Sometimes the word legend can be overused in sport; however, there are a few that deserve such a title. Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Phil Taylor, Trina Gulliver and Raymond van Barneveld. All of these players have taken the sport of darts to new heights. Three of the UK players, Bristow, Gulliver and Lowe have been rewarded with the MBE for services to the sport and their charitable fundraising. Each also has been multiple World Champions and have commanded the sport when at their peak.
Raymond Van Barneveld has also been and always will be a fans favourite. The likeable Dutchman has entertained and achieved all that a player can within the sport. He has won the World Championship five times, winning on both sides of the sport; the BDO and the PDC.
Raymond had but one reason to move to the PDC, to play the best players in the World! He set himself some targets, to win the PDC World Darts Championship and to hit a live nine-dart leg on TV. He achieved both within the first 12-months of his move to the PDC.
The epic last leg decider in the 2007 PDC World Darts Championships against Phil Taylor has gone down in history as one of the best finals the sport has ever seen. The support he received from his fans was on another planet and although the odds were against ‘Barney’ winning the title. The Dutchman held his nerve to clinch the title. His supporters had a field day with the bookies and Barnet has seldom disappointed since then. Barney still commands the support today, and many will place a small wager on their man to achieve what they believe, he still can. With a daily updated list of Special betting offers for existing and new customers fans can be sure to gain the best betting terms for their player.
Darts has always contained drama, and the margins between winning and losing can be the width of a wire. The 2019 PDC European Championship was no exception. For a place in the quarter-finals, Nathan Aspinall played Gerwen Price. In a race to ten legs, the inspired Aspinall went into the first break 5-0 up, it looked like a big win for the young man.
Gerwen who had to injure boos from the crowd was playing well averaging over 100 per throw against Nathan’s 110! However, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the Welshman. The second session, however, was a different story has Gerwen hit back winning the next five legs to level the match and averaging 110 for the mini section. Gerwen went onto win 10-6 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
Betting of such games can be tricky, evenly matched players can turn things around, and some betting firms offer in match betting. The odds for Gerwen turning a 5-0 match around to a 10-6 victory would have been incredible. However, fans have seen this happened time and time again.
Darts gives any fans several ways to bet. Your player may be a prolific ‘180’ scorer or indeed a likely contender to hit a perfect nine-dart leg. Betting firms are always happy to take bets on such a feat. Most ‘180’ hit and nine-dart finishes are two of the most popular bets fan’s place.
If you are a big darts fan, it is also worthwhile looking at the new PDC tour cardholders that join each January. This year Glen Durrant, the three-time back-to-back BDO World Champion moved to the PDC. Without, the one-to-one history and no ranking when he joined, Glen will always be a good outside bet to lift a major trophy at his first attempt. The odds on Glen are likely to be favourable as he makes his way you the PDC order of merit.
Darts on TV has grown over the last decade, and TV events can be seen every month. In the UK darts is broadcast on Sky Sport, ITV4 (ITVSport), BBC Sport, and Eurosport. This is not to mention the live streaming events that feature ever week.
Betting firms are now the major sponsors of the darts events as they see the sport one of the easiest for punters to bet on. For sportsmen and women, darts has all the tension, skill and drama they want to watch, so it isn’t unusual to see stars from the field of football, rugby, cricket and boxing attending events. The party atmosphere, along with great entertainment and skill from the dart players, is the only reason they need to attend.
Royals, also have attended many of the darts Tournaments. Prince Harry, Zara Philips and Mike Tindall are just a few that love the darts. So, if you have a ticket to the 2020 PDC World Darts Championships or BDO World Professional Darts Champions, you might be sitting next to a sports star or even a member of the Royal family.