Understanding Darts Betting
Most of us can remember playing a game of darts in a local English pub with some close friends, enjoyed over a few beers. Or perhaps you were first introduced to the game of darts in your friend's basement, where his dad had a dartboard pinned up against the wall.
Whatever the case may be, darts has always been a sport enjoyed by all and is quick becoming a very popular sport for gamblers to place wagers on. Some of the more traditional sports for gambling are now being passed over in favour of newer ones, and darts is one such sport that is gaining steam among bookies.
The beauty of betting on darts is that it ranges from simple bets found in a bar with friends, all the way to professional bets on televised games and tournaments. This article will simply provide an introduction to darts betting and give an overview of some of the more popular darts bets.
With the global reach of the internet, more and more resources are now available to teach newcomers how to bet on darts. It is suggested that you do your homework and read up on different theories and techniques on darts betting. If you head over to your local bookstore or library, you are likely to find at least one or two books solely devoted to darts betting.
There are three main types of darts bets. The most popular is the outright bet, also known as the straight bet. It is the most popular and common type of bet simply because it is the easiest to understand. In this type of bet, you are wagering on which player will win. The bookie will have different odds for different players, depending on their rank and skill level.
Heavily favoured players will have lower odds, while lesser ranked players will pay higher odds. A sample board shown by a bookie might look like this:
Phil Taylor 4/1
Tony O'Shea 5/1
Martin Adams 8/1
If you place a wager of $1 on Phil Taylor, you will win back $4 if he wins. He is the most heavily favoured player, so he has the worst odds. If you place a bet on Tony O'Shea, you will win back $5 for every $1 you bet. Likewise for Martin Adams, you will win back 8 times your wager if Martin wins. Martin is the underdog here, so you are able to win back more money from your bet if he can pull off the upset.
The second type of bet is known as the match bet. Here you are simply betting on if a specific player will win a specific match within the game. For example, you might place a wager that Phil Taylor will win his second match. If he does win, you win your bet.
The last type of bet that exists in darts betting is the set bet. Similar to the match bet, you are betting on a player to win a set within the match. This type of bet is a bit more difficult to predict as there may be more variability from set to set versus the full game.
Darts betting can be a great way to enjoy the game of darts as well as make some money on the side. Whether you do it in a pub with friends for a pint of beer, or bet on professional games broadcast on TV, the point remains the same - have fun and don't take it too seriously.