With the tungsten still cooling and Chase the Sun (otherwise known as de der der der derrrrr) still ringing in our ears, the ante-post, or should that be ante-oche, prices are up for next year’s PDC Worlds.
After making it sweet 16, Phil Taylor is 5/2 favourite to mount a successful defence with this year’s runner up Michael van Gerwen best price 7/2 (Boyles) to go one better next time at the Palace.
Adrian Lewis, who lets not forget missed darts to reach the final, is certainly attractive at 12/1 (Boyles) and a seemingly rejunvenated Barney is available at 16/1 (SkyBet) [avoid the incredibly stingy 7/1 offered about the Dutchman by William Hill].
If you are looking for an outsider, backers of Wes Newton at 33/1 (Bet Victor) will hope this is the year when he finally makes the breakthrough to become an outright tournament threat. Further down the list Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney (best price 200/1) is a player with youth, ambition and scoring power on his side.
See you next Christmas!