Bdo world darts betting watch for wolfie to emerge from the pack

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If you've ever read Matthew Syed's book "Bounce" you'll know a bit about the issue of choking - how top sportsmen reach a major event and are suddenly completely unable to function.

They want it so much, they are trying so hard, that the bit of the brain which normally lets them produce their skills without even thinking about it shuts off. Instead they go back to being a virtual beginner, thinking too hard about what to do, and the whole thing goes to pieces. The performance is not just bad, it's awful.

It's why the big secret on the big stage for the top players in any sport is to relax, treat it as a bit of fun rather than life and death, and suddenly all the skills come flowing.

All of which leads us to Martin "Wolfie" Adams who is suddenly emerging as a fantastic [18.5] outside bet to scoop his fourth BDO World Darts title this weekend.

At 60 years old, Adams is a legend of the Lakeside. Champion in 2007, 2010 and 2011, he's been one of the characters most loved by the BBC audience down the years. Surprisingly knocked out in the first round last year by Jeff Smith, he took his revenge in emphatic style beating the Canadian 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Wolfie's story is heartwarming. Diagnosed earlier this year with prostate cancer, he's been through the agonies of radiotherapy and hormone treatment and is responding well. Initial tests say he's all clear now.

What's also happened is that his mind has cleared. As he says: "I have a massively different perspective. What is more important - my health or a game of darts? If I am lucky enough to win I am happy. If I lose, I lose."

The upshot of that is that Adams, a year ago unable to deal with the pressure of being one of the favourites, is now producing performances that take you back to his pomp, throwing seven 180s as he booked his place in the last eight.

He even shook off the effects of a hot flush while he was throwing, one of the side effects of his cancer treatment which will take time to go away.

He now faces number four seed Jamie Hughes, the 30-year-old from Wolverhampton who reached the semi-final last year. That will be a tough match - Hughes is [15.0] for the title - which could well come down to who better handles the pressure, and if that's the case then Adams has every chance.

Glen Durrant remains the massive [2.2] favourite to win the tournament after surviving a huge scare when he came back from 3-0 down to beat Paul Hogan. That was also a sign that he's feeling the weight of expectation, which as I said last week is the one thing that could stop him winning.

Durrant even admitted that himself. "A lot of people travelled a long way to support me and maybe that affected me," he said.

As for Wolfie? Well, nothing is going to worry him. And that makes him just about the most dangerous man in the pack.