Ask many punters what they think of when they hear phrases such as ‘live world grand prix betting’ or whether they would be inclined to place a world grand prix bet and most would assume you were talking about motor sport.
How wrong they are, for world grand prix betting has absolutely nothing to do with those super-quick advertising billboards to be found wandering the globe like a modern-day nomadic tribe. Nor does online world grand prix betting involve simply selecting the name of a driver who happens to have the fastest car (which means he wins), although there has been an element of predictability about world grand prix betting since 1998.
The reason, for those who have not yet cottoned on, is that betting on world grand prix outcomes is hugely dependent upon one man: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. That’s right – a world grand prix bet is a wager on the outcome of a darts match or, in this case, a tournament.
Taylor has been credited with making world grand prix darts betting popular – and with good reason. He has dominated the Dublin-based event ever since it was introduced into the sporting calendar a dozen years ago; in that time, ‘The Power’ has won nine titles and he is a strong favourite in every darts world grand prix betting market to retain his title in October 2010 too.
Online bookmakers have benefited from his domination of the game: “World grand prix bets have become an important aspect of the game,” says one online bookmaker. “People enjoy taking him on and whenever he plays, our world grand prix betting market can rival those of rugby or tennis in terms of punters’ predictions.”
Nor is the ‘Taylor Effect’ a UK phenomenon. World grand prix darts betting odds are studied across the globe, especially in Asia, where darts world grand prix betting is extremely popular.
Taylor’s incredible dominance ensures that most world grand prix bets take account of his name, initially at least, as he’s inevitably likely to start as favourite.
Predictions that he is starting to lose his touch have proved unfounded, much to the relief of punters who bet on world grand prix outcomes only after they have checked upon the great man’s health! His results, form and general well-being are of great concern to most darts enthusiasts, a significant proportion of whom will be backing him to make the Dublin final in the autumn.
As the darts betting market has expanded, so newcomers to internet betting, often attracted by the prospect of enjoying a free bet, have little hesitation supporting Taylor.
Online bookmakers acknowledge that their odds are determined by whether Taylor is playing in a tournament and if he’ll appear in another final: “Undoubtedly, markets are governed by Phil,” claims one. “He is one of the game’s great fixtures. Not only are more darts bets be staked if he’s playing, but as he continually raises the game’s profile, so internet firms are content to pepper their offerings with a succession of free bets.”
The increasing propensity of punters to bet on darts highlights the game’s burgeoning popularity and any predictor of near-term darts trends would be foolish to ignore the ongoing influence of Phil Taylor. Even highlights of his fixtures are avidly followed by an army of punters and as there’s little sign he’s contemplating retirement anytime soon, he promises to provide almost guaranteed returns for them for the foreseeable future.