Welcome to the ultimate World Darts Championship betting guide! This page offers the definitive run-down on the biggest darts competition on the planet in what is a key date in the darts betting diary. This and every December 96 contenders drawn from the four corners of the globe will attempt to etch their name on the famous Sid Waddell Trophy (named in honour of the darts commentator Sid Waddell who died in 2012) and win a slice of the competition’s £2.5 million prize pool.
Alongside them every step of the way will be people like you and I trying to find the betting value amongst the outright competition odds and within individual matches. Make no mistake, this competition is the Holy Grail for players, fans and punters meaning the best bookmakers push their proverbial boat out into the ocean in pursuit of the substantial gambling bucks the World Darts Championship turns-over.
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The internet is awash with self-appointed darts tipsters but, like football, every member of Joe Public has an opinion and the shrewdest judges seem to be those closest to the action. Former players which have turned their hand to coaching or management (or both) have a big edge on Joe Public and their insight can prove invaluable. Many of these write for the major online sportsbooks which sponsor televised darts tournaments.
Form, in the shape of head-to-head records against forthcoming opponents, all recent games/results and tournament by tournament performance pointers can found in the stats area most leading darts betting sites.
You will have no problem in finding betting markets on the World Darts Championships anywhere. The sport is enjoying massive growth around the globe and the sport tours the world promoting itself. Amongst the ports of call is gambling mad Las Vegas and with so many States now legally accepting bets, more and more international sportsbooks, including the major US brands, are getting involved in darts betting.
Darts is no longer considered a ‘UK sport’, less than half the fans at the World Championship are from the UK. It is estimated a third are from Germany and there are certainly plenty of Dutch in attendance. Whatever the figures, you will find darts listed prominently in the menu section of the homepage of all online bookmakers. Furthermore, while the World Championship is on you will see the event clearly signposted with free bet offers, price boosts and concessions heavily promoted on many sportsbooks homepages.
The market for the following year’s World Darts Championship goes live the very moment it concludes, late on January 1st! This may be a slow-burning market and not particularly volatile. Unlike horseracing, contestants do not go lame on the home gallops or are considered ‘out of the picture’ when beaten in one prep-race.
But with players slowly coming into form the ante-post betting market on the World Championship is a good one to get involved in. Each-way terms are 1-2 (half the odds) means you simply need to identify candidates to make the final and with Michael van Gerwen generally taking fifty percent of the book (as he trades around even-money year-round) you can place some very live big-priced bets. In February 2017 Rob Cross was 125/1 to become World Champion. Ten months later, at the start of the competition, he was 14/1 and three weeks after that he was crowned the 2018 World Champion.
Ante-post outright markets are updated up-to-the-moment as matches are played and contenders are eliminated. But more importantly every individual match is traded live in-play betting.
Darts is a wonderful in-running sport to trade as it is quick moving and explosive. Matches can turn in seconds and from holding three match darts at a double, a player can quickly lose a leg or set and find themselves staring defeat in the eye. The best way to describe in running darts betting is like Tennis on steroids, and EPO and also in fast-forward mode. It is a very exciting game and a wonderfully tempestuous betting medium. Furthermore, unlike football, every match has a winner.
One small thing to consider is the speed of the live pictures you are watching. The action can reach your TV screen a few seconds behind the live happenings and, remarkably, some online sportsbooks now stream the action onto mobiles and desktops faster than television. It should be taken into account when considering your darts betting strategy.
A number of markets will remain open when a match starts and you can trade them ‘in-play’. Included amongst there are the Match Winner, Correct Score, Winner of the Handicap, Total 180’s and Match Highest Checkout. But there are others such as:
Do also consider you can ‘cash out’ bets on a number of the main markets whilst a match is in-play.
Special Long Range Bets I Similarly there will also be markets on eventualities which will give you a number of candidates, these include: Nationality of the Winner, Will There be a First Time Winner and will A Non-Seeded (top-32) Player Win.
Competition Stats Betting I The two big achievements in darts are a 170 out-shot (finishing a leg on treble-20, treble-20, bullseye) and winning a leg by throwing just nine-darts (called a nine-dart finish). It is a seriously difficult task but you can place bets on either fete happening – normally the number of recorded 170 finishes – during the course of the Darts World Championship.
Match Bets I When it comes to individual matches there are no end of opportunities. Obviously, you can simply back the match-winner and with games often appearing to be one-sided many take the handicap route – backing a player with a start or deficit. In the case of the World Championship that means normally means in the receipt or deficit of half, one-and-a-half or two-and-a-half sets.
Other pre-match markets include:
|2019||Michael Van Gerwen||Michael Smith||7-3|
|2018||Rob Cross||Phil Taylor||7-2|
|2017||Michael Van Gerwen||Gary Anderson||7-3|
|2016||Gary Anderson||Adrian Lewis||7-5|
|2015||Gary Anderson||Phil Taylor||7-6|
|2014||Michael Van Gerwen||Peter Wright||7-4|
|2013||Phil Taylor||Michael Van Gerwen||7-4|
|2012||Adrian Lewis||Andy Hamilton||7-3|
|2011||Adrian Lewis||Gary Anderson||7-5|
|2010||Phil Taylor||Simon Whitlock||7-3|
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