Tuesday 18 April 2017

Euro Tour 2 aftermath

Congrats to MvG on returning to the winners' circle, an impressive performance which saw him nail eleven 12 dart legs on the way to another 25 grand in the bank. Don't think there were many huge surprises in terms of the final session, obviously Siepmann making the final day was a big result for him, but the last eight didn't see anyone that'd make you do a double take.

Disappointing betting yesterday. Wade does it again despite only getting half the legs he won in fifteen darts, Barney was a long shot and running into three twelve darters is hard to overcome. Wade's semi final is incredibly baffling, he didn't get a single twelve darter all weekend (from 21 legs won), and two out of every three legs won took more than fifteen darts. He was only averaging 91 in losing legs as well. I guess just running into people playing badly is a useful talent to have, I've commented on Price earlier, Wright had two shots to break Wade in fifteen darts, and let himself be broken in six visits. Heck, Klaasen allowed himself to be broken against Wade in nine visits, although he was at least 4-1 up by then. Did we learn anything? I don't think so, I'd fire those bets again, sometimes your guy doesn't show up and there's nothing you can do about it.

Best player performance: van Gerwen I think quite clearly was easily the best player. Nobody else did anything really special, Siepmann had a run but didn't play that good to do so, de Graaf had a bit of a charmed life.

Best single match performance: Barney over Plooy, if we're not giving two gongs to MvG, three twelves and a couple of fifteens.

Worst player performance: Joe Cullen needs to beat domestic qualifiers, simple as.

Worst single match performance: Pipe not winning a leg against Larsson. Rowby in his game against Smith is a close second.

New adjusted rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Peter Wright
4 James Wade (UP 1)
5 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
6 Raymond van Barneveld
7 Adrian Lewis
8 Mensur Suljovic
9 Phil Taylor
10 Jelle Klaasen
11 Kim Huybrechts
12 Simon Whitlock
13 Benito van de Pas
14 Ian White
15 Gerwyn Price (UP 1)
16 Alan Norris (DOWN 1)
17 Daryl Gurney
18 Michael Smith
19 Robert Thornton
20 Joe Cullen

A follow up post to the 135 out entry will follow this week - I've dug out the PDC wide stats on doubling, so will look into the future at what our opponent does on various outs to see if there's a break even point in which to go for it now (which I doubt).

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