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Complete guide to betting on Darts

 

#1/ Centrebet.com

Centrebet are the leading bookmaker currently for darts as they have four markets available at the moment, whereas others have one or none. They have markets for both PDC and BDO events which is great to see as it allows fans and punters to see as much darts as possible. They already have a market for both the World Matchplay and the World Championships. The only downfall is that they’re offering a lower price for the favourites in the World’s but they still have good value bets down the list.

Join Centrebet for a free $200 signup bonus and make full use of its wide variety of betting options. It is set up for mobile betting with two apps for both android and iOS, which makes placing a bet on darts in 2014 more user friendly.

#2/ Sportsbet.com.au

Sportsbet are one of the few bookmakers to have odds released for the 2014 PDC World Championships held in December through to January. Their released market is offering very competitive prices for the world’s best players including Michael van Gerwen who is currently at $2.63. That price probably won’t get shorter so Sportsbet are offering nice value there.

Their website is easy to navigate and they offer live betting for most sporting and racing events. They have apps for android and iOS users so you can bet on the move and also follow the live betting odds as they fluctuate. Sportsbet are the leading bookmaker in the darts market as shown by their willingness to set an early market for the World Championship.

#3/ Sportingbet.com.au

Sportingbet have yet to release any updated darts odds for the World Championships but they do feature other events around the world included the World Cup of Darts and other Premier League tournaments. They are becoming a powerhouse in the sports betting market and their website is jam-packed full of worthy information for punters.

Sportingbet offer a live broadcast option, so punters can watch and listen to an event from their tablet device or computer. They offer great odds on all sports and a good range of options. They have also designed a new Sportingbet app for smart phones and tablets which has made online betting quicker. Sign up to Sportingbet and receive a free $200 bonus bet.

Popular darts betting options

Darts betting is limited to the amount of betting options available but there is still good value on display and the excitement factor alone is enough to have a punt.

Head-to-head: The easiest way to bet on darts is by backing on the head-to-head market. Simply select one player to beat the other and you will win money. The only exemption is for Premier League bettors when a draw is also an option.

Total 180’s: The most fun thing about betting on darts is seeing your player hit a 180 and now you can bet on how many either player, or both, will hit throughout their game or during the tournament.

Highest checkout: Players must finish on either a double or the bulls-eye, therefore their highest checkout can be 170, consisting of two triple 20’s and a bulls-eye. Most bookmakers will set their highest checkout total around the 125 mark.

Set betting: In most tournaments barring a few, the players will play first up to three which gives them a set. Much like tennis, punters can bet on this market depending on how well they think their player will win by. For example – Phil Taylor 6 sets to 4 against Michael van Gerwen would pay around $8 so there is good value in set betting.

World Championships history and odds

World'sThis is the Masters of golf, the Indy 500 of motor racing, the World Championship of darts is the premier event on the darting calender and it carries the biggest prize purse of all darts tournaments – in excess of $1 million, with about $500,000 pound going to the winner. The event is currently held at Alexandra Palace, London, where it’s been since 2008. The tournament is spread over two months, starting in December and ending in January, making way for both Christmas and New Years, the tournament then resumes shortly after. The format is match-play where players take each other on head-to-head with a ranked system deciding the matchups.

The tournament has been dominated by Phil Taylor, considered the best player to ever play the game, as he has won it on 16 occasions (twice a winner on the BDO circuit). From 1995, Taylor went unbeaten all the way through to 2003 when Canadian John Part beat Taylor 7-6 in the final. Taylor however got right back to it, winning the next three and again winning the title in 2009, 2010 (where he defeated Australian Simon Whitlock in the final 7-3) and 2013 before Michael van Gerwen reigned supreme in 2014.

The market for the 2014/2015 tournament is currently available at our recommended bookmakers but Sportsbet.com.au are offering the best odds available. Listed below are the updated odds for the leading World Championship contenders.

Odds subject to change*

Michael van Gerwen – $2.63
Phil Taylor – $3.75
Adrian Lewis – $7.50
Peter Wright – $21
Raymond van Barneveld – $21
Gary Anderson – $23
James Wade – $26
Stephen Bunting – $34
Simon Whitlock – $41
Dave Chisnall – $51
Robert Thornton – $51
Kim Huybrechts – $51
Wes Newton – $67
Andy Hamilton – $67
Michael Smith – $67
Jamie Caven – $101
Ian White – $101
Paul Nicholson – $126
Brendan Dolan – $151
Ricky Evans – $201

For the complete market head to Sportsbet.com.au.

Other major darting events to bet on

Premier League:

The Premier League is a 15 week tournament consisting of the top four order of merit players along with six wildcards, chosen by the Professional Darts Corporation. Players play each other once throughout the season before the bottom two players get dropped out of the tournament. Only four players make the playoffs in a tough format which has caught the world’s best players out at times. The winner receives over $250,000 and the current champion is Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld. Phil Taylor has however dominated this tournament like many others – winning it six times from 10. He lost in 2013 in the final to Michael van Gerwen despite having a 104.10 scoring average. Australia’s Simon Whitlock finished runner up to Taylor in 2012 when going down 10-7 in a tense final, the Aussie’s first chance to win a major title.

Check back in later this year for odds when the field is released for the Premier League.

World Cup of Darts:

A tournament run in June every year, countries are represented by two players of that nationality. Players take on a matchplay format where they plays singles and doubles. The final is consisted of both singles and doubles play until one country reaches a total of three points. The two dominating countries are England who comprise for Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, and the Netherlands who featured Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen.

U.K Open:

This smaller T.V event gives the lesser names a chance to feature on the world stage. There is a qualifying stage where any number of unknown players can force their way into the tournament. That being said, it is usually taken out by someone in the top 10. The tournament may not be ranked highly on some people’s radars but the dart players hold this tournament close to their heart.

World Dart Series:

The Darts are coming to Australia by the way of Perth and a star studded field is penciled in. All the world’s best players will arrive to play the Perth Dart Masters in August and the number one ranked player Michael van Gerwen is the current $2.65 favourite to take home the title. Home grown talent Simon Whitlock is a $17 shot and the enigmatic Australian Paul Nicholson is a long shot at $41.

For the complete list and odds for the Perth Dart Masters, head to Centrebet.com.

World Matchplay:

This is the second biggest tournament and is held every July. The tournament features a slightly different format to the World Championships but the principles are the same. The tournament is considered a major and all the best players vie to win it each and every year. The market is closer than the World’s due to the format but Michael van Gerwen still holds favouritism over Phil Taylor.

You can place a bet on the World Matchplay at Centrebet.com now!

Odds subject to change*

Michael van Gerwen – $3.25
Phil Taylor – $3.50
Adrian Lewis – $8.50
Raymond van Barneveld – $10
Gary Anderson – $15
James Wade – $21
Peter Wright – $21
Dave Chisnall – $26
Simon Whitlock – $26
Paul Nicholson – $101

Best players to bet on

TaylorPhil ‘The Power’ Taylor – The man from England has won everything there is to win in Darts, and on more than one occasion. He is considered the best darts player of all time and now that Michael van Gerwen has burst onto the scene, Phil Taylor’s odds have lengthened, benefiting punters who like to bet on Taylor. As most players do when they dominate a sport, they look to get even better and that has taken Phil in the wrong direction. His new healthy lifestyle is certainly honourable but his darting game has suffered somewhat because of it. He’s still one of the world’s best players but hopefully his best years aren’t behind him.

MvGMichael ‘Mighty Mike’ van Gerwen – The Dutch star burst onto the circuit when he was just a teenager but then he tapered off and he went into obscurity. A now more mature van Gerwen is dominating the sport with his power play and high scoring averages. No player since Taylor has had such a positive effect on the game and fans and punters alike are taking note. He’s currently the number one ranked player in the world and being so young, he’s got many years to capture a wealth of titles to add to those he has already captured.

LewisAdrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis – The Englishman captured back-to-back world titles and that’s when and where he should be backed. He seems to struggle at most events except the World Championship and there is definite value to be had at $7.50 this year. Lewis made headlines by splitting up with his partner and child on national television, making him an easy player for fans to hate upon. Despite this he continues to work hard at his game and he is one of the best 180 hitters in all of darts.

Best Australian players to bet on

Simon Whitlock – He has been the ‘almost’ player since arriving in the PDC but a major title could be within his reach. The striking power player throws the hardest of any player and his ‘Aussie’ look makes him a great draw card for fans and punters. He came close to winning a World Championship and a Premier League title but he just narrowly missed out. He is susceptible to getting nervous when the pressure goes on but he is all heart and is worth a punt in the major tournaments.

Paul Nicholson – The bad boy of darts, hailing from Australia but now lives in the U.K. Nicholson adopted the bad boy image from the outset and it’s something he has embraced for years now. He hasn’t exactly won anything of note but he brings aggression and style to the game. His claim to fame is that Adrian Lewis has never beaten him in a televised event, something which Nicholson reminds Lewis every time they meet, often causing a small raucous. There is no denying his talent, he just needs to put it all together and he will get his just desserts soon enough.