How to Bet on Darts
21 March 2019
With more television coverage, increased prize money, bigger tournaments, and more exposure, Darts has become an extremely popular sport and with that it has become something that people want to bet on.
Tournaments like the World Championships, Grand Slam of Darts, and the annual Premier League competition feature the top players in the world, including the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, and the sports betting companies now offer extensive markets for darts betting.
Darts Betting Markets
Darts is a sport where each match is contested between two players until one of them reaches a certain amount of legs/sets to win the match. In the Premier League, and some tournaments with round robin formats, a draw is possible but it is mostly a two-horse race.
Markets available are similar to that of football, with the match result market being the most popular to bet on. Other popular markets include:
• Tournament winner – with each way betting usually available
• Correct Score betting
• Most 180’s in a match or tournament
• Highest check-out in a match or tournament
• Which player will hit the highest checkout
• Who will hit the first 180 in a match
• Over/Under number of 180’s or 100+ check outs
• Combination bet with player to win, hit highest check out and most 180’s
Obviously, the chances of winning are increased as it’s a 50/50 bet most of the time if betting on a match result market or which player will score highest checkout, most 180’s or first 180 in a match.
Most online sports betting companies also offer in-play betting for darts, where punters can place bets on who will win the next leg/set, next 180, and more.
Some companies, such as Sky Bet, offer request a bet markets for each match in the Premier League and selected tournament matches, where punters can get good odds for bets such as a certain checkout being hit by a certain player, the last leg to be won with a bullseye finish, and others.
Darts Betting Odds
As it’s a two-horse race in most matches, the odds in early rounds of tournaments are usually heavily in favour of one player. For example, if the world number one was playing a qualifier ranked outside the top 100 in the world then the odds would reflect that by being incredibly short for the favourite and long for the outsider.
This makes it more difficult to make a big profit on darts betting, although some of the riskier punters can make a lot of money by gambling on big shocks that then happen.
In the Premier League, or the latter rounds of tournaments, the players competing against each other are usually pretty closely matched with regards ranking and talent. So, the odds will usually be quite close.
An example of this could be seen in a recent week of Premier League Darts, where only one player out of the ten had odds shorter than evens to win (odds-on). Two of the matches had the favourite priced at 5/4, the other player priced at 6/4 and the draw at 3/1.
This does give punters the chance of picking out a decent multiple-selection bet, such as a double or treble, and making a healthy profit.
Darts Betting Tips
Darts hasn’t got as many betting tipsters to follow as sports such as football or horse racing, but there are still tipsters out there who offer expert advice on upcoming events and matches.
But, perhaps the best way of choosing a selection to bet on is to do your own research. Study recent matches and tournaments to see who’s in form, look for any news regarding injuries or players returning from an injury lay off, and look for head to head information as that can play a big part in the outcome of a darts match due to the psychological nature of the sport.
How to Bet on Darts
Betting on darts is as simple as it is to bet on football, horse racing, and other sports. You find a sports betting company who provide extensive darts betting markets and generally just follow the on-screen instructions. Deposit funds into your account, choose your selections, and then place your bet and sit back and watch the action.
A benefit of some sports betting companies is that they will provide a live streaming service so that punters can watch the match they have placed a bet on.