Darts has always had a strong following from among the betting community, even in the days when the sport was still almost exclusively played in the working men’s clubs of Great Britain. Slowly, the TV companies started to take an interest and the sport began to develop.
The first ever Darts World Championships were held in 1978 but the real momentum came in the early 1990s. A split in the game led to the more powerful PDC governing body being formed and that’s where the best players are involved. Newly formed satellite TV companies started to get involved and if we fast forward to the present day, the major tournaments are now watched by millions around the world.
Naturally, the interest in betting on darts has grown too and the sport is now more popular than ever and it receives extensive coverage from around the sportsbooks. Like all events, choosing the right bookmaker is very important so here are the outlets that we have researched and that we would recommend for darts punters.
Like many of the names on this list, Ladbrokes were around in the days that preceded the internet and they were firmly behind darts as it rose out of the clubs and onto our TV screens. That does help when choosing a bookie because if they were sympathetic to the sport in the early days, they will carry that through to present times.
Ladbrokes prove that by sponsoring some of the biggest darts tournaments in the world and they back that up with the best possible mix of choice and value that you would expect from any provider.
They’ve not been around as long as Ladbrokes but Paddy Power still have a rich history in the world of darts betting and it’s one that extends way back to the early days of televised matches. That popularity extends to the present day and once again, it’s because Paddy tick all the right boxes in terms of requirements.
The prices here come out a little earlier than most so for those that want to get in with a very quick ante post bet this may be the best place for that. The choice of markets is also slightly wider than most so for more obscure side bets on the bigger tournaments, Paddy score very heavily there too.
Standard prices are always good but Paddy Power will often improve on these with regular price boosts so remember to keep logging on to your account to find out the best of these as they arrive. With special promos added in for the big tournaments, this is possibly the best all round bookmaker on the list.
Like all of the bookmakers that we’ve mentioned so far, Coral are important to darts for many reasons. They are a big name in the industry, have been around for a long time and recognise the need to give great odds along with a wide set of betting options.
They have also sponsored a number of top tournaments over the years including the Premier league so could be particularly strong on prices for these events. Regular price boosts come through and for those players that don’t already hold an account here, there could be an added bonus.
Coral are at the forefront of the type of new customer promotion that enhances the odds of a likely bet and lifts them to a much better price. Terms may change in the future but these are usually subject to a fixed stake of £1.00 with the price boosted portion being paid in free bet tokens.
Most sports are covered including darts and this happened again in 2017 with Coral offering a superb 33/1 on Michael Van Gerwen to win the PDC World Championship. There’s lots to enjoy here for all customers but that type of offer could get the relationship off to a great start.
As principle sponsors of the PDC World Darts Championship, William Hill are strong on choice and odds for the biggest tournament of them all. They won’t be out in front with the best numbers all the time but are rarely out of step with the rest of the industry.
The same applies to all tournaments so those prices will also be strong for the smaller events around the world. Hills do not get involved in the enhanced odds offers that we’ve seen from Coral but they do publish regular price boosts and these are worth checking. Once again, you also have that established brand element that makes William Hill an obvious option for any type of darts betting.
Newer sportsbooks can take some time to get established but there are many good reasons why you could look at Sun Bets to be your preferred partner for darts betting. Offers and promotions are good here and there is a decent range of markets for the bigger tournaments so that’s certainly a positive start.
However, where Sun Bets really score is with their prices. Study them over a period of time and you will see that the operator is frequently out on their own with the best odds for any market on this sport. Tournament betting, match results, correct score and many more are covered and the prices listed by Sun Bets are hard to beat.
So, for consistent value every time, this may well be the place to call home.
Those are among our best recommendations for the best places to bet on darts. In the main, these are established bookies but there are new names coming through and Sun Bets in particular is one that stands out. But they all have that perfect mix of choice and value in common and any of these would be a good choice from the biggest PDC Tournament to the smallest BDO event.