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Bdo world darts betting pdc decision is the one threat to favourite durrant




It is one of life's classic dilemmas. Do you want to be the big fish in a small pond, or just another medium-sized one swimming in the giant sea?

It's the conundrum that darts player Glen Durrant has been wrestling with for a couple of years now and one that he is going to have to confront again in the next couple of weeks.

Durrant, a 46-year-old housing estate manager from Middlesbrough, is the best player by a distance in the British Darts Organisation. Winner of 11 of their ranking titles this year, he's a massive [2.8] favourite to win the crown when the BDO World Championship begins on Saturday.

But the doubts about his future leave you with the inescapable conclusion that only one man can stop him winning the title, and that is Durrant himself.

Courted by the rival PDC to join their ranks after reaching the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts in November, he's hinted that he's already made his mind up to take the leap into the big time when this tournament is over.

The decision "has been made" he told the Middlesbrough local press a few weeks ago, and although he wouldn't admit exactly what the decision was, it was pretty clear that this visit to Lakeside will be his last.

It's a contrast to what he said last January, when he was faced with the same decision. Then he chose to stay in the part-time ranks because, in his words, "for promotions I can still say I am world number one and to be honest I don't have it in me to start again from the bottom in the PDC."

A year on, it seems he now thinks he's found the fire for a crack at life with the stars who made Ally Pally such memorable watching over Christmas. His dream scenario is to win the BDO title and then walk off into the sunset for his new challenge.

This is the 40th staging of the BDO world finals, but it's significance has paled with every year. Even the BBC have dropped it, with TV coverage being shared between Channel 4 and BT Sport - although they have effectively signed up the same commentary team with Rob Walker and Bobby George behind the microphones.

The drop in standard coupled with Durrant's dominance means it ought to be a formality for him. But then how often does life work out as you dream it? And will a man whose best performance at Lakeside remains a semi-final appearance in 2015 be putting too much pressure on himself this time?

Last year he lost in the quarter-finals to Scott Waites, who went on to win the £100,000 first prize and is an attractive [14.5] to retain his title. The 39-year-old carpenter has picked up barely £10,000 in prize money for the rest of a fairly indifferent year, but does seem to have the knack of putting his game together when it matters as the only BDO player ever to win the Grand Slam.

Up and coming Dutchman Danny Noppert, age 26, is the [6.6] second-favourite but again has no real form to justify that, without a single tournament win since the German Open in April.

They will all be hoping that Durrant's doubts about what happens next will cloud his mind. He might be so busy thinking about the giant sea that he ends up not even the biggest fish in the small pond.

Mexican grand prix betting hamilton to cash in as rosberg enjoys the view




The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was a big event in my life. My dad went out and bought a colour TV for the first time so we could see it. I was entranced by the stories of the 100 degrees heat and the rarified atmosphere of matches played thousands of feet above sea level.

Many years later I became friends with Terry Cooper, the Leeds star who was England's attacking left back in what many still believe was our best team ever. I lapped up his tales of losing two stones in weight in matches, and of gasping for breath in the thin air.

So there's a bit of nostalgia as the Formula One circus arrives in Mexico City this weekend. And there's also a bit of science in recalling those tales of high altitude events because, believe it or not, it isn't just the humans who are affected by these conditions.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, home of the Mexican Grand Prix, is some 7,200 feet above sea level (about a mile and a half in the sky), and surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that reach up to 16,000 feet. While the drivers are gasping for breath, their cars are struggling to grip the road because the lack of atmospheric pressure has drastically reduced the downforce.

The result is a racetrack that can be almost as slippery as if it was raining on a sea-level surface, throwing a random factor into the next battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to see who ends up as winner of this year's F1 Drivers Championship.

Rosberg [1.26] can clinch the title this weekend if he wins the race and Hamilton [4.7] finishes tenth or lower. With a crowd of more than 135,000 expected, the stage is set for more drama as the two Mercedes drivers continue their duel.

Pirelli are bringing out their Supersoft tyre, and a strategy of two or even three stops could be required because the relatively new surface, laid for last year's race, is tough on both tyres and braking systems with low cooling and drag.

After winning in America to cut the gap to 26 points, Hamilton is [2.0] favourite to be on the top of the podium again and that looks worth backing because Rosberg [2.72] needs only to finish second in each of the last three races to be sure of his first title. The feeling is he'll be happy to play it safety first.

Rosberg perhaps unwittingly revealed that he's not willing to take risks by refusing to challenge Hamilton through the first turn of last week's US Grand Prix. And his boss Toto Wolff has pretty much given away the strategy too, admitting the German driver "needs to make sure he does not DNF (did not finish) which is the most important".

When it comes to rarified atmosphere, Rosberg is more bothered about the view from the top of the Drivers Championship table than chancing his arm in unreliable race conditions.

Red Bull are most likely to provide a challenge. Their cars will be suited to the conditions and Daniel Ricciardo at [2.18] a podium finish could be worth looking at. The big home crowd will also encourage Mexican Sergio Perez to put on a show. After a good drive to finish eighth in Austin last week he could be worth backing for another points finish here.