The PDC World Championships are one of the biggest betting competitions, outside horse racing and football, of the year, as Ladbrokes announce a new free bets offer for the darts.
And what better place to bet than with the sponsors, who are forking out £1million in prize money, famous betting firm Ladbrokes.
What lies ahead in December, starting on the 14 December, is three weeks of top arrows, incredible atmosphere and fantastic betting opportunities for sports punters. Known as the king of the high street bookmakers, Ladbrokes in recent years have also shown that they can cut the mustard in the online department, and offer a wonderful £50 signing up bonus for new customers to use on the World Championships.
Firstly you need to sign up to an account with Ladbrokes, deposit £50 and use the exclusive code to obtain the freebie. This offer is probably best for newcomers to the world of online gambling, as Ladbrokes is a very simple yet professional site to use and their customer service department are always on hand to help with any betting queries.
Betting on darts has become more and more popular over the last 10 years. The simple format, along with the excitement produced through the action, is exactly what gamblers want from their betting. Plus, it also a sport that has strong lines of form, which can lead a punter onto a path to profit.
The variation and choices for punters is also first-class in darts betting, and as the sponsors of the event, Ladbrokes are offering an array of markets for punters to take a stab at. The most popular is obviously the outright win market, where Phil Taylor is heading the betting at 9/4 (Ladbrokes) with the likes of Adrian Lewis, Raymond Van Barneveld and Gary Anderson all being backed to overturn the 13-time PDC World Champion.
But punters have a great variation on the ante-post markets. Ladbrokes have priced up a “Reach to final” market, where a player just has to reach the final, rather win the competition, for a bet to be a winner. This market could be very appealing to punters that thinks a certain player has the capabilities to throw a challenge down to Taylor, but may just come unstuck in the closing stages. Michael van Gerwen is one of those players, and he has been well backed to reach the final with Ladbrokes around the 2/1 mark.
As has Gary Anderson, who many are expecting to bring his best darts to the oche for the next few weeks, and he can be backed at 8/1 with Ladbrokes for that particular market.
For anyone that may just want to take Taylor on outright for the title, but thinks that one of many players can win the title, then taking a stab at the “Taylor v The Field” market with Ladbrokes could be the way to go.
The Magic Sign have priced up Taylor as a 9/4 shot to win his 14th tournament and have layed the rest of the field at 1/3. That means if you fancy betting against Taylor to land the spoils, for every £30 you put on, you would win £10, if Taylor was not to win the World Championship.
The draw for the tournament is spilt into two different sections with the main seeds kept apart, so in theory, the one and two seeds will meet in the Final. If only it was that simple. Taylor, the number one seed, is housed in the top half of the draw whilst number two seed, Lewis, is in the bottom half. Ladbrokes have offered a best-priced 8/13 on a player from the top half winning and 6/5 from the bottom section.