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World Seniors Darts Championship Betting Guide for 2022 – Odds, Player Analysis, and Predictions

| January 7, 2022 10:08 am PDT

If you thought you would never see the great Phil Taylor in action again – fear not! “The Power” headlines a list of iconic names on the line-up for the first-ever World Seniors Darts Championship.

During the first weekend of February, 24 legends of the sport will compete for the inaugural World Seniors Darts title at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern. The event is open to players over the age of 50 and is set to feature 15 former World Champions from both the PDC and BDO codes.

At 76, three-time World Champion John Lowe is the oldest player in the tournament. 74-year-old Bob Anderson and 71-year-old Dennis Priestley are also among the most senior competitors.

The star-studded cast also features ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver, multiple major winner Robert Thornton, and Canadian legend John Part – alongside a host of other classic players.

If you fancy wagering on the brand-new event, this 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship betting guide will help. Below, I break down the odds, analyze all the top contenders, and share my World Seniors Darts predictions.

World Seniors Darts Championship Odds (2022)

Even if you know very little about darts, you probably won’t be surprised to see Phil Taylor’s name atop the bookmakers’ World Seniors Darts odds list.

The 16-time (yes, 16-time!) World Champion is undoubtedly the greatest darts player of all time. Having retired in January 2018, he is set to return to the oche after four years away from the sport.

The top darts betting sites view Robert Thornton as Taylor’s main challenger. The 54-year-old dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, having claimed numerous titles across his esteemed career.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams is the only other player priced below 10.00. “Wolfie” is closely followed by Kevin Burness, Richie Burnett, and Wayne Warren.

Iconic Singaporean Paul Lim is in the mix, too, as is Terry Jenkins. “The Bull” finished as the runner-up in no fewer than nine PDC events during his career, so he will surely be eager to prove himself at the Circus Tavern.

In truth, there are legendary names everywhere you look here. It goes without saying that Taylor is the star of the show, but it feels like anything could happen when these oldies take to the stage.

It’s time to take a closer look at the leading contenders.

What Makes Phil Taylor the Out-and-Out Favorite?

I could spend hours telling you why Taylor is the best darts player in history. We haven’t got all day, though, so I’ll keep it short.

Not only did Taylor win a record 16 World Championships across his 30-year career, but he also claimed 16 World Matchplay crowns, 11 World Grand Prix titles, six Grand Slams, and six Premier League titles. His list of achievements goes on forever.

Having won the World Matchplay as recently as 2017, Taylor clinched the last of his majors aged 56. Although he is now 61, his longevity should enable him to dominate February’s tournament.

With a whopping 85 major titles to his name, it wouldn’t be a shock if Taylor totally humiliated his opponents at the Circus Tavern. Still, we need to go over some of the other contenders before setting our World Seniors Darts Championship predictions in stone.

Can Robert Thornton Challenge Taylor for the Title?

There was a time when Thornton was among the best arrowmen on the planet. Between 2007 and 2015, “The Thorn” secured three majors – winning the BDO World Masters before moving over to the PDC and adding a further two titles to his tally.

Robert Thornton’s Major Titles
  • BDO World Masters (2007)
  • PDC UK Open (2012)
  • PDC World Grand Prix (2015)

It is worth noting that the 54-year-old was still on the PDC circuit in 2020. He made it to the third round of the UK Open before reaching the second round of the World Cup of Darts, indicating that he’s still got what it takes to compete.

Of course, he was nowhere near Taylor’s level in his prime. But he will be one of the freshest players in the tournament, having competed professionally within the last 12 months.

Could Martin Adams Roll Back the Years?

Adams will turn 66 just four months after the World Seniors Darts Championship. Yet, believe it or not, the veteran still plays in World Darts Federations events to this day.

With three World Championships, three World Masters crowns, and two Finder Masters titles under his belt, “Wolfie” is a bona fide BDO legend. He even reached the quarter-finals of both the World Championship and World Trophy in 2017.

Granted, the last of Adams’ major triumphs came back in 2011. But if he plays to the best of his ability, there is no reason why he can’t go deep into the competition.

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Assessing the Other Frontrunners

At 2.50, Taylor is the obvious betting favorite to win the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship. Thornton (7.50) and Adams (9.00) are the other two players priced under 10.00.

Just outside the bookmakers’ group of favorites, there are three players priced between 10.00 and 11.00 – Kevin Burness (10.00), Richie Burnett (10.00), and Wayne Warren (11.00).

Let’s see if any of the three pretenders stand a chance of winning the inaugural title.

Kevin Burness

It’s safe to say that Burness is something of a late bloomer. In 2018, the 56-year-old won the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchday – qualifying for the PDC World Darts Championship for the very first time.

He also made his PDC European Tour debut in 2019, featuring in the Danish Darts Open. Although he failed to reach the latter stages of both the World Championship and Danish Darts Open, he will fancy his chances of upset the World Seniors Darts Championship odds.

With a couple of UK Open appearances to his name as well, Burness could cause a stir at the Circus Tavern.

Richie Burnett

“The Prince of Wales” won the World Masters back in 1994. A year later, he added his name to the illustrious list of BDO World Champions.

After moving over to the PDC, Burnett reached the semi-finals of both the World Grand Prix and Champions League – as well as the World Matchplay final. The former World No. 1 even hit a nine-darter in the 2021 Online Darts Live Lounge.

Following a handful of minor triumphs in 2021, the 54-year-old will be confident of challenging the likes of Taylor, Thornton, and Adams.

Wayne Warren

In 2020, Warren became the oldest player to win the BDO World Championship. That tells you everything you need to know about the 59-year-old’s persistence.

“Yank” has played some of the best darts of his career in recent years. After reaching the quarter-finals of both the World Masters and Finder Masters in 2018, he went on to claim the 2019 Antwerp Open title before winning both the Romanian Classic and Slovak Masters in 2020.

Wayne Warren’s Recent Titles
  • Antwerp Open (2019)
  • Romanian Classic (2020)
  • Slovak Masters (2020)
  • BDO World Championship (2020)

Warren heads into the World Seniors Darts Championship on the back of a seriously successful spell. Can he add another title to his list of recent triumphs?

World Seniors Darts Championship Sleepers to Consider

Finally, here are three outsiders to keep an eye on. The prices of these players range from 17.00 to 67.00, meaning you could land a tasty profit if they go all the way.

Terry Jenkins

You’ve heard the saying “always a bridesmaid, never the bride,” right? Well, that saying sums up Terry Jenkins’ career perfectly. Between 2007 and 2014, “The Bull” registered a whopping nine second-place finishes in PDC premier events.

Jenkins was the runner-up on two occasions in both the World Matchplay and World Grand Prix. He also finished second in the Grand Slam, Premier League, Desert Classic, European Championship, and UK Open.

Needless to say, the 58-year-old knows what it takes to reach finals. Will he finally go all the way at the World Seniors Darts Championship?

Tony O’Shea

Just like Jenkins, Tony O’Shea invariably falls short in PDC events. Across his lengthy career, he lost the World Championship final three times. He also lost the World Masters final on two occasions, along with the World Darts Trophy and International Darts League.

That said, “Silverback” has enjoyed some success in recent times. He won the Isle of Man Open in 2016 before winning the 2017 Turkish Open, proving that he is capable of securing silverware.

Priced at 26.00, Jenkins looks like a good outside bet for the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship.

John Part

If you checked out my ranking of the top ten darts players in history, you would know that John Part is regarded as one of the true legends of the sport.

The iconic Canadian was the only man to prevent Taylor from winning the World Championship between 1995 and 2006, beating The Power in the 2003 final. Five years later, he clinched the title again.

Although Part threw his last professional dart in 2018, he has yet to officially retire. At 67.00, even a small stake could win you a lot of money.

My World Seniors Darts Championship Predictions

At the end of the day, Taylor is the clear favorite for a very good reason. Well, there are actually tons of reasons why the 16-time World Champion is favored to win the inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship.

The Power has an outrageous 85 major titles to his name. He may have been out of action since 2018, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he picks up the darts and starts throwing 180s for fun once again.

Given Taylor’s phenomenal record, odds of 2.50 for him to lift the trophy actually seem pretty generous.

If you’re looking for an outside bet, Warren at 11.00 and Jenkins at 17.00 feel like good options. Warren is the reigning BDO World Champion, while Jenkins has reached his fair share of major finals over the years.

Ultimately, though, it is extremely difficult to look past Taylor when it comes to betting on the World Seniors Darts Championship winner. I mean, he is the darts GOAT after all.

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Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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