Blog – Grand Prix Darts and Formula 1

Blog from Roy The Boy which looks at the Grand Prix Darts and Formula 1.

Formula 1’s $1m Winning Bet

A press release delivered on the world last week by the owners of Formula 1, sports marketing company Interregional Sports Group and sports data firm Sportradar was headlined by ‘$100 million deal’.

I read it a dozen times and could see no reference to the $100 million within the story anywhere, so I presume this new deal, which is described as:  “A first-of-its-kind partnership for the sport [Formula 1] where ISG and Sportradar will work with data taken directly from the track on race weekends to bring F1 into line with other major global sports by enabling the development of all new in-play betting markets during Grands Prix – giving fans new ways to engage with the action” has been sold for about 500 times its true value.

Anyway, the presser also quoted David Lampitt, Managing Director Group Operations, Sportradar as saying:  “Sportradar is the global leader in the area of sports data distribution and monetisation; as well as integrity services in the fight against betting-related fraud and sports corruption. Through this collaboration with Formula 1, we’re delighted that fans will receive an exciting and safe betting experience and we look forward to further developing the F1 fan experience.”

Ah jays, that’s the best news I’ve heard for ages.  No longer will the Barrichellos, Raikkonens and Massas of this world have radio messages, coded or otherwise, in their ears with instructions like “allow your teammate to pass you.”  I mean that would be corruption and could lead to teams and drivers being warned-off like many racehorse owners have been down the years.

The famous ‘Multi-21’ incident in the 2013 Malaysian GP…


Henderson’s a bet to beat defending champ

I’ll probably have to wait until next year before placing a bet on Formula 1 in confidence so before then it’s the darts for me, starting on Sunday night in Citywest, Dublin.  In all seriousness, I think John Henderson is massively over-priced at William Hill’s 21/10 to beat defending champion Daryl Gurney in the opening round.

The big Scotsman KO’d Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld in this competition last year (recall it has a unique ‘double-in, double-out’ format) and he mullered Gurney the last time they met in competitive action – at the 2018 World Championships.  Gurney has not improved any since then, in fact he’s currently nowhere near the peak he reached at this point 12 months ago.

Newcomer can beat serial Sky loser

On Monday night PDC newcomer Danny Noppert can overcome underdog status to beat Gerwyn Price.  Three weeks ago Price did win a £25,000 winner’s prize (in Germany) but Noppert has beaten some big name players in recent times and is on an upward curve.  What’s more, Gerwyn Price has never impressed when playing before the Sky cameras – underlined by his zero wins in this year’s Premier League,.  That represents an unwelcomed record for him.

Recommended Bets

John Henderson to beat Daryl Gurney   (9.40pm Sunday)      21/10  William Hill

Danny Noppert to beat Gerwyn Price      (8.10pm Monday)     8/5       Boylesports