With Phil Taylor having retired from the sport, Michael Van Gerwen can now see if he can rise to the challenge and become to most successful player that darts has ever seen. Taylor’s incredible records will take some beating however and while The Power has retired, we have a new player seemingly taking his place in 2018 PDC World Champion Rob Cross.
Van Gerwen has been largely dominant in the sport across 2016 and 2017 and is already a double world champion. He starts as favourite for the majority of tournaments that he enters and also attracts most of the enhanced odds offers and price boost deals from around the sportsbooks.
Here then is a closer look at the phenomenon that is Michael Van Gerwen together with details of what we can expect from those price boost promotions.
Michael Van Gerwen was born in the Netherlands in 1989 and like many PDC players, his early experiences in darts were with the BDO code. This is less competitive and throwers often develop their skills with the British Darts Organisation before crossing to the more lucrative PDC.
MVG enjoyed much success as a young player and his trophies included the Winmau World Masters in 2006, a tournament in which he became the youngest ever champion at the age of 17 years and 174 days.
He stayed with the code to compete for the 2007 BDO Championship but after a shock exit in the first round at the hands of Gary Robson, he crossed over to the PDC along with fellow Dutchmen Vincent van der Voort and Jelle Klaasen.
Despite showing great potential, it would be some time before ‘Mighty Mike’ won his first PDC event which came in 2009 when he defeated Van der Voort in the final of the Players Championship. MVG started to become a threat in most tournaments from that point onwards but another wait followed before he reached the last 16 of the PDC World Championship for the first time in 2012.
Van Gerwen won three minor events in that same year before recording his first success in a Major event with victory in the World Grand Prix in October of that same year.
In 2013, he reached his first PDC World Championship final where he lost out to Phil Taylor but it was still a successful year for the Dutchman who picked up his first Premier League title along the way. A year later, he was to put that World Championship disappointment behind him.
MVG won his first world title in 2014, defeating Peter Snakebite Wright in a tense final. By then, Van Gerwen became one of the favourites for every tournament that he played but he lost out on the biggest prize in 2015 and 2016 as Gary Anderson completed back to back World Championships.
That situation was addressed in 2017 as Mighty Mike won his second world title and although he lost at the semi final stage to Rob Cross in 2018, it will be no surprise if the Dutchman starts as favourite for 2019 and beyond.
Along with those achievements, Michael Van Gerwen has set many records in his relatively short time at the professional oche including becoming the youngest ever winner of a BDO event and the youngest player to record a televised nine dart finish.
And, as we’ll see in the next section, there have been periods in the game where MVG has effectively dominated the sport, taking the majority of titles in 2016 and 2017.
Here is a summary of Michael Van Gerwen’s biggest tournament wins since crossing to the PDC Code in 2007.
|World Championship:||World Matchplay:||World Grand Prix:||Grand Slam:||Premier League:||European Championship:||UK Open:||Players Championship Finals:||The Masters:|
|2014, 2017||2015, 2016||2012, 2014, 2016||2015, 2016, 2017||2013, 2016, 2017||2014, 2015. 2016, 2017||2015, 2016||2013, 2015, 2016, 2017||2015, 2016, 2017|
Those statistics underline just how dominant Michael Van Gerwen has been in the world of darts in recent years. The run of four straight wins in the European Championships is particularly eye catching and we’re sure to see MVG adding to that long list in 2018 and beyond.
Michael Van Gerwen was one of only two players to have enhanced odds, new customer offers attached to them for the PDC World Championship of 2018. Deals came in from Coral and SportNation while 888Sport focused on Phil Taylor instead.
MVG didn’t win that event as we know but as long as he stays on top of his game that situation is unlikely to change in the near future. Those deals would typically take Van Gerwen’s odds on price for the tournament and lift them to around 25/1 or even longer subject to a £1.00 stake and other terms and conditions.
Meanwhile, regular price boosts should also drop in and these are the types of offers that lengthen odds by a smaller margin but are open to call customers. Winner Sports, Paddy Power and William Hill are among a lengthy list of bookies that offer price boosts such as these and they should also appear for events other than the PDC World Championship.
We’ll look to bring you the best of those promotions as they land so keep checking back to see where the value lies in Michael Van Gerwen price boosts and enhanced odds offers.