It’s no surprise to see Phil Taylor heading the betting at 9/4 (BetVictor free bets) and it seems like a decent price considering that he’s enjoyed a fantastic 2012 although the format of the competition which involves a “double in, double out” lends an element of unpredictability.
Even so, the Power has won ten World Grand Prix titles including 2011 where he beat Brendan Dolan in the final and the Stoke arrow smith has claimed victory in all ten of his final appearances.
There are lots of players looking to knock Taylor off his perch and that includes James Wade who played well in the World Matchplay at Blackpool, taking the Power all the way in the final and the man from Aldershot can be backed at 12/1 (Betfred bookmaker).
Then there is world champion Adrian Lewis who has the potential to outscore anyone in the world although we know that Jackpot is often cast as the pantomime villain and he also allows concentration lapses to prevent him from playing his best darts.
Lewis is a 9/1 chance (Sportingbet) and he could face Michael van Gerwen in the second round for what should be a thrilling encounter, with the Dutchman having played entertaining darts at Blackpool which saw him reach the quarter finals.
Van Gerwen back be backed at 28/1 (Stan James) for this tournament and his odds would come tumbling down if the youngster was able to defeat Lewis in round two, although the third quarter looks very fierce with Andy Hamilton also in the section.
Taylor should have few problems reaching the last eight, although Terry Jenkins, Mervyn King, Dean Winstanley and Dave Chisnall could all potentially play the world number one in the quarter finals.
Meanwhile, quarter two features Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock, although the Wizard of Oz faces Justin Pipe in his opener and the winner is up against Kevin Painter and Kim Huybrechts.
Whitlock is the fourth favourite to win this tournament at odds of 14/1 (Bwin) and the bookies also think that Raymond van Barneveld has the potential to go all the way with their quote of 16/1 although the unseeded Dutchman faces an in-form Ian White in the first round and then a match against Ronnie Baxter or Wes Newton.