This 16-week knockout tournament carries a unique atmosphere as it travels across the UK and mainland Europe, ensuring Thursday nights between February and May are packed with undiluted drama.
Since starting in 2005, the tournament has continued to grow year after year, not least from a darts betting perspective. Despite not being a ranked event, it captures the imagination like no other, and the bookies are keen to get involved. Frankly, you should be too!
Because when you find the winning formula, those 16 weeks can become very profitable indeed.
Betting on the Premier League Darts
With four matches taking place on any night, there’s plenty of darts betting action to be had on Thursday nights. Several markets can be used on any given night.
Here are some worth looking out for:
- Match Result: Backing a player to win, 11 legs are long enough for the match to reach a fair conclusion. Even when the odds aren’t particularly great, you can quickly build up an attractive accumulator of three or four selections.
Some bookies will also offer refunds on accumulators where only one selection loses, so you should always keep an eye out for those.
- 180 Markets: A plethora of 180s markets are on offer. They can range from ‘player with the most 180s’ to ‘player 180s’ or ‘match 180s’.
There are plenty of resources to check out the amount of 180s each player has scored in recent matches, which can point you towards smarter selections. Remember that a game ends as soon as one player hits 6 legs. So, don’t back Overs if you expect a landslide.
- Highest Checkouts: It is possible to bet on which player will get the highest checkout of the match. Alternatively, you can decide whether a certain checkout score will be beaten in any of the legs.
Likewise, you can back on whether a player will score Over or Under a certain score. Moreover, you can bet the match treble where you back a player to win the match, get the most 180s, and the highest checkout.
- Handicaps: While the match result is paramount, legs are important as they can be used to separate players on level points. The handicap lines of -2.5 or -3.5 legs can be very attractive.
Conversely, if you expect an underdog to perform, the + handicap lines can pay dividends.
- In-Play Betting: The ebb and flow of a Premier League match can change a lot over 11 legs. In fact, one visit to the board can change everything.
Consequently, the odds can be very volatile, which can be great if you strike at the time. One trick is to try backing a player you think is about to break the throw.
Whether looking to cash out or simply seek great value, this is a great technique to use.
- Night Bets: On any given night, you can also back which player will score the most 180s or which match will provide the most 180s.
Similarly, you can bet whether there will be a 170 checkout or a nine-darter. Or you can also bet on how many 180s will be scored cumulatively across the four matches.
While this can be risky, the odds are usually quite pleasing, especially when betting on players that bring the best out of each other.
Premier League Darts Outright Betting Markets
In addition to the bets that can be placed on any match or night, you can place bets on the Premier League as a whole. Here are a couple main points of focus.
Outright Tournament Winner
Having won five Premier League titles since 2016, Michael van Gerwen will be the favourite again in 2023. While he may be slightly odds-on, the omens are good.
It’s common to place these bets before the tournament begins. Still, placing them during the tournament is also possible if a player falls behind but is expected to make a comeback. Betting at the right time can result in profitable returns.
Outright Night Winner
Punters can place bets on the outright winner of each weekly event due to the tournament’s format change. The Darts Premier League comprises 16 playing nights and playoffs.
Assessing players’ consistency is recommended to determine their chances of winning since betting on players with a winning streak may only sometimes be profitable.
Betting Strategies for the Premier League Darts
Finding the right selections is a personal challenge, but combining gut instincts and good research should serve you well.
Still, this is only one of several key ingredients in the recipe for success.
Remember these simple tricks, and steady profits should follow.
- Set a suitable staking plan that reflects your betting bankroll.
- Feel free to place accumulators that include selections that could be pushed (refunded), like an Asian handicap bet. Removing the risks can ensure you see some return, even if it’s not the full return.
- Think about the crowds. How players often get a lift from their home supporters.
- Look for headline bookmaker offers and special bets at enhanced odds.
- Remember that the form on those weekend events, like European Tour events, can indicate where a player’s state is.
So, now you’re all set for the Premier League Darts. Roll on, February!