Darts has come a long way since its days as a traditional pub game and is now one of the most popular sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland, although the international success of Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen has raised its profile in the Netherlands.
The reason for the rise in darts’ popularity can be traced back to 1992 when a group of top darts players split from the British Darts Organisation to form the World Darts Council, although a legal dispute resulted in the name being changed to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) which still exists today.
The PDC organises many tournaments, the best of which is the World Darts Championship which takes place annually between December and January.
However, the advent of Premier League Darts has been an incredible success, touring England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic over five months from February before a winner is decided in the play-offs in May or June.
The World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, UK Open, Grand Slam and Ladbrokes Masters also feature prominently on the PDC calendar and as you would expect we have darts betting odds on each of the tournaments throughout the course of the year.
For those who love darts betting, you can have a punt on the outright winner either at the start or during the tournament.
Ladbrokes also offer dozens of darts odds on matches before an arrow is thrown or for those of you watching live on TV you can take advantage of our in-play betting option.
The atmosphere at the likes of the World Championship and Premier League is second to none and Ladbrokes are with you every step of the way at the UK and Ireland’s best tournaments, so with that in mind, let’s look at how to bet on darts.
How to bet on darts
Once you have clicked on the Darts option from the left-hand panel of the home page, you are presented with a few options: Outright, Competition and In-Play.
Clicking on the Outright option allows you to see the tournaments we are currently offering regarding darts odds and the list of competing players, starting with the favourite at the top.
This darts betting market allows you to back players on an each-way basis, with either two or four places depending on the tournament.
Placing £1 each way on a player at 16/1 at 1/2 odds for a top-two finish means you would receive £26 on a win (£16 win + £8 for a place, plus the return of £2 stake) or £9 if the player reaches the final (£8 for a place, plus £1 stake).
For some tournaments we offer 1/4 darts odds on players finishing in the top four, effectively for reaching the semi-finals, so calculating your winnings for the place part involves simply dividing the price by four instead of two.
The Competition link is where you can access the match betting and as standard we offer darts betting odds on the result, but we have lots of other markets such as who will win the first leg or which players will score the most 180s.
You can also bet in-play throughout the match, so check out the changing odds in the darts betting as the lead sways one way and then the other.
Whether it’s the correct score, total number of 180s or the exact number of legs, we offer a wide range of odds if you like to bet on darts.
Darts World Championship odds
Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of the Alexandra Palace during the festive period when the crowd are always in party mood for the World Darts Championship.
Fancy dress, endless renditions of Planet Funk’s Chase the Sun all washed down with the odd drink or two make this a truly special occasion and Ladbrokes is with you every step of the way over the three weeks with our Darts World Championship odds.
Almost 100 players compete at the tournament in which the top 32 seeds from the PDC Order of Merit get a bye into the second round, while the top 32 on the Pro Tour are up against the same number of international qualifiers in the first round.
In the first two rounds each match is played over the best-of-five sets. A player must win three legs to take a set and the first to three goes through to the next round.
The third and fourth rounds are the best-of seven, the quarter-finals are nine, the semis 11 and the final is 13, so the first player to win seven sets is crowned the champion.
No-one has ever got near Phil Taylor’s 14 titles and probably never will, but that doesn’t stop full houses at Ally Pally every night and the tension when a nine-dart finish is on the cards is truly special.
If you enjoy darts betting, check out what we have to offer because we reckon we’ve hit the bull’s-eye.