Wolverhampton has been the unlikely home for the Grand Slam of Darts forseveral years now and this year sees the 13th time that the trophy has been contested between 24 of the best players from the PDC and a selection of eight players, including female players, from the BDO.

This year saw an increase in prize money to £550,000 in total for the event, with the winner guaranteed to take home the lion’s share of the prize money with a £125,000 cheque for the tournament champion.

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Given the unique qualifying method to decide the 32 players that will compete in the tournament, it has meant that a number of top players, including the likes of Joe Cullen, Jamie Lewis, Mensur Suljovic, Simon Whitlock and Kryzsztof Ratajski did miss out on competing at the event.

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Grand Slam of Darts Organisation

The tournament is organised into two distinct phases, the first is a group stage of eight groups of four players, with each player playing the others in their group once over a best of nine leg format. The top two players from each group qualify for the second stage of the tournament, the knockout phase.

The knockout stage sees a pre-determined draw where players will face off against the winner or runner up from another group in the first round of knockout matches, based on their position in their group. From then on, it is a straight knockout, with the number of legs played in each round increasing from 19 legs in the first round of knockout phase games, to the best of 31 legs for the remainder of the tournament.

For the group stage each group comprises of three PDC players including one of the eight top seeds, two others who qualified through their performances on tour, plus one of the eight players that qualified via the BDO.

The Story so Far for the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts

Group A

Michael van Gerwen has won both his opening games in comfortable fashion to qualify for the knockout phase, Ross Smith has been eliminated after losing both his opening matches which means the final game in the group between Adrian Lewis and BDO qualifier Jim Williams will decide who joins van Gerwen in the knockout phase.

Tip – Our money is on Adrian Lewis’ experience being key here so back Lewis to win at 8/13.

Group B

Eighth seed James Wade has won his opening two games but is not yet assured of qualification, but a win over Steve Lennon would ensure that and even if he loses, he would still progress if Ian White cannot defeat BDO qualifier Wesley Harms.

Tip – Back Wade (2/5) and White (1/4) to win their two final games to qualify.

Group C

Things are far more open in Group C where Gerwyn Price tops the group with two wins, but he faces a tough final game with Dimitri Van den Bergh, while Robert Thornton who also has two points, faces BDO female qualifier Mikuru Suzuki, who has lost both her games. All four players could conceivably qualify from this group so the two final games should be keenly contested.

Tip – Back Price (2/5) and Thornton (1/9) to scrape through the by winning their games at the odds shown.

Group D

Gary Anderson had taken control of Group D winning both his games and in truth, he should qualify from the group, Whether Darren Webster, William O’Connor or Dave Parletti makes it alongside him could go down to leg difference in what looks like being a tough group to call for that second spot.

Tip – Anderson should win (3/10) but I’d back O’Connor to take the second place with a victory in his final game (1/3)

Group E

Dave Chisnall is already assured of qualifying for the knockout phase in Group E while Lisa Ashton of the BDO is already eliminated. That means Rob Cross faces Jamie Hughes in their final game in the group with the winner set to claim second spot in the group behind Chisnall.

Tip – Back Rob Cross (1/2) to defeat Jamie Hughes to make it into the knockout stage.

Group F

Peter Wright’s two wins means he tops this group, but he faces a tough final game against Danny Noppert who knows a defeat could open up the door for Ryan Harrington to qualify, if he can despatch Wayne Warren.

Tip – Back Peter Wright to beat Noppert (4/11) and Harrington to get the win he needs to qualify (10/11)

Group G

German Gabriel Clemens is the shock qualifier already confirmed from Group G with wins over Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney putting him top of the group. The game between the two losers of those games will earn the second qualification spot given that Richard Veenstra has already been eliminated.

Tip – Back Gurney to topple Brendan Dolan in the battle of the Irishmen (4/9).

Group H

Two superb wins from Michael Smith, the second over Nathan Aspinall with a 113.62 average, has seen Smith already confirmed as qualified. He faces the already eliminated Martin Schindler in his last game while the Aspinall v Glen Durrant clash will decide who qualifies alongside Smith.

Tip – Back Durrant to land a big win and a place in the knockout phase (4/5).

Grand Slam Of Darts 2019 Outright Winner and Each Way Tips

Last year, Gerwyn Price endede Michael ven Gerwen’s three-year domination of this event with a win over Gary Anderson in a controversial final, but the Dutchman and World Number 1 is the 11/10 favourite to regain the crown this year. It is hard to back against van Gerwen given his current form and historic form in this event.

If you want to make an each way bet on a finalist, then someone from the opposite side of the draw looks the best bet and Michael Smith at 10/1 is the player most in form.