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The UK home nations may not be great at international sport, but if you would like to wager on one that can hold its own on the world stage then darts betting has to be top of your list.
Perhaps the domination of home grown UK talent is one of the fundamental reasons why betting on darts is so popular. It probably also helps that our darts champions look so ordinary. They are more likely to sport a beer belly than a six pack. These are heroes we can relate to. No one ever looked at the darts’ legend that is Phil Taylor and felt bad about themselves.
Darts has become a rare gem in the tarnished tiara of UK sporting achievement. There are so many other sports that empty the pockets of loyal, patriotic UK punters every single time the UK’ s talent levels are tested in a world championship environment. The UK can no longer even keep up with global competition in the very sports that it is credited with inventing.
Placing a bet on the football World Cup odds has consistently been a dire disappointment for anyone optimistic or stupid enough to think that England stood more than a snowball’ s chance in hell of replicating their victory in 1966. That is nearly 50 years of failure, quite a non-achievement.
Even Snooker Betting, one of the final bastions of hope for the thousands of patriotic UK punters, has succumbed to the general trend of a downward spiral for UK hopes. In the 2011 Masters at Wembley, Ronnie O’ Sullivan exited the tournament in the first round leaving Marco Fu of Hong Kong and Ding Junhui to contest the final. Thank heaven for darts betting. Where else in the world’ s sporting calendar is there a very good chance that a bet on a UK contender to win will prove profitable?
There have been a few hiccups for UK hopes on the world darts stage, particularly in the British Darts Organisation World Championships for reasons that are explained later. The Netherland’ s Raymond van Barneveld (Barney) has put the proverbial spanner in the works on a number of occasions.
His countryman, Jelle Klaasen has also spoiled the party for patriotic punters along with Canada’s John Part but, looking at a list of former World Darts Champions and their national flags, it is the red cross of St George that dominates.
Another extraordinary feature of this game is that, thanks to certain differences of opinion back in 1993, there are currently two world championship competitions held each year in Britain. Darts betting fans have an additional opportunity to see local talent triumph against the rest of the world.
There is a full calendar of high quality competitions to bet on throughout the year but there is nothing like a world championships to bring out the best in the UK’ s top players. Both are held in January.
The British Darts Organisation (BDO) have staged their version of the world championships since the late 1970s. Originally held in Nottingham, their championships are now fought in the leafy commuter belt suburbs of Frimley Green in Surrey.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) started holding their own competition in 1994, successfully snaffling all the BDO’ s previous winners to play in their event in Purfleet in Essex. With the very top UK talents shoehorned into the PDC World Championships the door was opened in the BDO world championships for looters from beyond UK shores.
Followers of UK players could safely focus their darts betting activities on the PDC world championships. English players have prevailed on well over 80% of occasions. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s record in this tournament like so many others is phenomenal. Since Raymond van Barneveld switched from the BDO to the PDC world championships in 2007 the statistics on the number of all UK finals have gone downhill but the domination of the English is yet to be disturbed.
What are the darts betting options?
You will find much more than a win/draw/win betting market in the majority of darts matches. There are plenty of markets that are not even related to the ultimate result. In fact the list of options is endless. You can also try predicting who will be ahead at various stages of the match and benefit if you manage to bet correctly on the winning margins.
Most importantly, you can see that there are markets to suit both serious punters and those who just want to have a bit of fun to make the match more interesting. Whatever your approach to betting the darts odds, there is nothing to stop you making money on it.