All eyes are starting to look towards the upcoming World Championships but the bread and butter of the Euro Tour continues with the Hungarian Darts Trophy. We’ve previewed the event and given you two of our suggested bets.

Hungarian Darts Trophy Tips

  • Michael van Gerwen to win – 4/1
  • Stephen Bunting e/w (1/2 – 2 places) – 100/1

History, Location and Format

The 2023 Hungarian Darts Trophy is the 3rd running of the competition and is held at the MVM Dome in Budapest, between the 22nd and 24th September.

The defending champion is ‘The Rockstar’ Joe Cullen, who defeated William O’Connor 8-2 in the 2022 final. The 2021 trophy was won by Gerwyn Price.

There are 48 players taking part in the event, with the top 16 in the PDC ProTour Order of Merit seeded automatically in to the second round.

Another 24 qualified from the Tour Card Holder Qualifier and the final eight came from other qualifiers, primarily aimed at players from Hungary and surrounding areas.

Top 16 Order of Merit Tour Card Qualifiers Other Qualifiers
1 Dave Chisnall
2 Damon Heta
3 Luke Humphries
4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
5 Josh Rock
6 Rob Cross
7 Gerwyn Price
8 Jonny Clayton
9 Michael van Gerwen
10 Joe Cullen
11 Peter Wright
12 Michael Smith
13 Danny Noppert
14 Martin Schindler
15 Nathan Aspinall
16 Ryan Searle
Ross Smith
Brendan Dolan
José de Sousa
Nathan Rafferty
Andrew Gilding
William O’Connor
Joe Murnan
Jermaine Wattimena
James Wade
Luke Woodhouse
Scott Williams
Ricardo Pietreczko
Stephen Bunting
Robert Owen
Gabriel Clemens
Gian van Veen
Daryl Gurney
Rowby-John Rodriguez
Scott Waites
Richard Veenstra
Vladimir Andersen
Madars Razma
Mike De Decker
Keane Barry
Andy Boulton
Scott Mitchell
Patrik Kovács
Gábor Jagicza
Mihály Vida
Nándor Major
Anton Östlund
Sebastian Białecki

Prize Money

There is a £175,000 total prize fund with the money distributed as follows:

Position Prize Money
Last 16
Last 32
Last 48

Michael van Gerwen to win – 4/1

It’s safe to say van Gerwen has got his mojo back, winning the World Series of Darts Finals for a record fifth time, in front of his own adoring fans in Amsterdam.

Not only that but he also fired in a lovely 9-darter in the semi-final to sneak past Luke Humphries 11-10.

‘MVG’ went on to hammer an off-colour Nathan Aspinall in the finals to win yet another PDC title.

The Dutchman will be looking to keep up the momentum now, as Ally Pally approaches on the horizon and I think he can go back-to-back here in Budapest.

Van Gerwyn is in the same quarter as Jonny Clayton, Ryan Searle and no 1 seed Dave Chisnall and you would expect him to at least make the semi-finals.

Stephen Bunting e/w (1/2 – 2 places) – 100/1

Next up, I’m going to have a small amount of loose change on Stephen Bunting to reach the final.

The former BDO World Champion can hold his own with any player in the world when he is on it and is playing some superb darts at present.

‘The Bullet’ was last out at the German Darts Open in Jena and performed way beyond his seeding.

Bunting came through the qualifiers and then beat Mickey Mansell, Joe Cullen, Martin Schindler, Andrew Gilding and Wesley Plaisier, before succumbing to Krzysztof Ratajski in the final.

I hope he can do something similar here, admittedly in a stronger field.

*All prices correct at the time of writing.


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