Price in to 5/2 for BoyleSports World Grand Prix defence

Gerwyn Price (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Gerwyn Price has already tightened his grip on favouritism for the BoyleSports World Grand Prix after getting the better of Michael Smith on the opening night of darts at Leicester's Morningside Arena.

The reigning World Champion took out two ton-plus finishes en route to claiming the first set, before wrapping up the match in a thrilling second set which went the distance - walking off stage with only the seventh average of over 100 in the tournament's history.

Speaking to BoyleSports after opening his title defence in style, Price admitted he was relieved to capitalise on missed darts from Smith, which would have taken the game to a deciding set.

"I flew out of the blocks, all my doubles starting were there and I was feeling confident, but two legs in the second set I bombed and I couldn't get off," said Price.

"Thankfully Michael slipped up on a couple of doubles at 2-2 and gave me a chance and I took it. That's what I've been doing lately; taking my opportunities."

Price has been chalked up at 2/9 for his second round assignment against Mervyn King and he has also been backed down to 5/2 from 4/1 with BoyleSports to win the tournament for the second successive year.

James Wade was one of the biggest market movers after falling into 12/1 from 28/1 following his 2-1 victory over Damon Heta, while Dave Chisnall (16/1 from 33/1) and Stephen Bunting (40/1 from 125/1) have also enjoyed some support at bigger prices after catching the eye on the opening night.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports, said: "James Wade, Dave Chisnall and Stephen Bunting have all saw their chances more than slashed in half already, so there are a few juicy prices being snapped up at the early stages.

"But Gerwyn Price has cleared a major hurdle following a tricky first round draw and he is now a stronger favourite to go all the way at 5/2 from 4/1."

BoyleSports World Grand Prix
Outright Winner Odds

5/2 Gerwyn Price
5/1 Michael Van Gerwen
11/2 Peter Wright
12/1 Jose de Sousa
12/1 James Wade
16/1 Dave Chisnall
18/1 Jonny Clayton
22/1 Luke Humphries
28/1 Gary Anderson
28/1 Ryan Searle
28/1 Nathan Aspinall
28/1 Mervyn King
40/1 Stephen Bunting
40/1 Krzysztof Ratajski
50/1 bar

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