Grand Slam of Darts Preview

Grand Slam Of Darts Preview

Top darts tournaments are coming thick and fast in the lead up to December’s PDC World Darts Championship, and 10th November will see the Grand Slam of Darts getting underway with the tournament lasting until the showpiece final on 18th November. The event will be emanating from the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, England moving from its usual home of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall due to renovations that are due to last for two years.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion having won the Grand Slam of Darts for the last three years running. In the 2017 final, Peter Wright was MVG’s victim with a 16-12 scoreline. The 2018 Grand Slam of Darts will be the 12th outing for this unique competition, which has become a favourite of many darts fans due to how different it is from other events around the year.

2018 Grand Slam Of Darts Format

This is a unique event due to the fact that PDC darts players will be lining up against BDO darts players in a fascinating tussle between the best of both brands. The format of the Grand Slam is leg play, so the players do not need to worry about sets. There is a hefty prize pot available, forming £450,000 in total. The winner will take home a cheque for £110,000 while the runner-up gets £55,000. The losing semi-finalists in the Grand Slam of Darts will both receive £28,500.

The 2018 Grand Slam of Darts will begin with 32 players in a group stage format, with 8 groups of 4 players. Each group stage match will be the best of nine legs and after the three matches have been played the top two in each group from A-H will qualify for the knock-out stages.

Once the knockout stages begin, the second round will be played under a best of 19 legs format. Reaching the quarter-final stage the tournament really ups the ante, with the last 8, semi-finals and final all played as best of 31 legs.

In terms of qualifying for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts, the winners and runners-up of the major PDC events throughout the year all received invitations to play. Winners of European Tour events throughout the year also successfully qualified, as well as some Players Championship winners.

On 5th November there was a last-chance qualifying event in Wigan, where a further 8 PDC players claimed their spot in the weekend’s action. 8 qualifiers from the BDO will also take part in the Grand Slam of Darts including the winner and runner-up of the BDO World Darts Championship, Glen Durrant and Mark McGeeney, as well as the BDO World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale. The 5 other BDO qualifiers came from the BDO Invitational Rankings.

The top 8 players from the PDC are seeded for the event making up Pool A for the draw, ensuring the best players avoid each other for the group stage. Other players were split into Pools B, C and D respectively depending on their ranking and qualification method.

2018 Grand Slam Of Darts Draw

Group A

Player Country Representing
Michael van Gerwen (1) Netherlands PDC
Jonny Clayton Wales PDC
Joe Murnan England PDC
Gary Robson England BDO

Group B

Player Country Representing
Michael Smith (8) England PDC
Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands PDC
Krzysztof Ratajski Poland PDC
Adam Smith-Neale England BDO

Group C

Player Country Representing
James Wade (5) England PDC
Keegan Brown England PDC
Mark Webster Wales PDC
Wesley Harms Netherlands BDO

Group D

Player Country Representing
Gary Anderson (4) Scotland PDC
Ian White England PDC
Steve Hine England PDC
Michael Unterbuchner Germany BDO

Group E

Player Country Representing
Peter Wright (2) Scotland PDC
Max Hopp Germany PDC
Josh Payne England PDC
Jim Williams Wales BDO

Group F

Player Country Representing
Simon Whitlock (7) Australia PDC
Gerwyn Price Wales PDC
Andrew Gilding England PDC
Glen Durrant England BDO

Group G

Player Country Representing
Munsur Suljovic (6) Austria PDC
Stephen Bunting England PDC
Martin Schindler Germany PDC
Scott Mitchell England BDO

Group H

Player Country Representing
Rob Cross (3) England PDC
Dimitri Van den Burgh Belgium PDC
Ryan Searle England PDC
Mark McGeeney England BDO

2018 Grand Slam Of Darts Betting

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