We ask where next for Raymond van Barneveld following his shock PDC World Championships exit?
By Chris Spicer
Last Updated: 20/12/11 10:48am
Sky Bet make Raymond van Barneveld 5/6 to miss out on a Premier League spot in 2012 after he was dumped out of the PDC World Championships on night.
The Hague-born thrower looked a shadow of his former self as he was beaten 3-0 by James Richardson in the first round at Alexandra Palace.
The online bookmaker offer a hefty 50/1 that he wins next year's PDC World Championship, but do not anticipate him dropping out of the PDC in pricing him up at 200/1 to return to the BDO.
Barney is 4/1 to win a televised tournament in 2012 and 5/2 to hit a nine-dart finish in the next calendar year.
Sky Bet's darts betting expect Chris Spicer said: "Barney has struggled for form in 2011 and there are plenty of people who think his career is as good as over.
"There is plenty of competition for the remaining four Premier League spots and another disappointing display is raising questions over whether the 2007 World Champs winner can still compete with the very best.
"However, it would be a brave decision by the PDC to exclude him given that he is still one of the biggest names in darts."
Phil Taylor is now 4/5 (from 5/6) to win the 2012 PDC World Championships after Sunday night's developments, whilst 'Ruthless' Richardson is now 500/1 (from 2000/1) after pulling off the shock of the tournament so far.