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UK Open Odds

Who wins the UK Open 2022?

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Michael Smith1.251.25
Danny Noppert3.753.75

2022 UK Open

The first ranked major of the 2022 PDC season will take place over the first weekend in March, with the Cazoo UK Open. The tournament is set to feature 160 players, the most of any televised PDC event. All of the 128 PDC tour card holders will qualify, as will the top eight players on both the Challenge Tour and Development Tour Order of Merits. It will also see the return of the Rileys Amateur Qualifier event, which allow 16 of the UK’s best amateur players to qualify for the tournament at a variety of Rileys club venues around the UK. Some big names have previously come through these Rileys Amateur Qualifiers, such as Callan Rydz in 2019 and Fallon Sherrock in 2020. The tournament will be the eighth to be held at Butlins Minehead, after the 2021 edition was moved to Milton Keynes due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

James Wade won the UK Open for the third time, each in three different decades, in 2021. He defeated promising youngster Luke Humphries 11-5 in the final, after beating then World Champion Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the semi-final. Lisa Ashton also became the first woman to win a match at the UK Open since 2005 by defeating Aaron Beeney. In doing so she set the record for the highest televised average for a female, of 100.34. There were also two nine-darters hit, by Sebastian Bialecki and Jitse Van der Wal. However, neither nine-darter was shown on the televised or stream board.

The UK Open in Minehead will feature a main board that is televised, in a large arena with many fans. There will also be a streamed board in a smaller room, with a smaller crowd, that will be streamed on the internet. There will also be a multi-board room which will feature many other boards to be used in the early rounds. The tournament requires so many boards due to the huge player pool, and the short three-day schedule.

Wade will come into the tournament as the defending champion, but Peter Wright will be the reigning World Champion. Michael van Gerwen was also the last player to win a UK Open in Minehead with a crowd, with his victory in 2020. The tournament is a ranked event, and so it will allow players to pick up crucial ranking money in a bid to keep their tour cards. It may also be the only major event that some of the lower-ranked players get to play in all year. The tournament also has a new sponsor for the first time since 2019, with Cazoo taking over from Ladbrokes.

The tournament’s 21st edition will see the champion takes home £100,000. The runner-up will pocket £40,000, with both semi-finalists winning £20,000. The tournament will be just the 2nd televised tournament of the season, after the unranked Ladbrokes Masters. It means it will be the first chance to see many players on TV this year. Five nights of the Premier League will also take place before the UK Open, allowing us to view the form of the world’s top eight players.