The Unibet World Grand Prix is that special darts event where you have to start with a double.
It takes place in Dublin and runs from October 2nd until the 8th.
Robert Thornton is the reigning champion after beating Michael Van Gerwen 5-4 in last years final.
The 1st round is best of 3 sets, the 2nd round and quarter finals are best of 5 sets, the semi final is best of 7 sets and the final is best of 9.
32 players take part, the top 16 in the PDC order of merit, 14 from the pro tour and 2 qualifiers from Ireland

THE DRAW

Player
V
Player
Michael Van Gerwen
V
Steve Beaton
James Wilson
V
Mick McGowan
Michael Smith
V
Alan Norris
Joe Cullen
V
Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright
V
Brendan Dolan
Dave Chisnall
V
Robbie Green
Phil Taylor
V
Steve West
Mensur Suljovic
V
Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson
V
Jamie Caven
Kyle Anderson
V
Cristo Reyes
Robert Thornton
V
Stephen Bunting
Ian White
V
Kim Huybrechts
James Wade
V
Terry Jenkins
Benito Van De Pas
V
Gerwyn Price
Adrian Lewis
V
Jelle Klaasen
Raymond Van Barneveld
V
Mervyn King

My View of the draw

On paper, it's very probable that the 4 semi finalists from the Champions League of Darts will again reach the semi finals here, but they are in different halves.
In the first semi final in Cardiff, Phil Taylor beat James Wade and Michael Van Gerwen beat Gary Anderson, but in this event, Michael/Phil are seeded to meet in the semi finals, and Gary/James are seeded to meet in the other semi final.
Knowing that Phil beat both James & Michael on his way to winning last weeks event, will he be up for this as much and would he have the same hunger playing Van Gerwen in a semi final, rather than a final.
In the last 2 years here, Phil has lost in the 1st round and in the quarter final, Michael has won and lost in the final in the same 2 years.
Gary lost in the semi final and in the 2nd round, whilst James lost in the final and also in the first round.
Michael Van Gerwen is a tad short at 5/4 to win the event outright, but predicting the finalists could be worth a punt.
Michael Van Gerwen & Gary Anderson to meet in the final is 7/2, whilst Michael Van Gerwen & James Wade to reach the final is priced at 11/1
If dutched correctly, you can get 9/4 for your money on either of these occuring, that is where my money is going this week.
Good luck to all having a bet