How to bet and win on Darts
When it comes to betting on darts, the vast majority of punters bet on the PDC tournaments. The Professional Darts Corporation features the world’s best players and has the big money events that take place all over the world and throughout the year.
Darts has a broad global appeal, with the jewel in the crown being the PDC World Championship which takes place at Christmas and the New Year. Alexandra Palace is the venue where star names battle to be crowned world champion, with Phil Taylor having won this tournament sixteen times.
What are the other big tournaments?
Coming after the World Championship, you have the Premier League. This an invitation-only event which takes place over a period of weeks. Every week, the selected ten players compete in a round-robin tournament before the four top players compete in a knockout event at the end.
Then you have the UK Open, World Matchplay, Champions League of Darts, European Championship, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts, Players Championship, World Cup of Darts and Masters.
With the exception of the World Cup of Darts, these tournaments are all individual competitions where players compete against each other. There might be a round robin element (such as Grand Slam) but most are straight knockout and it’s the first to a certain number of legs each time.
A leg is effectively scoring 501 before your opponent does. Sometimes a player has to start with a double but usually it’s a case of scoring highly and then finishing on a double.
What are the popular betting markets?
Many betting customers like to place a bet on the outright market. So you might want to back Michael van Gerwen to win the World Championship at odds of 4.00 (3/1) and he has to win the whole thing for your wager to be successful.
Other antepost markets include Quarter Winner where you can bet which player will emerge from a particular section of the draw, while you can also bet on the number of 180’s or whether there will be a nine-dart finish in a particular tournament.
However, the big money tends to come on the match markets. You can bet on a player to win a particular match or instead go for a multiple bet where you have several players in an accumulator. With a bet like this, you need all the players to win their matches in order to make a profit.
There are also bets like Set Betting or Handicap Betting. Say Michael van Gerwen is playing Gary Anderson in the World Championship final. You might back MVG to win the final 7-4 or 7-5, where you get bigger odds than simply backing the Dutchman to win the game.
Similarly, the Handicap Betting is good if you think that a favourite will win by a big margin or, alternatively, the underdog will exceed expectations by either losing by a narrow margin or even winning the match.
How to back winners in the darts
As always, it pays to study the form and work out which players are doing well. Don’t be afraid to oppose a favourite. Just because they are trading at short odds doesn’t mean they are certain to win. It might be that a big-name player will remain at 1.50 (1/2) to win their match simply because people will follow the money.
Darts matches often swing in terms of momentum and it’s worth going with bookmakers like bet365, Unibet , William Hill , Paddy Power or 888sport where you can Cash Out, especially if you are betting In-Play on the action. Should you work yourself into a profitable position, you have the option to walk away with some money whatever happens after that.
Sometimes, you might find a player is fatigued from playing a lot of tournaments and that takes its toll. The life of a top darts player involves a lot of travelling and there’s often the question of motivation for some of the minor darts events.
Study the competition draw to make some money
Always good to know how the draw might pan out in a particular tournament. You might find that the first three or four in the betting are in the same half of the draw. Naturally, only one of these players can emerge into the final unscathed, so a big price player can come through in the other half of the section.