Darts World Matchplay Betting Tips


The World Matchplay darts tournament takes place in Blackpool every summer and it’s second only to the World Championship and Premier League in terms of status. It’s an exciting competition where each match is a race to a certain number of legs, with a packed Winter Gardens cheering on the players for large sums of prize money.

It’s no surprise that bookmakers regularly sponsor the World Matchplay considering it affords lots of betting markets, with online bets giving customers lots of excitement as they settle down and watch the matches taking place.

There are thirty-two players that compete in this tournament, with the PDC Order of Merit Top 16 being joined by the PDC ProTour Qualifiers and many of the qualifiers progress a long way such as Daryl Gurney making the semi-finals in 2017.

The history of World Matchplay Darts

The first World Matchplay event started in 1994, with American Larry Butler claiming victory over Dennis Priestley, although 1995 saw Phil Taylor win for the first time and The Power has completely dominated this tournament.

Taylor has won sixteen World Matchplay titles, the last of which came in 2017 when he was trading at 17.00 with tournament sponsor BetVictor before the action started. However, he rolled back the years to beat Michael van Gerwen and then Peter Wright in the final by a comfortable 18-8 scoreline.

Van Gerwen won the 2015 and 2016 World Matchplay titles by beating James Wade and Taylor in the respective finals, while James Wade was the previous winner although the Machine managed this in 2007. Rod Harrington won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999, while Colin Lloyd won in 2005 although the landscape has been dominated by Taylor.

How to bet on World Matchplay Darts

If you are betting for pleasure, then the World Matchplay offers lots of exciting In-Play betting opportunities, with match odds available throughout a particular contest and you can also bet on the winner of the next leg along with the player that is going to score the most 180’s.

With a bookmaker site such as bet365, you can often see the latest stats relating to each game so that you have the required data for In-Play betting. The odds are constantly changing and you sometimes have to act quickly if you want to take a particular price.

For those customers more focused on making a profit with darts betting, then it often pays to bet pre-match. You can bet on antepost betting markets such as World Matchplay winner, winner of each quarter and winner of each half.

It is worth looking at the draw for the World Matchplay, with an easier half and a more difficult half often emerging. It might be that there is each-way value, while you might also find a stand out price for a particular match.

Betting on a match-to-match basis is a popular pastime. If you think a favourite is too short priced for your money, you can sometimes back them on the handicap market and there is also an opportunity to bet on the correct score.

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