World ranked 20 prior to the tournament, 'Voltage' has sustained the form which has catapulted him into the top echelons of the sport after just 12 months as a Tour Card holder. He has held his nerve in three pulsating last-set deciders in reaching the final, including an epic sudden death shoot-out against defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the Semis, proving he has what it takes to handle the pressure on the big occasion and will be unfazed at the prospect of taking on darts' most decorated star.
Taylor has contested eight fewer sets than Cross but has not had to be at his blistering best to reach the final, and 'The Power' knows he most raise his game significantly amid inevitable leg-on-leg pressure from the man from Hastings. The bookmakers struggle to split the two players, but with all the pressure riding on Taylor's shoulders in his last ever competitive game and given the consistent form Cross has shown throughout the tournament, it's the evens underdog who offers the value to tear up the script.
Taylor has enjoyed a contrastingly smoother passage to his 21st world final, but all signs point to a close-run classic at the palace this evening. There is little to choose between the two in terms of their tournament averages and finishing stats, and it's difficult to envisage either pulling away in this best of 13 marathon.
Therefore, odds-against for 12 or more sets, covering a or scoreline either way, looks to be a sensible selection. Admittedly, Cross has contested 34 more legs and eight more sets than 'The Power', though his clinical scoring power has proved integral in carrying him to the verge of glory. Taylor will be forced to counteract his opponent's power-scoring if he is to reign supreme tonight, and expect the Stoke maestro to come out firing an exploit any nerves Cross may have in the early stages.
To place a bet on the World Championship, simply go to the home page of your chosen bookmaker on either the desktop site or mobile app and head to the A-Z sports menu. Single bets for outright winner, match coupons for accumulators and in-play markets are then listed on the interface. Compile your bet by clicking on the odds which will then add it to your betslip.
On the betslip, you can then key in your stake and the type of bet you wish to place, for example, singles, multiples or each-way. Once your bet has been placed, keep an eye out for the cash-out option while your bets are still open, which is offered by most of the leading firms.
World Championship betting markets Typically, the top bookmakers for darts such as William Hill and BetVictor can offer up to 50 pre-match markets on major tournament matches and even more in-play. Under the sets format, there are two possible outcomes in matches: Player A win or Player B win and there are a number of other popular markets when it comes to this particular tournament.
The correct score market allows punters to back a specific score, while the total legs market is also well-backed in a case of closely-matched fixtures, whereby punters are not relying on a specific player to win, just the score to amount to a total number of sets above or below the cut-off tally. It was formed in as a 'breakaway' organisation for many of the world's top players who were dissatisfied with the performance of the sports' then sole governing body, the British Darts Organisation.
Since the PDC has organised its own world darts championship, which commences in late December each year and concludes in January. This version of the world darts championship has been utterly dominated by Phil Taylor, whom has won it fourteen times. No other player has won it more than twice. You can get the best tips for this prestigious tournament right here. Despite its lessening in importance you can still find tips for this tournament here at Live-Darts.
What other darts events do you provide tips for? It is nicknamed 'the FA Cup of Darts' as players from all around the UK — both amateur and professional — are allowed to enter the competition. Thirty-two 'local' players join ninety-six of the biggest names in darts for the first round proper.
The finals tournament takes place over a weekend in March each year. As opposed to the 'set and legs' format of most leading darts tournaments World Matchplay tournament matches are played as a series of legs, in a style similar to frames in snooker tournaments. Since , when it comes to the final the first player to win eighteen legs is the winner by two clear legs with sudden death if the score reaches twenty-all.
Thirty-two players compete in the tournament. As with most darts tournaments, Phil Taylor is the most successful competitor, winning the World Matchplay title an astounding sixteen times in twenty-three years. This tournament is unique in the darts calendar in that it uses the 'traditional' darts-playing rules of players having to start on a double as well as finishing on one.
Uniquely, this means that in any game a nine-dart finish can only be achieved by either starting or ending on a double. The Grand Slam of Darts is one of the more recent additions to the professional darts calendar, being conceived as a tournament in This competition takes place in November, and has every year been held at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton aside from when the Civic Hall was not available. This is another title won on a 'legs' basis rather than 'sets and legs'.
Since the first player to win sixteen legs in the final is declared the winner. It's an invitation-only tournament, with only high-ranking and tournament winners and finalists being invited. Phil Taylor has won the Grand Slam title six times, with Michael van Gerwen winning it three times as the next most-successful competitor.
Another fairly-recent addition to the darts-playing calendar, this tournament was first organised by the PDC in and has been played in Purfleet, Doncaster and Minehead. It is now played annually in November. The competition is open to the players ranked in the top thirty-two positions in the Players Championship Order of Merit, which is an annual ranking system graded by the performances of players on the PDC Pro Tour. In recent years the tournament has been dominated by Michael van Gerwen, who won it every year between and bar one.
Phil Taylor has won the title three times, including the first competition in This competition combines the leading European players with the top-ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit to create a tournament that's not so dominated by players in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands as most other darts tournaments are. Since its inauguration in , the tournament has taken place in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Despite being known as the European Championship the tournament was won in by Australian Simon Whitlock. As with the Players Championship the competition has been dominated in recent times by Michael van Gerwen, although Phil Taylor won the title the first four times the competition was competed for. Where can I find the best darts tips? Since the retirement of Phil Taylor early in and despite the recent dominance of Michael van Gerwen darts has become a more difficult sport to predict.
This means that the prices are much better as the field is much more open — in July eventual winner Rob Cross was a long shot to win the World PDC crown, for example. This means there are plenty of value bets to be had when wagering on darts, and here at Live-Darts.
We've had plenty of success in recent years with our darts betting tips, and we thoroughly expect that to continue. What are the most popular darts bets? The most common bet in darts is the simple straight forecast — you choose whom is going to win any game between two competing players. There are plenty more factors in a game of darts that you can wager on though.