After somewhat of a successful first running of the darts at home tournament, a second is now due to take place on Wednesday 8th April. The PDC have taken it upon them-selves to host a darts tournament, which involves each player live streaming their dartboard at home. A novel idea and one that worked well, first time round.
DARTS AT HOME DETAILS
Who Is Involved?
Devon Peterson took the first tournament title crown that involved 5 players in total. This tournament is scheduled to include 4 players.
- Nathan Aspinall
- Steve Beaton
- Stephen Bunting
- Jelle Klassen
What Time Does The Action Start?
The PDC will be streaming all matches live from their social media pages – Facebook and Youtube. Matches are due to start at 7:30pm and will include full commentary as well as score visualisations. The tournament is due to complete somewhere in the region of 10pm.
What Is The Format?
Each match will be a best of nine legs and each player will pleach each other and compete on a league basis. A win is worth 2 points and the draw result is eliminated with their being an odd number of games. If there is a tie of points at the end, leg difference then comes in to effect – as it did in the first tournament. Devon Peterson squeezed out Chris Dobey of first place by one leg.
What Are The Odds?
Nathan Aspinall heads up the betting market for this event with the best price currently sitting just above evens. The Bronzed Adonis, Steve Beaton is the long shot outsider. Although he is classed as a legend of the sport, his game has seen better days. He is not on the darts circuit anywhere near as much as the other three contenders so this may not come as much as a surprise.
However, who knows he may be MVG on Steroids when surrounded by the comfort of his own home. This is the beauty of this tournament. It’s a completely different environment to what these players are used to when it comes to competitive darts throwing. Some players may need that encouragement and buzz of a darts hall. Whereas others could well see that as a distraction and feel a lot calmer in a surrounding they have control over.
That said I see Aspinall being the safe option. He’s been in good form of late and shown to me to be the most consistent player of the four. Klaasen can be class when he is on it, but also quite terrible when he isn’t. He throws fast and true and if he catches his rhythm, will be a threat in the tournament. Bunting is a much more steady player, but lacks the overall scoring power of Aspinall, in my opinion.
My predictions on the tournament final standings are;
1st – Aspinall
2nd – Klassen
3rd – Bunting
4th – Beaton
What Order Will Matches Be Played?
The schedule of events is set out as follows
Aspinall v Beaton
Bunting v Klaasen
Aspinall v Bunting
Beaton v Klaasen
Aspinall v Klaasen
Beaton v Bunting
This running is subject to change, but if all goes well that will be the order of matches.
In terms of odds here’s how the market looked at the time of writing – 16:34 April 7th.
Tournament winner odds
Aspinall – 2.1 with Betfred
Bunting – 4.5 William Hill
Klaasen – 5.5 Paddy Power
Beaton – 6.0 Unibet
1.44 Aspinall v Beaton 2.9
1.90 Bunting v Klaasen 2.1
1.50 Aspinall v Bunting 2.62
2.00 Beaton v Klaasen 1.91
1.50 Aspinall v Klaasen 2.87
2.10 Beaton v Bunting 1.83
Which bookmakers are offering odds?
The bookmakers mentioned above were the bookmakers offering the best price at the time of looking. However, the majority of UK betting apps have markets on this event. bet365, William Hill, 888Sport, Betfair, Paddy Power, Unibet, Betfred and Betway are all offering odds on this tournament.
We think this a great concept and idea by the PDC and applaud them for pulling together to make these types of tournaments possible and available. We really enjoyed the last one and look forward to tuning in to this one on Wednesday. If you are a darts fan too we recommend you follow suit. Lots of excitement and drama at the oche, just as we like it!