There is no area of sports betting that has grown more over the past five years than darts betting. The development of the PDC brand has seen darts rise from a pastime that was watched by a few hundred to a sport that can pack out arenas up and down the country on a weekly basis in front of the Sky television cameras. Thousands now clamber for tickets to watch the Premier League at cities across the UK while events like the World Matchplay, Grand Slam of Darts and World Championships are all highly anticipated sell-out tournaments.
As a result darts betting has grown in direct correlation with the sport’s growth and it is now an area that all of the major online betting firms cover in great depth.
The history of darts is uncertain, although many consider its roots to lie in archery. Up until the twentieth century darts was almost exclusively a pub pastime, often with many different regional variations of the game being played throughout England. The twentieth century saw the introduction of pub leagues and the standardisation of darts into the game we know, watch, and bet on today. Ever since the 1970s, when the game became a popular televised sport in the UK darts has gone from strength to strength, and is now a highly successful competitive sport, one which has managed to generate its fair share of superstars.
Since the advent of the PDC one man, and one man only, has dominated the sport. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has a total of 15 world titles to his name, 13 of which have been won in the PDC. In addition he has landed the darts betting odds in 12 World Matchplays, nine World Grand Prix, four UK Opens and five Premier Leagues amongst others. Throughout the last decade Taylor has been the darts betting equivalent of an ATM cash machine. So match so that when The Power does not win a title it becomes bigger darts betting news than when he does. However Taylor's monopoly of the sport has been broken in recent years with the emergence of Michael van Gerwen.
One of the most important events in the history of darts and consequently darts betting was the creation of the breakaway organisation, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in 1992. Ever since then there have been two separate darts organisations but the PDC has taken on an increasingly popular role making the game what it is today.
Darts Betting Events
There are numberous darts tournaments held throughout the year, including the following major tournaments and events:
- Premier League
- Players Championship
- UK Open
- World Grand Prix
- PDC World Championship
- BDO World Championship
- World Matchplay Darts
- Grand Slam of Darts
- World Cup of Darts
Darts Betting Markets
Online Sports Betting bookmakers offer a number of darts betting markets and options including win markets and odds for individual rounds. Almost every televised darts match will now have a plethora of markets that run alongside it. From the match odds betting market where punters are simply asked to predict the winner of the game, to 180s betting, where punters can bet on which player will hit the most maximums and how many maximums will be hit, and checkout betting, that allows bettors to predict what the highest checkout of the match will be and which player will hit it.
Outright darts betting markets allow punters to bet on the winner of any particular event, who the finalists will be, who will win each quarter, whether there will be a nine-darter and even how many 180s will be hit in the tournament.
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