Daryl Gurney best-backed to win the World Grand Prix after MvG exit

Daryl Gurney best-backed to win the World Grand Prix after MvG exit

Northern Irishman tipped to win his first-ever major after Dutchman’s shock defeat

The World Grand Prix has been blown wide open, as #1 seed Michael van Gerwen was sensationally knocked out in the first round by #32 seed John Henderson on Sunday.

Van Gerwen was 1/33 to win his opening contest but was beaten 2-1 by ‘Big’ John, despite the Scotsman failing to hit a single 180 in the match. With Gary Anderson withdrawing due to the birth of his second child and Phil Taylor choosing not to enter, this tournament is up for grabs.

Only one former winner remains, Robert Thornton, who is 66/1. But the money man is someone who is yet to win a major but has arguably had the best year of his career: ‘Superchin’ Daryl Gurney.

Gurney reached his first major semi-final in the UK Open this year and the 31-year old knocked off Adrian Lewis last night, setting up a second round clash with Joe Cullen.

Since Van Gerwen lost, 20% of bets have gone on Gurney to win the tournament, more than any other player. He is currently 7/1 third-favourite, behind Raymond van Barneveld and favourite Peter Wright, at 10/3.

Such is the openness of the field, four players have received over 10% of bets to win the title in Dublin: The aforementioned Gurney and Wright, alongside Dave Chisnall (9/1) and Mensur Suljovic (9/1).

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Nobody was expecting MvG to fall at the first hurdle, but it has blown the betting market wide open with the favourite out of contention. Gurney's win over Lewis sparked a flurry of bets on him to capitalise on van Gerwen's exit, although Peter Wright remains the favourite for now.”