Darts is not the most popular betting sport, yet darts lends itself well to casual and professional gamers alike. The heads-up nature of the matches and the fact that darts is a game played mostly between individuals means there are typically fewer variables so you can take your chances on who you think is most likely to win.
Many people tend to favor games like football or horseracing when placing their bets. Events like the Grand National attract an audience that otherwise wouldn’t bother to place a bet. The Royal Ascot has a similar pull with BetStars currently offering outright odds of 10/11 on Order of St George. However, there are many opportunities to bet on darts throughout the year.
Betting on Premier League Dart games is common. Fixtures are on Thursdays, so betting tips are usually available online by the Tuesday before, and wagers can be taken at bookies or online sites at any time. Just remember that the Premier League is now finished, with defending champion Michael van Gerwen taking the victory once again.
That leaves us with a host of tournaments and championships to choose from, the most popular obviously being the PDC World Championship, which takes place from December to January. Michael van Gerwen is the favorite to win with 4/6 odds on BetStars, but competitors like Peter Wright and Phil Taylor, who has won the championship 14 times out of the last 22, aren't far behind. Phil has also won the BDO World championship twice..
Before the PDC World Championship, however, there are the PDC Majors. Online bookies are already taking bets for the Shanghai Masters, which are held at the Pullman Hotel in Shanghai, China. Michael van Gerwen, who really is at the top of his game, is also the defending champion in this tournament, beating James Wade 8-3 in last year's final. There will be much more PDC Majors throughout the year that are also worth a bet.
Other notable tournaments include the World Match Play in Blackpool, the second biggest event after the PDC. This tourney has a legs format, giving you the opportunity to place interesting leg bets.
The Grand Slam of Darts takes place in November and pitches PDC and BDO players against each other in an interesting event. The Players Championship Final is also held in November.
Another attractive feature of darts is that there are many types of bets that you can wager on. Like in many other sports, outright markets are one of the most popular. They allow you to bet on players who will win a particular competition. The main players are often on a similar level, and a lot depends on form. You should also note that pricing will change closer to the time when draws have been announced, so be prepared.
Match winner bets are a good call for punters, as the bookie must take the bet in two ways. This usually leads to better odds. You can also take a bet on set results, though match results are usually more reliable (hence why there are so many sets to settle a match).
More challenging betting options include a correct score of sets, which is difficult to really call accurately given that there are so many variables. You can also choose 'finishing double' and 'finishing color,' but again these are just a crapshoot. Perhaps most importantly, in play, darts betting is also available on many online sites, which makes placing wagers that much easier.