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MY mate got both his ears pierced in the pub this week.

I did warn him not to stand next to the board when I was throw­ing darts.

To help give me an ad­van­tage, I bent his ar­rows when he nipped to the toi­let. When he came back he threw a wob­bler. The high­est score you can get is 180. The other night I hit one with my first three throws. Which took my score down to 500. When some­one first told me the rules, I thought it sounded in­sanely vi­o­lent. I mean, tak­ing legs off your op­po­nent to win seems bar­baric. But I love it and can’t wait for the start of the Wil­liam Hill PDC World Darts Cham­pi­onships at Alexan­dra Palace, next week.

I went last year and was shocked by the number of beer bel­lies, mul­lets and dodgy tat­toos on fans in the crowd. And that was just the ladies.

The tour­na­ment this year seems more wide open than ever now 16-time champ Phil Tay­lor has re­tired.

I once played a match against “The Power” and he was an­gry for months after I put su­per­glue on his darts.

I replied: “You just can’t let it go can you?”

Out­sider Rob Cross rocked the sport by win­ning the tour­na­ment last year but he has been nowhere near as good since.

Michael van Ger­wen and Gary An­der­son will be the ones to beat but I reckon Grand Slam champ Ger­wyn Price could get close at big odds of 33-1. BET­TING TO WIN WORLD CHAMPS – (Wil­liam Hill) – Michael Ger­wen – 11-8 Gary van

Wright An­der­son – 10-3 Peter

– 14-1 – 10/1 Michael Smith Men­sur Suljovic – 22-1 Rob Cross – 22-1 Ger­wyn Price – 33-1 Adrian Lewis – 66-1

POINT MADE: Ger­wyn Price

WIN­NERS: Man City’s David Silva

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