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.
Read on below for our darts betting guide.
Darts Betting Guide
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?
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.
Quite simply a case of backing either Player A or Player B to win the match.
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.
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.
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.
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