Darts Betting


There are very few sports worldwide that have enjoyed the same dramatic rise in stature that darts has in the past couple of decades. From the pubs and beer halls of the United Kingdom to sold-out arenas around the world, darts is now attracting players and fans from every corner of the globe.

Betting on darts is also becoming increasingly common and the sport is being covered in greater and greater depth by most bookmakers, leading to more competitive odds, a wider range of bets and even the odd offer or two.

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As the coverage of darts has increased, so has the number of markets you can bet on. Ranging from a traditionally simple match winner through to the intriguing 'versus the field' style bet.

The Rise of UK Darts

Since the early 1990s and the acrimonious schism that split the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) from the British Darts Organisation (BDO), the former has grown exponentially, while the latter continues to hold the World Championships from Lakeside, the longest-running professional tournament in the sport. The sport has created cult icons such as Jocky Wilson, Eric Bristow, Bobby George, John Lowe and 16-time world champion Phil “The Power” Taylor.

The PDC rode the wave of the Sky television boom in the final decade of the 20th century, with the likes of Taylor, Dennis Priestley and Peter Manley taking advantage. Priestley won £16,000 for defeating Taylor in the 1994 PDC World Darts Championship; Gary Anderson picked up £300,000 for beating Adrian Lewis in the 2016 edition.

The World Matchplay, the World Grand Prix, the Premier League, the UK Open, the World Cup of Darts and the World Series, as well as the PDC Pro Tour, the European Tour and the PDC Challenge Tour, form a calendar packed with darts all year round. That means no shortage of options for those that love to have a bet or two on the darts.

Michael van Gerwen is currently taking the world of darts by storm, but Anderson, Taylor, Lewis, Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright all boast averages that the earliest professionals could only dream of. The sport is in rude health, in other words, and is only set to get more exciting – especially if you have a bet on it!