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Odds - World Matchplay Darts

Blackpool isn’t just famous for sticks of rock, drunken hen nights and having hosted one of the Stone Roses' most celebrated gigs of all time. Nope, if you like your tungsten theatrics, you won’t find a better darts tournament all summer than the World Matchplay, which coincidentally is sponsored by BetVictor. It is widely considered by the players as their favourite tournament to play and for punters; they just love betting on the World Matchplay darts. Who are you backing this year in the outright market?

Last year it was Dutch master Michael van Gerwen who took the win with a sensational 18-12 victory over James Wade; van Gerwen was making up for the previous year’s final, where he had been edged out by an imperious Phil Taylor.

Van Gerwen is the favourite for this year’s event, which comes from Blackpool’s Winter Garden and offers a prize fund around the £450,000 mark. This year’s PDC World Championship winner Gary Anderson is second in the running at the time of writing, while Phil Taylor must look to rediscover his form after a difficult 2015; the 55-year-old is 6/1 to win the Matchplay.

Taylor’s record at this event is astounding, the Stoke-born legend having won the tournament 15 times; indeed, Taylor has lost just seven matches in the entire history of the event. His nearest challenger, the long-retired Roda Harrington, managed just two wins here, with back-to-back successes in 1998 and ’99.

There’s a sense that Taylor’s era of dominance is well and truly over – but could the Power regain some of his old swagger at this year’s extravaganza? Is man of the moment Van Gerwen impossible to overlook? Or could another of darts' shining lights take centre stage at the Blackpool tournament?

You can follow all the World Matchplay action via the BetVictor Twitter account @BetVictor and make sure you keep an eye out for our regular betting specials throughout the tournament.

Bet on World Matchplay Darts

Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his BetVictor World Matchplay title against Jamie Caven following this morning’s draw for the 2016 World Matchplay title.

Spokesperson Charlie McCann: “There are some mouth-watering 1st Round ties to look forward to and, such is the quality of the 32-man field, we look sure to have a few shocks. Michael van Gerwen is our 11/10 favourite with The King Of Blackpool Phil Taylor and World Champion Gary Anderson next in at 6/1 – it promises to be another magnificent tournament.”