Over the coming week, the cream of the talent in world darts will be taking part in the World Grand Prix at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Running from the 6th to the 12th October, the tournament is one of the most prestigious in the world today and is best known as one of the few tournaments that requires players to start their game by hitting a double, as well as finishing with a double.

A total prize pool of £450,000 is up for grabs across the week with the lucky winner pocketing a cool £110,000, while the runner up will take home £50,000. All the action is being screened live on Sky Sports across the week and through to the final.

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The Field

The 32 players that competed in the First Round of the tournament featured the top 16 seeds from the PDC Order of Merit, of which the top eight were seeded in the draw itself. The remaining 32 players were based on the top 16 players seeded in the Pro Tour.

The action got underway on Sunday with the First Round and the remaining First Round games outlined below will be played across Monday evening.

First Round – Result and Draw (Seed in brackets)

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) 2-1 Jamie Hughes
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 2-0 Steve Beaton
  • James Wade (8) 2-1 John Henderson
  • Mervyn King 2-1 Dmitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael Smith (5) 2-1 Simon Whitlock
  • Joe Cullen 1-2 Ian White
  • Gary Anderson (4) 2-0 Keegan Brown
  • Ricky Evans 0-2 Chris Dobey

First Round Matches to be Played Monday 7th October

  • Rob Cross (2) v Mensur Suljovic
  • Glen Durrant v Krysztof Ratajski
  • Peter Wright (7) v Max Hopp
  • Adrian Lewis v Jermaine Wattamena
  • Gerwyn Price (6) v Dave Chisnall
  • Stephen Bunting v Johnny Clayton
  • Daryl Gurney (3) v Danny Noppert
  • Vincent van der Voort v Nathan Aspinall

Second Round Games – Starts Tuesday 8th October

  • Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • James Wade (8) v Mervyn King
  • Michael Smith (5) v Ian White
  • Gary Anderson (4) v Chris Dobey
  • Rob Cross (2)/Mensur Suljovic v Glenn Durrant/Kryzstof Ratajski
  • Peter Wright(7)/Max Hopp v Adrian Lewis/Jermaine Wattamena
  • Gerwyn Price (6)/Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting/Johnny Clayton
  • Daryl Gurney (3)/Danny Noppert v Vincent van der Voort/Nathan Aspinall

Current & Former Champions

Michael van Gerwen won his fourth World Grand Prix Darts title last year when beating Peter Wright 5-2 in the final. Van Gerwen has won on every even numbered year since 2012, amassing wins in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Other players in the field to have won this trophy include third seed Daryl Gurney and eighth seed James Wade, who is a two-time winner of the tournament. Former champions not in the field include Robert Thornton, Alan Warriner, Colin Lloyd and Phil Taylor, who has won the trophy a record 11 times.

Outright Betting

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 12pm on Monday 7th October 2019.

Unsurprisingly, Michael van Gerwen is the clear favourite with the bookmakers, as he is at every tournament that he contests nowadays. The Dutchman has enjoyed a strong year and while not quite hitting the consistency levels of some previous years, he has still produced winning performances when it is most needed. A four-time winner in Dublin, though never in an odd numbered year, he had to battle through a tough first round game against Jamie Hughes to reach the second round.

Of those most likely to challenge van Gerwen, the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are all viewed as being around 9/1 shots for the title. Of the trio, I think Anderson is the most naturally gifted player, Peter Wright, at his best, is the man who probably causes Michael van Gerwen the most problems when they meet, while Rob Cross is probably the man of the trio that is most in form.

However, I feel that the player most likely to cause an upset is the 14/1 shot Daryl Gurney. The Irishman will enjoy plenty of home support, being the only Irish-based player in the draw and it is worth remembering that he did win this trophy a couple of years back when defeating Simon Whitlock 5-4 in a fantastic final in 2017.

Another solid each way betting option may well be the 16/1 shot James Wade. His form may have dipped a little from the tail end of last season, when he was back to his very best, but he is still a formidable player in this format of the game and he has won here twice previously. However, he is scheduled to meet Michael van Gerwen in the quarterfinals, should both players get that far, and it could well be that match which decides his future in the tournament long-term.

  • To win – Daryl Gurney (14-1)
  • Each Way – James Wade (16/1)

Our Round One Accumulator

As well as backing the outright winner we have also put together a little accumulator bet for the action taking place tonight in Dublin for the eight First Round ties still to be played. Here is our tips for each of those games.

  • Bunting v Clayton – Clayton to win – 8/11
  • Van der Voort v Aspinall – Aspinall to win 4/9
  • Lewis v Wattamena – Lewis to win – 8/11
  • Durrant v Ratajksi – Durrant to win – 4/6
  • Gurney v Noppert – Gurney to win – 2/5
  • Price v Chisnall – Chisnall to win – 6/5
  • Cross v Suljovic – Suljovic to win – 11/10
  • Wright v Hopp – Wright to win – 1/3

A £10 bet on this accumulator with bet365 would return at odds of 60.94/1, which means you would win £609.40, plus you would get your stake money back too.