THE 2014 partypoker.com World Grand Prix is being held from October 6-12 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, and Kev starts his first game in the tournament tonight, 3rd game live on Sky Sports against Andy Hamilton.
The famous event, which sees players need to both begin and end every leg with a double, sees 32 stars battling for a tournament record £400,000 in prize money at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.
Kevin spoke about tonight’s game in Dublin here, and he’ll be looking to hit those twice as important doubles tonight – remembering that it’s a double start and finish format.
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Round 1: Kevin Painter 2-1 Andy Hamilton
Kev gives it large as he wins through to round 2 of the Grand Prix (Pic Lustig/PDC)
First Set 3-1 – Painter takes the opening two legs before Hamilton gets off the mark in the third by taking out 32, but Painter lands a 180 in the fourth before finishing 74 on tops to wrap up the set.
Second Set 0-3 – Painter’s starting doubles desert him as Hamilton take the opening two legs on double four and double 16, and the Stoke ace then opens leg three with a 152 score and takes the set on double eight without his opponent having a dart at a finishing double.
Third Set 3-0 – Hamilton misses the bull to finish 170 and is also unable to land two further doubles as Painter steps in to finish 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination to take the opening leg. He then defies a 174 from Hamilton by taking out double 16 to maintain his flawless record at finishing doubles – at 5/5 from the game – before sealing victory in the next leg, missing double 16 for a 152 checkout but returning – following a 180 from his opponent – to hit the bed at the second time of asking.
Round 2: Kevin Painter 3-2 Adrian Lewis
First Set 2-3 - Painter holds throw to win two of the first three legs with throw, with Lewis firing in a 180 in the second and another maximum in leg four, which he takes with a 106 checkout before breaking to win the set in the decider by landing double four.
Second Set 2-3 - The second set also goes all the way, with Lewis hitting a 180 and tops in the opener before Painter lands a maximum as he levels on double ten. Lewis kicks off the third with a 160 score before finishing another 106 checkout – only to miss nine starting doubles in the fourth as Painter posts tops to send the set into a fifth leg, only to be left waiting on 60 as Lewis follows a 180 by finishing 142 on double 11 to snatch the set from under his nose.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter sweeps through the third set in superb fashion, taking out double eight before hitting back-to-back 180s in the second as he broke throw, before finishing 100 to claim the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 - Painter takes the game into a deciding set by edging a thrilling fourth set, as Lewis pays for missing one match dart. Five missed doubles from Painter in the opening leg allow Lewis in on double eight, and after Painter levels the Stoke ace kicks off leg three with 160 and 140 to move 2-1 up despite a 180 from his opponent. Painter lands a 180 in the fourth leg, and when Lewis misses the bull for a 129 finish for the match, double four from Painter sends the set into a decider as the Daventry ace scores 152 and 180 to pull clear before finishing 84 on double 18 to level the game.
Fifth Set 3-2 – Lewis finishes 100 with two double tops to lead, before Painter finishes 107 to level and then capitalises when his opponent fails to give himself a dart at a double on 84, allowing the Daventry man in on tops for a 2-1 lead. Lewis finishes a 14-darter on tops to send the game into a sudden-death leg, but Painter lands his eighth maximum of the game to pull clear before finishing tops for a 15-darter to complete a brilliant comeback.
1/4 Final: Kevin Painter 2-3 Gary Anderson
First Set 0-3 - Anderson takes the opening set without Painter having a dart at a finishing double, taking out tops to win the first two legs – with the second featuring a 180 – before landing double five to claim the set.
Second Set 2-3 – Anderson is first to a finish, but is punished for failing to close out the leg as Painter finishes double 12 to win his first leg of the game, only for Anderson to open leg two with a 160 score before levelling on double four and move 2-1 up on tops. Painter levels with a 108 finish, but Anderson is first to a finish in the decider before finishing 68 on tops to double his advantage to two sets.
Third Set 3-1 – The pair trade the first two legs of set three, before Anderson is punished for failing to close out the third as Painter lands tops to move 2-1 and then hits double ten to wrap up the set.
Fourth Set 3-2 - Anderson lands double 19 to win the set’s opening leg, and the pair trade 180s in the enxt two legs as the Scot moves a leg away from the win. Painter takes leg four to level the set, and when Anderson scores 145 to leave 36, the Rugby-based ace takes out a stunning 152 finish to save the game, take the set and level the contest.
Fifth Set 1-3 – Anderson bounces back strongly by hitting a 180 and finishing 72 to win the opening leg before taking out 116 for a 2-0 lead. Painter hits a 180 in a 12-darter as he hits back, and follows the Scot’s 160 to open leg four by kicking off with 152 and adding a 180 – but he is only able to watch on as Anderson takes out 101 to secure his semi-final place.
Kevin Painter beats Adrian Lewis with a 3 set run (Pic Lustig/PDC)