2019 is a year for World Cups. Cricket and ladies’ football are among the sports that have a four-year gap between each World Cup event. Darts, however, has an annual PDC World Cup event featuring 32 countries. But what do sportsmen and women do when they have some downtime? Many love to play darts and pool.
When it comes to the world of darts, there have been some massive personalities in the sport over the years, going back to the eighties there have been the likes of Jocky Wilson and Eric Bristow, to more modern times with players like Phil Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen, but they never tend to be from the USA.
In the age of mobile technology, it comes as little surprise that there are a plethora of fantastic darts apps currently on the market. Whether you enjoy playing with friends and need a reliable scoring app, or even if you just want to keep up to date with the latest scores and match action; as the old saying goes, there’s an app for that.
So, without further ado, here’s our guide to the best apps every darts lover must have:
Last year’s historic decision by the US Supreme Court to finally allowed the individual American States to legalise sports betting was a huge and vital step for the gambling industry.
For an industry that has suffered from legalisation issues from the get-go, getting a huge market to agree on its credibility as a business is something that a lot of operators and gamblers had to celebrate.
Following successful World Championship campaigns, several new names will feature in this year’s PDC World Series of Darts.
There is no place like the World Championship stage to make your name in the world of darts and the British love to see an underdog do well. Players that play heart and passion will always win the crowd over, and the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship was no acceptation.
Casino dartboards were resigned as a thing of the past, much like the former favourite pastime of bingo. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, both of these classics have been making a bit of a comeback. It seems as though people are seeking out classic casino dartboards, mostly the iconic Winmau Casino 301 Dartboard, to get a taste of nostalgia and enjoy the thrills of the unique game once more.
The PDC World Series event returns to Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas 4-5 July for the US Masters. This event has become a favourite to all that attend. This year the top PDC Pro’s Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Gerwen Price, Michael Smith and the new rising star Nathan Aspinall will take on eight the North American Qualifiers US qualifiers for the US Masters trophy and a £20,000 first prize.
The 2019 World Series of Darts continues with the German Darts Masters, July 12-13, LANXESS Arena, Cologne. German fans will be hopping one or more of their players can make a significant impact on this year’s event.
Many people thought that the popularity of Darts would decline after the retirement of sixteen times World Darts Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. Phil was the driving force behind the popularity of the sport for more than two decades and left a small void behind when he retired in 2018 after the PDC World Championships. His dream of achieving a seventeenth World title nearly came true. However, he lost in the final to a newcomer, Rob Cross. His inspiration, however, has inspired the next generation of players to take the sport to a new level. Young players as Nathan Aspinall, Demitri Van Den Bergh and Jamie Lewis are now challenging the top-ranked tournaments, and it looks like the old guard's reign is coming to an end.
This is an ambiguous topic because there are so many players that could be mentioned for different reasons. However, one player without question must feature in anyone’s list, and that is Phil Taylor.
Raymond van Barneveld is probably the best-known sportsman in the Netherlands. He is responsible for the growth of darts in the Netherlands over the past two decades and is without question one of the top players ever to throw a dart.
Every sport has its fair share of unlucky losers, who manage to enjoy successful careers despite falling short of the top prizes. Take snooker’s Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White, for example, who was as shining star during the sport’s heyday in the 1980s but failed to win the coveted World Championship despite appearing in six finals.
The 2019 Premier League was one of the closets fought contest in the history of the Premier League. The 2019 season didn’t get off to the usual start with the two-time World Champion Gary Anderson pulling out at the last minute. Speculation on who would replace him was an item of conversation. However, the PDC came up with what I consider a good plan. They replaced Gary with nine ‘Contenders’ players that narrowly missed out on wildcard selection but would entertain compacity crowds and the nine venues they would play at.
Why not do something funny and raise some money for Comic Relief? I have a few game ideas and a few records that you may wish to attempt.
While it may not be formally considered one of dart’s major events, the fans and players alike look forward to the Premier League every year. This year’s league includes four participants from the 2017 league, two returning players from the 2016 event and four Premier League rookies. Here’s a quick look at the current odds (odds may vary from one betting site to another) to win the title.
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