The day all darts fans have been waiting for is finally here – the start of the Ladbrokes PDC World Championships from Alexander Palace.
The first arrow will be thrown at 7:00PM on Friday, with five games scheduled for play, including reigning champion Adrian Lewis starting his defence of the title against Gino Vos.
Even though all the tickets have been sold out for the opening night, you will never have to miss an arrow as sponsors Ladbrokes have released great news that they will be providing Live Streaming of every World Championship match via their website, mobile and Ipad applications.
In order to access the streams via a laptop, mobile or Ipad, you need to sign up to an account with Ladbrokes, which is of course free of charge.
The slight catch is that Ladbrokes do require you bet on the match in question in order to view the HD coverage but as it’s only £1, it really isn’t too much of a problem. As long as you have a good Wi-Fi or 3G connection, you can access a perfect live feed of your chosen match with added commentary so you don’t miss a beat.
It seems as though punters looking to take advantage of the streams have been putting their faith in Lewis to qualify with minimal fuss against the youngster from the Netherlands.
That game is certainly the feature match on the first day’s play with Lewis, despite his terrible form in 2012, trading at just 1/16 to see off Vos. The Dutchman will be hugely nervous going into this game and his odds of 7/1 with Ladbrokes hasn’t generated much interest from punting circles with the money being piled onto Lewis to deliver.
Being the two-time World Champion, and current holder of this prestigious trophy, you would assume confidence would be high in the Lewis camp going into this competition but the reality is very different. Since lifting the World Championship last year, Lewis’ form has dipped significantly. He flopped in the World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts and European Championship, but although his game is clearly struggling, punters are confident that being back at Ally Pally will ignite the spark within Lewis’ belly.
He is only the third choice of the punters around the 12/1 mark in the ante-post market but a good performance on Friday could see that price shorten.
His 22-year-old first round opponent is very inexperienced at the majors but is a confident young man and Lewis will need to start very quickly in order to grab a foothold in the game. But if Lewis is anywhere near his best, his aggressive scoring nature will be too much for the youngster to handle.
The current champion is expected to whitewash the Dutchman and is available at 5/6 with Paddy Power to win 3-0, which has been very well backed over the course of the week.
For those that think the two-time Champion is going to fluff his lines against the Dutchman, you can get some bulky odds on Vos triumphing in the correct score market. He is 20/1 to win 3-2, 20/1 to win 3-1 and 33/1 to win 3-0 – all those prices are from Paddy Power.
Elsewhere on the first day’s play, and Robert Thornton should justify his 1/5 odds with Ladbrokes in seeing off Magnus Caris as should Kevin Painter, who is a 1/7 shot to progress through against Chun Nam.
Fellow seed Paul Nicholson may be in a spot of danger of elimination though as he takes on experienced Dutchman and World Cup winner Co Stompe.
The “Bad Boy” of Darts is a 1/2 shot with Ladbrokes but Stompe is capable of causing an upset and looks a very interesting punting proposition around 13/8 with Ladbrokes.