The Unibet Darts Masters begins today from the soulless wasteland of Milton Keynes as the top 16 players in the PDC battle to take the title. MVG won the tournament last year with a brutal 11-6 demolition of Barney, averaging 112(!) in the process.
Highlights of the afternoon session include a repeat of this year's Worlds quarter-final - where Blubby Boy choked a 3-0 set lead and eventually crashed out to the at-times apathetic Barney - and a meeting of two players who were terrible at Ally Pally in Terry Jenkins and James Wade. A quickfire opener between Thornton and Chisnall alongside the battle of the opposites in Peter Wright and Ian White complete the afternoon.
The evening brings yet more rematches from the Worlds as the Sex Pest Derby is the second match of the night. With Phil Taylor blaming "MUH DIVORCE" for his loss to Jelle Klaasen, we may yet see a repeat of the famous win for the Snapchat-abusing Dutchman. Following that, Big Vinny faces the World Champion who only lost one leg in their last meeting, but given Anderson's admission he doesn't really care about the minor tournaments, there could be an upset on the cards. Opening and closing the evening are two former World Champions against the two debutants from last year's Premier League as Aidey Lewis faces the cursed-by-Wolfie Kim Huybrechts with Autism then playing BUNT MAN. Can the Green Machine repeat 2015 and choo-choo his way to the title?
The first round is best of 19 legs (first to 10).
Coverage starts at 12:45pm UK time on ITV4.
>Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)
Robert "I'm Thorny, So Thorny, Thorny, Thorny" Thornton v Chizzy Rascal
James "The Meds Are Back In Town" Wade v Terry "Oh bullocks" Jenkins
Snakeshite v Ian "3 Litres of Diamond" White
Michael "Snackpot 2.0" Smith v Barney
>Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Snackpot v Kim "Husband of Dana" Huybrechts
Taylel v Jelle "Yewtree" Klaasen
Gary Anderson v Vincent van der Voort "van der Voort, Vincent van der Voort!"
MvGOAuTism v BUNT DESTROYER
So, what's happened since the last time /180/ was here, when Scott Waites humiliated Jeff Smith at Lakeside?
Well, the PDC's Q-School took place in the week afterwards. The yearly jobber jamboree at Wigan had a less than stellar field this time around compared to 2015, but some recognisable names picked up Tour Cards, including four-time Lakeside failure Jeffrey de Graaf, dancing fat Greek John Michael, Barney eliminator James Richardson and that disgusting nonce lookalike Dennis Smith. Sadly, CUBE failed to win enough points to get a Tour Card. The full list of Tour Card holders can be found here: http://www.pdc.tv/news/article/fhed84vmpq3p1iv3yr1x64eob/title/2016-pdc-annual-awards-dinner
The PDC then pussied out and gave Player of the Year to BOTH Anderson and MVG: http://www.pdc.tv/news/article/fhed84vmpq3p1iv3yr1x64eob/title/2016-pdc-annual-awards-dinner
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>mfw /180/ is back
>The PDC then pussied out and gave Player of the Year to BOTH Anderson and MVG
Finally, /180/ is back, what a reilef. Also thanks to OP for either being the new /180/s OP or abandoning his retirement plans, I can't tell - which is a good thing!
HA HA TIME FOR JIZZY
Have a picture of his brother Jay with Conehead.
>CBeebies HD exists
>ITV4 HD doesnt
Oh well, at least its on
>yfw Thornton loses after missing darts for 9-0
>have darts for 9-0
>opponent takes leg
>SportAccord uses the following criteria, determining that a sport should:
>have an element of competition
Ranking system, various tournaments
>be in no way harmful to any living creature
This is true apart from rapey Phil
>not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier (excluding proprietary games such as arena football)
Players can use their own darts so long as they conform to standards
>not rely on any "luck" element specifically designed into the sport
The only luck in darts is bad luck
>They also recognise that sport can be primarily physical (such as rugby or athletics), primarily mind (such as chess or go), predominantly motorised (such as Formula 1 or powerboating), primarily co-ordination (such as billiard sports), or primarily animal-supported (such as equestrian sport).
Darts is objectively a physical, mental, and co-ordination sport. We are also unsure if Andrew Gilding is actually human.
>it's a Chisnall interview
>yfw Dolel and Poop are automatic qualifiers on the Euro Tour because of their floor performances
HA HA TIME FOR THE HUMAN BRANCH OF WICKES
>Hereby follows the most anyone will ever write about Ian White in one sitting. How can a man look like an aging queen and painfully heterosexual at exactly the same time? From one angle he looks like the sort of dude who turns up in documentaries to talk about the devastating impact AIDS had on the Chicago house scene, then he turns to the right and looks he goes on the pull at the WMC. He is cursed forever to be painfully dull, but not dull enough that he can do a “strictly business” gimmick. He has the charisma of a branch of Wickes.
The last match he won on TV.
>Pyke making excuses for Huybrechts's woeful PL performance
>losing to Kim Huybrechts
Neither player was good. In fact, everyone bar Clown and White has been poor.
Barney got broken at 6-5 if I remember correctly and never really recovered.
>it's an Adrian Lewis plays in an unranked tournament episode
>After you've lost to David Pallett a man has to make significant changes to get himself back on track.
>Kimbo to win a major this year?
Possibly but it would need the top 8 to all have terrible tournaments.
I thought his attitude was better in that interview than it has been over the past year. Maybe he realised how much of a tit he'd been.
Not to mention the Taylor criticism that gets delivered.
Is Taylel, dare I say it, finished?
Taylor looks far more comfortable with those darts than he has done at any point since he joined Target.
>return to traditional Taylor namedropping and aloofness in interviews
>that granny holding the I LOVE TAYLOR sign
>Thornton lost 10-9 from 8-0 up.
It was more a case of Chisnall being utter shit in the first eight legs but still embarrassing from Thornton.
Chizz didn't hit a single double until the 13th attempt and Thorn missed darts for a 9-0 lead.
>tfw 2016 will be another year of mvg winning everything except the Premier League and the World Championship
More 180s than 100s or 140s is madness.
>MVG's face when his autism prevents him from dominating in setplay events
And that checkout on Mensur ends the night and the opening day of the 2016 Masters. The evening session perfectly demonstrated why the PDC's decision to split the Best Player award was a complete joke.
In one corner, you had MVG humiliating Bunt Man 10-1 - which included 3 more failures at 9 darters and a 137 average after 3 legs - with a 112 average and a 59% checkout rate. In the other, you had Gando jobbing out to an impressive Vincent van der Voort 10-7 and laughing about it afterwards. The contrast in how the World's Top 2 played this event is stunning. Not trying to take away any credit from Vinny, who's continuing in that fine form he showed last year, but the World Champion should have defeated him easily.
Elsewhere in the evening, Kim Huybrechts showed his best performance in well over a year as he eliminated yet another under-firing big name in Adrian Lewis while Phil Taylor put in an ominous 102 average and won 10-6 against Jelle Klaasen.
In the afternoon, the story of the session was Robert Thornton's implosion from 8-0 up to lose 10-9 to Dave Chisnall. With darts to go 9-0 up and to win the match, it is remarkable how the Scotsman lost it. Despite his World Grand Prix victory last year, that collapse could start the demise of Wee Rabbie. James Wade and Michael Smith also advanced in the afternoon with scrappy performances while Peter Wright also impressed in his victory over Ian White.
The quarter-finals are tomorrow from 12:45pm:
>Kim Huybrechts v James Wade
>Vincent van der Voort v Dave Chisnall
>Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
>Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
with the semi-finals and final in the evening.
See you then.