Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney have already been forced with withdraw from the PDC Home Tour tournament due to dodgy internet connections, but could more fall foul of tech gremlins?
The biggest names in professional darts will go head-to-head from the comfort of their own homes over the next 32 nights, and while throwing arrows at a board is no issues for the sport’s elite, some of them have not been helped by less than stellar internet connections.
Both Anderson and Gurney have been forced to pull out of the competition, with the former giving fans an insight into just how poor the connection is at his Somerset home (it’s safe to say his provider is not hitting a bullseye with those speeds).
“I was up for it but when we did tests of my WiFi, it’s just not reliable enough,” Anderson told the Sun, before later tweeting his ‘speed test’.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I struggle to pay bills online in my house, it’s really frustrating. I did want to take part. It would have been something different to try and win.”
— Gary Anderson (@GaryAnderson180) April 17, 2020
But could more go the same way as Anderson and Gurney?
Bookmaker Paddy Power believes it is almost inevitable, going 1/180 about another player pulling out of the PDC Home Tour with WiFi issues, and 1/100 that any player experiences streaming issues during the tournament.
And of course, the Irish firm is also offering odds on who will go all the way and win the first ever PDC Home Tour tournament.
Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright are considered the frontrunners to shine in the comfort of their own homes, with Paddy Power making them the 9/2 joint favourites ahead of 7/1 second favourite Nathan Aspinall, who has already competed in the ‘Darts At Home’ tournament this month.
“We’re all missing live sport… and Peter Wright’s Mohican, so the new competition is a welcome distraction during this difficult time,” a Paddy Power spokesperson told BettingPro.
“Yes, this tournament may be taking place in people’s living rooms rather than on the big stage, but that won’t stop me digging out some ridiculous costumes to wear as if I was watching at Ally Pally.”
Latest Paddy Power Odds
PDC Home Tour Specials: 1/180 Another player to pull out of the tournament due to WiFi issues, 1/100 A player to having streaming issues at any point.
PDC Home Tour Outright Winner: 9/2 Gerwyn Price, 9/2 Peter Wright, 7/1 Nathan Aspinall, 14/1 Rob Cross, 14/1 Michael Smith.
PDC Home Tour Group One Winner: 1/2 Peter Wright, 9/2 Niels Zonneveld, 6/1 Jamie Lewis, 13/2 Peter Jacques.