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
|Michael van Gerwen (1)||Netherlands||PDC|
|Michael Smith (8)||England||PDC|
|Raymond van Barneveld||Netherlands||PDC|
|James Wade (5)||England||PDC|
|Gary Anderson (4)||Scotland||PDC|
|Peter Wright (2)||Scotland||PDC|
|Simon Whitlock (7)||Australia||PDC|
|Munsur Suljovic (6)||Austria||PDC|
|Rob Cross (3)||England||PDC|
|Dimitri Van den Burgh||Belgium||PDC|
2018 Grand Slam Of Darts Betting
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