Ally Pally newcomer Danny van Trijp has revealed he received unsolicited messages from grumpy gamblers in the wake of his win over Steve Beaton.
The young Dutchman produced one of the most impressive performances of the first round at the World Darts Championship as he dispatched veteran Beaton 3-0. The Bronzed Adonis, making his 32nd World Championship appearance, was magnanimous in defeat, wishing the 25-year-old well for the rest of the tournament.
However, the same could not be said for betters who had money on Beaton to progress. Incredibly, some even got in contact with Van Trijp to demand compensation for their losses.
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“Through all kinds of channels they know how to find me,” he told Dutch outlet Brabants Dagbla. “A number of people also sent me a payment request.
“Apparently they had bet on Beaton and because of me they have now lost money. Pretty weird to get things like that.”
It is by no means an isolated incident. On the eve of the tournament, Luke Woodhouse, who lost to Gerwyn Price in round two, tweeted: “If you have a flutter on the darts this Xmas and the result doesn't go the way you wanted. Please refrain from sending abuse the way of the players involved. Don't be a numpty. Trust me there is nobody more disappointed than the player themselves when they lose.”
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The message was retweeted by fellow player Scott Williams, who said: “Listen to the Man!!!! We also don't really want to know what bet you've put on, either. So keep it to yourselves, and be sensible!”
Van Trijp, who faces Jonny Clayton in the second round on Friday, has also received an unwelcome message from his boss during the tournament, asking when he will be back at work.
'”He emailed me a day later [after the Beaton match] to congratulate me,” he said. “Then he immediately asked if I could go back to work next week.
“I said that it's up to Friday. If I win, I will stay in London, because I would have to play again right after Christmas. I haven't heard from him since. He must be busy looking for a replacement.”
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