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happyhibee
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Thought I'd get this up early and keep all 4 matches in one thread despite them being over 2 days. Last few days have gone well and hoping it continues towards the later stages as well. Now playing the best of 9 and I think the bookies are trying to screw us a bit especially on markets such as the high check. In previous years the QF line was always over/under 136.5 but this year it's now 140.5 which is usually for the SF. Quite sneaky I think and might result in people backing unders.

Michael Van Gerwen v Robert Thornton:

R3 - MVG bt Terry Jenkins 4-1
Ave: 99.62
180's: 3
HC: 128
CO%: 56%

Thornton bt Benito Van De Pas 4-0
Ave: 96.5
180's: 4
HC: 156
CO%: 35%

Opening quarter final sees the defending champ take on Robert Thornton for a place in the semis. MVG is winning quite comfortably but it's been a bit of a change from his usual MO. He's now finishing really well but not scoring as many 180's as previously and the question is can he keep that going? He takes on Thornton who is the only player left who hasn't dropped a set and he has been pretty impressive to date without ever being under any real pressure. If he finishes at above 40% he can make a match of this but under pressure I'm never that convinced by him. Looked at this match over and over and honestly can't see a bet from the outset. I fancy there might be a high check or 2 but at over 141 I think it's just too high a line for a best of 9.

Recommendation: No Bet

Gary Anderson v Peter Wright:

R3 - Anderson bt Cristo Reyes 4-1
Ave: 104.54
180's: 8
HC: 124
CO%: 43%

Wright bt Andy Hamilton 4-0
Ave: 102.6
180's: 5
HC: 104
CO%: 50%

2nd game tomorrow looks like the tie of the round for me between 2 seriously in form players. Anderson in the last 2 rounds has been awesome and every part of his game appears to be in good order. He is playing as well if not better than when he last reached the final here and right now I sense he has belief that this is his time. Wright on the other hand has gone along quietly but has been extremely impressive in reaching this stage. He demolished Hamilton and as is his game he scored well but took out the important finishes that really hurt opponents. I can see this being an extremely close match with lots of legs and as such I like the look of Anderson's maxes again. At the moment he has hit 25 in 56 legs which is 1 every 2.24 legs. In order to reach the line we need 25 legs and I think this is more than achievable. As a result I'm going to have a go at Gary being able to hit the necessary number.

Recommendation: 3pts win Gary Anderson over 10.5 maxes @ 6/5 (365)

Phil Taylor v Vincent Van Der Voort:

R3 - Taylor bt Kim Huybrechts 4-3
Ave: 102.52
180's: 4
HC: 96
CO%: 43%

VDV bt Dean Winstanley 4-2
Ave: 93.9
180's: 3
HC: 97
CO%: 38%

3rd quarter final takes place on Friday evening and it's one that Phil Taylor will be very happy with. With all due respect to Vincent I'm sure Phil is very confident of reaching yet another semi final as Vince has never been past this stage and may freeze. Taylor has averaged over 100 in all 3 games to date and came through a real test in the last match v Huybrechts. Eventually when push came to shove though he won the 7th set 3-0. I'm not convinced by him changing darts but I think he'd need to underperform to lose this match. VDV has had a great run and the prizemoney earned will give him another boost up the world rankings. However I would question if he has the belief to beat Phil that I think some other players do possess. Going to have a small bet on Phil to cover the handicap here as I think this could be a comfy 5-1 win.

Recommendation: 1pt win Phil Taylor -3.5 sets @ 8/11 (Sky)

Raymond Van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting:

R3 - Barney bt Adrian Lewis 4-3
Ave: 92.23
180's: 3
HC: 104
CO%: 38%

Bunting bt Michael Smith 4-2
Ave: 102.34
180's: 8
HC: 90
CO%: 39%

Final match of the round sees 5 times champ Barney take on the current BDO champ Stephen Bunting. I posted on the match thread last night that when Barney won v Lewis I think it was one of the most baffling results I'd ever watched. He never seemed to be in the match, was constantly outscored but for once actually dug in and took his chances when Lewis missed doubles. However bar his towelling in the R1 match he's not showed anything like the form needed to win this event. Bunting saved his best form for his win over Smith where he averaged over 100 and played really nicely. He's going to be very confident of another win here as if he gets on top of Barney and doesn't miss doubles then I think he will reach the semis. However the price on him to do so looks right to me as he can throw in the occasional stinker from out of nowhere. I was also tempted by Bunting maxes here but I think at times his darts are going in at funny angles and forcing him to switch. Based on current stats he's hitting a max every 3.27 legs so needs 33 legs to cover the spread and I think it will be touch and go if this happens.

Recommendation: No Bet

Summary: I've had a confident bet on Subtitles to cover his max line and a small bet on Phil to cover the handicap line on Friday. Best of luck to all and feel free to share any bets I might have missed. Best wishes for the New Year to all on here too and may all your bets be winners.
HH Happy
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Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:33 PM GMT
should we all be jumping on bunting at 1000 re the drugs test
Report aberdonia January 2, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
i fear for the walk on girls if Barney is on the loose.
Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
They then cut to the woman at the press conf. who couldn't pronounce the drug he took (stanozolol?)
Report wisewords January 2, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
did anyone else get the feeling that Barney's super weird speech he made to Bunting, was like he was his long term partner and he was about to propose to him.
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
1 more observation .after match intereview Barney said he switched to specs as he couldn't see a thing. Another hint he was smashed out his nut
Report THEMONEYSHOT January 2, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
Serious point: if there was a drug test at least it would confirm darts as a sport.
Report happyhibee January 2, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
I'm going to bed but I might not sleep well after that
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
Lol lads. 1.24 the walk on girls or bunting getting mounted tonight by Barney backstage
Report Leemo January 2, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
lolExcited
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:38 PM GMT
Feel the love in 2015 pdc world's
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
wtf must be going on backstage !
Report Lori January 2, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
Everyone asking Barney to share his smarties.
Report wisewords January 2, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
Barney owned me. that was horrible
Report olddesperado January 2, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
Lads anyone else notice barney a little odd tonight ?
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
stewards enquiry - ffs barney was off his head in front of millions of viewers.
Report GRANTCKING January 2, 2015 11:41 PM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 5:40PM, olddesperado wrote:


Lads anyone else notice barney a little odd tonight ?


ConfusedConfused

Report aberdonia January 2, 2015 11:41 PM GMT
i think that putting on the glasses to hide his huge eyes is a good shout.
Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
Bez to be dancing on stage for Barneys walk on tomorrow?
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
GrinLaugh Lori

I reckon if they showed the backstage stuff and afters on sky  1 or summit they'd be on a winner
Report Lori January 2, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
Laugh
Report THEMONEYSHOT January 2, 2015 11:42 PM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 5:42PM, Cosmo Kramer wrote:


Bez to be dancing on stage for Barneys walk on tomorrow?


;-D

Report Lori January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
Barney is now the number one trend (non hashtag)
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
if he's still flying tomorrow evening he might 'nut' phil!
Report hitmanhearn January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
Yeah he never even celebrated winning a leg he just shrugged. Well weird.
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
LaughGrin
Report wisewords January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 5:41PM, aberdonia wrote:


i think that putting on the glasses to hide his huge eyes is a good shout.


if he was on anything, what do you think it would have been?

Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:43 PM GMT
Laure on twitter saying it was a wonderful and emotional interview. Looks like she's got her mitts on the good stuff!
Report Lori January 2, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
lol
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
the latest craze going around called 'doing a barney' !
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
I'd pay perview to see Barney mwi like that again way bez doin his thing
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:46 PM GMT
Sylvia sacked the optitians and phycologist and got in mother superior from trainspotting
Report THEMONEYSHOT January 2, 2015 11:47 PM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 5:43PM, wisewords wrote:


Jan  2, 2015 -- 11:41PM, aberdonia wrote:i think that putting on the glasses to hide his huge eyes is a good shout.if he was on anything, what do you think it would have been?


Harold Monker and an Eddie ?

Report wisewords January 2, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy1omkL98qU
Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
Yep, Sylv gone back to basics. She'll be walking like John Wayne tomorrow.
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:48 PM GMT
Grin
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:48 PM GMT
Barney better have some valium. Or hel be rough as feck
Report aberdonia January 2, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
wisewords,

that was typical E behaviour although i would have been hugging the scorer, Bunting and anyone else within hugging distance.

I once played golf after a rave (early 90s) and shot a 72. Your senses are heightened so it could improve your play. Laugh
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:50 PM GMT
https://www.tumblr.com/search/fred%20and%20barney
Report alun2005 January 2, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
Walk-on music will definitely have to be something from 'Screamadelica' after tonight.
Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
Barney backstage now doing 'big fish, little fish, cardboard box'
Report alun2005 January 2, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
CALL THE COPS
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
Did give you the feeling you could do anything aber. Don't need sports phycologists if youV got a bag of the old 20 quid doves
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:53 PM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 5:52PM, Cosmo Kramer wrote:


Barney backstage now doing 'big fish, little fish, cardboard box'


GrinLaugh

Report aberdonia January 2, 2015 11:55 PM GMT
CC, yes, you felt on top of the world and your confidence goes through the roof.

speaking to the opposite sex is unusually easy as you pick out the best looking girl in the bar and then
attempt to charm the pants of her. Laugh

obviously it was a long time ago but it was fantastic....
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:55 PM GMT
I was full of solpadol when I won this year's golf club matchplay final. And of course a few lines. Had it in one of they wee snorter tube things. Was playing a copper. Could only do a line when in the trees Laugh
Report aberdonia January 2, 2015 11:56 PM GMT
Barney has a new walk on tune for tomorrow

http://youtu.be/YFJdUJg4wOk
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 2, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
https://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2jpxiJFEU1rtqgd4o1_500.gif
Report alun2005 January 2, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
And remember, this is just the warm-up to the acid-soaked psychedelia of the Lakeside World Championship, where invisible dogs and players showing how to change nappies on a Zippy from Rainbow puppet are routine occurrences.
Report Cosmo Kramer January 2, 2015 11:58 PM GMT
Greatest sport in the world Al!
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
Yeah aber gives you great strength and confidence.not had an Eccie in years sadly. Although enjoy an occasional line at golf dos etc. I'm one of the youngsters in the club so takes me back to the rebel days
Report ccmac1975 January 2, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
Grin al
Report alun2005 January 2, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
Ah, you're not wrong my friend. I'd like to what the urine samples after your big match in impossibly-romantic Hull against the invincible Lion would have shown up.
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 3, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
drugs or not no way barney can play that well again, specially if not on anything, so unfortunately phil has a free run to the final when he has looked quite beatable.
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
The odd line is very popular up here. Laugh

easier to spot someone who hasn't.
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
I actually played much worse alun.couldn't concentrate my head was everywhere nearly thru away a 4 up lead. Maybe next year I won't do a Barney
Report Cosmo Kramer January 3, 2015 12:01 AM GMT
I was taking it steady but The Lion was off his nut....hang on, drugs test! I could still be Hull Open Champ.
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
Lol drug tests will be the call at every dinner dance now when they give the champ a mike for a speach
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:03 AM GMT
Speech
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:04 AM GMT
Do you live in Aberdeen aber? I'm in Glasgow. Played courses all over Scotland superb game
Report AFTERTHOUGHT January 3, 2015 12:04 AM GMT
men in white coats seen strapping barney to a bed !
Report THEMONEYSHOT January 3, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
Barney's Championship winning speech, The Bullet, quickly forgotten.
: Who put this thing together? Me, that’s who! Who do I trust? Me!
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
found a better walk on tune for Barney.

http://youtu.be/QMyxLbpxS6U
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:06 AM GMT
I'm buzzing after that game, think barneys made my week. Last week was Kirchner. The invisible dart man
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:07 AM GMT
Aberdeen , yes, i love golf and play nearly every week.

Lowest ive been is 6, play off 9 right now.

there are so many superb courses up here as there are all over Scotland.
Report alun2005 January 3, 2015 12:08 AM GMT
Cosmo, if they stripped The Lion of that title, you'd never be able to set foot in Hull again. You'd basically be Maxine Carr without the new identity.
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
Yeah aber. Good handicap. I only play once or twice a week over the summer. Of 23 although that will prob be cut after winning this year. Played guy of 12 in final so had 11 stokes Grin.Never cheated though way handicap. Only won 1 singles in first 2 years
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:12 AM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 6:08PM, alun2005 wrote:


Cosmo, if they stripped The Lion of that title, you'd never be able to set foot in Hull again. You'd basically be Maxine Carr without the new identity.


Grin

Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:13 AM GMT
Will hopefully play right from January this year at range etc. Wanna get better
Report alun2005 January 3, 2015 12:13 AM GMT
And I suspect not as pretty as Maxine either.
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:14 AM GMT
that is the great thing about golf, you can play with anyone of any ability and have a "friendly" competitive match.

I love it and would play every day if i could. Meet so many different folk on the course as well.

Hardly get a calm day up here, that is the only bug bear about playing in the North East.
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:15 AM GMT
Grantkicking is a decent golfer, lower handicap than me.
Report alun2005 January 3, 2015 12:17 AM GMT
Have you lads played CRUDEN BAY in Aberdeenshire?  I played two rounds there one day about 10 years ago. First 18 in the teeth of a gale, the second (the same day) in as balmy conditions as you could hope for. Brilliant course.
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:17 AM GMT
Because we are near the sea we can play pretty much all year round.

Ive played on New Years day before.
Report RozelKid January 3, 2015 12:17 AM GMT
I've been laughing with tears for the last hour - reading the responses on here at watching barney put his hands on Bunting's shoulders .  HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA   "YOU ARE A WORLD CLASS PLAYER " ! YOU ARE AMAZING !  HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy1omkL98qU
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:18 AM GMT
Yeah its a great game although the lower handicappers always moan about your handicap if you beat them. Won nearest the pin at an outing 60 strong that was my only other trophy although shot 100 plus at that event lol

Obviously your a decent player don't think I'd get under ten even if i played every day
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:19 AM GMT
I have not , but it is one of the best if not the best courses up here.

I have played the Donald Trump course, which one day i think will host an Open of some sort.

http://www.trumpgolfscotland.com/course
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
Alun, that sums up the north east.

no day is the same as far as golf goes, makes consistency very hard as you hit a 3 iron one day, a 8 the next on the same hole depending on the weather.
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:24 AM GMT

Jan 2, 2015 -- 6:17PM, aberdonia wrote:


Because we are near the sea we can play pretty much all year round.Ive played on New Years day before.


Class. My mate once came up from Manchester for new year and we went to the local municipal it was about minus 1 and shut. Anyway we climbed the fence and played the greens were just pure ice. Got to a dog leg par 5 and when we reached the green it was just an ice pond
also played in Rochdale once when 100 mph winds cause we'd pre paid. Ball was blowing down the fairways. Drives were going on forever by the time you got there.

Was unplayable in the end stood in the trees and drank carry oot. The guy that ran the course must have thought mad Scottish feckers. 5 folk died that day In the hurricane. Our Mrs gave us pelters when we got home Grin

Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 12:29 AM GMT
There are 4 municipal courses in Aberdeen alone.  And every village and town in Aberdeenshire
has its own course.

Spoiled for choice.
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 12:38 AM GMT
Grew up in clydebank. There is a municipal there called Dalmuir that has two holes in a book called the hardest 18 holes in Britain. One is a par 3 the gulley and the other a very long up hill par 4 called the roadhouse. It is as good as any I have played including Ayrshire. Darney bell isle Girvan etc.

Used to walk round it as a kid find balls make money. If I'd been playing all the time I'd been doing that I'd prob be of nearly scratch. Was there a lot for the cash as wasn't from rich background
Report aberdonia January 3, 2015 1:04 AM GMT
we used to look for balls as well.

we would wait in the trees waiting for all the bad shots. Happy
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
Snap. Never stole them but would never tell the guy when he came to look where it landed Grin.unless he bought a few we'd already found. Used to think the younger guys playing were mugs as I was earning cash on the course and they were paying to play
Report RichyH January 3, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
Had to come on here after that Barney interview as I was thinking that Barney seemed in a different frame of mind.I have to agree with him being on Eccies, some hilarious comments on here from 11pmLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
4 for a quid Excited
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:10 AM GMT
Agree richy was comedy gold
Report RichyH January 3, 2015 1:10 AM GMT
Dalmuir Golf Club only thing that runs it close around thereis Knighstwoods Golf Course for shadyness
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:15 AM GMT
Last time I played knightwwood there was an 8 ball sneaked on in front with Buckie wouldn't let us play through Cry.Dalmuir to guy with a devil dug and two skip hat kids running about green with a football. Fekin gutted I was Grin
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:16 AM GMT
Have you played the one up near black hill and ruchazie richy? That's a whole new level of shadyness
Report ccmac1975 January 3, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
Castemilk to lyn park. Guy was randomly hitting balls in trees directly over the other fairway blind. And they say golf was discovered in Scotland Laugh
Report Latalomne January 3, 2015 9:52 AM GMT
I still can't quite believe what my brain is telling me my eyes saw last night....

There was genuine Man Love in Barney's eyes when he finished his speech.... 

Truly surreal.
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2015 10:08 AM GMT
Sports news from Talksport..."and finally, Phil Taylor will take on Raymond Van Barneveld in tonight's PDC World Darts Championship Semi Final."

No mention whatsoever of MVG v Ando. Maybe they were running behind schedule? Plain
Report happyhibee January 3, 2015 10:09 AM GMT
I've heard they will be transmitting the barney game in warehouse raves around the country too
Report alun2005 January 3, 2015 10:37 AM GMT
Bez and Shaun rumoured to be on the guest list tonight. 'Call the Cops' indeed.

Fingers crossed they will accompany the Great Man to the stage for a special baggy walk-on. Obviously will be more of a 'Step On' than a walk-on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CQLAhNlbfQ
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2015 10:39 AM GMT
Hahaha Alun.

hh, just for you Laugh

"C'mon C'mon Hurry Up Hibee C'mon** - Where's yer Semi Final Preview?" Grin Grin Grin

Jimmy's 'out of it' on stage performance is reminiscent of RVB last night
** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3QI40oq_iw


Round One = 7.3pts loss
Round Two = 2.66pts profit
Round Three = 10.95pts profit
Quarter final = 2.4pts loss
Running Total = 3.91pts profit

MVG v Ando:
Ando 180's - OVER 12.5 @ 4/5 hills 2.4pts

Taylor v RVB:
Taylor Average - UNDER 102.5 @ 5/6 pp 0.6pt
Report Danno January 3, 2015 11:45 AM GMT
Can someone explain what "Eccies" are?  Assume it's some sort of rhyming slang for some sort of drug, but I'm a bit innocent in these matters Blush

On a serious point (for a moment), I think it's fair to say that Barney wasn't the full ticket last night.  All that grinning at the board, the glasses to keep his eyes in the right direction, the man love and the speech, and so on.  Wouldn't Bunting have the right to call for a stewards'?  I doubt he would, but I wouldn't put it past Taylor to get Barney expelled for nefarious activities.  The PDC couldn't possibly turn a blind eye to an accusation of PED's, could they?  Or indeed any drug taking.  Someone might have to take a big decision today - let it ride and be subsequently accused of knowingly covering up illegal activity, or take the moral high ground at the expense of the spectacle and the paying punter.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised to be greeted with the news at 7pm that Barney has "taken ill" and sadly will not be able to fulfil tonight's fixture.
Report Latalomne January 3, 2015 11:45 AM GMT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy1omkL98qU
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2015 12:09 PM GMT
Better to smile and be relaxed on the oche, than be a Michael Smith type - all anxious and uptight.

Don't forget, Bunting is only 29 and 12 months ago was merely an amateur darts player*

*Said with tongue firmly in cheek. Wink
Report RichyH January 3, 2015 7:07 PM GMT
Eccies = Ecstasy dnb
Report RichyH January 3, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
ccmac- No but I have drove past it many a time thinking it would be a bigger challenge getting round in one piece than the actual Holes
Report DartsnBooze January 3, 2015 7:12 PM GMT
Wouldn't have happened during barney's stint in the bdo - No breaks in 1/4's back then?
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