Darts Betting Tips

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Darts is a popular sport that has grown rapidly in the past two decades. Increased sponsorship and support of the major tournaments on the back of a party atmosphere and pumped up broadcast production has made darts one of the most watched sports in the UK.

Betting on darts is extremely popular with live streaming bringing all the top tournaments to viewers online. The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) features the world’s best darts players and hosts the big money events that take place all over the world throughout the year.

Darts Betting Odds

Compare bookmakers to get the best darts betting odds in match markets and outright markets. There might be many short priced favourites which opens the door to handicap markets.

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Sign up for a new account with an online bookmaker to take advantage of darts free bets. Existing customers can also get darts free bets with various promotions and specials when the major tournaments are on.

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Darts Live Streaming

The bet365 live streaming service is one of the best in the business and covers a wide range of darts tournaments all year long. Here's how to stream darts live online:

Log-in or register for an account at bet365 (use the bonus code "NEWBONUS")
When the live streaming window opens, select the darts match you want to watch.
Registered depositing users can watch & bet on darts.

To watch a bet365 live stream users must be logged in and have a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. 18+, geo-restrictions & terms and conditions apply.

Betting on Darts

The main betting market in darts is the win market. Other popular darts markets include most 180’s, set handicap and whether there will be a nine-dart finish. Opposing favourites in darts can be profitable with many outsiders having a good chance to win.

Study the competition draw to bet in the outright betting markets including to win the quarter of a draw for a darts tournament or the half of a draw for a tournament. There could be a bunch of top players in one half of the draw which will open the door for a big price player to come through the other half of the tournament.

Betting in-play or live betting is also a popular way to bet on darts. Players often make big comebacks with the opportunity to walk away with a big win.

Darts Tournaments

The major ranked darts tournaments are the World Championship, UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts, Players Championship Finals and European Championship. Some of the main non-ranked tournaments include The Masters, Premier League Darts, World Series of Darts, World Cup of Darts, Champions League of Darts and PDC World Youth Championship.

Premier League Darts is a darts tournament launched in 2005 and features the top four players in the PDC Order of Merit  joined by five wildcard selections to make up the nine-man field.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement and cancellation of many darts tournaments. Darts tournaments featuring players competing from home using webcams took off with tournaments including Icons of Darts League, A Night at the Darts, PDC Home Tour, Remote Darts League and Czech Premier League.

Darts Players

Phil Taylor is widely regarded as the best darts player. He won 16 PDC World Championship titles and spent most of his playing career as the number-one ranked darts player between 1990 and 2017.

The best player currently playing is Michael Van Gerwen. Van Gerwen sits at the top of the list, winning the World Masters aged 17 and won the PDC World Darts Championship in 2014, 2017, and 2019.

Some of the other darts players to have significant success are Raymond Van Barneveld, Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Dennis Priestley, Jocky Wilson, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, James Wade and Dave Chisnall.

Darts Highlights

Check the PDC YouTube channel for darts highlights from all the major tournaments.

Darts News

Get the latest darts news including upcoming tournaments and rankings. The PDC homepage features news about all the PDC players and PDC tournaments.

Darts Social Media

Follow the PDC on social media for player interviews, features and to stay up to date with all the darts news.

Darts Rules

The standard dartboard is divided into 20 numbered sections from 1 to 20 points. The numbers are separated by wires with a two small central circles to the outer circular wire. Each number is divided into three sections with single, double and triple areas. 

The central circles are divided into a green outer ring worth 25 points and a red or black inner circle worth 50 points. The term "bullseye" usually refers to the inner red/black section. 

A game of darts is usually contested between two players who take turns throwing three darts each. The most common scoring method is to start at 501 points and reduce the points to zero with the final dart hitting a double or the bullseye. The highest score with three darts is 180 which consists of three triple 20s. 

Other games include Round the Clock, 20 to 1, Around the world, American darts, Archery darts, Audio darts, Cricket, Dartball, Dart golf, Fives, Halve it, Killer, Lawn darts, Moving Target, Shanghai, Seventeen Skunk, Darf and Ice Breaker.

Darts History

Like many other sports such as football, cricket, hockey, rugby union and rugby league, the British Empire spread darts throughout the world. What was considered merely a pub pastime has become a big earning opportunity for the top players.

Darts were used as weapons throughout ancient history alongside archery, javelins and the crossbow before developing into a game of skill. The standard numbering plan we see on dartboards today with a 20 on top was probably created around 1896.

The first types of darts were cut down arrows or crossbow bolts. The first purpose-made darts were mainly made in France and manufactured from one piece from wood with a strip of lead for weight and flights made from turkey feathers. 

The British Darts Organisation (BDO) was founded 1973 and is a member of the World Darts Federation (WDF) which was founded in 1976. The World Professional Darts Championship was held annually between 1978 and 1993 before a controversial split in the game.

In 1992 the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) was formed which saw the BDO and the PDC organising their own World Championship in January from 1994. PDC tournaments have a larger following and usually have higher prize money, with 25 players earning more than £100,000 in 2013 and 2014 according to the PDC’s order of merit.

The PDC became the dominant force in darts with the BDO becoming a feeder competition. Phil Taylor, 16-time World Champion and the undisputed best player in darts history, joined the PDC from the BDO in 1994.

Highly successful BDO player Raymond van Barneveld switched to the PDC in 2007, winning the PDC World Championship at his first attempt. Since then many of the best BDO players have made the switch to the PDC for more prize money and exposure.

Both organisations hold other professional tournaments, with the BDO organising the World Masters and many Open tournaments. The WDF, BDO and PDC each maintain their own rankings lists. 

The PDC's major tournaments include the World Championship, World Series of Darts, World Series Finals, European Tour, European Championships, Champions League of Darts, Premier League, UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and the Grand Slam of Darts. 

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic forced many darts tournaments to be postponed or cancelled. Tournament featuring players competing from home using webcams became popular with some of the tournaments introduced including the Icons of Darts Live League, A Night at the Darts, PDC Home Tour, Remote Darts League and Czech Premier League.

Darts Betting FAQ

How can I bet on darts?

Bet on darts with an online bookmaker, select darts, the tournament and the match or outright betting market.

Where can I watch darts live streaming?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch darts live streaming.

What are the main darts betting markets?

The main betting markets in darts are the match winner, most 180’s, set handicap and nine-dart finish yes/no. There are also combination betting markets such as match winner & most 180's.

What are darts outright betting markets?

The darts outright betting markets include to win the quarter of a draw, to win the half of a draw or win the tournament.

What are the major darts tournaments?

The major darts tournaments are the World Championship, UK Open, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts, Players Championship Finals, Masters, Premier League Darts, World Series of Darts, World Cup of Darts and Champions League of Darts.