Sunday 26 November 2017

Season done! New season begins!

At least in terms of betting, as I run that starting from the PDC worlds, mainly due to that was when I started tracking things properly so I'll run from there. Have I learned anything this year? Not really, I just got a huge kick in the bollocks in the UK Open which has historically been my best tournament, and with everything else being close to break even, outside of a fairly bad European Championships, I was mostly reliant on a very good European Tour season where I was able to claim over 7 units from around a 33 unit outlay. If I just break even on the UK Open it turns what's a minorly bad year down around 1.5% on ROI to being about 3% up.

So the last tournament is in the books and we now know 69 of the 72 world championship participants, on account of Dimitri van den Bergh claiming the world youth title and not allowing Josh Payne in (as I was saying on Twitter earlier, I wonder if Marko Kantele tried to hedge, but he's now into round 1 outright so I'm guessing that as he didn't, it's fine), and now that Jonny Clayton's got a surprising but well deserved career defining win to get through to the final, and also get seeded in the worlds (albeit running into Peter Wright in round 2), we can start to look forward to tomorrow's draw. Huge congrats to the Ferret, this has unlocked a bunch of things, he's seeded and avoids a possible nightmare draw in round 1, should be in the Slam next year, and has a fair chunk of standard OOM money that he can possibly use to work towards the last 16 for those majors that need that for automatic qualification. Vincent van der Voort is probably fuming at being bumped down to the non-seeds (would be ironic if he drew Clayton), but what can you do.

I'm going to post the FRH rankings down to the top 64 (only saying up/downs for the top 20), so that those who are interested in players lower down get an idea prior to the worlds - when I post my WC previews, I'll be including the relevant mincashes in the writeups, so if you want an idea as to where the differences are, look here - I will highlight in italics players that are not currently qualified for the worlds, whether they can actually qualify is something I'm not fussed about indicating right now other than having a sadface for the Bull:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Peter Wright
3 Daryl Gurney
4 Gary Anderson
5 Mensur Suljovic
6 Phil Taylor
7 Simon Whitlock
8 Dave Chisnall
9 Rob Cross (UP 1)
10 Michael Smith (DOWN 1)
11 James Wade (UP 2)
12 Alan Norris (DOWN 1)
13 Raymond van Barneveld (DOWN 1)
14 Gerwyn Price
15 Ian White (UP 2)
16 Benito van de Pas (DOWN 1)
17 Kim Huybrechts (DOWN 1)
18 Jelle Klaasen
19 Joe Cullen
20 Adrian Lewis
21 Darren Webster
22 Stephen Bunting
23 Mervyn King
24 Kyle Anderson
25 Steve Beaton
26 Jonny Clayton
27 Cristo Reyes
28 John Henderson
29 Justin Pipe
30 Robert Thornton
31 Steve West
32 James Wilson
33 Christian Kist
34 Vincent van der Voort
35 Mark Webster
36 Chris Dobey
37 Brendan Dolan
38 Ronny Huybrechts
39 Jermaine Wattimena
40 Robbie Green
41 Jan Dekker
42 Dimitri van den Bergh
43 Richard North
44 Jamie Caven
45 Terry Jenkins
46 Kevin Painter
47 Ron Meulenkamp
48 James Richardson
49 Max Hopp
50 Jamie Lewis
51 Steve Lennon
52 Joe Murnan
53 Zoran Lerchbacher
54 Jeffrey de Graaf
55 Josh Payne
56 Andrew Gilding
57 Willie O'Connor
58 Keegan Brown
59 Devon Petersen
60 Rowby John Rodriguez
61 Peter Jacques
62 Mick McGowan
63 Martin Schindler
64 John Michael

I probably won't have immediate reaction to the draw on here (although keep an eye out on Twitter for short meaningless spurts of nothingness), but definitely keep an eye out for the previews in the next couple of weeks, they rarely disappoint.

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