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PDC - Darts: Yorkshireman Cullen comfortable at home

It's a triple header of Players Championship action to kick off April as the PDC's card holders have headed for Barnsley for events 9, 10 and 11 in the calendar.

The previous eight Players Championship events have given us seven different winners and, as ever, there's a wide-open look to the three one-day competitions being staged at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Over 120 PDC Tour Card Holders are set to compete throughout the weekend in South Yorkshire, along with associate members from the Challenge Tour Order of Merit to make up any shortfall because of withdrawals.

As with all 2022 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at the new total of £100,000 per event, with £12,000 going to the winner and all prize money counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.

On top of that, the top 64 ranked players from the 30 stand-alone events over the course of this year will qualify for the lucrative season-ending Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

Cullen in the chase for a treble

Top of those rankings at the moment is Joe Cullen, with £33,000 to his name courtesy of his two wins on the same weekend in Wigan in February.

Cullen is the only man to have won two Players Championship events this season and is 18/1 to win Players Championship 9.

This is very much a home event for Rockstar - he hails from just up the road in Bradford - and he's certainly enjoying a year to remember.

He kicked off 2022 by winning The Masters at the end of January, an upset which earned him the final place in the Premier League field.

Cullen has gone on to reach two Premier League finals - winning one in Rotterdam - to stand fourth in the table after eight rounds, and, as mentioned, has also won twice on the floor. He's very much a man in form.

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MvG's Barnsley love affair

The Metrodome is a regular stop-off on the PDC tour - it's slated to stage 18 of the 30 Players Championship competitions this year - and one or two players have particularly proud records there.

Well, one more than most, and that, perhaps inevitably given his knack of mopping up titles, is none other than Michael van Gerwen.

Now the world No.3, Van Gerwen shines in Barnsley where he has won an astonishing 11 of these tournaments, three more than next best Peter Wright and Gary Anderson.

Van Gerwen is 11/2 to win Players Championship 9 and Wright 13/2, while Anderson gets a 22/1 quote.

Both Wright and Van Gerwen have won on the floor this year already and all three have gone in during the first eight rounds of Premier League action, the Dutchman twice.

Jonny Clayton was the most recent Premier League victor - winning relatively easily in Birmingham on Thursday - and is 15/2 to claim Players Championship 9 glory.

Can Barney turn consistency into prizes?

Punters will all have their own ideas of who can get up in the less-pressured Players Championship environment.

Raymond van Barneveld, for example, has won eight of these competitions down the years, probably a less fruitful return than you might imagine for such a class act, and he's also throwing okay this year.

Granted, Barney hasn't won anything - indeed, he's not even made a semi-final - but he is the only player who has managed to collect prize money (so, get beyond round one) in each of the previous eight events.

If you think he can turn consistency into victory in PC9, he's 200/1 to go in.

However, if you prefer to latch on to players who are winning more matches than Barney overall and also putting in higher averages while still attractive prices, consider the likes of 125/1 shot Martin Schindler, Kim Huybrechts (125/1) and Keane Barry at 100/1, who are all playing well enough to land each-way bets.

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