Darts has its humble roots firmly set in the tap houses and public rooms of traditional English pubs, after several growth spurts “the drinking man’s game” evolved into a globe spanning professional sport. Characterful players of legendary skill combined with regular televised coverage since the 1970s quickly propelled darts onto the international stage of professional sports, where major darts events generate viewer totals in the high millions and today's starring players receive handsome compensation for displaying their phenomenal skillset and colourful characters.
The British Darts Organisation organised the first modern-day World Darts Championship in 1978, with Embassy tobacco as the main event sponsor, Leighton Rees’ the winner received a trophy and walked away with a cheque to the sum of £3000. Since these early days, extensive televised coverage, massive popularity, big brand name sponsorship, and true professionalism that increasingly permeate the game on all levels saw to a dramatic increase in the value of prize pools for players. In the 2017 PDC World Championship, the competition winner received £350,000 for his efforts to write his name in history and the record books as the best darts player in the PDC world.
The men at the very heart and essence of each tense spectacular display of skill are the players, several of whom are colourful characters who in their own lifetime attained the status of living legend and one in particular whose skills will ensure the telling and re-telling of mythical stories beyond the capabilities of a normal human. Fans and punters of athese stars regularly back their passion for the sport and the heroes that perform in each match and rely heavily on information supplied by Efirbet, a leading bookmaking site that features predictions, beginners betting tips, detailed betting guides and in-depth bookmaker reviews.
Unlike many other sports where fans have the honour of seeing one or two of the greatest men of their time locked in battle, the sport of darts during the past five decades gave its supporters the opportunity to see four or five legends at a time competing directly against each other in one competition. At the time all having established a skillset approaching superhuman, which caused many of the playoffs between them to generate some of the greatest displays of inhuman skill and most tense moments ever experienced in international sports history.
Sports fans, when asked for their most memorable moments, will in each particular sports discipline quote a variety of moments or events. However, in darts, almost universally, avid followers of the sport agree the greatest match ever played occurred not during a final, but in the 2013 Grand Slam of Darts during the semi-finals when Adrian Lewis faced the unenviable task of coming up against the legendary sixteen-time world champion Phil “The Power” Taylor. Together the two racked up a score average of 110.99 and 109.76 respectively, a record which still stands to this day as the highest combined average reached in any PDC match ever. Lewis, who put in an absolutely stunning performance, chucked 18 maximums establishing an 8-7 lead before The Power produced an absolute bllistering performance to run out 15-9 victor.