Darts hitting all the targets as a growing sport
Professional darts has come a long way in recent years. What was once a 'niche' sport, played in smoke-filled working men's clubs in the North of England, has now been transformed into a global phenomenon where players regularly play in front of packed arenas on live television. If you are not familiar with it, darts works in a series of single match ups, where players must score 501 to win a leg, then several legs for a set, and consequently several sets for the match. Professional darts is split into two organisations, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The good news for punters is that both the PDC and BDO hold multiple events throughout the year, so there are regular opportunities for darts betting. You can also find odds right now for the (PDC) William Hill World Championship 2016, which will take place in December.
Find odds for PDC World Championship 2016 online now
Despite several attempts at unifying the two darts organisations, it has not yet been achieved. The PDC is certainly gaining the most exposure in recent years with its touring events playing to large live crowds. Debate rages about which organisation's events are the most prestigious, the BDO is the older, but the PDC generally tends to have the bigger prize money and, arguably, the better players. Notable players to have moved from BDO to PDC are Phil Taylor, John Part, and Raymond Barneveld, all of whom have won both organisations' World Championship. Taylor in particular has been one of the most dominant figures in the sport; he has won no less than 16 World Championships (14 PDC, 2 BDO) and is often cited as the best player of all time. Recently though, he has had to contend with rising young Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen, who has been ranked the best player in the world over the last few years. Darts betting odds 2016 are available now for a wide range of tournaments, some of which will likely see Taylor and Van Gerwen go head to head once more.
Darts betting for this year's World Cup at William Hill
As mentioned, there are lots of different darts tournaments taking place throughout the year. The World Cup of Darts, which features teams of two players representing their home nations, is one of the more exciting tournaments as we get to see former rivals team up together. Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis (England) are the current champions, but could face a tough test with the formidable team of Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld (Netherlands) in this year's World Cup. You can bet on Darts World Cup online now, with odds available for all 32 competing nations.