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With nearly 100 of the best darts players in the world going toe-to-toe at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London, at a time of year when many people are finishing work for the festive period, it’s no wonder that the World Darts Championship has become an integral fixture of the sporting calendar. Even those who wouldn’t usually have an interest in darts become aficionados of the tungsten-tossing heroes of the oche, so if you find yourself tuning into the ‘arrers’ and fancying a bet, you might make a wager without knowing the ins and outs of the sport.
So be sure to read this article to pick up some handy hints and tips on how to bet on the Darts World Championship.
Take Your Pick
First things first: let’s take a look at the available betting markets.
You will find futures darts odds, the first port of call for wagering on the World Championship. You’ll see the likes of Michael van Gerwen (+400), Gerwyn Price (+500), and defending champion Michael Smith (+650) at the head of the market, but there’s danger lurking throughout the draw: in 2023, +10000 outsider Gabriel Clemens was just one win away from the final.
What an incredible tournament from Gabriel Clemens ???
The first German to reach the Semi-Finals of the World Darts Championship before finally falling to Michael Smith. pic.twitter.com/dLs5yd6LY1
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 2, 2023
You can also bet on the World Darts Championship on a game-by-game basis. You can wager on who you think will win a match, of course, while taking spreads on each player with a + or a – handicap.
You can also bet on correct score, total sets, match 180s, player 180s and so much more; the availability of dozens of different betting markets is one of the reasons why darts is such an interesting sport to wager on.
Know Thy Enemy
Whenever you bet on any sport or competition, it’s imperative that you do your homework and get a handle on every player in the field.
The beauty of the World Darts Championship, which takes place in December and January, is that it follows a busy November schedule for the sport. The Grand Slam of Darts and the Players Championship Finals are played just weeks ahead of the Worlds, so these are a fantastic opportunity to see which players are in form heading to the Alexandra Palace.
Another intriguing angle for bettors is that the World Championship uses a set play format, rather than leg play. Normally, the players battle it out over a ‘best of’ format, but at the Worlds, it takes three legs to win a set, with the individual who wins the requisite number of sets declared the victor.
WOW! what a feeling! @OfficialPDC World Grand Prix champion!!! ?? what an incredible way for me to win my first major title, im absolutely over the moon with how well I played last night in what was a great final with gerwyn! thanks to my family, friends, fans and sponsors ?? pic.twitter.com/VClbaFIq4w
— Luke Humphries (@lukeh180) October 9, 2023
The World Grand Prix is the only other prestigious tournament that uses the set play format, so this could be very useful for your research.
Timing is Everything
You should also look into the record of each player at the World Championship.
This is the pinnacle of the sport, and just appearing at the Alexandra Palace can be the culmination of a long, hard career.
The crowds are big in number and loud in voice, which can act as a spur for some and cause others to shrink into their shell. Remember, darts is a sport of millimeters; any nerves or muscle tightness can be damning for a player’s chances of winning.
Debutants in particular can find it difficult – albeit with exceptions like Rob Cross, who lifted the coveted trophy in his debut campaign as a professional.
It often takes experience to win the World Darts Championship, so betting on those with previous form at Ally Pally could potentially be a savvy move to make. As always: gambling should be fun and you should do so responsibly – while enjoying some top darting action.