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Ian Bruce

This page will teach you all you need to know about how to bet on darts. It explains how darts betting works and how to place a bet online. It also provides an overview of the main betting markets that you’ll have to choose from.

How Darts Betting Works

The basic principles of betting on darts are easy to understand. All it involves is deciding on an outcome that you expect to take place, selecting that outcome with a bookmaker and choosing how much you want to bet. Every available outcome will be priced according to the bookmaker’s expectation of it happening, and if your own prediction proves accurate, your stake will be multiplied by the odds given.

How to Bet on Darts

Darts Betting Example

We can best illustrate how darts betting works by providing an example. We’ll say that we’re looking at the following match between Ross Montgomery and Tommy Morris. In this case, the bookmaker might offer the following darts betting odds:

Darts Odds

We’ll imagine that we want to bet £10 on Tommy Morris winning this match. The darts betting odds being offered for Morris are 4/5 (that’s 1.80 in decimal format), so if we bet on him and he wins, we’d get £18.00 back from the bookmaker (£10 x 1.80). That total return includes our £10 stake, so our profit for this winning bet would be £8.

If the subject of betting odds is new to you, our Betting Odds Explained page will give you a thorough introduction to how they work. However, you don’t have to worry about calculating your betting returns manually unless you really want to because we have a whole suite of free bet calculators that you can use to do the job for you.

How to Bet on Darts Online - Step-by-Step

While you can bet on darts in any High Street betting shop, most people these days find betting online to be a lot more convenient. Here, then, is how to bet on darts with an online bookmaker, from setting up an account to submitting your first bet.

  1. Visit a Darts Betting Site

    You can bet on darts with most online bookmakers who operate in the UK. If you want help choosing one, take a look at our best darts betting sites page. BetMGM is one of our favourites, and it also sponsors the PDC Premier League, so that might be a good default choice. When you’ve decided on a bookmaker you’d like to bet with, head over to its website.
    Visit a Darts Betting Site
  2. Open an Account

    Next, click the Sign Up button (some sites label it Join or Register) that usually appears in the top right corner of the home page. This will open a registration form that you can then complete with your personal details, such as your email address, name, date of birth, and so on. You’ll only be asked for details that are absolutely necessary for the bookie to open an account for you in accordance with terms laid out by the UK Gambling Commission.
    Open an Account
  3. Deposit Some Money

    When your account has been opened you should log in and make a deposit so that you have some funds to bet with. Most betting sites give you a range of payment methods to choose from, but you should note that some welcome offers will exclude certain methods. For that reason, always look at the terms of such promotions so that you can select a suitable method of deposit.
  4. Make Your Selection

    With cash in your account, you can now visit the darts betting section of the site and look at the various markets that are available. Once you have located a player that you would like to bet on, simply click the odds being offered, and the selection will be added to your betslip for review.
    Make Your Selection
  5. Place Your Bet

    Check that the selection on your betslip is the one you want to bet on (it’s easy to mis-click sometimes, especially if you’re in a hurry to get a bet on) and then enter your desired stake. You can then submit the darts bet, and your account will be debited by the stake. It will be credited automatically with the returns that are due to you if the bet succeeds.

As you can see, the mechanics of how to bet on darts are pretty straightforward. But how can you improve your chances of your darts bet winning? That’s the topic we’ll explore in the next section of this darts betting guide.

Darts Betting Tips and Strategy

While betting on darts is easy, landing winning bets can be a bit more of a challenge. One way of increasing your chances of success is to start using betting strategies rather than relying on gut instinct. The free darts betting tips and strategies below are ones that we recommend to anyone who is keen on knowing how to win at darts.

Know the Players

Our first piece of advice for those who bet on darts is to spend some time getting to know the players. Every player has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Some step up to the oche and start throwing 180s without batting an eyelid. Others are ‘slow starters’ and take a leg or two to get into their stride. Knowing how different players approach the game is something that can be very useful when making your selections. Also, look at the rankings of players, any rivalries they have with other professionals, and so on.

Research Past Meetings

The previous darts betting tip will give you a good overall picture of a player, so the next thing you should do is start looking at how he has performed against his upcoming opponent in the past. Look at previous head-to-head results and compare the T20 and checkout percentages of each player. If a player routinely beats a certain opponent and he has the better stats, the chances are pretty good that he will do so again.

Focus on Long-Format Games

Different darts matches have different formats (different numbers of darts sets and legs). Most matches have up to five legs per set, but some have up to seven, and others only have up to three. Similarly, the number of sets in a match can also vary. It is useful to focus on long-format games when betting, as that gives players more time to get into their groove and for results to run to form. This is especially true if one or both players is a ‘slow starter’ as discussed earlier. Of course, if you want to bet on the opponent of a slow starter, a short-format game could work in your favour.

Back Slow Starters In Running

Talking of slow starters, if you want to bet on a player who tends to need a leg or two before he starts firing on all cylinders, consider darts betting in play. We’ll discuss darts live betting later, but for now it means placing a bet on the player after the match has already started. It’s quite possible that your player mightn’t perform particularly brilliantly in the first leg or two (because he’s a slow starter), and in that case, the odds available for him might be bigger after the first leg than they were before the match. If so, you might be able to strike a bet in play at a higher price.

Get the Best Darts Odds

Whatever sport you bet on, keeping value betting principles in mind is always a good idea. The better the odds you get for each bet you make, the easier it will be for you to make an overall profit. For example, if you have ten bets of £10 each at decimal odds of 1.91 each and five of your darts betting predictions are successful, you’ll end up losing £4.50 overall. But if you could get decimal odds of 2.10 each and win five, you’d make an overall profit of £5.

For this reason, we suggest that you explore the odds available at all of our recommended online betting sites and get the best darts odds wherever possible.

Darts Spread Betting

Traditional darts betting is challenging enough for most people, but if you fancy taking things to a different level in terms of potential risk and reward, you could take a look at spread betting. In this type of betting, you make a prediction, and your bet is settled according to the significance of the win or loss.

For example, you might bet on there being 8 or more 180s scored in a particular match. If you were right, then the more 180s there were scored over 8, the more you would win. Conversely, if you were wrong, then the fewer 180s there were, the more you would lose.

Spread betting is a fascinating form of betting, but the fact that you can lose more than you initially bet – sometimes a lot more – means that it’s something you should study further before getting involved.

Live Darts Betting

We mentioned live darts betting in our earlier section about tips and strategies. This is where you bet while the darts match is taking place. The odds on offer will change in real-time according to how the players are performing, and this constant variation in prices can often provide some good betting opportunities.

For example, if a player doesn’t get off to the best start, you might be able to back him at bigger odds in the hope that he’ll improve as the game progresses. Or, if a player you backed before the match isn’t doing as well as you expected, you could consider making a smaller bet on the other player to try and reduce your overall exposure.

Live betting takes some getting used to, mostly because of the odds changing from moment to moment. But if you can learn how to read players while a match is in progress, live betting markets will give you the chance to capitalise on your ability.

Popular Darts Betting Markets

Knowing how to bet on darts opens up a whole new world of ways to take your enjoyment of the sport to the next level because there are multiple betting markets for you to choose from. Here are the main ones and how they work.

Tournament Winner

This is a market that lets you bet on the winner of a tournament or competition as a whole, such as the World Cup of Darts. You select a competitor to win (it could be a player or a nation, depending on the event) and if your darts outright betting selection succeeds, so will your bet. This isn’t the easiest market to bet in because there will be quite a few competitors, each with a chance. The good news is that the darts betting outright winner odds will reflect that fact, so if you win, you’ll get a decent return.

Match Winner

Here you are given the task of predicting who will win a particular darts match. We provided an example of a match-winner betting market earlier in this darts betting guide when we talked about Ross Montgomery and Tommy Morris. As you’ll recall, all you have to do here is pick one of the two players to win the match and hope that your selected player proves you right.

Correct Score

If you’re familiar with the correct score markets in football betting, then you’ll have a good idea of what to expect here. This market requires you to predict the final score of the match. For example, in a World Cup of Darts match that goes to the best of seven sets, your options will be 4-0, 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3. You need to select both the winning score and the player or team that will win the match. That makes correct score betting a lot trickier than pure match-winner betting, but you will get more generous odds, so success here will be more profitable.

Handicap Betting

A handicap betting market aims to even up a match for betting purposes by imposing a theoretical handicap on the favourite. The favourite must then win even after the handicap has been applied for a bet to win. For example, if Player 1 has a -2.5 handicap, then 2.5 will be deducted from his score for bet settlement purposes. Similarly, if you bet on the underdog, 2.5 will be added to his score before your bet is settled.

The chief advantage of handicap betting markets is that they can give you better odds about a favourite who is considered to be a sure thing. They can also give you a better chance of winning if you want to back the underdog.

Total Legs

In this market, your aim is to predict the total number of legs that will be played in a set. That might sound tricky, but normally you will only be asked to bet on whether the total will be over or under a figure quoted by the bookmaker. For example, the bookie might quote 3.5 legs as the total. In that case, you would bet on there being Over 3.5 legs or Under 3.5 legs.

Most 180s

Which player in the match will score the most 180s? That’s the question you have to answer in this darts betting market. There are generally three possible outcomes, allowing you to bet on Player A, Player B, or the draw (both players scoring the same number of 180s). As you might imagine, darts favourites to win their matches will also tend to be the favourites to score the most 180s.

Player 180s

Here, you can bet on whether a player in the match will score over or under a certain number of 180s. This is a good market to look at if you are considerably more knowledgeable about one player than the other, as the opponent’s 180 performance is irrelevant as far as your bet is concerned.

Highest Checkout

A checkout is the total scored by a player to win a leg. For example, if a player visits the oche and throws a double 20 to win, that checkout would be 40. If a player has to throw two 180s and a double 20 to win – and succeeds – the checkout would be 400. In the highest checkout darts market, you simply bet on which player will throw the highest checkout in the match.

9 Dart Finish

It’s possible to achieve a 501 darts target in as few as nine darts. For example, a player could throw seven 180s, one treble 19 and a double 12. And that’s just one way of doing it. A ‘nine-dart finish’ isn’t at all easy to accomplish and is allegedly more difficult than a player scoring a 147 break in snooker. Even so, both feats are achieved in both sports, so all you have to do here is predict whether or not a nine-dart finish will be seen in the upcoming match.

To Win First Leg

The final darts betting market that we’ll mention here asks you to predict which player will win the first leg of a tournament. Your options will obviously be Player 1 or Player 2, and the odds will usually reflect how the bookie perceives their chances of winning the match as a whole. That means you might want to consider a modest bet on the underdog if the favourite is a player you’ve identified as a slow starter.


Betting on darts matches is a very popular hobby, and there are markets to suit everyone, from the complete beginner to the experienced expert. This means you can start with the easier ones and work your way up to more challenging markets as your skills progress. However you choose to bet, good luck with your selections and enjoy the darts!


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Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce joined Safest Betting Sites in 2024 as Senior Sports Editor to oversee the quality and usefulness of its gambling content. He originally developed an interest in betting after landing a winning Yankee on his first attempt. He then spent years figuring out how to replicate that success. Along the way, he became one of the UK’s leading writers on the topic of betting and gaming. Ian’s career has now spanned more than three decades, and his enthusiasm for systematic and responsible betting hasn’t waned one bit. However, his preferred approach to winning these days is Dutching, for the simple reason that “It’s a lot easier than landing Yankees.”