The 2011 Grand Slam of Darts runs from 12-20 November and defending champion Scott Waites looks a very fair price at 25/1 with Bet365 (£200 – free betting) to retain his title at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.
This is the fifth staging of the event that favourite Phil Taylor won in each of the first three years it was held. He is 5/4 with Victor Chandler (£75 – free bets) to triumph yet again and as ever it will take a brave man to oppose him. Last year he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Steve Beaton and those two plus Mervyn King and James Hubbard have been drawn in what will be a fascinating and difficult group.
The tournament sees players from both professional bodies (the PDC and BDO) do battle and with the draw for the competition made, there has been little change in the betting. The 32-man field is divided into eight groups and one man who has certainly received a favourable draw is Gary Anderson.
The fifth seed is the second favourite with the bookmakers at a widely available 13/2. He is the current Premier League champion and should qualify easily enough from one of the weaker groups. Wayne Jones may put up some resistance but Brendan Dolan and Nigel Heydon look all set to be the group whipping boys.
Phil Taylor aside it is a wide open tournament. However, The Power won his 10th World Grand Prix title in Dublin at the start of October and given this was his third consecutive major PDC title it is going to be incredibly tough for anyone to beat him. Let’s! Play! Darts!