Jacco Krook looks at a handful of games with more than the usual level of interest in them:
INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES:
Mario Vandenbogaerde and Sebastian Steyer will kick off the BDO World Championship. A match between two players to watch. Sebastian has made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy, while Mario was a semi finalist of the World Masters. Need I say more? (Mario emerged the victor from this one this afternoon!)
Number 8 seed Willem Mandigers from the Netherlands will meet Michael Unterbuchner from Germany. Last year they delivered a great match in the quarter finals, which Michael won 5-4. If they get close to their quarter final match of last year we will have a decent game on our hands.
Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the men’s event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting match in the ladies event. Is there a better way to spend the Monday evening?
Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell will play Leighton Bennett, one of the revelations of 2019. The 13-year old Leighton has had a tremendous year, but can he beat the experienced and popular Scott Mitchell?