2018 Grand Slam of Darts Odds
Who wins Grand Slam of Darts 2018?
The Grand Slam of Darts is a very special tournament in the professional darts calendar. Usually taking place in the month of November, the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts will return to the Civic Hall Wolverhampton on 10th November 2018 for another instalment of the exciting darts event.
The Grand Slam of Darts was first contested in 2007 and has always been played at the same venue in the United Kingdom. Therefore, for players who are returning to play in the tournament in 2018, such as multiple winner Michael van Gerwen, the place has started to feel like home.
This tournament is played over a legs only format, which means each leg is counted throughout the match and the winner is decided over a specified number of legs. This differs from other tournaments, such as the World Championship, where matches are decided using sets.
So, players cannot afford to allow a few legs to slip them by because they could easily fall behind and this is what makes the Grand Slam of Darts a thrilling tournament to watch.
However, what makes the Grand Slam of Darts such a special event in the darts calendar is that it brings together the players from two darts organisations, the PDC and the BDO.
It’s rare that these players every get together to contest a tournament and they even have their own world championships, so the Grand Slam of Darts is one of the rare occasions that both sets of players will take on each other and in many people’s eyes it is this tournament which crowns the best player in the world.
Michael van Gerwen is regarded by many as the best player in the world and this claim is backed up by the fact he has won the previous three Grand Slam of Darts tournaments.
Previously Phil Taylor dominated the event but the Dutchman has come into his own as Taylor has neared retirement and will be hoping to surpass the Englishman who has a record six Grand Slam of Darts titles to his name.
Qualification for the Grand Slam of Darts takes place throughout the year and Michael van Gerwen has sealed his place at the 2018 tournament as the defending champion.
At the time of writing, five other players have also sealed their place at the showpiece event and they are Peter Wright, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Josh Payne, Jonny Clayton and Krzysztof Ratajski. As things stand, only Krzysztof Ratajski represents the BDO but this will change throughout next year as the other events are decided.
The only way players can participate in the Grand Slam of Darts is by winning other events throughout the year or getting to the final. Some of the top events which will qualify a player for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts include the World Championship, Premier League Darts, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, World Masters and the BDO World Trophy.
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen will start the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts as the favourite but if you follow the tournaments in the lead up to the event, you can see which players are qualifying and which are in form.