Darts Betting

While throwing darts has become a popular game to play when enjoying a pint with your friends at a pub, the game has a strong following, especially at high levels of competition. The game Darts has origins dating back to 19th Century England, where the original dart boards were the rings of a segment of a tree trunk.

The earliest darts were actually arrow stubs and crossbow bolts, but thankfully they have evolved since then. Like with most pub games, betting on darts has no clear origin, but these days it has become a popular sport to be on, particularly at European-based sports books.

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What is darts betting?

What is darts betting?

There is no definitive date as to when betting on darts officially started, and like most pub games, it probably dates back to the origins of the game itself. While in the U.S., darts betting has never really taken off, it is a staple of sports books in Europe.

While the first official World Championship of Darts did not take place until the 1970s, today there are professional darts tournaments every week. The best part about the rise in popularity, is that at most sports books, you can wager on darts to your heart’s content! Now let’s be real about things: darts betting is not on the same level as sports like horse racing or football. In fact, compared to many sports, darts has a relatively small offering on most sports books.

But that is changing rapidly, particularly with a rise in television broadcasting and internet streaming of darts events. With the ongoing rise in popularity of online and mobile sports betting, there is bound to be an increase in the sport’s following.

What is darts betting?
How to bet on darts

How to bet on darts

Betting on darts matches takes some knowledge of the rules of the game. The scoring system for darts takes some getting used to, as do the number of sets per match, which can vary depending on the tournament rules. The simplest way to bet on darts is to wager on the match winner. This is self-explanatory and is akin to a money line bet for other sports. From here, things can get more complicated when betting on darts.

You can bet on each leg winner, or if you know the scoring system well, you can bet on the 180s like the first to 180, or the most total 180s in the match. Or, if you want to go big or go home, you can also wager on the full tournament winner, which is similar to tennis or golf.

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Darts betting odds

Darts betting odds

Since dart is a one on one match up, the odds are calculated similarly to sports like tennis. One player is deemed to be better than the other by the oddsmakers and by the betting market.

Any sort of match winner or tournament winner odds are calculated based on the perceived skill and abilities of each specific player. Handicapping also works the same way as any point spread or totals market. Winning a match by -2.5 sets means the winning darts player must win by at least three sets. Similarly, if the odds are +2.5, the underdog must win outright or lose by less than three sets.

Numerous factors can affect the odds of a one on one sport like darts, including past and recent performance, strength of competition, and injuries. Since darts tournaments are played indoors, weather is never a factor for the odds of a match up.

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