2018 kicked-off with a bang in the world of darts when debutant Robb Cross stunned Phil Taylor to win the PDC World Championship title, with the next twelve months set to provide fans of the sport with a whole host of opportunities to beat the bookies. There is perhaps no better platform than Paddy Power for those looking to place bets on their favourite darts players, with competitions such as the BDO World Championship, Premier League Darts and the Masters among the biggest events in the calendar.
Whether it be wagering on the outright tournament winner, match betting, 9 dart finish, correct score or highest checkout markets, Paddy Power have all bases covered when it comes to darts. Let’s take a closer look at some potential markets to take advantage of in 2018, with Robb Cross having already demonstrated that it could well be twelve months full of surprises.
Paddy Power Darts: PDC World Championships
After spoiling the retiring Phil Taylor’s final career match, Rob Cross will be looking to make it consecutive PDC World Championships wins next year, while the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are among the other leading candidates with Paddy Power. It is Dutchman van Gerwen who is the favourite with Paddy Power, with the popular Irish bookmaker offering him odds of 11/8 to go all the way at the start of 2019.
Paddy Power Darts: Premier League Darts
The 14th edition of Premier League Darts kicks off on the 1st February 2018, with the play-offs taking place at the O2 Arena in London on the 17th May. Having won three consecutive titles, Dutchman van Gerwen will be looking to continue his hot-streak, with Paddy Power offering the four-time winner odds of 4/5, ahead of the likes of Cross, Anderson and Wright once more. Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld are the only other two players to have won the event previously, with the latter available to back at 33/1, with the Dutchman entering the competition thanks to a wildcard.
BDO World Championship
The 2018 BDO World Championship will be the 41st event of its kind, with the famous Lakeside Country Club once more hosting the prestigious tournament. Taking place between the 6th January and 14th February, Englishman Glen Durrant goes into the Championship as the number one seed. The favourite will take on either Pengiran Mohamed or Gary Robson in the first round, with Durrant backed at odds of 6/5 with Paddy Power. Elsewhere, the likes of Danny Noppert, Scott Mitchell and Jamie Hughes are among the other leading candidates to lift the trophy come the end of the tournament. As well as betting on the outright winner, punters at Paddy Power are able to bet on the correct score, 170 checkout, player to get the highest checkout and handicap wagering during matches throughout the 2018 BDO World Championship.
Paddy Power Darts: Women
Women’s darts has become increasingly popular over recent years, with the England’s Deta Hedman going into the upcoming BDO Women’s World Championship as the number one seed for the competition. The 58-year-old finished as runner-up in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and will be looking to finally come out on top in 2018, with Paddy Power offering her odds of 5/1. However, it is compatriot and reigning champion Lisa Ashton who is the favourite for victory, with the same bookmaker offering the 47-year-old odds of 5/4, which is well worth considering given her recent form. Meanwhile, Dutch youngster Aileen de Graaf will be looking to improve upon her semi-final appearances in both 2016 and 2017, with the reigning World Darts Trophy winner available at second favourite odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power darts.