Bookmakers are offering free bets for the Stan James sponsored World Matchplay Darts as the second round continues on Day 6 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool tonight.
Raymond van Barneveld’s come back bid remains firmly on target after he comfortably dispatched Alan Tabern from this year’s event when winning their match 13-5.
He’ll meet Co Stompe, who beat Mark Webster, in the quarter-finals on Friday.
‘Barney’ announced he had the hunger for the £100,000 prize with a brilliant nine-darter in his first round match against Denis Ovens on Saturday and after last night’s victory said: “If I keep playing like this I don’t fear anyone.”
Bookmakers have shortened his tournament odds after another impressive display when averaging over a ton for every three-darter.
Sporting Bet and Stan James are now offering the best odds of 9/1 for van Barneveld to win his first major title in three years.
World number 3, James Wade progressed after his unconvincing win and admits he will need to improve his game when he meets Wayne Jones, 13-9 victor over Ronnie Baxter.
Wade said after his match: “I’ve got to improve if I want to win this title.”
In tonight’s concluding second round matches, Gary Anderson (1/3 Stan James) takes on Jelle Klaasen (9/4 Stan James) in a much anticipated encounter between two quick-fire players.
Kevin Painter (Evs Stan James) and Mark Walsh (4/5 Stan James) fight out a tight looking match when second on stage.
Phil Taylor is expected to make easy work of Steve Beaton and similarly Simon Whitlock against his opponent, Steve Brown.
Full scores from last night’s second round matches; Wayne Jones 13-9 Ronnie Baxter, Co Stompe 13-9 Mark Webster, Vincent van der Voort 10-13 James Wade, Alan Tabern 5-13 Raymond van Barneveld.