Grand Slam of Darts Betting Guide

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The Grand Slam of Darts is a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournament which takes place in Wolverhampton, usually in mid November. Michael Smith is the current defending champion of the Eric Bristow Trophy.

Grand Slam of Darts Betting Guide
Matthew Edgar Darts Editor and WDF Professional

Former PDC Darts Professional, SkySports Darts Commentator and YouTuber with 6 tournament wins under his belt including the Iceland Open in 2023

Grand Slam of Darts Information

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How can I bet on the Darts ?

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Who will win the Grand Slam of Darts tournament ?

OLBG's darts tipsters provide their analysis on the potential Grand Slam of Darts winner plus daily selections throughout the Grand Slam of Darts tournament so be check out the daily grand slam of darts tips before placing your darts wagers.

Is the Grand Slam of Darts tournament Live on TV ?

The Grand Slam of Darts tournament is shown live every day on Sky Sports in the UK.

What is the prize money for the Grand Slam of Darts ?

The total prize fund for the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament was £650,000, the winner received £150,000.

When is the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament ?

The 2024 Grand Slam of Darts tournament starts on Saturday 9th November and finishes on Sunday 17th November.

Where is the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament ?

The 2024 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament venue is Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.

Who are the favourites to win the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts tournament ?

Luke Humphries is the defending Grand Slam of Darts champion. Check out former PDC player Matt Edgar's preview nearer to the start date and the OLBG Best Darts Tipsters page to see who the best performing darts tipsters fancy to progress through the group and knockout stages and win the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament.

Grand Slam of Darts Format & Schedule

How does the Grand Slam of Darts Tournament work ?

The Mr Vegas sponsored Grand Slam of Darts Tournament consists of 32 players competing for the Eric Bristow Trophy. The first phase is 8 groups (A-H) of 4 players who will play each other once and the top two players in each group will progress to the knockout phase.

  • Group Phase Matches: Best of 9 legs
  • Second Round: Best of 19 legs
  • Quarter Finals: Best of 31 legs
  • Semi Finals: Best of 31 legs
  • Final: Best of 31 legs

What is the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts draw ?

The 2024 Grand Slam of Darts draw will be confirmed when the qualification tournaments have finished. For details on the 2024 Grand Slam of Darts draw and the latest news head over to the official PDC website.

Grand Slam of Darts Qualification

The 32 players contesting the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament qualified via the following criteria:

  1. 16 places - Finalists from televised PDC events over a 12 month period.
  2. 8 places - PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifier (3rd November)
  3. World Youth Champion & Runner Up
  4. CDC Continental Cup Winner
  5. Challenge Tour Order of Merit Winner
  6. Development Tour Order of Merit Winner
  7. Women's Series Order of Merit Winner or Runner Up
  8. Women's World Matchplay Winner
  9. PDC Asian Championship Winner

PDC Event Finalists

Player (WR)
Player (WR)
World Darts Champ (W)Michael Smith (1)World Matchplay (W)Nathan Aspinall (6)
Premier League (W)Michael van Gerwen (3)World Grand Prix (W)Luke Humphries (4)
UK Open (W)Andrew Gilding (19)World Cup of Darts (RU)
Gary Anderson (20)
World Cup of Darts (W)Gerwyn Price (5)World Cup of Darts (W)Jonny Clayton (8)
Euro Champ (W)Peter Wright (2)Masters (W)Chris Dobey (18)
Euro Champ (RU)James Wade (14)Masters (RU)Rob Cross (9)

PDC Tour Card Qualifier

Player (WR)Player (WR)Player (WR)Player (WR)
Danny Noppert (7)Stephen Bunting (24)Ryan Searle (16)Nathan Rafferty (67)
Damon Heta (13)Steve Lennon (62)Martijn Kleermaker (46)Brendan Dolan (28)

Other Qualifying Events

TournamentPlayer (WR)TournamentPlayer (WR)
2022 World Youth Ch (W)Josh Rock (26)2022 World Youth Champ (RU)Nathan Girvan (n/a)
Challenge Tour OoM (W)Berry van Peer (n/a)PDC Asian Championship (W)Haruki Muramatsu (n/a)
Women's World Mplay (W)Beau Greaves (n/a)Women's Series OoM (RU)Fallon Sherrock (n/a)
Dev. Tour OoM (W)Gian van Veen (56)CDC Continental Cup (W)Stowe Buntz (n/a)
Baltic Sea Darts Open (W)Dave Chisnall (11)German Darts Open (W)Krzysztof Ratajski (25)
German Darts Ch (W)Ricardo Pietreczko (45)Players Champ 4 (W)
Dirk van Duijvenbode (10)

Matt Edgar, WDF and former PDC player, Grand Slam Preview

Matt Edgar former PDC Darts Professional, SkySports Darts Commentator and YouTuber with 6 tournament wins under his belt, including the Iceland Open in 2023, previewed the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts for OLBG.

Check out Matt Edgar's Meet The Expert page.

 Group A

The first thing that stands out in this group is Nathan Girvan the young man earned his place here 12 months ago from reaching the world youth final but a year is a long time in sport and that seems the case for Nathan who has lost most of his form before coming into this event. The FDI index gives Nathan just a 16% of making the top 2 as he is in a group of current form players here with Ratajksi, Wade and the world number one Michael Smith.

In 2023 Nathan has dropped 3 points from his running average and his seasonal performance is running at just 85 which is likely to put him 3 darts behind the players in this group, He has found himself in the 70s more than the 90s and even dropped into the 60s at times this season meaning ranking positions of 17th on the youth tour and 71st on the challenge tour. When we add in the pressure of the Sky TV broadcasted event I think Nathan could struggle to pick up any points in this group.

Prediction - Smith and Wade to go through

Group B

One of the most open groups in Grand Slam history with the bottom ranked player in the group been Berry Van Peer who returns to the grand slam following an excellent 2023 where he picked up titles in every code including winning the overall PDC Challenge Tour and the Dutch open which is the largest open in the world of darts attended by over 5000 players from around the world.

Josh Rock also lines up in this group a young player who was hand picked by Barry Hearn to be a top talent burst onto the scene last year and hit a 9 darter in this event vs MVG in an iconic last 16 tussle. He comes into this event on the back of been the current world youth champion when he beat Girvan 12 months ago.
His form however has taken a dip in recent months. The standard is still high in his play with Rock ranked 10 on 12 month running averages, but the results have dropped off slightly with 10% less wins than last year but this might be an event he benefits from with the shorter format on offer in the group stages.

The other players in this group are proven premier league players in Chris Dobey and Jonny Clayton. If the premier league boys are to be toppled I think its Rock that could do it at the expense of Clayton. Keep an eye on that head to head match as it could be decisive.

Prediction - Dobey and Rock

Group C

The fireworks group, Fast paced high scoring players but a group that has some question marks over it and we will learn a lot coming into the back end of the year.
Dirk Van Duijvenbode has not been winning much in the TV events this year and has now flagged up an on going shoulder issue. This is something that has caused problems for Dirk for many years. Ive played with and around Dirk since 2012 and he's always needed to use a lot of deep heat to ease the issue. Now it seems to be getting on top of him and is effecting his performance but mostly effecting his belief within himself. 3 games here in front of the cameras and there will be a lot of eyes watching Dirk to see how and if he can response to the concerns now around him.

This group though can only really be predicted in one way and that's the top 2 been Gary Anderson and Luke Humphires. Gary Anderson has come back into form this year. He has increased the amount of practice he does and is regular having sessions with Ryan Searle a fellow PDC professional. Which ever stats you look at Gary is top 5 weather that's over 3 months 6 or 12. He has found a new level of commitment for the game including going to euro tours which is something Gary has avoided for many years. The other big hitter in this group is one of darts elite players right now the current Grand Prix champion Luke who it just feels cant do no wrong. An FDI expectations of 81.31% to get through this group and I cant debate it

Prediction - Humphires and Anderson

Group D

Another group that has a bright young star in it and that is Gian Van Veen, a young man who later on this year will play Luke Littler in the World Youth Championship final at minehead. Gian will also take part in the Players Championship final that weekend before moving onto the World Championship where a lot of people are tipping him to be a dark horse for the event. The doubts over if he can take his incredible form which sees him average 94 over the last 12 months to the TV stage were silenced at the recent European championship where he reached the semi final beating Heta, Gurney and Van Gerwen en route.

Like in group B I think the 2nd space in this group comes down to a head to head and in this case its Van Veen vs Ryan Searle which is the first game for both in this group. Ryan Searle has been in the top 16 for a couple of seasons now and could do with a run in this event to help offset the defence of his 2021 Players championship finals money which he will have to defend in a few weeks time. He comes into this in good form and good spirts with a 95 seasonal average and a recent 116.36 just last weekend against Martin Lukeman

Prediction - Price to top the group with Searle taking 2nd

Group E

This is an exciting group for me, I am looking forward to seeing the USA (Q) here Stowe Buntz, The man is dubbed the American Peter Wright and the fact his in the same group as Peter is exciting to see. He dresses like and acts very similar to Peter and can get the job done as well a 3 time winner on the CDC tour which is the PDC's affiliated American tour. Seasonal average of around 86 but has shown he can raise it when needed. He beat Leonard Gates who has been dominant on the seniors tour this year with an average over 101 so dont expect Buntz to be a roll over in this group.

That said he is in here with 3 big hitters Wright, Bunting and Chisnall with the latter 2 been my picks here. Peter Wright did an amazing job recently in picking up another TV title after a horrid year but Im taking a gamble here and suggesting that Chisnall and Bunting may be the 2 to get through this one and im basing that purely on the shorter format.
Peter Wright has started a lot of games slowly and in this format first to 5 that is not a luxury he will have. Recently we have seen him changing darts in the advert breaks in order to try and find his range. There will be no break in this game and I think he could be the first big name to fall. That been said FDI which works purely on stats, results and numbers still gives Peter Wright a 60% chance of getting through this group

Group F

This group in terms of pace and fireworks will disappoint however in terms of standard it wont. A very tight group of players but all 4 players in this group like to take there time with things. If there was a clock on the groups no doubt this one will be the slowest with Andrew Gilding likely to be the pace setter which tells you everything you need to know about this group.

Danny Noppert will be the group favorite with a 76% chance of getting through but I expect will find this one a little tricker than the numbers suggest.

The bottom player in this group is Muramatsu a player not to be underestimated and can cause some serious problems here for this group. He is a player with Pro tour experience and also big stage experience with his 3 world championship appearances and a run to the semi final of the 2019 World Cup. Haruki runs around an 88 average over the last 12 months which means he will get chances.

Dolan and Gilding are both capable with Dolan picking up players championship titles in recent titles and Gilding picking up the UK Open.

A wide open group that any 2 of the 4 can get through and best left well and truly alone on all matches.

Group G

2 Big hitters and a big story in this group. Lets start with the story Fallon Sherrock who is one of the big names in darts due to the out of darts exposure she has received on the back of that World Championship run a few years ago. She has played here before and reached the Quarter finals in 2021 losing out to Peter Wright in an absolute classic. Just a 12% chance of getting through this group which is the lowest chance of any player in any group however I would suggest that the chance has gone up in recent times. Fallon has committed and dedicated herself to the sport more than ever with increased practice and tournament attendance which is seeing her performance increase and titles coming in once again. She will have the Fallon factor too which will be the crowd on her side and the scares on some of her opponents esp. if she can repeat a 9 dart finish which she has already done twice this year.

MVG and Rob Cross are the big hitters in this group and you would expect if Fallon was to get through this group it would be at the expense of Rob Cross however the signs are not good with Rob Cross never failing to get out of his group in the 6 years he has played in the slam.

Prediction - MVG and Cross

Group H

Our other female player will be in this group which is the current Womens Matchplay Champion Beau Graves. A player who was dominant on the women's tour but has recently lost that unbeatable factor. Beau is a player who has struggled in the past with her action and that seems to be slowly creeping back into her game. She has avoided any mixed gender interactions and has opted to play the womens world championship later this year. A tough group for her here and I think she could be in trouble of finishing bottom with 0 points.
That would leave Heta, Pietrezco and Aspinall to battle out for the 2 spaces. In terms of form it is Ricardo that carries the best results of recent times with many quarter finals and semi finals on the pro tour but the star on the top of the tree has to be that euro tour title when he beat Peter Wright in the final with 100% on his doubles. He backed that up with a performance in the European Championship last weekend on ITV and takes one of the spaces for me even though he is predicted to finish 3rd according to numbers.

That would leave Heta who's TV form still has yet to pick up and a player who failed to get out of his group last year vs the World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall who made it all the way to the final last year.

Prediction - Pietrezco and Aspinall

Grand Slam of Darts Previous Winners

Who won the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts Tournament ?

Luke Humphries won the 2023 Grand Slam of Darts tournament beating Rob Cross 16-8 in the final. This was Luke's second major title win in back to back months after his success in the World Grand Prix earlier in October.

Grand Slam of Darts Last 10 Winners

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
2023Luke Humphries16-8Rob Cross
2022Michael Smith16-5Nathan Aspinall
2021Gerwyn Price16-8Peter Wright
2020Jose de Sousa16-12James Wade
2019Gerwyn Price16-6Peter Wright
2018Gerwyn Price16-13Gary Anderson
2017Michael van Gerwen16-12Peter Wright
2016Michael van Gerwen16-8James Wade
2015Michael van Gerwen16-13Phil Taylor
2014Phil Taylor16-13Dave Chisnall

Previous Grand Slam of Darts Finalists (Active)

Michael van Gerwen has won three Grand Slam of Darts titles.

PlayerFinalsWonRunner Up
Michael van Gerwen431
Gerwyn Price330
Scott Waites211
Luke Humphries110
Michael Smith110
Jose de Sousa110
Raymond van Barneveld110
James Wade303
Gary Anderson202
Peter Wright303
Rob Cross101
Nathan Aspinall101
Dave Chisnall101
Robert Thornton101
Andy Hamilton101

Grand Slam of Darts Records & Statistics

Most Grand Slam of Darts Finals

  • 7 - Phil Taylor

Most Grand Slam of Darts Titles

  • 6 - Phil Taylor

Nine Dart Finishes

  • James Wade (v Gary Anderson) 2008
  • Kim Huybrechts (v Michael van Gerwen) 2014
  • Dave Chisnall (v Peter Wright) 2015
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh (v Stephen Bunting) 2018
  • Josh Rock (v Michael van Gerwen) 2022
  • Ryan Searle (v Nathan Rafferty) 2023

Highest Tournament Three Dart Average

  • 105.42 - Michael van Gerwen (2015)

Highest Match Three Dart Average

  • 115.19 - Michael van Gerwen (v Joe Cullen) 2021

Highest 'Final' Three Dart Average 

  • 109.04 - Phil Taylor (v Gary Anderson) 2011

Highest Match Losing Three Dart Average

  • 110.99 - Adrian Lewis (v Phil Taylor) 2013

Author and Contributor Information

Matthew Edgar

OLBG Sponsored Darts Professional

Matthew Edgar, born on August 28, 1986, is an English professional darts player currently targeting the WDF World championships at Lakeside in December 2024 and commentating on Darts for Sky Sports. Known for his practice sessions with former world championship runner-up Kevin Painter, Edgar began his sports career as a coach for Northampton Town before shifting to darts. Prior to his darts career, he trained in mixed martial arts and was a professional wrestler. Edgar also hosts a dedicated darts YouTube channel, "Edgar TV," where he interacts with followers and shares his professional competition experiences.

Follow Matthew as he targets Lakeside and the WDF World Championships in December 2024.

- Matthew Edgar, Darts editor and wdf professional

James Banting

Content Editor / Fact Checker

James is one of OLBG's in-house sports betting specialists with decades of industry experience. He manages our Darts event calendar, working with Matt to update the event preview articles with recent results and data checking for accuracy.

- James Banting, Tipster competition assistant

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