One of the fastest growing sports when it comes viewers and betting worldwide is Darts, with a stack of tournaments across the world on a regular basis.
Whether it be outright betting, leg betting or more exotic betting like whether there will be a nine darter, down below are the key betting options to bet on Darts.
Head To Head Bet
This bet sees a market on the two players and who will win. An example of this would be Gerwyn Price taking on James Wade, with $1.40 odds against $3 odds. If you place $10 on Price to win, you’ll get a return of $14. All Darts games have a result with no draw unless there is a specific tournament or league where draws are applicable.
This is a betting option where the bookmaker handicaps the match. An example of this is the bookmaker will consider a player 2.5 legs better than the oppoising player, so with that, the punter can back the player will win by more than 2.5 legs, or the other option is backing the other player to lose by 2.5 legs or under, or win the match. As an example, putting $10 on a player to win by more than 2.5 legs and cover the line at $1.90, you will collect $19.
Most/Total 180’s Bet
This is a betting option where the punter can decide on the amount of 180’s in a match. The bookie will generally set a line of what they think the number of 180’s will be for the match and punters can decide whether it will be more or less. There will also be markets available on who wil throw the most 180’s in a match, so research on the players would be a recommendation given there are some players that are experts at throwin a 180.
Highest Checkout Bet
This is a betting option that sees punters bet on what the highest checkout will be for the match to close out a leg. Some bookies will offer up a number and punters can back either the highest checkout will be lower than the nominated number or higher. There are a couple of bookies that will offer up odds on specific checkouts, which can range from 2 to 170.
170 Checkout Bet
The 170 checkout is regarded as the ‘Big Fish’ given it is the highest checkout possible for a dart player to end a leg/set/match. It’s unlikely more than likely that a 170 to close out a leg will be thrown but with that, the odds that a 170 checkout to be thrown will be decent odds, no matter what the quality of the player is.
9 Dart Finish Bet
Cricket has a hat track, Golf has a hole in one and with Darts, their equivalent is a nine darter, which sees a player get 501 and checkout in nine darts. There are some world class players who can throw a nine darter a few times a year, namely Gerwyn Price and Michael Van Gerwen, so if you see a tournament they are in, backing a nine darter to be thrown in the tournament could be decent odds despite those two competing.
Highest Tournament Average Bet
This is a specific market where punters predict which darts player will achieve the highest tournament average. A player’s score is subtracted from 501 and divided by the number of darts the player threw at the dartboard to get the average. The best betting sites will have markets for dart averages per game as well but mainly in the latter stages of major events such as the Grand Prix and World Championship.
Correct Score Bet
This can cover a wide range of betting options across both tournaments and leagues. This sees punters bet on what the correct set score will be the match, or the correct leg score depending on the format of the league or tournament. Depending on the match up and how well they are matched, whether there is a gulf in class/quality or not, there could be value to be had. For example, if you back Simon Whitlock to beat Christian Perez 3-0 at $2.90 and he does win in straight sets 3-0, you’ll get a collect of $29.
Most online wagering operators have futures markets available on key darts tournaments, namely the PDC World Championship, which brings together the best of the best from across the world. For example, if you put $10 on Gerwyn Price to win the World Championship at the odds of $5 and he wins, you will get $50 in return.
This is restricted to some betting agencies, but live beting is a key component of betting on darts. You might be keen on one player, but during the match, he or she might be struggling and you want to back to the other player live. You’ll need to look what bookies offer live betting but generally the major wagering operators do offer it.