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Betting on Darts

Darts is a throwing sport which has grown in stature dramatically over the last twenty years. It’s coverage on SkySports, Channel 4, ITV & BT Sport has seen it become one of the most popular sports in the UK with it broadcasted regularly – evolving drastically from a game in the pub! It’s now a hugely lucrative game which has worldwide appeal with plenty opportunities to win money!

Darts isn’t just an exciting sport to watch and get involved in, it also throws up some excellent opportunities for betting. With tournaments such as the Betway Premier League, UK Open, The World Championships, World Matchplay and much more (see below).

There’s all sorts of markets available when placing bets on these matches and these are some of the most popular:

Win – The most basic bet which goes across several sports. The odds aren’t huge but if you add them to an accumulator they will soon go up. This will just require your selected player to beat their opponent in any way and it’s one of the most basic bets around.

180’s – This bet throws up a variety of ways of winning. Whether it’s total 180’s which can includes the tally from both players which is popular when two big hitters are facing each other. But if you don’t fancy both players then this can be done individually – under, over & the most selections available. You can even bet on who’ll hit the first 180, which always gives decent odds. When looking to place bets on 180’s you should look at players such as Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall, Adrian Lewis who are all notoriously big scorers.

Highest Checkout – Similar to 180 betting, this throws up a variety of ways to win. You can pick the Highest Checkout Player which is where you select either of the two players to hit the highest finish. This just provides you with three possible selections with either of the two players and a draw. You can also bet on the Highest Individual Checkout which generally adds a bit more value to this market. With this you select either player to score under/over a certain number and it’s often priced around the 5/6 – 1/1 mark. Another bet valued around the same price is the Highest Checkout Score. This is a total for both players to aim for which is usually around the 119.5 mark when betting on top PDC games. Players to look out for when placing Checkout bets are James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, MVG & Gary Anderson.

Match Trebles – This combines all of the above to form one bet with much better odds. An example of a match Trebles bet is: Peter Wright to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180’s – 100/30. This puts together three different markets to form that price which is much better than the 10/11 on him to win, hit the most 180’s or the highest checkout which are both at 8/11. So if you’re backing a player who’s a big favourite this adds some much needed value and it can also be added to multiples if you’re building an accumulator! This is one of our favourite bets and it gives you the potential to win big! In early rounds of tournaments when value is lacking when betting on the top players, this is the go to selection!

Handicap – If you trust your player to win the game comfortably then this is the bet for you. This is popular when betting on big favourites such as Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson who’re likely to win comfortably. It also gives you much better odds than a standard win market. For example: MVG is priced at 2/9 to beat James Wade but he’s available at 8/11 to win with a 3.5 handicap. It’s something worth looking into if you’re confident in your selection and there’s not an awful lot of value about.

Something to look out for when betting on the Darts, especially when it’s Premier League is Betway’s enhancements. They sponsor the competition and their ‘Betway Boosts’ provide some excellent value if you’re struggling to build an accumulator. For example: Get Anderson, van Gerwen and Wright all to win at 100/30 – which is priced at 5/2 everywhere else!

Another perk of betting on the Darts are Request-A- Bets with SkyBet – where we have our very own in every major tournament. These combine several different aspects of different games put together to form one price and they give you a big opportunity to win. An example of this would be: van Gerwen over 3.5 180’s in both games and Taylor & Wright both to check out over 99.5 – 7/1. These bets are very popular, well priced and they’re only available with SkyBet!

How Darts Works:

The professional game of Darts is split up into two organisations:

The BDO (British Darts Organisation) – The BDO was founded back in 1973 and is a member of the World Darts Federation (the games governing body). It originally organised a number of prestigious British tournaments but it suffered in the 90’s when TV coverage became reduced. Now it tends to feature on TV just for two competitions – THE BDO World Championships, Champions League of Darts and the Grand Slam of Darts.

The PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) – The PDC is a breakaway organisation which was formed back in 1992. It’s regarded as the elite organisation in the sport which features all of the worlds top players. The PDC is televised almost every week and it has a huge following, selling out almost every venue they host. This organisation has grown incredible over the last 25 years and is responsible for taking the game to the next level. This organisation


Darts is a game which never stops, which makes great reading for hard-core fans of the sport. The PDC is where the entertainment and world class quality is and each tournament showcases some of the biggest players in the game. There’s 7 ranked tournaments in the PDC which are all televised:

UK Open – March – Now in it’s fourteenth year, the UK Open is a fans favourite and is often referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’. There’s no seeded players which can spring up some big draws in any round and it’s the first major of the year. Peter Wright is the current champion, winning it for the first time. But Phil Taylor is again the leader with 5 wins.

World Matchplay – July – The Matchplay is another one of longest serving tournaments in the PDC, taking place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. This is played in legs as opposed to sets which provides the opportunity for the odd upset. That man Phil Taylor is the one with the most titles again with fifteen – thirteen higher more than current champion, Michael van Gerwen.

European Championships – October – This tournament is one of the newer majors, starting in back in 2008. This pits Europe’s finest against each other with a prize fund £200,000. Phil Taylor leads the way with four wins in this tournament – all coming in the first four years of it.

World Grand Prix – October – Having started in 1998, the World Grand Prix is one of the most established tournaments in the PDC. It’s a unique competition as each player must open each leg by hitting a double (along with ending on one). No other televised tournament is played like the Grand Prix and it’s another one that Taylor has swept up at – winning it on no fewer than eleven occasions.

Players Championship Finals – November – This is another one of the newest competitions on the circuit. This one is broadcasted live on ITV and it’s only been around since 2009. Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen have won this the most, lifting the trophy on three occasions.

Grand Slam of Darts – November – This competition differs to anything else in Darts as a whole. This pits the best players from the BDO & PDC against each other over nine days. This is shown on SkySports and again Phil Taylor is the holder for the most wins with six to his name.

World Championships – December – The most popular tournament on the PDC circuit. This is the one that everyone wants to win and it has a huge prize fund of £1.8m going into 2017’s tournament. This is played at Alexandra Palace and it’s a tournament that’s provided some of the sports most iconic moments. Michael van Gerwen spectacularly lifted the trophy on a second occasions last time out but Phil Taylor holds the record for the most wins with an unprecedented 14 victories.

Other tournaments to look out for include the Champions League of Darts, World Cup of

Darts, The Masters and the Premier League. The latter is one of the most popular for fans of the sport as it pits ten of the biggest names in Darts against each other on a weekly basis. It starts off in a league table before evolving into a knockout stage and goes from venue to venue – bringing in some huge crowds.

Players to watch:

Michael van Gerwen – The world number one needs little introduction. He enjoyed a spectacular 2016 which saw him clear up the PDC circuit winning every major televised tournament, breaking all sorts of records in the process. The Dutchman is unstoppable when he’s on form and he’s certainly the one to watch! And with him being just 27 years- old, he has time on his side to launch an assault on Phil Taylor’s incredible 14 World Championships and it’s scary to think how better he’s going to get.

Gary Anderson – The Flying Scotsman also enjoyed a fantastic 2016 and if it wasn’t for the unbelievable form of MVG, he’d have won a lot of silverware. Anderson is one of the most complete players in the game, equally comfortable hitting big scores as he is finishing in tense situations which makes him the world number ones biggest rival. He’s won the World Championships in two of the last three years and he’s an opponent no one enjoys facing.

Peter Wright – One of Darts’ biggest entertainers. Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright has established himself as one of the games household names over the last few years not just with his skills with the darts in his hands, but his entertainment on the ockey. The Scotsman’s crazy hairstyles and walk-ons make him one of the fans’ favourites and he’s definitely a box office player!

Phil Taylor – 2017 is set to be the last year on the circuit for the games greatest ever player but he’s still capable of coming up with the goods in the big games. No one can match the feats that Taylor has achieved in Darts and he’ll be looking to end his final year with a bang.

Adrian Lewis – The Jackpot is without a doubt one of the most talented players in world darts and he’s another victim to the likes of Taylor and MVG. He’s finished runner-up to Taylor in five major PDC tournaments but he’s managed to win two World Championships in his career. Lewis is a player not to be written off and he’s known for being a very big scorer.

Dave Chisnall – Chizzy also enjoyed a successful 2016 which saw him secure his place in the Premier League for the third successive season. The 36 year-old is one of the more inconsistent players in the game but when he’s on form he’s capable of beating anyone. If you’re looking to bet on someone to hit lots of 180’s, Chizzy’s your man.

James Wade – One of the household names in the game. Wade is another very well rounded player who’s capable of both scoring heavily and finishing clinically. The Machine has never won the World Championships but he does have an impressive eight major titles to his name which includes the World Grand Prix and the Premier League.