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BDO Lakeside World Darts Championship 2012 Preview

Can Martin Adams make it four world titles? (credit: BDO)

Darts' second World Championship gets underway on Saturday as 32 players from around the world travel to the traditional Frimley Green venue for the BDO's flagship event.

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Despite rumours of a major migration to the PDC for a number of the code's top stars, they have remained in the BDO and all have their eyes set on the world title.

Defending champion Martin Adams will be bidding for a hat-trick of titles at the Lakeside this year, having beaten Dean Winstanley to win a thrilling final last year.

Wolfie is the joint outright favourite and is best priced at 4/1 with Sportingbet to retain his title.

Recent Masters champion and 2010 Grand Slam winner Scott Waites is likely to mount a serious title challenge this year.

The Yorkshire thrower should see off Andy Boulton in his opener and is also a 4/1 chance to be crowned champion with Bet365.

Last year's runner-up Dean Winstanley has established himself as one of the top stars this season; his consistent scoring and finishing will make him a certain threat to the field.

Ladbrokes are offering 11/2 for 'Over the top' to go one better than last year by winning the title.

Villain Ted Hankey can never be discarded as a title runner, although his recent performances in this event has been poor, he showed promising form at the Grand Slam in November and could provide each-way at 14/1 with Bet365.

Another potential outsider for the title may include the popular Tony O'Shea; Silverback is yet to win this title but could 2012 be his year? Boylesports make him a 16/1 chance.

Arguably the pick of the first round ties sees Daryl Fitton take on Robbie 'Kong' Green on opening night. The bookies struggle to seperate the duo, but make Fitton the narrow favourite at 4/5.

Lakeside World Championship First Round Fixtures

Odds Courtesy of Bet365

Ron Meulenkamp 8/13 (NETH) V Gary Stone 6/5 (SCOT)
Martin Adams 2/9 (ENG) V Scott Mitchell 3/1 (ENG)
Ross Montgomery 2/5 (SCOT) V Fabian Roosenbrand 7/4 (NETH)
Tony O'Shea 2/5 (ENG) V Steve West 7/4 (ENG)
Paul Jennings 5/6 (ENG) V Garry Thompson 5/6 (ENG)
Gary Robson 1/2 (ENG) V Steve Douglas 6/4 (ENG)
Wesley Harms 2/1 (NETH) V Martin Phillips 4/11 (WAL)
Robbie Green 10/11 (ENG) V Darryl Fitton 4/5 (ENG)
Ted Hankey 1/6 (ENG) V Clive Barden 7/2 (ENG)
Scott Waites 1/6 (ENG) V Andy Boulton 7/2 (ENG)
Willy van de Wiel 8/13 (NETH) V Dave Prins 6/5 (ENG)
John Walton 4/7 (ENG) V Martin Atkins 5/4 (ENG)
Tony West 4/11 (ENG) V Geert de Vos 2/1 (BELG)
Jan Dekker 8/15 (NETH) V Christian Kist 11/8 (NETH)
Benito Van De Pas 5/6 (NETH) V Alan Norris 5/6 (ENG)
Dean Winstanley 3/10 (ENG) V Joey ten Berge 12/5 (NETH)

First Round Tip:

A £10 accumulator for Martin Adams, Tony O'Shea, Ross Montgomery, Scott Waites, Jan Dekker and Dean Winstanely to win their first round matches pays £55 with Bet365.

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BDO Lakeside World Darts Championship 2012 Preview

Darts' second World Championship gets underway on Saturday as 32 players from around the world travel to the traditional Frimley Green venue for the BDO's flagship event.

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