Hit the Jackpot with one of two magnificent Monday darts bundles
We've got two Christmas crackers here for you. Adrian Lewis is one of the bankers of tonight's Ally Pally action. He's included in both of our enhanced odds darts accumulators of 3/1 - and you could hit the jackpot too if you pick the right one.
Opening proceedings is Phil Taylor's best mate, Chris Mason. He's taking on veteran John MaGowan, who earlier this year became the oldest player to throw a magical nine-dart finish in an official tournament, at the grand old age of 67. Mr Magoo though has never been past the first round in the World Championship, so will have to pull out a performance worthy of a nine-darter to progress this time. We don't think he will, so have priced him as the outsider of the two at 11/8. Mace The Ace has twice been in the semi-finals (back when it was played at Purfleet's Circus Tavern), so he's the favourite, at 8/15, and is first into the special bets.
Second up is the final match of the preliminary round, where Marko Kantele and Lourence Ilagan will go head-to-head for the chance to play Ronnie Baxter in the first round proper. Marko is the 2/9 jolly, having won the Finnish Pro Darts Championship in his home country. Filipino Lourence, a 3/1 shot, won a National Darts Federation qualifier on home soil for his place here. It's Kantele though who makes the enhanced odds bundles.
The third match of the evening is Lewis' clash with Russell Stewart. Jackpot, the protégé of thirteen-time world champion Taylor, coined his nickname when competing in the 2005 Las Vegas Desert Classic. He won a £75,000 jackpot on a casino slot machine, but because he was 20 at the time, was unable to collect his prize due to being under-age by US law. Them's the breaks. He's 1/10 to defeat his Australian opponent. Stewart, who goes by the nickname of Rusty, captured the Oceanic Masters to set up this match, which is his first appearance in a PDC major. At 11/2, he's obviously not going to make it into either of our accas.
Fourth up to the oche are Colin Lloyd and Jelle Klaasen. Jaws, or Colin to his mum, is a former world number one and has had an illustrious career, winning the World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix, as well as numerous other tournaments across the globe. His best performance in the World Championship, however, is a solitary appearance in the semi-final in 2002, where he was beaten by Peter Manley. Jelle is the youngest world champion of all time - in either organisation - having won at the Lakeside as a 21-year-old in 2006, shocking Raymond van Barneveld in the final. The Young Matador lost in the first round the following year to Co Stompé, and defected to the PDC straight after, so far with no success. As the pair can't be separated (they're both priced at 5/6), we've made two accumulators tonight - one with each player.
Completing the night's entertainment is Shi Yongsheng's reward for defeating Hannes Schnier in the preliminary round - an expected drubbing at the hands of Mervyn King. Imaginatively monikered The King, Mervyn has twice been runner-up in the BDO version of World Championship, but in his debut at this one last year only made the second round. We reckon he'll get there again this time around, and have made him massive favourite in the betting - he's 1/50 to get through, while Shi is a 12/1 chance. Therefore, King goes into both the bets.
So our favourites five-folds are complete, and the selections are Chris Mason, Marko Kantele, Adrian Lewis and Colin Lloyd or Jelle Klaasen (take your pick) and Mervyn King. With our Monday evening dart bundles, you can get the special enhanced price of 3/1 on both our accumulators.