He’s one of the most colourful characters on the darts betting circuit and there’s never a shortage of entertainment when Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright steps up to the oche. But behind the outrageous hair and even more outrageous clothing, there is a serious side to a man who regularly challenges for the major PDC events.
The Scot is also a favourite for the betting community so here’s a little look at the career of the dazzling Wright along with details of likely enhanced odds offers that will be attached to him.
Wright’s early career was largely confined to the club circuit but he did make an appearance in the 1995 BDO World Championships, losing out to Richie Burnett in the first round. Wright then drifted away from the professional scene but later, while watching a tournament on television, he realised he had beaten many of the players on show and decided to restart his career.
A return to the British Darts Organisation came at the start of the new century but despite making few inroads into the sport, Wright backed himself to step up to the PDC a few years later.
His career continued to fall away from the spotlight until 2009 when, he finished strongly in a number of tournaments to qualify for the World Championships at the end of the year. Wright lost to Michael Van Gerwen in the opening round of those worlds but he was getting stronger all the time and he reached his first ever final on the tour, losing out to Phil Taylor at a UK Open qualifier.
Wright eventually landed his first win on the pro tour, albeit in a minor event as he took out the Killarney Open in 2012, beating Robert Thornton in the final by an emphatic six sets to one. Snakebite continued to impress at many ranking events but the one tournament in which he had failed to make an impression was the PDC World Championship.
As he headed into the 2014 renewal, the Scot had yet to progress beyond the third round but that situation was to finally change. Opening wins led him to a third round tie against Michael Smith where victory was to take him to the quarter finals for the very first time.
But he wasn’t finished there; Wright came from behind in the quarters to set up a semi final showdown with a strong Simon Whitlock. Snakebite found his best form of the tournament at this stage to breeze past The Wizard by six sets to two but unfortunately ran into a world class Michael Van Gerwen in the final. MVG claimed his first title as he started to embark on his own dominant period.
As of 2018, Peter Wright has yet to improve on that runner’s up spot in the PDC Worlds but he continues to be a formidable opponent for any player. Impressive performances continue and in 2017, he won his first major event on the circuit by taking out the UK Open. At the same time, as we will see in the following summary, the Scot reached a number of additional finals in that year without quite getting over the line again. It will be fascinating to see if this colourful character can add to that tally of wins in the years that lie ahead.
Here is a summary of Peter Wright’s best performances at major PDC events.
|World Championship:||UK Open:||Grand Slam:||Premier League:||World Matchplay:||Players Championship Finals:||European Championship:||The Masters:||World Grand Prix:|
|Runner Up 2017||Winner 2017||Runner Up 2017||Runner Up 2017||Runner Up 2017||Semi Final 2016||Semi Final 2015, 2016||Quarter Final 2015, 2016, 2017||Quarter Final 2017|
Peter Wright started as third favourite for the 2018 World Championship behind Michael Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson but it was to be a disappointing event for the Scot as he crashed out in the second round to Jamie Lewis.
It will be interesting to see if Snakebite can have the same success moving forward as he starts to approach his 50th birthday and with Rob Cross coming from the fringes to take that World Title, Wright is likely to drop to fourth favourite for most events in the near future.
For all sports, there are two types of price boost offers: the first category is targeted at new customers to that specific bookie and would typically take a short odds on price and boost it to around 25/1 or higher subject to a fixed £1.00 stake and other terms.
Wright is unlikely to get such a short price moving forward so he will probably fall into the second category. A number of operators such as William Hill, Winner Sports, Betway and others might take a player’s odds to win a match or a tournament and give them a small boost of around one to two points.
While it doesn’t look like there is too much value in these offers, they are less restrictive in terms of staking so punters can bet beyond fixed stakes and any returns will usually be in cash as opposed to free bet tokens.
While Peter Wright stays on top of his game, he will continue to get attention from the bookmakers and we will bring you the best price boosts and enhanced odds deals that are attached to his name as soon as we hear about them.