Phil Taylor has been installed as favourite to claim a first World Seniors title at the 2023 World Seniors Darts…
Phil Taylor has been installed as favourite to claim a first World Seniors title at the 2023 World Seniors Darts Championship in Purfleet.
The 16-time World Champion headlines a star-studded 32-player field for the second edition of the World Seniors Championship – which takes place from February 9-12 at the iconic Circus Tavern.
Taylor, the most decorated player in the history of the sport, was beaten in straight sets by Kevin Painter in last year’s Quarter-Finals, before finishing runner-up in the World Seniors Masters and World Seniors Matchplay later in the year.
The Power returns to the venue in which he claimed 11 of his world titles, and the number two seed is 4/1 favourite with Skybet to open his Seniors account.
Taylor, however, has been handed a tough opening assignment against Northern Ireland’s Colin McGarry – a quarter-finalist in last year’s World Seniors Matchplay who has registered numerous ton-plus averages in the recent qualifiers.
Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion, is bidding for a dream World Seniors debut and is the well-fancied 5/1 favourite, having only dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season.
Mitchell, though, could meet reigning champion Robert Thornton in Round Two, with the Scot priced at 6/1 to continue his Seniors dominance, having also picked up the World Seniors Matchplay title in Hull last summer.
Martin Adams, who was beaten 5-1 by Thornton in last year’s final, follows in the outright market at 8/1 to go one better in 2023, while 2022 beaten semi-finalist Kevin Painter is 10/1 to lift the trophy this time around.
Chris Mason has enjoyed a superb return to form in the Modus Super Series and is 12/1 to be crowned champion on his televised Seniors debut.
Canada’s David Cameron, the reigning World Seniors Master, is also 12/1 to claim further silverware on his first appearance at the Circus Tavern, and is joined by reigning North American champion Leonard Gates.
Neil Duff, the current WDF World Champion, is among the other fancied frontrunners for glory, as well as local favourite Richie Howson – who warmed up for the main event by winning back-to-back qualifiers last month.
Three-time Lakeside World Champion and former Premier League winner Glen Durrant has been back in from 100/1 to 28/1 to triumph on his Seniors debut, having lost his PDC Tour Card at the end of 2022.
Former world finalist Mark Dudbridge, who has been drawn to face ‘Duzza’ in Round One, is a strong each-way selection at 33/1, as are debutant qualifier Andy Jenkins and multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins – who reached the Semi-Finals here last year.
Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is 50/1 to make history in Purfleet, while ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE is a 500/1 rank outsider.
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World Seniors Championship 2023 Odds
Each way terms: 1/2 for first two places