A tough weekend for Gerwyn Price ended with him out of pocket as well following a light-hearted wager on his return to the UK.
Fresh from his lowly seventh-place finish in the Premier League, The Iceman crashed of the Dutch Darts Championship in Zwolle on Saturday night, losing 6-5 to veteran Mervyn King in the second round. After the defeat, Price took to Instagram to reveal how “gutted” he was about his recent form and how the new Premier League format had left him drained.
He posted: “Gutted the way I’m playing atm… well and truly burnt out. Premier League format has drained the living daylight out of me, I won’t give up tho, I’m a fighter, thanks all for the kind messages, next stop New York [for the US Darts Masters, which starts on June 3].”
However, he did at least end the weekend with a smile on his face, albeit with a lighter wallet after losing a wager at the airport with fellow player Rob Cross and Cross’s agent, Rab Bain.
It was the latter who won the bet to see whose luggage would arrive at baggage collection first. Bain boasted about it in a Twitter video. Appearing to be holding three £20 notes in front of a smiling Price, Bain said: “Easy money there, look. I’m going to take Gezzy’s money and Rob’s money" while he wrote: "Not the weekend tae remember, but a nice journey bk & ending taking a couple of quid from @RobCross180 @Gezzyprice with who’s bag comes out 1st… easyyyyy.. wishing Gezzi all the best in the big [apple emoji]. Only way I can beat these boys…"
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Cross, who also exited the tournament on Saturday night after losing 6-2 to Ryan Meikle, then briefly came into shot, suggesting he’d thrown Bain’s bag back onto the carousel.
With his Premier League campaign over, Price can look forward to some extra time off this week in preparation for the much-anticipated US Masters at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which gets underway on Friday.
Price will be joined in the Big Apple by fellow PDC representatives Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, Fallon Sherrock, James Wade, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and Jonny Clayton, along with the North American qualifiers.
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