 in Tournament Analysis Blog category

Here is our preview of The World Grand Prix tournament starting on Monday!

There I was, waiting patiently for a televised darts tournament to come along when two arrive at the same time! As from a week on Friday (10th October) the PDC and the BDO will go head to head for TV fans as The World Grand Prix, double in, double out tournament from Dublin reaches the final stages. Kicking off on Friday will be the BDO Winmau Masters from Hull, I am a huge fan of both events!

But let’s split the events in two and start with the World Grand Prix in Dublin. As we have been around for a few years now you can look back at last year’s blog to understand what fascinates us about this event.

Briefly it is the extra mental pressure the double in format brings that makes it so interesting. Players forgetting they need a double start and popping a dart in the treble, the player that resolutely sticks to their favourite double despite missing again and again. We also love the player with a plan, a player that knows exactly what his game plan is should the 1st, 2nd or 3rd dart not go in the double!

During the past two tournaments in Dublin we have been spoiled by having our man on the spot – Aidan Farrelly at the event. Aidan has bagged some amazing interviews and posted them up on the Darts Performance Centre site for us. If you are serious about improving your game then there is no better way to get you on the road of self-improvement than by taking advice from guys that have come through the ranks and mix it on the PDC stage.

Aidan has had advice and tips from The Power and unforgettable insights from Gary Anderson, Brendan Dolan, Barney and MVG to name but a few. Do try and make the time to have a read if you haven’t seen them before.

Also Aidan has confirmed he will be there again this year and will be sharing his interviews with the first round winners on here as well as on his podcast show-Darts Talk. Watch or listen out for that!

The first round games (Best of 3 sets, 5 legs per set)and odds are:

Monday Evening

Darren Webster (10/11) v Andrew Gilding (10/11)

Michael Mansell (9/4) v Ian White (2/5)

Kevin Painter (6/5) v Andy Hamilton (4/5)

James Wade (1/3) v Andy Smith (3/1)

Phil Taylor (2/13) v Steve Beaton (13/2)

Gary Anderson (5/11) v Brendan Dolan (19/10)

Adrian Lewis (1/4) v Daryl Gurney (7/2)

Tuesday Evening

Terry Jenkins (6/5) v Kim Huybrechts (11/13)

Peter Wright (8/13) v Jamie Caven (13/8)

Mervyn King (10/11) v Wes Newton (20/19)

Dean Winstanley v Michael Smith (1/2)

Stephen Bunting (4/9) v Ronnie Baxter (9/4)

Michael van Gerwen (1/5) v Vincent van der Voort (11/2)

Dave Chisnall (11/10) v Richie Burnett (5/2)

The PDC have made another of their most excellent wallcharts for the event, you can downoad it here!

We will be back later in the week with a more in-depth look at the games.

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Author: Paul Gillings ( paul@dartsperformancecentre.com )