It promises to be a fantastic day of darts with Phil Taylor, Terry Jenkins, James Wade and Michael Ven Gerwen all in action amongst others. Wayne Mardle gives us his best bets from today's games...
This could go on forever. Both players are methodical to say the least. There are no betting opportunities here, unless Betfair want to introduce a 'number of hours' market that is!
These two are quick, there will be no shannanagans up on stage they will just get on with it at a rapid pace. Dean is fast becoming a player to be feared at this level, though if Vincent is in top form then this should be a very close game. There will be 180's of that I'm certain, so that has to be the bet.
Selection: Back Over 10.5 180s
Two great players who at their best would produce a highly entertaining game. But both are unreliable and therefore there are no betting opportunities here for me.
"He's not good enough." That's what Peter Wright thinks about Michael Van Gerwen. Well, I for one disagree. MVG is good enough and he's proved it time and time again, not least in these last six months or so. I think the Dutchman will be good enough once again too. Wright is very good indeed but it is he who won't be good enough to beat the green machine.
Selection. Back Van Gerwen to win 4-1 @ 3.55/2
This will go down to the wire. These two dartists are so closely matched that it's impossible to call a winner so I won't even bother trying.
There is a bet here to be had though. TJ, has he is affectionately known in his home town of Hereford, is a massive 180 hitter. The Hammer (Hamilton) is no slouch himself but Terry is playing some of the best darts of his life right now, he himself said to me, "I feel so calm at the moment, my scoring is the best it's ever been." I've known Terry for a dozen years and I know him well enough to believe what he's saying.
Selection: Back Terry Jenkins to hit the most 180s
I'm not getting involved at all in the Correct Score betting for this game as it could literally be anything.
By his own incredibly high standards Taylor isn't playing well at all, but to the mere mortal he's playing very well indeed. The Thorn is on fire, that's why I'm backing Robert to hit the most 180s, but I'll let you decide which of these two will enjoy a great Christmas knowing they have booked a quarter-final place.
Selection: Back Robert Thornton to hit the most 180s
There are no 'arrers until the 27th after today's evening session so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Christmas. May Santa bring you all that you wish for. See you Thursday.