A lot of punters just maintain loyalty with the first and second favourites when looking for a winner. Sometimes though, players that start at huge odds are backed and somehow defy all the odds and go on to become the winner.
The PDC World Darts Championship is proving to be a good breeding ground for huge-priced winners. After years of Phil Taylor giving favourites backers a little boost just after Christmas, the 2018 championship produced a surprise winner. Rob Cross, in his first year as a professional darts player beat Taylor in the final and he was available at 400/1 at one stage to win the title.
The 2019 Championship (even though it’s still 2018) is currently taking place at the Alexandra Palace in London and there have been plenty of upsets. Ryan Joyce was a 1000/1 outsider for the title when the tournament began in mid-December. He beat Simon Whitlock and James Wade before losing to World Number One Michael van Gerwen.
Three of the other quarter-finalists were also available at massive odds before the tournament began. Luke Humphries and Nathan Aspinall were both 750/1 and Brendan Dolan 500/1. The tournament is down to the semi-final stage and it’s Nathan Aspinall who is still in contention after beating Brendan Dolan in the quarter finals.
Aspinall aka ‘The Asp’ has snaked his way through the tournament with a win over world number six Gerwyn Price his best result. His luck has continued in the last four and has avoided the top seeds Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. Instead the 750/1 outsider faces Michael Smith dreaming of his first world championship final.
Aspinall is the outsider and playing in his first world championships. So was Rob Cross last year and we all know how that ended!!
Steve Ashfield is a freelance writer who has a wide range of experience covering various aspects of the gambling industry. Over the years he has edited professional wrestling magazines, written horse racing tips, and covered news on a variety of different sports. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.