Darts has become a popular sport for betting in the last few years. The World Championships take place in December and January, yet it is the continued darts coverage from Premier League Darts, launched on 20th January 2005 and now entering its seventh season and shown live on Sky Sports, that has made this pastime one of the favourite sports for online bookmakers to make odds about.
Darts is a very good betting medium to bet in running – that is to place bets on a live event, as each dart makes a huge difference to the odds and as such customers can follow the action live on television and bet accordingly. It is also hugely popular with people betting through their mobile phones.
The Premier League of darts is currently the world's largest indoor sports event. The league is played in a weekly format from February to May
Eight of the biggest names from the PDC darts circuit compete each week with matches held across the country at different venues. The top four players in the PDC Order of Merit are joined by four wild card selections to make up the eight-man field.
And it’s big money for the players too – every player receives £20,000 just for competing while the winner receives £125,000. Phil Taylor has dominated this event, winning five of the seven competitions to date but last year the title went to Gary Anderson who beat Adrian Lewis 10-4 in the final.
Bookmakers offer their customers lots of different markets to bet on. You can place bets on who will win the title, who will win each game, and by how many legs.
There is also betting available on how many 180s there will be in each game, and which player in each game will get most 180s. You can also bet on whether there will be a nine dart finish in the game, or how many nine dart finishes there will be over the whole of the Premier League of darts season. There’s even a market on who will finish bottom of the league.
Online bookmakers may also offer free bets to try and get business on the darts and to compete with their competitors. Free bets can take the form of offering money back on certain games if the player who beats your selection wins by just one leg, or to offer money back should your player lose the match but get a nine dart finish during the game.