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Darts Betting Tips: How to Bet on Darts

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 arrers to new highs. Never before have so many tournaments either been televised or live streamed by bookmakers, with darts lending itself especially well to In-Play betting.

Why should I bet on darts?

Tournaments such as the World Championship, Premier League and World Matchplay are extensively covered by the top bookmakers and that is because there is a high volume of customers that want to place wagers on the action. There are odds available for each match and you can bet on which player will win each quarter of the draw, while there is often the chance to back the two finalists.

The format can differ across each event although backing a player to win a particular match adds a new level of excitement if you’re settling down to watch the action. That can apply whether you have placed a pre-event wager or waited until the game is under way before placing a live In-Play bet.

What types of darts bets can I place?

Outright bets 

You can back one or more players to win a particular tournament. Many people like betting on the World Championship and you can bet on this event up to a year in advance, with the odds changing according to the respective chances of each player. Some punters like to snap up the early value while others wait until the draw has been made. The outright market also gets updated as the tournament unfolds.

Match bets

Quite simply a case of backing either Player A or Player B to win the match. 

Handicap bets

Many bookmakers will provide handicap betting in addition to match betting, which means you might get Michael van Gerwen at even money instead of 2/5. However, the catch is that the favourite is given a fictional handicap, eg MVG -5.5 to win a best of 19 leg encounter which means he has to win 10-4 or better for this bet to win.

Correct Score bets

Bigger odds can be found if you’re looking to back a player to win by a certain correct score. So for example, it might be a best of 19 legs match and you back Player A to win 10-7 at odds of 10/1 which provide a much bigger potential return than backing him to win the match at odds of even money.

Accumulator bets

There could be five World Championship matches taking place on a particular evening and many people like to try and pick a winner for each game and load them into an accumulator bets. It could lead to some big potential returns, even if the players in question are all odds-on, while customers get plenty of excitement as their bet continues through the session.

Do bookmakers offer promotions and special offers on Darts?

As the popularity of darts betting increases, the bookmakers are increasingly prepared to serve up promotions and offers when it comes to the big tournaments. When it comes to outright betting, you might get something as outrageous as “money back if Adrian Lewis wins this tournament”.

There are often accumulator money back specials where you will get a multiple bet refunded if one leg lets you down, while for the Premier League we often see the bookies refund losing bets if the match ends in a draw.

Naturally, there are always free bets on the darts to be had when you open a bookmaker account, with these usually available in the form of a deposit bonus or a matched bet. 

Can I bet In-Play on Darts?

Nothing quite beats the thrill of live betting and darts is one of the best sports when it comes to placing an In-Play wager, with the odds changing all the time. We’ve all seen matches which swing one way and then another, while winning players can often be backed at a bigger price In-Play than they were before the match.

In addition to the match winner, you can also back the winner of the next leg or set, something which means you can place a string of In-Play bets and get the instant gratification of knowing whether your bet has won or lost in minutes.

Watch live streaming of big darts tournaments

Bookmakers such as William Hill, bet365 and Ladbrokes often secure live streaming rights of tournaments which means you can log into your account and access quality coverage of the action. Naturally, the bookmaker in question will offer accompanying In-Play odds which go hand-in-hand with the live streaming.
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.

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