Michael van Gerwen takes aim at a fourth World Matchplay darts title

  • The 2023 World Matchplay tournament takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens from July 15-23, 2023
  • Michael van Gerwen aims to defend his title and win the prestigious event for the fourth time 
  • Bovada has odds for every first-round matchup as the world’s top 16 darts players face off against 16 qualifiers

One of the biggest events in professional darts, the 2023 World Matchplay tournament pits 32 of the best players in the world against each other. With £800,000 in prize money up for grabs, including £200,000 for the winner, the competition for the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy will be fierce.

Before we examine the odds for all 16 first-round matchups, 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 Matchplay

Danny Noppert-2.5 (+180)-145
Martin Schindler+2.5 (-240)+110
Dimitri van den Bergh-145
Ross Smith+110
Dirk van den Bergh-2.5 (-145)-300
Kim Huybrechts+2.5 (+110)+220
Jonny Clayton-2.5 (+105)-225
Gabriel Clemons+2.5 (-135)+170
James Wade+2.5 (-260)-110
Chris Dobey-2.5 (+190)-110
Ryan Searle-2.5 (+165)-130
Raymond van Barneveld+2.5 (-220)+100
Nathan Aspinall-2.5 (+120)-205
Krzystof Ratajski+2.5 (-155)+155
Damon Heta+2.5 (-175)+120
Josh Rock-2.5 (+135)-154
Dave Chisnall+2.5 (-240)-113
Gary Anderson-2.5 (+180)-115
Luke Humphries+2.5 (-110)-260
Jose De Sousa-2.5 (-120)+190
Michael Smith-4.5 (-110)-1000
Steve Beaton+4.5 (-150)+550
Michael van Gerwen-4.5 (-110)-145
Brendan Dolan+4.5 (-120)+110
Peter Wright-2.5 (+125)-250
Andrew Gilding+2.5 (-165)+185
Joe Cullen-2.5 (+115)-210
Mike de Decker+2.5 (-150)+160
Robert Cross-2.5 (+105)-218
Daryl Gurney+2.5 (-135)+165
Gerwyn Price-3.5 (+100)-410
Stephen Bunting+3.5 (-130)+290

The summer’s biggest darts event

Hosted at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England, the World Matchplay event takes place from July 15 to 23. Over the first three days of the tournament, the planet’s top 16 seeded dart players square off against 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is a heavy -1000 favorite (-4.5 spread) as he opens his title defense against Brendan Dolan. Same goes for world champion Michael Smith (-1000 money line, -4.5 spread), who is expected to beat up on veteran Steve Beaton in their first-round matchup. Last year’s runner-up Gerwyn Price is -410 chalk (-3.5 spread) versus Stephen Bunting, who made the quarter-finals back in 2019.

Champions return

Five-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall (-113) matches up with unseeded player Gary Anderson (-115), the 2018 winner, in one of the most competitive round one matchups. Anderson is far from the only champion in the field. UK Open champion Andrew Gilding (+185) is an underdog to Peter Wright (-250). 2007 World Matchplay winner James Wade (-110) has a dogfight ahead of him with current Masters champion Chris Dobey (-110).

2020 Matchplay champ Dimitri Van den Bergh is -145 chalk over Ross Smith (+110), the winner of the 2022 European Championship. And 2018 PDC World Darts Champion Rob Cross is a -218 favorite against Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, in a rematch of their memorable 2019 semi-final.

Dave Chisnallto defeat Gary Anderson
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Chris Dobeyto defeat James Wade
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More first round action

Ryan Searle is a -130 favorite over 2010 runner-up Raymond van Barneveld, who is returning to the event following a four-year absence. Oddsmakers don’t expect experience to be an issue for World Youth Champion Josh Rock, making him a -154 favorite to down Australian No. 1 Damon Heta. Also making his Winter Gardens debut is Mike De Decker. He’s a +160 underdog to 2018 quarter-finalist Joe Cullen.

2020 World Cup winner Johnny Clayton (-225) is expected to have his way with German No. 1 Gabriel Clemens. Similarly, No. 6 seed Luke Humphries shouldn’t have much trouble with former Grand Slam champ Jose de Sousa in their first round encounter.

Best Bets

Look for two-time quarter-finalist Nathan Aspinall to cover the -2.5 spread (+120) against Krzysztof Ratajski. We also like former UK Open champion Danny Noppert -2.5 (+180) over the German Martin Schindler.

Finally, Kim Huybrechts is making his ninth appearance at the World Matchplay. While the Belgian is a big underdog, we think Huybrechts can cover the +2.5 spread (+110) against three-time TV finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

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