By Kieran Gill for MailOnline
Published: 22:15 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 22:18 GMT, 1 January 2019
Michael van Gerwen started this tournament by having a pint thrown over him but finished it wearing the grin of a man with a £500,000 cheque after clinching his third world title.
World No 1 Van Gerwen defeated English underdog Michael Smith 7-3 at Alexandra Palace, three weeks after one boozed-up punter doused the Dutchman in beer during his walk-on.
Tuesday night's victory means Van Gerwen, a former tiler who once spruced up Dutch football legend Dennis Bergkamp’s bathroom, has now made just short of £7million in career