Welcome to the ultimate darts betting guide! Darts, and darts betting, is enjoying an expediential growth in popularity and it is the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) which has transformed the sport. Darts has become so popular that all the best dart betting sites offer odds across the sport’s major competitions. Sky Sports broadcasts six tournaments annually and they make for enticing darts betting opportunities.
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Unsurprisingly, so much live sport has captured the imagination of bookmakers who provide live in-play darts betting odds on televised games. Likewise every one of the ten ‘darting majors’ is now sponsored by a bookmaking brand.
There are two main organisations, the BDO and PDC. The BDO is dwarfed by the PDC and only its version of the World Championships staged in the Lakeside Leisure Complex in Frimley Green, Surrey, enjoys live television coverage. This is the only BDO competition which top bookmakers and punters take an interest in.
It is a very different story at the PDC where the action is year-round and broadcasters are fighting for the rights to some live action. In addition to Sky Sports broadcasting six events, ITV Sport broadcasts a number of tournaments including the BetVictor Masters, Ladbrokes UK Open and European Darts Championship.
Mental stamina and longevity of concentration are paramount in this game, as is technique. Combine these ingredients with a God-given talent of eye and hand coordination and the net result is a flawless player.
Often a generational talent will come along i.e. Phil Taylor then Michael Van Gerwen who features on of the market with darts betting sites in major tournaments for long periods.
What adds drama for punters using a darts betting strategy is that upsets can and often do happen. Jeffrey de Zwaan defied darts betting odds of 25/1 to eliminate Michael van Gerwen from the 2018 World Matchplay and in 2014 Phil Taylor failed to justify odds of 1/50 to win his second-round World Championship match against Michael Smith.
The following are a number of key points to considering when betting on darts:
Darts is the stuff of dreams for online sportsbooks and their customers. It’s a similar sport to tennis or snooker, open to correct score markets and is massively popular as an in-play betting medium. World darts betting arguably produces more betting turnover from in-play betting over traditional, pre-event bets.
It is also very often a volatile betting medium as the psychological impact of a player winning a leg from an unpromising position – or losing one after enjoying a seemingly unassailable lead – tends to have repercussions on forthcoming legs/outcomes and should be taken into account when betting in-play on darts.
The most seasoned disciples of the sport and those who exclusively concentrate on darts betting will be fully aware of which players are prone to falter in adversity and those who will positively thrive on it.
For example, Michael Smith, a recent World Championship and Premier League runner-up, has a dire head-to-head record against James Wade And Peter Wright, World No. 2 for a long period, has a clear mental block when it comes to playing Michael van Gerwen. He has lost to the Dutchman in every major ranking tournament they have met in.
With the sport’s popularity exploding so dramatically over the last decade or so, there are now countless tournaments staged throughout the year. Unquestionably the Darts World Championship is the biggest darts betting tournament of them all, but there are a few other important tournaments to consider betting on:
Do be mindful, this is just a selection of the biggest darting competitions. There is plenty to bet on most weekends of the year and some of the lower-key events – which may only be streamed on bookmaking sites – offer an excellent place to identify up-and-coming players which could yield darts betting profits when appearing on a major stage.
Handicap markets are where the seemingly better player is lumbered with a disadvantage of a few legs or sets. But straight win bets or handicap darts betting are just two of many markets offered by online darts betting sites. There is also: correct score betting, markets on the total number of legs in a match.
You can place line bets on the highest checkout of a match and the total or the individual number of 180s. Furthermore, darts betting markets are available on which player will score the most 180s, or claim the highest match checkout. If you like to bet on big darts betting odds you can even opt for some of the unlikely events such as a 170 checkout or a hallowed nine-dart leg.
You can also bet on the outright competition winner and associated markets such as “will there be a first-time winner” and ‘“name the nationality of the winner”. Outright competition darts betting allows you to back players each-way (normally 1/2 odds positions 1-2) and you can also find darts betting markets on individual players ‘to make the final’.
There are all of these betting opportunities to digest before considering the exciting darts betting in-play markets available at all reputable online sportsbooks and betting exchanges featuring plenty of liquidity.
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