New to darts betting?
In the simplest terms, a game of darts involves two players trying to get to a score of zero after starting on 501. Players take it in turns to throw three darts at a board placed 5ft 8” off the floor and 7ft 9.25” away from where the darts are thrown - after each turn, the score from the three darts is calculated and deducted from the remaining total.
A player can score between 1 and 60 with a single dart - giving a maximum total of 180 with each visit to the dartboard. The numbers 1 to 20 are available on the board, with an outer circle that doubles the score, an inner circle that trebles the score, a bullseye worth 50 points and an outer bullseye worth 25 points.
The first player to get to zero by “checking out” - hitting a double on the outer circle - wins the “leg”, with each set being the best of five legs and each match the best of 5, 7, 9, 11 or 13 sets as the tournament progresses.
The rules of darts are universal, but there are two main governing bodies in the sport. Until 1993, all darts players were part of the BDO - British Darts Organisation. Since then, the PDC - Professional Darts Corporation - has operated as its own separate franchise and players can choose to play in either BDO or PDC competitions.
PDC World Championship betting odds
Like any sport, there are numerous factors to consider in darts betting. While a player’s ranking is important, it is one of many statistics that can be analysed when trying to find value in the PDC World Championship betting odds.
Michael van Gerwen
Ranked number one in the world, van Gerwen has been in
Winner of both the 2015 and 2016 PDC World Championship, Scotland’s Gary Anderson can certainly perform on the big stage. His average of 97.93 has been boosted by 253 180’s this year, but one major contributor to Anderson’s outright winner odds is the fact that he’s a proven champion. Can he do it again?
Phil “The Power” Taylor is perhaps the most famous face in darts. A regular feature in the PDC World Championship betting odds, he has an incredible 14 titles to his name. Although he isn’t the dominant force he once was, Taylor’s previous experience, a 101.10 average and 77.39 win % in 2016 is reflected in his odds.
The best of the rest
Darts betting is no different to betting on any other sport. Although van Gerwen is a heavy favourite, the competition format means there could be a surprise in store. Now in round two, there is just over 30 players left in this year’s tournament, so who is likely to outperform what their odds suggest?
In amongst his 24 PDC titles, Michael van Gerwen has won 90.95% of his 221 matches this calendar year.
The eccentric Peter Wright is sometimes more about personality than performance. "Snakebite" might represent value, but there is always a danger that the entertainer might show up instead of the darts player - something that is backed up by his poor 68.79 win % in 2016.
Dave Chisnall’s outright winner odds might come as a surprise to some. A respectable average of 97.40 and improving 39.26% checkout attempt completion make “Chizzy” a dark horse. If he gets the luck of the draw and takes advantage when the bigger players make a mistake, there could be a major shock on the cards.
The PDC World Championship is not only an entertaining spectacle for the fans in their fancy dress, it offers a great chance for those with knowledge of darts betting to make
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