One of the jewels in the crown of world darts starts this Saturday with the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts getting underway in Wolverhampton, England. Gerwyn Price (+400) enters the event as the betting favorite. The IceMan will face stiff competition from the likes of Michael van Gerwen (+450) and World Champion Michael Smith (+1200). In our latest darts betting picks, we preview the action and look at the best bets to place to profit on the tournament.
- What; 2023 Grand Slam of Darts
- Who; 32 of the Top Players in the World
- When; Saturday, November 11th – Sunday, November 19th
- Where; WV Active Aldersley, Wolverhampton, England
The Grand Slam of Darts is another of the unique events put on by the PDC across the year. Like with the World Grand Prix, where it’s a double in double out format, the Grand Slam also greatly differs as the players compete in groups format for the opening round. There are eight groups of four, all playing round-robin, with the top two from each group going through to the second round when the event becomes a straight knockout.
Up until 2020, the two main darts organizations, the PDC and BDO, jointly hosted the event. Since the demise of the BDO in 2020, the competition is now solely a PDC event.
MVG continues to struggle
In the recent European Tour finals, Michael van Gerwen entered the competition as the betting favorite. MVG again flattered to deceive and went out to compatriot Gian van Veen 10-6 in the quarter-finals with an average of just 93.67.
VAN VEEN BEATS MvG!
Gian van Veen hits the winning double to seal the biggest win of his career over Michael van Gerwen!
Just look what it means to the young Dutchman! pic.twitter.com/pdgHtKdZpe
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 29, 2023
Also falling at the same stage were Gerwyn Price and Luke Humphries, the other two favorites to win the event alongside MVG.
Betting to win the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts
As a result of what happened in Dortmund and recent history here in Wolverhampton, Gerwyn Price (+400) finds himself as the favorite to win the Grand Slam of Darts. Price has won this event three times in the last five years, with the last of his wins coming in 2021 against Peter Wright (16-8).
Also amongst the betting favorites is Luke Humphries (+650), who also suffered a disappointing European Tour Finals in Dortmund, losing 10-6 to eventual runner-up James Wade in the last eight.
The fourth favorite in the betting is Michael Smith at +1200. The current World Champion has been struggling in recent weeks. He lost 10-4 to the European Tour Finals winner, Peter Wright, at the second round stage in Dortmund. Bully Boy is the defending champion in this event after defeating Nathan Aspinall 16-5 in the final here 12 months ago.
MICHAEL SMITH IS GRAND SLAM OF DARTS CHAMPION!!! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/iV9azLoQqI
— Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) November 20, 2022
Some other names to look out for in the betting, include last year’s runner-up, Nathan Aspinall (+2000), and recent European Tour Finals winner Peter Wright (+1200).
More Grand Slam of Darts outright winner betting is available on our odds table. We have used odds from the best online darts betting sites. For more information about the sportsbooks on our darts betting table, please visit our free bets and promotions page.
|Michael van Gerwen||+450||+450||+450|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||+3300||+3300||+3300|
|Gian van Veen||+3300||+3300||+3300|
2023 Grand Slam of Darts Group Draw
The 32 players will start the competition in eight groups of four. Three-times winner Michael van Gerwen has ended up in an entertaining-looking Group G with one of his old rivals, Rob Cross, female superstar Fallon Sherrock, and Martijn Kleermaker. The full draw is:-
- Group A – (1) Michael Smith, James Wade, Krzysztof Ratajski, Nathan Girvan
- Group B – (8) Jonny Clayton, Chris Dobey, Josh Rock, Berry van Peer
- Group C – (4) Luke Humphries, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Gary Anderson, Steve Lennon
- Group D – (5) Gerwyn Price, Ryan Searle, Gian van Veen, Nathan Rafferty
- Group E – (2) Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Stowe Buntz
- Group F – (7) Danny Noppert, Andrew Gilding, Brendan Dolan, Haruki Muramatsu
- Group G – (3) Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Martijn Kleermaker, Fallon Sherrock
- Group H – (6) Nathan Aspinall, Damon Heta, Ricardo Pietreczko, Beau Greaves
The eight seeds are the players in brackets.
Peter Wright is the in-form player, having just picked up the title in the European Tour Finals. But Snakebite finds himself in a tricky-looking group and is far from certain to qualify. Other seeds who might struggle to come through their groups are Jonny Clayton and Luke Humphries. The other five seeds we see coming through comfortably.
Of those five, who is the most likely to win? Well, it might not be one of the seeds. The likes of James Wade, Chris Dobey, Gary Anderson, and Josh Rock will all believe they can pull off a shock, as will Dave Chisnall – three times winner on the European Tour this year.
For our betting picks, we are going to hedge our bets, and we are looking at two good value bets to win the competition – Dave Chisnall and Nathan Aspinall.
Stephen Bunting could prove to be an awkward opponent in Group E. But if Dave Chisnall can negotiate the group, he looks a good bet to win at +2000. Chisnall has made the final here before, although that was way back in 2014.
For our second pick, we feel that Nathan Aspinall will make it through his group without too many problems. Aspinall made it to the final here last year. He did get well beaten. But he will be better for the experience 12 months on. All this combined leads us to make Nathan Aspinall our second betting pick to win the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts.
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