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Darts Betting Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Betting on the action is often a great way to dial up the excitement when you watch a darts match unfold. This guide will teach you how to bet on darts, explain the various wagering options at your disposal and provide examples of these bets.

Outright Betting on a Darts Match

The most common form of a darts wager simply involves predicting the winner of a particular match. This is known as an outright bet or a winner bet. The odds compilers will assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of each player and then assign a set of odds to each one. There will typically be a favourite and an underdog, although the odds might be identical if the two players are very evenly matched.

Let’s say Michael van Gerwen is playing against Rob Cross in a big Premier League match. You might see odds of 1/2 on van Gerwen winning the match, and 6/4 on Cross. Those odds tell you that you would stand to make a 50% profit on your stake if you bet on van Gerwen and a 150% profit on your stake if you bet on Cross. The Green Machine is therefore the favourite and Cross is the underdog.

This is a fixed-odds bet, because you know exactly how much you stand to win or lose. If you bet £10 on van Gerwen and he wins, you will earn a £5 profit. If he loses, your £10 stake is lost. If you bet £10 on Cross and he wins, you will earn a £15 profit, but again if he loses the match, your stake is lost. Some punters like the security of fixed-odds betting, whereas others prefer the intriguing range of possibilities involved in spread betting, which is explained in more detail later in the article.

Darts Leg Betting

Betting on the total legs in a match is really popular darts wager. You might see odds of 17/20 on over 7.5 legs in a match between Nathan Aspinall and Steve Beaton, and 10/11 on under 7.5 legs. You then simply have to decide whether it will be a quick match, with one player breezing to victory, or a long, drawn-out affair. Many punters like this type of wager, as it does not require you to pick the winner of the match. You can also bet on whether the total legs in the match will be odd or even. We might offer 23/20 on even and 4/6 on odd. Once again, this is a fixed-odds bet in which you know exactly how much you stand to win or lose.

Handicap Betting

This form of darts betting gives the supposedly stronger player a handicap in order to level the playing field. Let’s say that Wessel Nijman is the 4/7 favourite to beat Raymond van Barneveld, and Barney is the 13/10 underdog. We might then offer darts odds of 7/10 on van Barneveld +1.5, or 21/20 on Nijman -1.5.

This form of betting allows you to earn more value by betting on the favourite, but that player must win by a comfortable margin. It also allows you to bet on the underdog if you think that player will either win the match or only lose by a narrow margin.

Darts Correct Score Betting

This is a prediction on the final score of a darts match. It is harder to guess the correct score than to simply predict who will win a match, but you are rewarded with much higher odds and a larger potential profit. As an example, let’s say that Stephen Bunting is the 4/5 favourite to beat Jelle Klaasen, while the Dutchman is the even money underdog. You might then see odds of 9/2 on Bunting to win 5-4, 9/2 on Bunting to win 5-3, 19/4 on Klaasen to win 5-4, 5/1 on Klaasen to win 5-3 and so on, until you get to odds of 28/1 on Klaasen to win 5-0.

You are not restricted to simply betting on one correct score. You might decide to bet £10 on Bunting to win 5-4, £10 on Bunting to win 5-3 and £10 on Bunting to win 5-2, for example. If any of those guesses prove to be correct, you would earn a higher profit than if you had simply bet £30 on him winning the match at 4/5. However, if he were to win 5-2, 5-1 or 5-0, or lose the match, you would not get a return.

180s Match Bet

This is a prediction on which player will manage the most 180s in a match. Sticking with the above example, you might see odds of 5/4 on Bunting throwing the most 180s, 7/5 on Klaasen and 16/5 on a tie. You can also find handicap betting, which might be 5/4 on Bunting -0.5 and 3/5 on Klaasen +0.5. That means bets on Klaasen in that market would pay out in the event of a tie. You can also bet on the total 180s in a match – you might see odds of evens on under 3.5 and 3/4 on over 3.5 – and on the total 180s each player will manage. It shows just how many options are available beyond simply predicting who win a given match.

Futures Betting on Darts

We will assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of each player competing in a big darts tournament and then assign odds on who will win it. You might see odds of 6/4 on van Gerwen winning the PDC World Championship, 6/1 on Gerwyn Price, 13/2 on Peter Wright, 14/1 on Gary Anderson, 16/1 on Cross, 18/1 on Nathan Aspinall, 20/1 on Michael Smith and so on. Simply decide which player you think will win and choose the amount you want to stake on him. The odds will change as the tournament develops, depending on the results up to that point.

Spread Betting on Darts

Darts spread betting differs to fixed-odds betting due to the wide range of potential outcomes. Our traders will make a number of predictions about a darts match or tournament, and you can then pit your wits against them. These predictions take the form of spreads. If you believe our traders have been too ambitious, you can sell at the lower end of the spread. If you think they have gone too low, you can buy at the upper end of the spread.

One of the simplest spread betting markets on darts involves predicting the winner of a tournament, so that can serve as our starting point. In a particular market, we will award 50 points to the player that wins the Premier League, 25 points to the runner-up and 10 points to each beaten semi-finalist. You might then see a spread of 37-40 on van Gerwen winning the competition. If you think he will win it, you can buy at 40. If you think Mighty Mike will struggle, sell at 37.

If you sell at 37, you will hope he is eliminated as soon as possible. If van Gerwen fails to make the semi-finals, he would receive zero points. That would be 37 below the price you sold at, meaning you would earn a profit equivalent to 37 times your stake. If he lost in the semi-finals, he would be assigned 10 points, which is 27 below the price you sold at. You would then earn 27 times your stake as a profit. If he lost in the final, you would earn 12 times your stake in profit. However, if van Gerwen won the tournament, you would lose 13 times your stake, as he would be given 50 points, and that is 13 above the price you sold at.

You might predict that Cross will enjoy a strong season. If you see a spread of 8-11 on him, you could buy at 11. You would then lose 11 times your stake if he failed to make the semi-finals, and you would lose your stake if he was a beaten semi-finalist. However, you would earn 14 times your stake if he finished runner-up and 39 times your stake if he won the tournament. This is a popular bet, as it allows you to earn a profit even if he does not actually win the tournament. The better a player performs, the more profit you make. On the flipside, the worse he performs, the more you stand to lose.

100 Index Betting

This is a very popular option among darts spread betting fans. We assign the winner 100 points and the loser zero points. You might see a spread of 62-68 on Aspinall beating Beaton, and 32-38 on Beaton winning the match. If you think Apsinall will win the match, buy at 68. If he wins, you earn 32 times your stake in profit. If he loses, you lose 68 times your stake. If you think Beaton will win, buy at 38. You will then earn 62 times your stake if he wins, and lose 38 times your stake if he loses.

Leg Supremacy

This is a prediction on how comfortably one player will beat his opponent. We might assign Aspinall a Leg Supremacy Index of 4.5-7.5 over Beaton in a match. If you think Aspinall will secure a resounding victory, buy at 7.5. If you think Beaton will cause problems for his opponent, sell at 4.5. If you sell at 4.5 and Aspinall wins by a margin of just 2 legs, you will earn 2.5 times your stake. If Beaton ends up winning the match by 4 legs, you would earn 8.5 times your stake, as this market can have a negative result. However, if Apsinall won by 5 legs, you would lose 0.5 times your stake. Your losses increase as Aspinall’s margin of victory grows higher, while your profits increase the better Beaton performs. Essentially, the more right you are, the more you win.

Darts Total Match Legs

This is a prediction on the total number of legs that will be played in a match. However, it differs from the fixed-odds wager because there are numerous possible results. You might see a Total Match Legs Index of 7.3-7.7 on that hypothetical match between Aspinall and Beaton.

If you think it will be over quickly, sell at 7.3, but you can buy at 7.7 if you think it will be a tight contest that requires lots of legs to determine a winner. Many punters like this market due to the various possibilities on offer. If you sell at 7.7 and there are 7 legs in total, you earn 0.7 times your stake. If there are 6 legs, you earn 1.7 times your stake and so on. Spread betting can allow you to rack up larger profits than fixed-odds betting, but you can also incur greater losses, so you have to bear this in mind.


This is calculated by multiplying the number of legs won by each player. We might assign a Cross-Legs Index of 11.2-14.2 in a match between David Evans and Andy Jenkins. If you think it will be a thrilling clash, with both players winning a number of legs, you can buy at 14.2. However, if you think one player will thrash the other, sell at 11.2. If you buy at 14.2 and Evans wins 5-4, you would earn 5.8 times your stake, as 5 x 4 = 20 and 20 – 14.2 = 5.8. If he won 5-3, you would earn 0.8 times your stake. However, if he won 5-2, you would lose 14.2 times your stake. This is another exciting option if you want to speculate on the total legs played in a match and predict how close it will be.

Total 180s

This is a prediction on the total 180s in a match. We might set a spread of 3-3.5. If you think both players will struggle, sell at 3, but you can buy at 3.5 if you reckon they will both be on fire. If you buy at 3.5 and the players manage four 180s, you will earn 0.5 times your stake. Five 180s would earn you 1.5 times your stake and so on. This market is exciting, as it keeps you interested until the very end of the match.

If you place a fixed-odds bet on over 3.5 180s in a match, you would be delighted if four 180s were thrown early in that match, as your bet would be a winner. However, your interest might then start to wane.

However, if you were to buy at 3.5 in spread betting, your interest would remain high, as every additional 180 thrown would increase your total profit further.

That highlights the key difference between fixed-odds betting and spread betting on darts. The former is a simpler option, whereby you know exactly how much you stand to win or lose. The latter is riskier, but many players love it, as it offers the potential for far greater rewards off a relatively small stake. You just have to be careful, as you can also incur greater losses.

You can find a comprehensive range of darts spread betting and darts fixed-odds markets available at Sporting Index.

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