World Championship Darts Betting: Best tips

December 1, 2017

World Championship Darts betting is already happening with the tournament just over two weeks away.

The PDC World Championship is the biggest prize in darts, with a €447,000 winner’s cheque at stake!

Betting on the darts has never been easier and Unibet will be staging in-play live darts betting across each and every game of the World Championship.

Michael van Gerwen is of course the favourite to win for a third year running. But there are plenty of rivals determined to take his crown this winter.

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Michael van Gerwen is the 8/11 favourite to win the World Championship Darts. Now, that is a quite ludicrous price considering this is a knockout tournament of the highest quality. But it reflects just how confident darts betting fans are in the Dutchman. Money is being piled on Van Gerwen, driving his price down. But there are smarter bets out there and at a better price.

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For a start, second-favourite Gary Anderson is a two-time world champion himself and is priced at 13/2. That’s not bad for a second-favourite. You’d never get that in football, tennis or golf! Now, Anderson has struggled to win tournaments over the past few months, in part because Van Gerwen has hit his straps in the lead up to the World Championship Darts. However, Anderson is at the other side of the draw and so is worth considering to make the final.

Peter Wright is the third-favourite at 8/1 to win the World Championship Darts, yet he is second seed. And that shows you who the in-form guy really is. Apart from Van Gerwen, Wright is the man of the moment after winning the German Darts Masters and also reaching the Grand Slam of Darts final (where he lost, of course, to Van Gerwen). Wright and Anderson are likely to battle it out in the semi-finals at the Ally Pally, with the former a decent shout to come out on top.

Phil Taylor betting

Phil Taylor has effectively retired from darts but he’s still game for the World Championship. He is 9/1 to win what would be a 17th World Championship title. Taylor is the legend of the oche but comes into this tournament having won just two titles all year. He’s winding down his tour but he’s still got a sharp eye for a treble.


Taylor is seeded sixth for the World Championship Darts and, luckily for Van Gerwen, is also in Wright and Anderson’s half of the draw. It means we have another contender for a final spot, although Taylor may struggle with the marathon two-week tournament.

World Championship Darts outside bets

For the best World Championship Darts outside tip you have to look at the form guys. Wales’ Jonny Clayton is ranked 31 in the world and a complete outsider. Yet he reached the Players Championship Finals finale in November, before losing 11-2 to Van Gerwen. Clayton, 43, has only made it as far as the second round of the World Championship Darts before (last year). But he’s worth keeping an eye on this time.

England’s Rob Cross is another to watch. The languid 27-year-old was a semi-finalist at the Players Championship Finals and also reached the European Championship, European Darts Trophy and German Grand Prix finals this year, as well as winning two rounds of the Players Championship. Cross is slowly stacking up the wins and at 10/1 is worth a bet.

Perhaps the big outside bet who should see him price plummet as he progresses through the rounds is Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. He is 28/1 to win the World Championship Darts and those are great odds! Gurney won the Unibet World Grand Prix back in October and has twice reached semi-finals and quarter-finals of top PDC tournaments since. Gurney is still a rough diamond but at this price he’s well worth backing.

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