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2023 Grand Slam of Darts: Tips, groups, schedule and prize money for the Sky Sports-televised event

Tungsten drama returns to our screens this weekend as the seventeenth annual Grand Slam of Darts takes centre stage.

Thirty-two players will take to the oche as they battle for the £150,000 prize at the Aldersley Leisure Centre in Wolverhampton.

Unlike most tournaments, the Grand Slam of Darts takes place over a group stage format, with the two best players from each group advancing to the knockout stages. Somewhat like the Champions League for all you football fans.

Question is, who will walk away with the six-figure cheque and the prestigious trophy? That’s what we’ll try to answer.

Who are the favourites to win the Grand Slam of Darts?

Michael Smith won the 2022 edition of this event – a triumph which turned the Bully Boy’s career around.

Before going all the way in Wolverhampton, Smith had lost eight major finals and was clearly struggling to break that final hurdle.

However, there was simply no stopping him in 2022 as he demolished Nathan Aspinall 16-5 in the final – the biggest win in the showpiece match in over a decade.

That win sparked an avalanche of successes for the St Helens man – including the elusive World Championship triumph.

Clearly, Smith is not one to underestimate in Wolverhampton, though he isn’t the bookies favourite as things stand.

That accolade goes to three-time Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price who leads the market following his latest Players Championship triumph on the Tour. 

The Iceman has made just one major final this year which didn’t go his way as Michael van Gerwen picked up the Premier League crown with an 11-5 win.

Speaking of the Dutchman, Van Gerwen is also a three-time champion, though he hasn’t tasted gold in this event since 2017.

Van Gerwen is second in the betting but it’s fair to say the Green Machine is not firing on all cylinders ahead of the Grand Slam.

Despite this, we’re backing the Dutchman to win his group at the very least – a pool which consists of Rob Cross, Fallon Sherrock and Martijn Kleermaker.

In terms of the tournament outrights, one man to keep an eye on is Luke Humphries. The 28-year-old won the World Grand Prix last month and is expected to be a serious contender once more.

Suggested bets

Luke Humphries to win the Grand Slam of Darts

Michael van Gerwen to win Group G

Grand Slam of Darts – Group stage line-up

Group A: Michael Smith, James Wade, Krzysztof Ratajski, Nathan Girvan
Group B: Jonny Clayton, Chris Dobey, Josh Rock, Berry van Peer
Group C: Luke Humphries, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Gary Anderson, Steve Lennon
Group D: Gerwyn Price, Ryan Searle, Gian van Veen, Nathan Rafferty
Group E: Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Stowe Buntz
Group F: Danny Noppert, Andrew Gilding, Brendan Dolan, Haruki Muramatsu
Group G: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Martijn Kleermaker, Fallon Sherrock
Group H: Nathan Aspinall, Damon Heta, Ricardo Pietreczko, Beau Greaves

Grand Slam of Darts schedule

Saturday November 11 - Afternoon Session
Group Stage x8 – Groups B-D-F-H First Matches

Damon Heta v Ricardo Pietreczko (H)
Andrew Gilding v Brendan Dolan (F)
Ryan Searle v Gian van Veen (D)
Chris Dobey v Josh Rock (B)
Danny Noppert v Haruki Muramatsu (F)
Nathan Aspinall v Beau Greaves (H)
Jonny Clayton v Berry van Peer (B)
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Rafferty (D)

Evening Session
Group Stage x8 – Groups A-C-E-G First Matches

James Wade v Krzysztof Ratajski (A)
Rob Cross v Martijn Kleermaker (G)
Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting (E)
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Gary Anderson (C)
Luke Humphries v Steve Lennon (C)
Peter Wright v Stowe Buntz (E)
Michael van Gerwen v Fallon Sherrock (G)
Michael Smith v Nathan Girvan (A)

Sunday November 12 - Afternoon Session
Group Stage x8 – Groups B-D-F-H Second Matches

Saturday’s winning players in each group meet, and Saturday’s losing players in each group meet.

Evening Session
Group Stage x8 – Groups A-C-E-G Second Matches

Saturday’s winning players in each group meet, and Saturday’s losing players in each group meet.

Monday November 13 
Group Stage x8 – Groups A-D Final Matches

Tuesday November 14
Group Stage x8 – Groups E-H Final Matches

Wednesday November 15
Second Round x4

Thursday November 16
Second Round x4

Friday November 17
Quarter-Finals x2

Saturday November 18
Quarter-Finals x2

Sunday November 19 - Afternoon Session

Evening Session (1900-2100 GMT)

Grand Slam of Darts prize money

Winner: £150,000
Runner-up: £70,000
Semi-finalist: £50,000
Quarter-finalist: £25,000
Last 16: £12,500
Third in group: £5,000
Group winner bonus: £3,500

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