Darts is one of the more popular sports out there. The profile of the sport has grown because of several aspects. The coverage for Darts has massively increased over the years. Not only do us Terrestrial viewers get to see the World BDO Championships in the winter but Sky viewers also have the option to see the legends of Darts on a more regular basis, mainly in the Darts premier League.

The sport is also helped by it’s cheap running costs. Literally anyone can now play Darts in their own home. Dart boards can be purchased for a small fee whereas the actual darts are very cheap to buy as well so playing the sport can be done on a tight budget but with maximum enjoyment. It’s also a sport which doesn’t necessarily need two or more players. You can play this sport by yourself in the living room or enjoy a bit of competitiveness down the pub where you’ll always find a dartboard.

Dart Events

2009 Whyte & Mackay Premier League – Throughout the year
PartyPoker.net PDC US Open – AUGUST 23rd
BlueSquare UK Open – JUNE 4th
PartyPoker.net Las Vegas Desert Classic – JULY 1st
StanJames.com World Matchplay – JULY 19th
SkyBet World Grand Prix – OCTOBER 5th
European Championships – OCTOBER 29th
PartyPoker.net Grand Slam of Darts – NOVEMBER 14th
Coral.co.uk Players Championships – OCTOBER 18th
Ladbrokes.com World Championships – DECEMBER 18th

BDO World Rankings

1 – Tony O’Shea
2 – Scott Whaites
3 – Darryl Fritton
4 – Martin Adams
5 – Joey Ten Berge
6 – Martin Atkins
7 – Steve West
8 – Alan Norris
9 – Edwin Max
10 – Brian Woods
11 – Ross Montgomery
12 – Robert Hughes

PDC Order of Merit

1 – Phil Taylor
2 – Raymond Van Barneveld
3 – James Wade
4 – John Part
5 – Terry Jenkins
6 – Adrian Lewis
7 – Andy Hamilton
8 – Wayne Mardle
9 – Alan Terbern
10 – Colin Llyod
11 – Dennis Priestly
12 – Mervyn King

Greatest Ever

Fortunately, the greatest ever darts player is still bracing our TV screens. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has made a name for himself of being almost impossible to beat. His consistency with the darts makes him an immense competitor and a player everyone wants to avoid when it comes to the major events. Phil Taylor has won no less then 14 World Championships and has well over 75 other tournaments in his trophy cabinet. He has notched up over 130 professional tournament wins and has won twice as many major events then any other darts player to date.

PDC Premier Success –

World Championship – 12
World Matchplay – 9
World Grand Prix – 8
Grand Slam – 2
Premier League – 4
Desert Classic – 5
European Championship – 1
UK Open – 3

BDO Major’s Success –

World Championship – 12
World Masters – 1
World Darts trophy – 1

Typical Dart Markets

Tournament Markets:

To win outright
Most 180’s
Match Betting
Round Betting

In-Play Markets:

Match winner
Most 180’s
Player 180 amounts
Predict first 3 dart total
Nine dart finish
Leg Betting
Odd/Even finish

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