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Darts Betting Guide - How to Bet on Darts

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Darts has evolved from a casual pub-based game to one of the most popular competitive sports in the world, which now sells out huge stadiums. If you want to read more about the rules involved and options available to you in outright darts betting markets, read the following darts betting guide, which should provide you with all the information you need.


Darts Rules

In a standard game of darts, two players will start with 501 points each. They each have three darts, with which they'll score points per each turn. The points are then collated and deducted from the initial 501. This process continues until a player reaches 0, at which point they are announced the winner.

On a dartboard, there are 20 different numbers, a single bull (worth 25 points) and a double bull (worth 50 points). Within each segment of the board, there are three sections: singles, doubles, and trebles. Depending on where the dart finishes, will determine how many points a player picks up. The most they can score in one visit is 180. This consists of Treble 20, Treble 20, and Treble 20.

Before checking out a leg (one game), a darts player must finish on a double. For example, if they have 40 points left on their total, they will need to hit Double 20 to finish. If they score points then they have left, they bust their visit and they go back to their previous total.

Most darts matches take place in a best-out-of number of legs. In some cases, the result is determined by sets. To win a set, a player must pick up three legs.

Darts Betting Markets Guide

There are lots of different ways to place a bet on a darts match. Here is a look at the most popular bet types in our darts betting:

Outright (Winner) Bets

In an outright (winner) bet, you are betting on who will win the match. There are only two possible outcomes here: Player A winning or Player B winning. Darts betting odds will be offered to each player based on their chances of success. It does not matter what the score finishes if your player is victorious.

Handicap Betting

In handicap betting in darts, one of the two players will receive a head start before the match begins to make it more of a competitive game. This is often done when one player is a short price favorite to win. For example, in a best of 11 legs match, Player B may be given +2.5 legs. That means if they lose 6-4 or better that scoreline, they would prevail in the handicap market. If you back Player A in this example, they will need to win 6-3 or better to come out on top.

Over/Under Markets

Another popular way to bet on darts where you don’t need to predict the winner of a game is on one of the over/under markets. A line is set in these markets and you have to decide if to bet over or under that number. For example, in the most 180s market, the line may be 5.5 180s. If you feel there will be six or more 180s, you would back over. On the flip side, if you believe there will be five or fewer 180s in that match, you would bet on under. Over/under markets can be found for the most 180s, the number of legs/sets in a match, and the highest checkout during the game.

In-Play Score - Sets/Legs

Betting is often available on darts in play. It means if you miss the start of the match or prefer to watch the start of a game before placing your bet, you can still do so. As part of the in-playing game, you can bet on the final score, whether it is a game involving sets or legs.

Correct Score

Before a darts match begins, odds will be offered on all the possible correct score outcomes. This is a way of picking up better odds than a player just to win their match. The options available to you will depend on whether the match takes place with legs or sets.

Special Darts Bets

If you are searching for something a little different in your darts match, we offer a range of special markets in our darts betting. Here is a look at some of those popular darts bets.

Nine Dart Finish

A Nine-Dart finish is the minimum number of darts you can win a leg with. It is a special moment at any level in the sport. Odds are offered for a Nine-Dart finish to take place in the match you want to bet on.

Highest Check Out

Bets can be placed on the highest check out in a match or tournament. The highest is 170, this is known as a maximum finish. To hit this, a player must check out with Treble 20, Treble 20, and Double Bull.

Highest Tournament Average

Each player has their tournament average calculated throughout an event. This is the average they are scoring for each visit with their three darts. You can bet on who will have the highest tournament.

Winner Nationality

Darts is now an international sport with players from England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, the Netherlands, and the USA at all the major events. Rather than betting on which individual will win the tournament, you can bet on their nationality.

Most 180s

This market gives you the chance to bet on who will hit the most 180s at a tournament. A player can win this market without lifting the trophy in the competition.


Bet On Darts Competitions

There are major darts tournaments taking place throughout the year in the sport. Here is a look at some of the biggest events on the calendar, for which you will find darts betting odds on the LeoVegas Sportsbook.

The PDC World Championship

Run by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), the PDC World Championship is the biggest event of the year. It takes place annually, beginning in December and continuing into early January. The world’s leading players compete in the World Darts Championship for the most prestigious trophy on offer and to be crowned the world champion.

World Matchplay

The World Matchplay is one of the three Triple Crown tournaments organized by the PDC. It takes place annually in July at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

PDC Premier League Darts

Eight players each year are invited by the PDC to play in the Premier League Darts. They play weekly events across Europe until they reach the playoffs. The four best-performing players then compete in two semi-finals, with the winners of those matches meeting in the final.

World Grand Prix

The World Grand Prix is a major tournament held every October on the PDC calendar. It is unique in that players need to start with a double in their leg, as well as finish with a double.

UK Open

Dubbed the 'FA Cup of darts', the UK Open sees the leading professionals compete alongside amateurs in the sport. Each round of this tournament is done with an open draw, rather than having seeds. It has been held every year since 2003 and it takes place in March.

World Cup of Darts

This is one of the newest events with the PDC, as it was only established in 2010. The World Cup of Darts sees players compete in teams from their respective countries. Each team consists of two players and they play singles and doubles matches. The tournament takes place in a knockout format, with the leading countries taking up the top seeds.

Irish Tournaments

Ireland is a country where darts continues to thrive. There are many high-profile tournaments each year, including the Irish Open, Irish Grand Prix, and Irish Masters.


How To Bet On Darts At LeoVegas

If you have ever wondered how to bet on darts, it is easy here at LeoVegas. You can find our darts page in the A-Z list of sports we offer betting on. Once you are on this page, all the outright markets and upcoming events will be listed.

When you click on the match you want to bet on, the full list of available markets relating to that game will be listed. You can choose any of these selections depending on how you see the outcome of the contest going.

To add a selection to your bet slip, you just need to click on their darts odds. Some selections can be added to form an accumulator. Once you are happy with your selections, type in your stake, and we will calculate the potential return on your darts bet. Then click ‘place bet’, and a confirmation message will be displayed when the bet has been placed.

There is also the option to bet in-play on darts here at LeoVegas. The odds on our markets will fluctuate as the game progresses, depending on what is going on for each player. These markets include outright winner, correct score, and more.

Have a look at the odds available today!