Darts Betting Tips & Previews
Darts is one of the fastest growing sports in terms of popularity, with players such as Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen elevating the sport. It previously used to be primarily of interest in the UK, although the Netherlands, Germany and Australia are among the countries embracing darts.
Darts betting is also very popular, with a bet on each darts tournament providing extra excitement and this fast-paced sport plays into the hands of betting customers who want to enjoy In-Play betting opportunities when they are watching events such as the World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay.
There are two main darts bodies, the PDC and the BDO. It is the Professional Darts Corporation which are by far the biggest, with Barry Hearn giving this darts body a global status and creating several multi-million dollar events.
What are the big darts betting tournaments?
There are lots of PDC darts tournaments that are televised and none are bigger than the World Darts Championship which takes place at Alexandra Palace in London over the Christmas period. There is also the Unibet Masters, the Unibet Premier League, the UK Open, the BetVictor World Matchplay, the Unibet World Grand Prix and the Unibet European Championship.
All of these professional darts tournaments will feature the world’s top-ranked players and you can bet accordingly. There will be betting markets available such as Tournament Winner, Winner of Each Quarter, Name the Finalists, Most 180’s and Highest Checkout.
The majority of darts bets are on the tournament matches, with betting customers able to bet on markets such as match winner, most 180’s, highest checkout. There are also handicap markets and the chance to bet on the correct leg or set score.
The World Championship is the darts tournament where the largest number of bets are placed. The matches are over a longer format and there are also fantastic accumulator opportunities so that customers can combine several players in a multiple bet where bigger odds can be achieved.
How to bet In-Play on darts
Darts betting is getting more and more popular because of the fact that the bookmakers now trade the betting markets on an In-Play basis. The bookies will create pre-match betting markets and then take these live, with the odds changing according to which players are winning legs and sets.
A typical darts match often involves both players being in the lead at some stage, so there’s often the chance to cash out for a profit on your bet, while you can bet on markets such as next leg winner, next set winner and always the match winner.
It’s worth noting for darts betting that the player who “has the throw” is the one that throws first in a particular leg and this often requires both players to score 501 points and finishing on a double. A player “with the throw” has the obvious advantage of going first and is generally the favourite to win that particular leg.
However, part of the excitement with darts betting is the fact that professional players have to finish on a double and that can often lead to an exciting end to a leg.
For the best odds, we recommend placing pre-match bets on the darts, although In-Play bettors can enjoy a tremendously exciting experience.