Bookmakers are offering free bets for the 2010 European Championship at Dinslaken, Germany from 29 July to 1 August.
Raymond van Barneveld hailed Phil Taylor as the greatest after finishing second best to the Power in last night’s final of the World Matchplay darts.
The crowd in The Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Garden witnessed a high class match as Phil Taylor emerged triumphant with an 18-12 victory.
Taylor had cruised effortlessly to the final but had to scrap for much of the match to fend of the Dutchman’s spirited challenge.
The match remained poised up until 11-9 at which point Taylor won two legs for a four leg cushion he was able to maintain until the end.
Van Barneveld had taken time out of darts for a couple of months, but announced himself a serious contender back in the first round of the tournament with a brilliant nine-darter.
He had fallen at the quarter-final stage in the previous three World Matchplay tournaments but overcame his hoodoo when beating Co Stompe.
In his first ever semi-final, he brushed aside world number three James Wade by 17-8 to set up a final between the world’s top two players.
Speaking afterwards, van Barneveld said of his opponent: “He never seems to miss doubles, you know that before the game and he keeps hurting you, and that’s why he is the greatest.”
“Phil keeps improving all the time and it’s so disappointing for me. I keep putting in more preparation and it never seems enough.”
The pair head off to Dinslaken, Germany to compete for the European Championship title worth £200,000 to the winner.
Betfred offer odds of 4/9 for Taylor to successfully defend the crown he has won on the two occasions it has been held since 2008, making van Barneveld odds of 8/1 to take it from him.