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2021 World Series Of Darts Finals Starts On Friday

With just one event in the 2021 World Series of Darts, the 2021 Nordic Darts Masters, this means that the eight players that reached the quarterfinals of that event have earned the right to be the eight seeds in this final event of the series.

Winner of that event, Michael van Gerwen, starts the tournament as the number 1 seed, but it will be female superstar Fallon Sherrock, who narrowly lost to van Gerwen in that final, that will draw plenty of interest from punters as she has been seeded second in this event.

A total of 24 players will compete in the event, with the 16 other players in the tournament comprising of players qualifying from the Order of Merit, International Representatives, Dutch Representatives and Tour Card Holder qualifiers.

Darts is one of the most interesting and well-supported betting markets on bet365 Sport nowadays and you can enjoy a bet on the outcome of the tournament, as well as betting on each game, with the site. Don’t forget to check out the excellent In Play betting options available on each match too in what should be an exciting event.

Remember too that if you enjoy darts betting in the United States then you can find plenty of great options available for you at BetRivers Sportsbook. The site is available across a number of states across the United States that permit sports betting.

Here’s how the tournament shapes up.

2021 World Series Of Darts Finals

This exciting event is now in its seventh year with Gerwyn Price the defending champion after beating Rob Cross 11-9 in last year’s final.

The tournament takes place at the AFAS Live Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and there is a total prize pool of £300,000 up for grabs, £70,000 of which will go to the winner.

24 players will take part in the event, with the top eight seeds from the World Series earning a place into the second round. The remaining 16 players will battle it out across eight First Round ties for a place in the second round and a shot at eliminating one of the eight top seeds.

History Of The World Series Of Darts

The tournament was first contested in 2015 and has been dominated by Michael van Gerwen. The Dutchman won the first three events, twice beating Peter Wright and then beating Gary Anderson to claim three victories and he followed that up with a fourth in 2019.

James Wade broke that run of consecutive wins for van Gerwen in 2018 when beating Michael Smith in an exciting final, and last year Gerwyn Price picked up the winners cheque with an 11-9 victory over Rob Cross.

The World Series was established to bring darts to different parts of the world and to increase its popularity across those countries. Events have taken place in China, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, the United States, Latvia, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany over the years and the tour has grown in popularity.

The pandemic has seen the number of events dwindle in the past two years, although it is hoped that the 2022 series may well take place in full.

Champions

  • 2015 – Michael van Gerwen (beat Peter Wright 11-10)
  • 2016 – Michael van Gerwen (beat Peter Wright 11-9)
  • 2017 – Michael van Gerwen (beat Gary Anderson 11-6)
  • 2018 – James Wade (beat Michael Smith 11-10)
  • 2019 – Michael van Gerwen (beat Danny Noppert 11-2)
  • 2020 – Gerwyn Price (beat Rob Cross 11-9)

The total prize money on offer for the tournament has increased from £155,000 in the first two events and now stands at close to double that at £300,000. The winner’s cheque has also increased from £30,000 in the first two tournaments to now standing at £70,000.

Draw For The World Series Of Darts Finals 2021

First Round

  • Mark Kuivenhoven v John Henderson (winner faces Michael van Gerwen)
  • James Wade v Mervyn King (winner faces Madars Razma)
  • Nathan Aspinall v Vincent van der Voort (winner faces Jonny Clayton)
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Dirk van Duijvenbode (winner faces Gerwyn Price)
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Gabriel Clemens (winner faces Fallon Sherrock)
  • Niels Zonneveld v Dave Chisnall (winner faces Gary Anderson)
  • Jose de Sousa v Danny Noppert (winner faces Dimitri Van den Bergh)
  • Kim Huybrechts v Michael Smith (winner faces Peter Wright)

The first and second round are played over the best of 11 legs. The quarterfinals are played over the best of 19 legs, with the semifinals and final both played over the best of 21 legs.

Latest Betting Odds

A look at the latest betting odds for the outright winner of the tournament shows no surprise with Michael van Gerwen, a four time winner of the event, as the 3-1 favourite. He is just ahead of Gerwyn Price, the current world champion a 10/3 option at bet365.

The odds then begin to drift slightly to Peter Wright, twice a losing finalist here, at 6/1, Jonny Clayton, perhaps the most in form player of the 2021 season, is an 8/1 chance and Belgian ace Dimitri van den Bergh is 10/1.

Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski is a 16/1 chance, Jose de Sousa 20/1 and Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall both 22/1. Gary Anderson is a 25/1 shot with former winner James Wade a 28/1 chance alongside Nathan Aspinall.

The odds drift considerably from this point with Danny Noppert at 40/1, Gabriel Clemens at 50/1, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Mervyn King both 70/1, Kim Huybrechts 80/1 and Fallon Sherrock is 100/1.

Madars Razma is 125/1 with John Henderson, Vincent van der Voort and Maik Kuivenhoven all 150/1 shots ahead of Niels Zonneveld at 175/1. The rank outsider is Jeffrey de Zwaan who is a 225/1 chance to win the tournament.

With bet365, you can bet each way on this market and receive a place payout of ½ the stated odds should your player reach the final, but not win the tournament.

Who Should I Back To Win The World Series Of Darts 2021?

That is a good question and one that required a bit of thought. In terms of history, Michael van Gerwen is the obvious pick, plus he is on home soil and the top seed, so he does have a lot going for him when it comes to this event.

However, he hasn’t been his imperious best at times this season and other players, notably Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton have very much closed the gap on the Dutchman this year.

Plus you can’t rule out Dmitri Van den Bergh either after he had a very solid year.

My money will be going on van Gerwen though even at 3/1, but I would also temper that with an each way bet on Jonny Clayton, who I feel is an excellent value bet at 8/1.

Ian John

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