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World Darts Championship: Outright winner odds ahead of final

We profile the two players still in the hunt for the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy as London's iconic Alexandra Palace gets set to play host to the showpiece final on Tuesday evening.

Bet on the 2023 World Darts Championship

Michael van Gerwen (3/10)

Michael van Gerwen

Age: 33
Nickname: ‘Mighty Mike’
World Championship appearances: 15
Best finish: Winner x3 (2014, 2017 & 2019)
2023 tournament odds: 3/10

2023 World Darts Championship results:

Round 2 - Beat Lewy Williams (3-0)
Round 3 - Beat Mensur Suljovic (4-2)
Round 4 - Beat Dirk van Duijvenbode (4-1)
Quarter-Final - Beat Chris Dobey (5-0)
Semi-Final - Beat Dimitri van den Bergh (6-0)

‘MVG’ heads up the betting for the 2023 World Darts Championships on the back of what has been a sublime 2022 on the circuit. The Dutch arrowist, a three-time world champion, endured a challenging 12 months in 2021, registering just a solitary major title. He has bounced back emphatically however, capturing a third world Matchplay crown, a sixth World Grand Prix title and, more recently, landing the Players Championship for a seventh time - reasserting himself as the main man on the oche in the process.
 

Michael Smith (5/2)

Michael Smith

Age: 32
Nickname: ‘Bully Boy’
World Championship appearances: 11
Best finish: Final x2
2023 tournament odds: 5/2

2023 World Darts Championship results:

Round 2 - Beat Nathan Rafferty (3-0)
Round 3 - Beat Martin Schindler (4-3)
Round 4 - Beat Joe Cullen (4-1)
Quarter-Final - Beat Stephen Bunting (5-3)
Semi-Final - Beat Gabriel Clemens (6-2)

A hugely popular figure within the tour, ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith finally claimed his maiden ranking crown in November at the Grand Slam of Darts. Previously beaten in each of his other nine ranking finals, including the 2019 and 2022 World Darts Championships, the St Helens arrowist’s time finally came as he closed out an emphatic, and emotional, victory over Nathan Aspinall in Wolverhampton. Now he has broken his duck, Smith will be as confident as anybody of adding World Darts Championship glory to his resume in the New Year.
 

Dimitri van den Bergh (Eliminated)

Dimitri van den Bergh

Age: 28
Nickname: ‘The DreamMaker’
World Championship appearances: Seven
Best finish: Quarter-Finals 

Dimitri van den Bergh has proven he has the game to match his entertaining walk-ons in recent years, claiming his maiden major crown at the 2020 World Matchplay. The Belgian arrowist has underlined his credentials with a couple of World Series successes, but his run at Blackpool a couple of years ago remains his one and only top-level triumph. ‘The DreamMaker’ endured Ally Pally frustration 12 months ago, being dumped out of the showpiece by Florian Hempel in the second round, so will be more determined than ever to prolong his stay at the iconic venue this time around.
 

Gabriel Clemens (Eliminated)

Gabriel Clemens

Age: 39
Nickname: ‘German Giant’
World Championship appearances: Four
Best finish: Fourth Round

The 39-year-old German is competing in his fifth World Darts Championship campaign, with his previous best being a run to the last 16 in 2021. On that occasion Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski proved too strong as he secured a spot in the quarter-finals, whilst Jonny Clayton derailed the German 12 months later in the third round. A player who, on his day, can compete with the very best in the world, Clemens does boast experience in the latter stages of events, having reached the last four and last eight of the World Cup of Darts. He also went the distance in the German Darts Masters in 2019, before succumbing to Peter Wright (9-8) in the final.
 

Gerwyn Price (Eliminated)

Gerwyn Price

Age: 32
Nickname: ‘The Iceman’
World Championship appearances: Eight
Best finish: Winner (2021)

The current world number one returns to the capital in December desperate to cap off another successful campaign with a second World Darts Championship crown. ‘The Iceman’, who will be desperate to replicate his 2021 success, has now captured major titles in each of his last five seasons after lifting the World Series trophy for a second time earlier this year. The Welshman, who was a professional rugby player prior to his switch to darts, is understandably fancied by many to become a multiple world champion having already proven he has what it takes to prevail on the biggest stage of them all.
 

Josh Rock (Eliminated)

Age: 21
Nickname: ‘Rocky’
World Championship appearances: Debut year
Best finish: N/A 

Josh Rock’s astronomical darting rise is a story so far-fetched it’s little wonder he carries the ‘Rocky’ moniker. A former chicken factory worker, the Northern Irishman has catapulted himself to tungsten stardom in recent months after capturing his maiden Tour Card in January this year. Landing five Development titles, posting obscene averages on the ProTour, nailing a nine-darter against Van Gerwen and winning his first senior PDC title, the 21-year-old has been installed as one of the pre-tournament favourites to go all the way on his Ally Pally debut! Surely he couldn’t, could he?
 

Luke Humphries (Eliminated)

Luke Humphries

Age: 27
Nickname: ‘Cool Hand Luke’
World Championship appearances: Five
Best finish: Quarter-Finals

Without doubt one of the most naturally-gifted talents on the circuit, Luke Humphries will hope to cap off a fine 12 months by landing the biggest prize on offer. ‘Cool Hand Luke’ has history in London too, having burst on to the scene with a remarkable run to the quarter-finals in the 2019, whilst he has since reached the same stage of the competition in two of the last three years. The 27-year-old has been in fine fettle recently too, reaching the semis of both the Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals, and is fancied to go deep once again at the Palace.
 

Jonny Clayton (Eliminated)

Jonny Clayton

Age: 48
Nickname: ‘The Ferret’
World Championship appearances: Six
Best finish: Fourth Round 

Having enjoyed a trophy-laden 2021, the past year hasn’t been quite as fruitful for the talented Jonny Clayton. The Welshman was one of the PDC’s dominant figures this time last year, having romped to World Grand Prix, Masters, Premier League and World Series of Darts glory. However, he has since failed to reach another singles final - agonisingly losing four major semi-finals, including at both the Premier League and Masters; competitions in which he was the defending champion. ‘The Ferret’ has yet to enjoy a deep run at the worlds, but maybe, just maybe, his time could be about to come.
 

Rob Cross (Eliminated)

Rob Cross

Age: 32
Nickname: ‘Voltage’
World Championship appearances: Five
Best finish: Winner (2018) 

‘Voltage’ Rob Cross sent shockwaves through planet darts in 2018 as the relatively unknown outsider became a world champion on his Alexandra Palace debut. The then darting rookie had only been a professional for 11 months, but announced himself on the big stage in scintillating fashion - overcoming powerhouses Michael van Gerwen and Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor en-route to one of the most remarkable triumphs in the sport’s history. Since then, he’s added the World Matchplay and European Championship titles to his armoury, and is amongst the front-runners to add to that tally over the festive period.
 

Dave Chisnall (Eliminated)

Dave Chisnall

Age: 42
Nickname: ‘Chizzy’
World Championship appearances: 11
Best finish: Semi-Finals 

It’s quite remarkable that ‘Chizzy’ Dave Chisnall is still awaiting his maiden PDC ranking title having established himself as one of the most accomplished performers on the professional stage over the past decade. Since switching from the BDO, the 42-year-old has reached six major finals, including the Masters earlier this year, without managing to get over the line in any of them. He has claimed three European Tour titles however, the most recent being at the Belgian Darts Open in September, and knows that he possesses both the skillset and mindset required to go all the way in North London. 
 

Dirk van Duijvenbode (Eliminated)

Age: 30
Nickname: ‘The Titan’
World Championship appearances: Three
Best finish: Quarter-Finals 

Having endured difficulties adjusting to life on the professional circuit prior to earning a Tour Card for a third time in 2020, Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode has finally started to flex his muscle - reaching the World Grand Prix final on his double-in debut, defeating four televised title winners en-route, before featuring in European Championship and Players Championship Finals quarter-finals. His run to the last eight of the 2021 World Darts Championships catapulted him into the top 32 for the first time, and he has since continued to elevate himself up the Order of Merit ahead of his fourth appearance in the PDC’s showpiece event. 
 

Joe Cullen (Eliminated)

Joe Cullen

Age: 33
Nickname: ‘The RockStar’
World Championship appearances: 12
Best finish: Fourth Round 

Alexandra Palace hasn’t proven a happy hunting ground for Joe Cullen over the years, but there is every reason to believe that ‘The RockStar’ is better equipped to make an impression on the World Darts Championship this time around. The Bradford-born ace has shown glimpses of his talents over the years, with a handful of quarter-final and semi-final appearances sprinkled amongst some disappointing early exists. However, he has found a new gear to his game in 2022, reaching his first major final at the Premier League, before capturing the Masters title courtesy of a pulsating 11-9 success over Dave Chisnall. 
 

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