Darts is arguably the fastest growing sport in the world, second only to Football in terms of Sky Sports viewing figures, and has consequently witnessed a betting boom, with fans able to place pre-match and in-play bets on all major televised matches. This can be on your PC, tablet or mobile device.
Michael van Gerwen could dominate for years to come
The return of the sport into the living rooms of millions has seen the likes of Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld become household names, with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) at the forefront of darts’ new golden age.
There are betting customers winning at big odds week-in, week-out, with many punters now enjoying accumulator bets with the potential to get a large return from a small stake. Tournaments such as the Premier League, which runs every Thursday night from early February to mid-May, feature five set fixtures, from which a win or draw outcome are commonly selected to form a five-fold.
As well as this, popular tournaments such as the UK Open and World Matchplay, typically spanning over one week, allow for a quicker turnaround in outright betting, with the vastly improved strength in-depth of the field meaning typically that there are now half a dozen genuine title contenders for each event.
Scotsman Robert Thornton stunned the field when he won his first career major title at the 2012 UK Open after starting out as a 66/1 rank outsider, while nine-dart hero Brendan Dolan captured the hearts of the Irish faithful when he mounted a fairy-tale run to the final of the 2011 World Grand Prix on home soil at odds of 500/1.
The most popular bet, however, is without doubt tungsten stalwart Phil Taylor – the greatest player ever to pick up a dart – and even at the age of 52, the 16-time World Champion remains the bookmaker’s favourite in every tournament that he enters.
Young Dutch sensation Michael van Gerwen – who met Taylor in the 2013 World Championship final – looks set to take over the mantle when The Power eventually decides to hang up his arrows, and the sport looks in safe hands with a host of emerging stars breaking onto the scene.
Other popular markets including match handicap – offering either player an invisible leg deficit – as well as total match 180s and highest checkout.
Always big odds on a nine-dart finish
The holy grail of darts – a nine-dart finish – also often offers long odds, especially in a specific match, but such is the standard of the modern day game – the price for one to be hit in any tournament has dropped, but the excitement of witnessing the moment of perfection remains undiminished.
Several bookmakers also run promotions for each big tournament, which means there is the chance to get money back or even double your money should, for example a specific player win the tournament, or a match ends with a 100+ finish.
The majority of top PDC events are now title sponsored by bookmaker firms, meaning enhanced prices and an abundance of markets are on offer, with more live darts on TV than ever before.
If you enjoy betting on darts then you’ve come to the right place. We cover all major televised PDC events, as well as the ProTour floor circuit and BDO World Championships at the Lakeside each January.