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Netherlands' Michael van Gerwen throws during the PDC World Championship darts final against Scotland's Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace in north London on January 2, 2017. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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The first group matches of the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts were played on Saturday, as the action kicked off on the opening night in Wolverhampton, England.

Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor both carved out 5-1 victories in their opening encounters at the oche, defeating Ross Montgomery and Peter Machin, respectively. 

There was a shock as James Wade was beaten 5-1 by Robbie Green, but Raymond van Barneveld cruised to a 5-1 win against Jamie Hughes.

                            

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