Darts is a one-on-one match-up, so the odds are determined similar to that of tennis. In simplest terms, one player is considered better than the other player by the oddsmakers and the betting market.
Odds for any match winner or tournament winner are estimated based on each player's apparent skills and abilities. Handicapping also works identically to any point spread or totals market. For example, succeeding in a match by -2.5 sets means the winning darts player must win by a minimum of three sets. Likewise, if the odds are +2.5, the underdog must win outright or lose by fewer than three sets.
There are many factors that can affect the odds of a one-on-one sport, like darts. These include past and recent performance, the success of the competition, and any injuries. As darts tournaments are played indoors, the weather will never affect the outcome of the game, unlike many betting sports.
Focus on the match-up
You can't just know which team is better or worse to make the best darts bets. You need to know each player's strengths and weaknesses, especially if they've already been matched with this opposing team. It's important to take note of their accuracy, recovery, and speed.
As with most sports, when it comes to betting on darts, it's important to know the rules and the intricacies of how the game is played. While you can understand the basics, including general records and rankings, you should be familiar with each player and know how they stand in the competition. This type of knowledge will help you get a leg up and win big.
Don’t bet on hype
Because darts aren’t as widely popular, it’s easy for a bettor to bandwagon on the wager of another better, believing that they must know the ins and outs if they’re betting on this sport. However, that’s not always the case. It’s important for bettors to gain their own knowledge of the game and the current match-up and not follow what the crowd may be speculating. Just because the crowd may be cheering one name does not mean that’s who will win the match.
Betting on match score
Anyone can predict the outright winner of a darts match; they just need a general knowledge of a player's past performance and current execution. That being said, betting limits exist, and to win big, it likely won't be done on a moneyline. So, betting on the match score brings in more value as it's more difficult.