Stars aim to put down World marker at Pyramids

Phil Taylor will star at the Pyramids tomorrow night
Phil Taylor will star at the Pyramids tomorrow night
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The Untouchables has a pivotal place on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) fixture list.

That is the verdict of Modus Darts promoter Jason Tame as he prepares to welcome Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Michael van Gerwen to the Pyramids in Southsea.

The stellar duo head the betting for the PDC World Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace next Friday.

James Wade and Waterlooville-based Aussie Simon Whitlock are more than capable of spoiling the party at the famous venue.

Tame is delighted to be able to give Portsmouth darts fans a glimpse of the quartet – along with former under-21 world champion Aaron Monk, Cosham’s Andy Jenkins and Dutchmen Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe.

And he reckons the rivals will not be giving an inch on the Pyramids oche as they bid for Unotchables glory and a psychological marker on the eve of the World Championship.

‘These guys are playing each other every week now,’ said Tame.

‘On Sunday night, Michael beat Phil in a big final and this weekend will be no different, they will all want to win.

‘There may not be £100,000 at the end of it but the World Championship is next week.

‘Six of these guys are in there, while four of them are in the top six of the betting.

‘So those four will not want to lose to a guy they may play in the world final in a couple of week’s time.

‘They will be playing mind games.

‘If Phil beats Michael 4-0 in tomorrow’s final – or vice versa – subconsciously they will use that to their advantage at the World Championship.

‘They always do. I’ve seen it before.

‘And it’s great to have Simon Whitlock involved – now he’s a local lad.

‘Although, I think most people know him from the casino!’

Tame has once again been overwhelmed by the support the Untouchables has received from the Portsmouth public.

Now in it’s fourth year, the event is going from strength to strength.

This time around it took just 31 days to sell out, while Tame continues to be bombarded by ticket enquiries.

He has now agreed to host another event in the city – A Night of Champions – at the Pyramids on May 9 next year.

‘It has been the most successful selling of an event I have ever done in Portsmouth,’ he said.

‘It is totally sold out now.

‘For a city as big as Portsmouth, I am surprised people didn’t do it years ago.

‘I have been doing it for the past four years and each year it sells out quicker.

‘The venue has asked us to go back in May rather than wait for another year.

‘That is what we are going to do and we are already promoting it.’

The Untouchables begins at 7.30pm and will follow a knockout format as the eight hopefuls go for glory.