Darts Betting Tips: 2018 BDO World Darts Championship
Jamie Hughes looks worth a bet in the upcoming event
Jamie Hughes (outright market) at 14/1 each-way with William Hill
The 2018 BDO World Darts Championships gets underway on January 6th at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green, Surrey. The tournament, featuring £100,000 prize money to the winner and broadcast on the BBC lasts for 8 days.
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At 47-years of age Glen Durrant has been something of a late starter. He enjoyed his best season by far in 2015 despite failing to justify outright favouritism in the BDO World Championships in January 2016 losing 5-4 in the quarter-final to 2013 champion Scott Waites who went on to win the competition for a second time.
But the Middlesbrough native gained compensation 12 months ago when lifting this title for the first time, rewarding his ante-post supporters who took the 100/30 odds available about him at the outset. This year he is just 5/4 (William Hill) for outright victory.
But Durrant is not the BDO’s only old swinger, 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell was also born in 1970 and is the third name down in the ante-post betting lists (12/1 is available). The aforementioned Scott Waites (who is only 40!) can be backed at 22/1 with Betfred.
At 31 Jamie Hughes, a 14/1 poke with William Hill is a mere pup and last year’s beaten finalist, Ladbrokes’ 8/1 shot Danny Noppert is only 27. It would take a very brave punter, one with a crystal ball, to predict the winner will come from outside of this quintet.
At just 5/4 Durrant is no kind of value. Maybe his price is justified, but in BDO darts backing any player who has to overcome a ‘best of five’ first round match, then a ‘best of …7, 9 & 11’ en-route to a best of 13 final at 5/4 represents a lot of sleepless nights. Sleepless nights because you need to bet big to win big and Glen Durrant is going to have to do a lot of winning.
The head says Danny Noppert is the obvious alternative but the fruity Dutch player has to win a qualifying match to make it into the first round 32-player draw and while the potential is there, his 2017 record shows just one tournament win as opposed to the four he collected in 2016.
But, given the draw we have to opt for the No. 3 player in the BDO rankings, Jamie Hughes. Durrant is in the top bracket as is Waites and Mitchell, so it makes for a free run to the final for either Noppert or Hughes and we are going for the latter.
At odds of 14/1 each-way, we will be paid if the pride of West Brom can win just four matches. The first two are sure to feature vastly inferior rivals.