Darts is a sport that has been a staple of the bars and pubs, all across the UK and the US. Its casual and enjoyable nature makes it a perfect pastime. Over the years, it has developed into a global sport, with a massive gambling market, also in the USA. Many legal online sportsbooks offer darts betting lines and bonuses, try William Hill or BetMGM.
The game of darts takes a tremendous amount of time and skill to master, but betting on darts is fairly simple and you will be nearing master status, after taking on board the information and advice from this guide.
For those who are not inclined with how the scoring system in darts works, the idea of the game is to get to zero from a starting score (typically 501) in as few throws as possible.
Each player can throw three darts per visit to the board and must finish by scoring a double in the outer ring or bullseye. The inner ring counts as a treble and therefore the optimum place to aim to quickly reduce your score. The very best players in the world are capable of a ‘nine-darter’ which means throwing the minimum amount of darts to win a leg, the feat is rarely achieved and is a spectacle to behold.
How to bet on darts?
Betting on darts may sound fairly self-explanatory, but there are in-fact many different types of bets in the game of darts. The types you choose to play will most likely depend on your previous darts knowledge and general betting nouse.
The first type of bet I will be introducing to you, is the simplest and straight-forward of the lot: outright betting. You will probably know this type of bet from other sports, it is simply predicting the winner of a final tournament. Some names to look for when betting on an outright winner of a tournament: Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, and Peter Wright.
These three are usually at the top end of the spectrum and are almost always involved in the Semi-Final stage at least. For example, you could bet on van Gerwen to win the PDC World Championship 2021 at +250. Or you could take your chances and bet on an underdog like Rob Cross at +2800. These odds are via bet365 and will vary depending on the sportsbook.
The next type of bet is another quite simple one to understand: Match betting.
This method involves predicting who will be the winner of a match. This also involves the bets on the final score and each individual leg. Or even the number of 180s that occur in a game, which can provide very high odds.
Handicap betting in darts
Handicap betting is also present in darts and can be very effective and fun. A typical example is a bet on Van Gerwen to win with a -2.5-handicap bet in a best of five set match. The bet is won if Van Gerwen wins the match with a score of 3-0.
Darts betting strategy: King of the Oche
Another interesting type of bet is the ‘King of the Oche’ which refers to bets placed on players to be the winner of the match, hold the top checkout and the most 180s. This bet type comes with big odds and is usually common when there is a strong favorite.
The most popular tournaments to bet on in darts are the PDC World Darts Championship and the Unibet Premier League of Darts. The PDC takes place in December and January of every year, this competition brings together the world’s finest darts players in one place and generates great interest amongst darts enthusiasts. Along with an excellent betting scene.
Whereas the Premier League of Darts starts in February with weekly matches and ends with a final match in May. Other renowned darts competitions include The Masters, World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts.
When making any bets, make sure you can afford to lose what you gamble with. Use our site to inform your decision making. Always gamble responsibly, and when the fun stops, stop.