A double world champion in the PDC code, Gary Anderson has been a regular on the darts playing circuit for many years and, while it’s been some time since he’s claimed a major trophy, he’s a threat in any event.
The Flying Scotsman served a long apprenticeship in the BDO version of the game, reaching a semi final of the World Championships before making the switch to the Professional Darts Corporation. It was a profitable decision too as Anderson claimed the World Title in 2015 before making a successful defence a year later.
Gary Anderson will frequently be the focus of attention for price boost offers from around the sportsbooks so let’s take a look at what we might expect to see while delving deeper into his long career.
Anderson started his professional career in 2001 and was triumphant in only the second tournament that he entered. The Scot claimed the Welsh Open in that year and that victory meant that he qualified automatically for the following BDO World Championship.
A first round exit followed but in 2003 he recorded his best performance in the BDO version of the worlds, going all the way to the semi final before losing out to Ritchie Davies. Strangely, Anderson’s long BDO career went on to feature a number of first round defeats in the World Championship although he did pick up some smaller titles, including the World Darts Trophy and the Finder Masters in 2007.
Anderson famously threw his darts into the lake after losing at the quarter final stage of the 2009 BDO Worlds and then, after a long period of speculation, he finally made the switch to the PDC.
His early inroads were given a boost when he took part in a Premier League meeting as a late replacement for Wayne Mardle who had pulled out through illness. Anderson impressed on that debut and has since become a regular in this popular tournament.
In 2010 he made his debut in the PDC World Championship, losing out in the second round but a year later the Premier League was kind once again, providing the Scot with his first major PDC title in 2011.
By now, the switch to PDC darts had become justified and Gary Anderson was a serious contender in any tournament in which he took part. Patience ultimately paid off when, in his mid-40’s he won his first world title in 2015, defeating Adrian Lewis in the final of that year.
A successful defence followed in 2016 and Anderson continued a strong showing in this tournament by reaching the final again a year later before going down to Michael Van Gerwen.
Can the Flying Scotsman do it again? Gary Anderson started as second favourite for the World Title in 2018 so remains highly rated by the bookies and he’s certain to threaten any event across the long darting calendar.
Here is a rundown of Gary Anderson’s best performances in major PDC events:
|World Championship:||Premier League:||Players Championship Finals:||World Grand Prix:||Grand Slam:||European Championship:||UK Open:||The Masters:||Champions League:||World Matchplay:|
|Winner 2015, 2016||Winner 2011, 2015||Winner 2014||Runner Up 2016||Runner Up 2011||Runner Up 2015||Runner Up 2010||Runner Up 2017||Runner Up 2017||Semi Finals 2014, 2016|
Gary Anderson started at around the 6/1 mark to win the 2018 World Championship and was heavily backed as the most likely man to oust reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen. Now we have a new challenger in the shape of eventual winner Rob Cross who may well split the two and relegate Anderson to third favourite for events moving forward.
At times, there have been some new customer price boosts on the Flying Scotsman although they were more frequent around the time that he claimed those two world titles. We may still see them in future and these are the types of offers that might take that 6/1 price and lift it to somewhere around 20/1 or possibly longer.
Bookies such as 888Sport, SportNation and Coral are among the busiest when it comes to publishing these promos but we’ll bring you these and others as and when they drop in.
As an alternative, those with a number of accounts around the sportsbooks could look at regular Gary Anderson price boosts. These will come in on a more frequent basis and would typically boost the player’s odds by a much smaller percentage but the terms will be less restrictive.
Coral, Winner Sports, William Hill and many others like to publish these and they will certainly be more frequent across the darts calendar.
Gary Anderson faces a battle to stay with the likes of Van Gerwen and Cross but will always be competitive for the foreseeable future and will receive a lot of backing from the darts betting community. For extra value, price boost offers and enhanced odds promos are worth looking out for and we will bring you the best of these as we spot them.