2019 UK Open Odds
Who wins the UK Open 2019?
The 2019 UK Open will be the 17th staging of the PDC darts tournament and it is regarded as one of the best events of the tour calendar. It will be held at the Butlin’s Resort in Minehead for the sixth time between the 1st and 3rd March 2019.
The UK Open is very exciting because it is a single elimination tournament and the draw is random. This makes it like the FA Cup and a player can draw any other player from the first round onwards. The winner of the 2019 UK Open will receive £100,000 with the prize money for the event totalling £450,000.
There will be 160 participants including 16 qualifiers who will have their chance to compete against the best in the world. However, it is worth remembering the top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit do not enter the tournament until the fourth round stage.
Who is the favourite to win the 2019 UK Open?
The first thing to note is the fitness of defending champion, Gary Anderson. The Scot won the event last year, defeating Corey Cadby 11-7 in the final but has been struggling with a back injury. Anderson pulled out of the first tournament of the year and has withdrawn from the Premier League, which is a bad sign.
However, there is a chance Anderson could be back in time for the 2019 UK Open and that means he will be a contender but it remains to be seen just how fit the former world Champion is at the time.
Michael van Gerwen won the first tournament of the year at The Masters without ever really getting into top gear. The world number one came through each of his matches with minimum of fuss without hitting the great heights he is capable of reaching. That’s an ominous sign for his opponents but the Dutchman failed to reach the final last year.
The random draw can make the UK Open more difficult to predict than other events and it is not as easy to spot a route through to the final for any of the players as it is at something like the World Championship.
Peter Wright reached the semi-final of The Masters following his disappointing effort at the 2019 World Championship. Snakebite lost to James Wade but looked like he was getting back to his best and will surely feature in the latter stages at the 2019 UK Open, a tournament he seems to enjoy.
Wade himself will have taken a great deal of confidence from reaching the final of The Masters and if he can start strongly in the Premier League, he could reach the final of an event he has won twice in the past.
Other names to watch include World Championship finalist Michael Smith, 2018 world champion Rob Cross and German Darts Masters winner, Mensur Suljovic. In terms of outsiders, it will be interesting to see how Glen Durrant plays. He is the current BDO world champion and has qualified for the PDC this season.
Durrant will be one of the lower ranked players so will need to play through the early rounds but if he can come through those, he will be a danger and a good outside bet.