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Phil Taylor favourite to win PDC Walk-on World Cup

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 21 Mar 2020
16-time World Champion Taylor is favourite to add another title to his collection (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor has been installed as the 11/4 favourite to win the inaugural PDC Darts Walk-on World Cup.

The Walk-on World Cup has been devised by the PDC and consists of a series of social media polls to determine which player has the best entrance in the sport.

The competition involves both current and former PDC professionals, with fans encouraged to place their votes on the PDC’s Twitter page in a series of rounds.

The First Round saw Dirk van Duijvenbode’s rave music see off Kim Huybrechts’ traditional ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’, while Michael van Gerwen avoided an early exit at the hands of Darren Webster.

Van Gerwen, whose ‘Seven Nation Army’ entrance is well-known around the world, is 11/2 third favourite with Premier League Darts title sponsors Unibet – who are offering an outright market under their ‘Odds Boost’ section on site.

John Part Imperial Marched his way to victory over Jermaine Wattimena in Round One and the three-time World Champion has been one of the most popular outside picks at 16/1.

Phil Taylor may have won almost every title the sport has to offer during his glittering career, but the 16-time World Champion will be keen to get his hands on this accolade.

His iconic ‘Power’ entrance by 90s dance group Snap became synonymous with the sport and makes him the hot favourite at 11/4.

Taylor’s box office rival Raymond van Barneveld enjoyed one of the sport’s most memorable walk-ons during the Premier League in Rotterdam and is 4/1 second favourite to claim glory.

Wayne Mardle, who continues to entertain fans with his ‘Hawaii Five-0’ walk-on on the exhibition circuit, is a well-fancied 6/1 pick, with reigning World Champion Peter Wright ready to ‘Get the Party Started’ at 7/1.

Dancing Devon Petersen is also a strong contender at 12/1, while Peter Manley’s ‘Amarillo’ could guide him to the title at 14/1.

John Henderson’s Status Quo walk-on had Aberdeen rocking during his Premier League appearances, and ‘Hendo’ is another popular outsider at 25/1.

Vincent van der Voort is one of the only players who openly dislikes his own walk-on song, but KC and the Sunshine Band give VVDV a strong chance at 25/1.

The Second Round is due to commence from 2pm GMT on Saturday March 21.

The Walk-on World Cup outright market is available exclusively at Unibet, with new customers eligible for £40 in Bonus Funds when joining and placing a first bet of £20.

Any profits made from this market will be donated to the Parkinsons UK charity.