Dutch Pair Slashed for Worlds

  • Last Updated: November 19 2012, 8:53 GMT

Grand Slam Of Darts finalists Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen have been cut for the PDC World Championship.

Raymond van Barneveld took the Grand Slam title
Raymond van Barneveld took the Grand Slam title

It was the elder statesman who proved best in Wolverhampton on Sunday night and he's a standout 12/1 shot with sportingbet having won his first major title for five years.

But van Gerwen is the biggest mover having been backed at all rates from 12/1 down to his current 7/2 following yet another impressive display.

Sky Bet initially made him 3/1 joint-favourite with Phil Taylor but their revised book saw punters latch on to the latter, who is now back at 11/4 with van Gerwen next at 100/30.

The firm's Craig Ibbotson said: "van Barneveld claimed the Grand Slam title and looks back to his best having beaten the hugely in-form van Gerwen 16-14.

"He is now 10/1 from 16/1 to claim his second PDC title but van Gerwen is the gamble at 100/30 from 12/1 pre-Grand Slam.

"Taylor is the biggest price he's been in a over a decade as he is out to 11/4 having briefly touched 3/1 before our punters came in for him.

"van Gerwen has been hugely impressive over the last nine days of Grand Slam action and dependant on the draw for the World Championship could yet go off favourite, which would have been unheard of at the start of the year as he was priced up at 100/1.

"He is our biggest loser in the book and the Skybet offices will be hoping for a tough draw for MVG."

Twice winner Adrian Lewis is a general 10/1 third-favourite having struggled for form of late, Simon Whitlock is behind van Barneveld at 14/1 and it's 18s bar.