Thursday 15 December 2016 - Friday 30 December 2016
Every year in December, the greatest darts tournament of the year takes place in London as the PDC World Darts Championship is held in Alexandra Palace. I've been following the event for more than ten years now and this time, everybody's expecting Michael van Gerwen to win the tournament, since he's won all major tournaments in the last 12 months. The Worlds is the only title he's missing and he's craving to add this trophy to his incredible list of titles he's holding.
On December 15, 2016, Barry Hearn, the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, tweets a message: 'Ok here we go ! @OfficialPDC Name the 4 semi finalists and I will draw 2 names from the correct entrants to be my guest on finals day'. I already filled a bracket with my prediction for the whole tournament for the Dutch television and thought: well why not, let's give it a go and I tweeted a reply with the four players that would reach the semi finals in my prediction. After doing it, I started following the darts as the championship unfolded and forgot about the whole Barry Hearn tweet.
A few weeks later, the tournament was having its quarter finals played on December 30. I was sitting in a chair and watching the matches using time shifting. It must have been around midnight CET when I saw the last dart of Michael van Gerwen beating Raymond van Barneveld in their semi final. It was the closure of the day and after turning off the television, I looked at my phone to see if I had any new messages. This is when I learned that I had a lot of Twitter messages. Since I'm not somebody who uses Twitter that much, this wasn't a normal situation for me, and I opened the notifications just to learn that Barry Hearn told me I had won his bet for tickets on finals day. I really couldn't believe it and my first reaction was something like 'What did I win and why'? I knew the message really came from Barry Hearn, since his Twitter account was verified by Twitter itself, so there should be something true about the message. It took me a few minutes before I realised I had won the tickets by predicting the correct semi finalists.