Jaymes Monte has picked out his best bet of the semi-finals and it comes in a match that looks too close to call...
"There’ll be plenty of time for matches to ebb and flow, and this one in particular should be a trader's dream."
It's semi-final time and the stakes are going up a notch. Not only is there a guaranteed extra £20,000 prize money and a chance to play for £100,000 for tonight's winners, a first ever PDC Major title beckons for one of these four players.
Twice this week Wes Newton has come back from the brink of defeat to progress to the next stage. In round one he lost the first five legs of his match with Ronnie Baxter before battling back to win six of the next seven legs and the match, then last night against Paul Nicholson The Warrior was 2-0 down in sets, before winning the match 3-2.
His reward is a semi-final match-up with one of the game's in-form players, and the 2.767/4 tournament favourite, Michael van Gerwen. Although they have met nine times previously, with Newton holding a 6-3 advantage in head-to-head results, this will be the first time that their paths have crossed this year and Newton will encounter a much more confident and assured Dutchman than previously.
We're now into a best-of-nine-sets format for the semi-finals, which means that there'll be plenty of time for matches to ebb and flow, and this one in particular should be a trader's dream.
If pushed I'd have to say that I fancy Van Gerwen to progress, but there is little value in backing him at odds of 1.75/7. Instead I am going to put my coin on this one going to a final set decider by backing each player to win 5-4. Then hopefully enjoy the drama of a final set in the knowledge that a winning bet is guaranteed.
Michael van Gerwen to win 5-4 @ 6.25/1
Wes Newton wo win 5-4 @ 7.26/1