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Post Series: Betting on Darts

Whether you’re a new fan or a seasoned spectator, Premier League Darts is undoubtedly one of the highlights for anyone that loves the darts. The 16-week 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 on year, not least on from a betting perspective. Despite not being a ranked event, it’s one that 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.

What Is The PDC Premier League Darts?

The PDC’s Premier League is an exclusive event where only 10 of the world’s best payers are invited. The roster is comprised of the four highest ranking players on the Order of Merit, along with six wildcards. These six invariable all come from the top 16 players too, meaning that the quality truly is second to none.

A Premier League Darts match is a best of 12, making it a race to 5 legs with the potential of a draw. Two points are awarded for a win and one for a draw. The league itself is completed in three stages:

Phase 1: For nine weeks, five matches are played on each night to complete a round robin where every player faces each other once. At the end of this stage, the bottom two players are eliminated.

Phase 2: The remaining eight players play each other for a second time, meaning everyone will have played 16 games by the end. On some nights, two players play each other twice. The players ranked 5-8 are eliminated while the four top players progress.

Finals Night: Held at London’s O2 Arena, the top enter the Play-Offs just two matches away rom the trophy. First plays against fourth while second meets third in a race to 10 legs. The final follows straight after in a race to 11 legs.

With the likes of MVG, Rob Cross, and Gary Anderson on show every Thursday for up to 16 weeks, it truly is a darting spectacular.

Betting On The PDC Premier League – Matches

With five matches taking place on any given night, there’s plenty of darts betting action to be had on Thursday nights. Unlike most darts matches, there is the chance of a draw, so this should be accounted for when using the match winner outcomes.

Nonetheless, there are a number of markets that can be used on any given night. Here are some worth looking out for.

Match Result: Whether backing either player to win or predicting the draw, 12 legs is 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, four, or five selections. Some bookies will also offer refunds on accas 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. Just remember that a game ends as soon as one player hits 7 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 you think a certain checkout score will be beaten in any of the legs. Likewise, you can back on whether a specific 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. Given that there’s always the threat of a draw, winning players want to get over the line ASAP too. Therefore, the handicap lines of -2.5 or -3.5 legs can be very attractive. Conversely, if you expect an underdog to perform without necessarily winning, the + handicap lines can pay dividends.

In-Play Betting: The ebb and flow of a Premier League match can change a lot over 12 legs. In fact, one visit to the board can change everything. Consequently, the odds can be very volatile, which can be a great thing if you strike at the time. One trick is to try backing a player that 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 on 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 five 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 – like Anderson and MVG.

Betting On The PDC Premier League – The Outright Markets

In addition to the bets that can be placed on any given match or night, you can look to place bets on the Premier League as a whole. Here are the three main points of focus.

Tournament Winner: Having won three Premier League titles on the spin since 2016, Michael van Gerwen will be the favourite again in 2019. While he may be slightly odds-on, the omens are good. Aside from winning the last three, he has been in each of the last six finals, winning four in total. It seems almost inconceivable that he’d miss out on the top four while some punters may just back him to top the overall table.

To Qualify: MVG will be joined by three others in the last four, and this market can be great value too. Given that 16 matches is a long time to turn things around, a poor start doesn’t need to rule a player out. Rob Cross proved that in 2018 after a slow start while Gary Anderson has recovered to qualify for Play-Offs night in previous years too. The odds will change each week, so timing truly is everything.

Relegation Betting: At the other end of the table, you can back which two players will finish 9th and 10th. Nine weeks is a long time, and the weakest players will inevitably be the ones to fall at the first hurdle. The Order of Merit will often provide guidance, but checking the form and past results against the top 10 can be very useful. Likewise, the players that have a record of crashing out early will probably struggle once more.

Final Tips To Win Big On The Premier League Darts

Finding the right selections is a personal challenge, but a combination of 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.

  1. Set a suitable staking plan that reflects your betting bankroll.
  2. Don’t be afraid to place accas that include selections that could be pushed (refunded). Whether it’s an Asian handicap or a Draw No Bet market, removing the risks can ensure you see some return even if it’s not the full return.
  3. Think about the crowds. Hoe players often get a lift from their home supporters.
  4. Look for headline offers and special bets at enhanced odds.
  5. Remember that the form on those weekend events like European Tour events can give you an indication of where a player is at.

So, now you’re all set for the Premier League Darts. Roll on February!

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