So, you’re now equipped with an understanding of the sport and the various markets available to punters. That’s great, but the real challenge comes from translating that knowledge into profit.
There’s no doubt that you could potentially win some money by placing random selections in an erratic fashion. However, if you truly want to become a better bettor, building a solid darts betting technique is vital.
Follow the tips in this guide, and you’ll be landing steady ROIs time and time again.
Final Tips Before Placing Your Bets
Every punter wants to start winning money right away, especially when betting on a sport like darts which can provide great returns throughout almost every part of the year. Before jumping in at the deep end, though, there are a number of final preparations that must be taken to maximise the success of your bets and the payouts received.
Do Your Research
As with most betting activities, gut instincts will play a role in the selection process. Nonetheless, with so much information readily available on the sport, you’d be foolish not to take advantage of it.
There are a number of great resources out there that will provide insight and statistical analysis. Here are three that every punter should utilise.
PDC.tv: The official PDC website is full of all the latest news. From monitoring which players are performing well at small tournaments to reading features on head-to-heads, there is a plethora of useful data here. If you have a membership, you can even watch the live streams of the events too.
Live.DartsData.com: A live scores service that shows all the day’s games as well as the vital statistics. From three-dart averages to 180s, highest checkouts, and checkout percentages, all the info is there. It also shows the recent form while you can navigate through the days to look at upcoming or recent matches too.
DartsDataBase.co.uk: A comprehensive display of all the data you may need for your pre-match research. Check a player’s personal career or seasonal stats as well as the head-to-head results against the opponent to make calculated decisions. The list of head-to-head scores is particularly useful as you can see which tournaments and formats each encounter was played at.
There are plenty of alternative resources on the market, but those three should work wonders as you look to back up your gut instincts with statistical research.
Get The Best Odds
While picking more winners than losers will establish the platform needed to achieve steady profits, gaining the best possible payouts is an equally crucial element. Finding value isn’t easy, but gaining the maximum return instantly puts the odds back in your favour.
Here are three simple tricks to ensure you get the best odds time and time again.
- Once you’ve selected your next pick, use Oddschecker or a similar portal to check the odds being offered by each of the major bookmakers.
- Make sure that you are aware of any promotions or bonuses that may be offered on various markets.
- Look at different markets that cover the same outcomes to find the best odds. For example, MVG to win 6-0 might be 21/10 while the match to have six legs may be 11/5.
When combined with smart selections, you’ll be sure to see tidy profits.
Betting Methods To Win Big On Darts
You’ve discovered how to find the value and maximise the potential payouts. This counts for very little if this isn’t supported by a winning betting strategy. Let’s take a look at five methods that can be used to gain steady returns over the season.
Strategy #1: Back MVG
In addition to betting on individual matches, you can usually bet on the winner of an entire tournament. The world number one is the man to back.
MVG might start most major tournaments at just under Evens (although sometimes it’s a little higher, such as at the World Championship) but this still signals statistical value. Mighty Mike lifted 20 of the 27 biggest trophies (nine biggest events) in the sport over a three-year period between 2015 and 2017, and that includes missing one event. His form continued into 2018 while he also often picks up the minor televised titles too.
Will backing him at around 4/5 to 11/10 turn you into a millionaire? No. But it should boost your bankroll over the course of a season.
Strategy #2: Target The ‘Most 180s’ Market
While the elite players tend to stay calm under pressure and hit the doubles, many of the outsiders struggle on the big game in this part of their game. But that doesn’t stop them from getting big scores, which is why the 180s lines often follow the pattern you’d expect.
Given that you can quickly discover which players are best at hitting the maximums, finding value on the betting coupon isn’t overly difficult. Someone like Dave Chisnall, for example, hits 180s all day long but regularly misses the doubles. Even when he loses unexpectedly to a rank outsider, it’s likely that he’ll come good on this market. Conversely, some players (Phil Taylor was known for it) love switching to treble 19 for a 177, meaning you can bet on their opponent with confidence.
The player 180s market can be useful too, especially if you’re backing Unders. However, if you back a player to get Over a certain amount and the game is one-sided, it can be a risky option. That’s why we’d usually prefer to take the ‘player with the most 180s’ market instead.
Strategy #3: Hit The Highest Checkout Market
At a glance, the highest checkout market may seem like a lottery. After all, every player is capable of taking out a 170 or another high checkout. However, if Gary Anderson beats Justin Pipe 11-5 in a best of 21, it’s suddenly an 11 out of 16 chance that The Flying Scotsman will win this market.
When added to the fact that Anderson is probably more likely to hit a big checkout in any given leg, not least when the pressure of losing gets to Pipe, it becomes clear that this is anything but a lottery. For a lot of lesser tour players, facing an Anderson or an MVG feels like Mission Impossible. The fact that they are beaten before the match has even started only further enhances the favourite’s chance of getting the big checkout.
Again, statistical analysis of the form can be used to great effect, not least when the match is between two evenly matched stars. Of course, the threat of a 170 or 167 for the opponent does inject a sense of risk. Over an extended period, though, logical selections on this market will come good.
Strategy #4: In-Play Betting
Perhaps the best way to seek value from betting on darts is to hit the in-play markets. Virtually all televised games are offered by the major betting companies while the fast-paced nature of darts means that the odds can be volatile at times. With a little practice, it’s possible to make this your greatest weapon.
If you back a player to win halfway through a leg where they break their opponent, for example, the odds could shorten drastically just 30 seconds after you confirmed your bet. This gives you the chance to ride your bet for a healthy return, or even cash out for guaranteed profit. By watching the action unfold live, you can often spot when a player is turning it on too.
This is a great option for short race to six matches as well as longer format contests. As long as you stay receptive at all times, sustained profits are likely.
All of these strategies can be used on tournaments throughout the darts calendar. However, betting on the World Championships can be an entirely different assignment altogether.
Want to find out how you can take your profits to an even greater summit courtesy of the biggest tournaments in the PDC and BDO calendars? You best read part 3…