After the best player that Darts has ever seen silenced his doubters at the weekend, Phil Taylor takes his place as the bookmakers favourite for the European Championships that take place in Holland this week. In fact, he is so dominant that it might be worthwhile betting without Taylor for this event.
The phrase ‘betting without’ simply involves taking out the favourite in any event and altering the odds for the rest of the field and when you apply it to this tournament, what is the result?
Taking Taylor out of the equation leaves world number 2 Garry Anderson as the favourite at 147/50 with Betfair. Other options are Simon Whitlock and James Wade at 4/1. So is this a better betting option than taking a conventional gamble?
At the time of writing, betting on Phil Taylor to win this tournament will get you a best price of 6/4 with Victor Chandler. Other much fancied bets include Anderson at 7/1 with William Hill, Wade at 8/1 with Sporting Bet and World Champion Adrian Lewis at 12/1 with several outlets.
Ultimately, the decision to bet without Phil Taylor depends on whether you like to complicate your gambling. As for recommendations, the ‘Power’ is the man to beat and we feel that he will take heart from his win in the world matchplay and take this tournament as well.
Betting on James Wade could have been an option but he may have lost a little confidence after the emphatic way that Taylor beat him in last week’s final and overall, it’s impossible to see past the power this week.