It doesn’t always pay to back the favourite, although Scott Waites looks a touch at 7/2 to win the 2013 BDO World Championship at Frimley Green considering that Scotty 2 Hotty has recently shown that he can mix it with the best that the PDC have to offer.
The Yorkshireman beat Phil Taylor in the recent Grand Slam of Darts before defeating Robert Thornton in the first knockout stage and he ran Michael van Gerwen reasonably close before losing 16-12 to the Dutchman.
That performance suggests that he should have the beating of his opponents when it comes to this tournament and William Hill offer that 7/2 that Waites is crowned champion in the New Year.
Naturally, there are some decent competitors that could trouble the favourite including Christian Kist, the Dutchman who surprised everyone when winning the title twelve months ago and he will be confident after beating Wes Newton in the recent Grand Slam of Darts.
The 26-year-old may well consider switching to the PDC after some impressive performances although he will be at Frimley Green to defend his title and 8/1 is on offer that he can win back-to-back titles.
Stephen Bunting is also among the favourites at odds of 13/2 and he reached the quarter final twelve months ago, while the 27-year-old has proved himself this term by winning the World Masters and Zuiderduin Masters which suggests The Bullet might take some beating in this tournament.
There are some household names in the BDO World Championship, with Martin Adams always a tough competitor and Wolfie has resisted the lure of the PDC to become a stalwart of this tournament, although age could be catching up with him.
As for Tony O’Shea, he is a great crowd pleaser and Silverback can pull something magical out of the fire on occasions, although odds of 16/1 suggest that inconsistency could cost him dear in this tournament, while Dutchman Wesley Harms is possibly the best each-way value at 20/1.