MVG’s odds slashed after Gary Anderson’s withdrawal.
Following Gary Anderson’s last-minute withdrawal from the Premier League, bookies have shaken up odds in the winners market, with Michael van Gerwen now an overwhelming favourite to retain his title.
Most bookies are now 1/2 (in from 4/5) that the Dutchman wins his fifth Premier League, which indicates a 67% probability on van Gerwen keeping hold of the trophy.
Since the news broke on Monday morning (04/02) of Anderson’s withdrawal, 56% of bets have gone on the world number one.
That’s more than five times the amount of bets that have gone on Rob Cross, the next most backed player with 10%.
Nine ‘contenders’ will fulfil the fixtures left by Anderson, with names such as Nathan Aspinall, John Henderson and Dimitri van den Bergh all in line to play one match each on the big stage.
Points can be gained by beating the ‘contenders’, but not the other way around, with only one player now exiting the competition on ‘Judgement Night’ at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.
Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “Ante-post backers of van Gerwen will be feeling very lucky with the green machine now just 1/2 to retain the Premier League. With his main rival Gary Anderson out through injury, the reigning World Champ and winner of last weekend’s Masters looks invincible right now.”