Leonard Gates to capture 2023 World Seniors Darts Matchplay

  • John Henderson (+400) is favored to win the World Seniors Darts Matchplay 
  • Sixteen darts players over the age of 50 will go head-to-head for the top prize of £10,000
  • The tournament will take place in York, England on September 2 and 3, 2023

The second-ever World Seniors Dart Matchplay kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 2 with 16 darters facing off in an afternoon and evening session. Eight winners will then advance to day 2 on Sunday to compete in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

Robert Thornton won the inaugural event in 2022, but this year’s event features an all-star lineup with over 100 major titles between them. Before we examine the odds, check out all the Sports & Competitions to bet on in 2023. Here’s also where you can see the latest Sports Betting Odds & Picks.

2023 World Seniors Matchplay

BetOnline ReviewBovadaMyBookie Review
John Henderson+400+400+400
Leonard Gates+500+500+500
Robert Thornton+600+600+600
Richie Howson+650+650+650
Scott Mitchell+700+700+700
Jim McEwan+1000+1000+1000
Phil Taylor+1200+1200+1200
David Cameron+1400+1400+1400
Martin Adams+1400+1400+1400
Neil Duff+1400+1400+1400
Kevin Painter+1800+1800+1800
Paul Hogan+2800+2800+2800
John Part+3300+3300+3300
Colin McGarry+5000+5000+5000
Glen Durrant+15000+15000+15000
Trina Gulliver+50000+50000+50000

Big names hit the York Barbican

John Henderson (+400) is a slight favorite to claim the World Seniors Matchplay title. The former World Cup of Darts winner will make his Seniors debut against David Cameron (+1400). Henderson is only one of the big names competing in Saturday’s evening session.

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor (+1200) matches up against three-time world champion John Part (+3300). Last year’s winner Robert Thornton (+600) squares off with reigning WDF World Champion Neil Duff (+1400). And in the night’s final match, former Premier League winner Glen Durrant (+15000) faces first-time qualifier Jim McEwan (+1000).

Saturday’s afternoon session

Before the big names hit the York Barbican for the evening session, the afternoon draw pits No. 2 seed Leonard Gates (+500) against Northern Ireland’s Colin McGarry (+5000). Scott Mitchell (+700), the 2015 BDO World Champion, plays Paul Hogan (+2800) and three-time BDO world champ Martin Adams (+1400) faces former Players Champion Kevin Painter (+1800).

Finally, Richie Howson (+650) faces off with ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver (+50000). Howson is finally looking to break through after placing runner-up in all three televised Seniors events this season.

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Henderson opens as the favorite

While this is a seniors event, oddsmakers seem to believe darts is a young man’s game. Fan favorite John Henderson (+500) is making his debut after just turning 50-years-old in May. While he’s only listed as the seventh seed, that relatively low ranking is probably more about “paying his dues” on tour.

Robert Thornton (+600) is the No. 1 seed after defeating No. 3 seed Phil Taylor (+1200) 12-10 in last year’s World Seniors Matchplay final. Taylor may be a decorated 16-time world champion, but he’s been bounced in the quarter-finals of all three televised events so far this year.

Potential longshot

Martin Adams (+1400) lost a close 13-11 matchup to Leonard Gates in the semi-final of the Champions of Champions back in March. Considering he’s the No. 4 seed at this event, Adams is a nice value at +1400.

Best Bet

Leonard Gates (+500) has already claimed two-straight televised World Seniors title this year. At age 52, the No. 2 seeded American won the Champion of Champions and World Seniors Masters titles.

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