- What: The 2023 Cazoo Masters
- Date: January 27-29, 2023
- Location: Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England
- How to Watch: DAZN
Michael Smith‘s excellent run to start 2023 came to an end on January 21, when Peter Wright defeated him 11-8 in the semi-final round of the Nordic Masters darts tournament. The 32-year-old Smith opened 2023 with wins at the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship and in the first event of the 2023 World Series of Darts, the Bahrain Masters. After defeating Smith in the semi-finals of the Nordic Masters, the 52-year-old Wright went on to beat Gerwyn Price in the finals of the 2023 Nordic Masters by a score of 11-5.
On January 27-29, 2023, Smith, Wright and Price will be part of the 24-player field who take part in the 2023 Cazoo Masters darts tournament. This year marks the 11th staging of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) event. Last year’s winner was Joe Cullen. Cullen topped Dave Chisnall in the final, winning 11-9. Cullen and Chisnall will also be in the pool of players at the 2023 Masters.
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2023 Cazoo Masters picks
|To Win 2023 Darts Masters|
|Michael van Gerwen||+225||+225|
|Dimitri van den Bergh||+2800||+2800|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||+3300||+3300|
|Jose De Sousa||+6600||+6600|
Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen finished as the runner-up to Smith at the World Championship and sat out the Bahrain Masters only to see Smith win a second straight event. The 33-year-old Van Gerwen then watched Smith move one round deeper than him in the Nordic Masters. Wright eliminated Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals of that event, beating him 10-9.
Van Gerwen is one of the best players in the history of The Masters. He won the event in five straight years between 2015 and 2019. Last year, Cullen eliminated Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals. He enters the 2023 Masters as the PDC No. 3 player in the world.
Van Gerwen gets a bye in the first round of the 2023 Masters. He faces the winner of the matchup between Jose de Sousa and Gabriel Clemens. Van Gerwen is in the same bracket as Peter Wright, Jonny Clayton and Rob Cross.
With his win at the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship, Michael Smith took over the No. 1 spot in the PDC rankings. He remains in that position heading into the 2023 Cazoo Masters. The 32-year-old has never won this event. His best finish came in 2020 when he made the finals where Wright defeated him 11-10. In last year’s Masters, Chisnall eliminated Smith in the quarter-finals.
Smith has a bye in the first round of the 2023 Masters. He is in the bracket with Danny Noppert, Gerwyn Price, Joe Cullen and Luke Humphries.
Smith faces the winner of Damon Heta and Ross Smith.
The No. 4 rated player according to the PDC, Gerwyn Price is looking for his first win at The Masters. His previous best finish came in 2021 when Mervyn King eliminated him in the semi-final round. Price is coming off a runner-up finish to Wright in the 2023 Nordic Masters. The 37-year-old Price has not won an event since he took home a victory at the 2022 World Series of Darts Finals.
Price has a bye in the first round of the 2023 Masters. He is in the bracket with Danny Noppert, Michael Smith, Joe Cullen and Luke Humphries.
Price faces the winner of the game between Dirk van Duijvenbode and Krzysztof Ratajski.
Peter Wright defied the odds at the 2023 Nordic Masters. The 52-year-old was listed as +1200 to win the event. He defeated Michael Van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price on his way to that win. Each of those men were given better odds to win the Nordic Masters than Wright.
The No. 2 PDC player in the world, Wright has momentum heading into this event. Wright has one previous win at The Masters. He took home the title in 2020, defeating Michael Smith 11-10. Besides that win, Wright has made the semi-finals at the Masters twice.
Wright’s most recent win before the Nordic Dart Masters, was his victory at the 2022 PDC World Championships in January 2022.
Wright has a bye in the first round of the 2023 Masters. He is in the bracket with Jonny Clayton, Van Gerwen and Rob Cross.
Wright faces the winner of Ryan Searle and Dave Chisnall.
The darts world could get a rematch between Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen. If that happens, it will occur in the final round of the 2023 Cazoo Masters and it will put a spotlight on the sport because of their entertaining final round at the 2023 PDC World Championships.
There is a good chance of that happening, but whatever the outcome of the early rounds of the 2023 Masters, the best bet is to pick Van Gerwen to win.
Pick: Michael van Gerwen to win the 2023 Cazoo Masters.
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