Feel the Power with another favourites five-fold
Saturday evening prime-time at the PDC World Darts Championship can only mean one thing - Phil Taylor is on the oche. He's the main attraction in our enhanced odds dart bundle of 4/1.
The Power is by far and away the greatest player to ever throw a dart in anger, and pub landlord Steve Grubb, who earned the right to play the thirteen-time world champion by coming through a PDPA qualifying event in Telford, will be lucky to win a set. He's a massive 16/1 chance for the game. Taylor, in contrast, is odds-on to win the whole tournament, never mind this match. Grubb should be no trouble at all to the man who's desperate to reclaim the title. 1/100 says Phil will progress to the second round.
Before all the fanfare that surrounds Taylor, one of the true gentlemen of the game, Alan Tabern, faces ladies' man Steve Beaton in the first match of the evening session. The Saint has been making steady progress up the PDC Order of Merit, and currently sits at a career-high of 9th. The Bronzed Adonis, meanwhile, has slowly gone backwards in the rankings, and is now a lowly 33rd. At the peak of Beaton's game, he won the BDO version of the world title, and the prices would quite probably have been reversed. As it stands, Steve is a 5/2 shot, and Alan is the firm favourite for the clash at 2/7, so makes it into the bet.
Following on from Tabern and Beaton is another match from the preliminary round, featuring David Fatum and Shane O'Connor. Born in Canada, Fatum won his spot at this year's tournament by placing third in the 2008 North American Order of Merit, and is no stranger to televised events having narrowly lost in the semi-final of the US Open earlier this year. He's an even money chance for this game. He finds himself up against O'Connor, the inaugural Irish Matchplay champion, who is making his debut here. Shane will hope to have the proverbial 'luck of the Irish' with him, but we don't think he needs it - we've made him the 8/11 favourite and included him in the accumulator.
Dutch youngster Michael van Gerwen is next up to the oche, taking on American Darin Young. Mighty Mike is the 2/5 jolly against his older opponent, and rightly so - he's involved in the latter stages of major events on a regular basis, and won the BDO World Masters two years ago. Darin, who uses Big Daddy as his pseudonym, is priced at 7/4 to reach the second round, but has his work cut out. This is his third appearance at the championship, and he is yet to win a match. Unsurprisingly, it's van Gerwen who goes into the enhanced bundle.
After the hysteria that will inevitably follow Taylor's appearance on stage, comes Alex Roy against Kevin McDine. Geordie SupaMc was given the PDC's award for best TV performance in 2007, for his showing against James Wade in that year's Grand Slam, and he's odds-on in the betting at 8/15. A builder by day, Ace of Herts (Alex to his mum) is looking to cement a place in the second round, but we think he'll brick it and have priced him accordingly as the outsider of the pair at 11/8. It's Kevin who completes our special acca.
So our favourites five-fold is complete, and the selections are Alan Tabern, Shane O'Connor, Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Kevin McDine. With our Saturday evening dart bundle, you can get the special enhanced price of 4/1 on them all to make it to the next round.