Rag2gar previews the BDO World Darts Championship 2016 at the Lakeside with bets advised on Scott Waites, Wesley Harms, Mark McGeeney and Deta Hedman in the Women's event.
The 39th staging of the British Darts Organisation's (BDO) World Darts Championship takes place in Frimley Green, Surrey this weekend and the first round kicks off this afternoon.
As many will know the BDO World Championship has seen better days and sadly now only really acts as a feeder system to the PDC for many of its younger players. It does still have its stalwarts though with the likes of Martin Adams, Tony O'Shea and Ted Hankey still very much amongst darts fan's favourites.
So who has a chance this year?
The most important line of form for this tournament usually comes from the World Masters, which was won last October by Glen Durrant. The estate manager from Middleborough dropped only two sets on route to the final and must be respected and comes into this event ranked number one in the BDO. It's absolutely no surprise to see Durrant head the betting for this year's World Championship as a result of his Masters win and he actually has World Championship form too, having lost narrowly in an epic semi final to Martin Adams last year.
But what we must not forget about the BDO is that it now has a fiercely competitive roster devoid of any talent which is a class apart. A player who averages in the mid 90s for the week will have a very good chance of winning this. This means that many of the players will have a chance next week and it might be prudent to take on the favourites with a few of the outsiders this time around.
The first outsider I like is former World Championship winner Scott Waites. The Yorkshire man beat Glen Durrant in November in the semi-finals of the Jersey Classic and although he's had a tough few years he really is a quality darts player. At 14/1 he represents the best value in the outright market as if he finds form he is a very possible winner of this event.
Another one I like is two-time former semi-finalist Wesley Harms. Harms threw a nine darter back in October in the WDF World Cup and is a player who can certainly average well into the 90s on his day. His World Championship experience will be of great benefit to him and he's one of the few young players that the BDO has actually hung on too. As a result he's one of the few players in the field who you would expect to improve year on year.
The last outsider I like this year is British Open winner Mark McGeeney. McGeeney has been involved in the closing stages of many BDO events this past year and comes into the World Championships as a very capable debutant. McGeenery averaged 95 in defeat to Glen Durrant in the last 16 of the World Masters back in October but showed signs that day of a player who was on the up. Maybe coming into the Lakeside as a rookie will be to his benefit?
Finally just a note to say that I think Deta Hedman represents a bit of value in the women's World Championship at 11/2. A winner of this event in 2012 and 2014, Hedman tends to reserve her best performances for the Lakeside stage and will be an extremely tough opponent for anyone who faces her this year.
3 points win S. Waites to win the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship at 14/1 with Boylesports
2 points win W. Harms to win the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship at 25/1 with Betfred
0.5 points win M. McGeeney to win the 2016 BDO World Darts Championship at 33/1 with Betway
1 point win D. Hedman to win the BDO Women's World Darts Championship at 11/2 with Paddy Power