Handicap Betting in Darts
It’s amazing to see just how far the game of darts has come in the last few decades. Back in the 60s and 70s, it was a simple pub game without any real fanfare and a very low number of spectators or professional players. However, as the 70s and 80s continued, we started to see a huge surge in popularity for the game of darts. Even people who had never taken an interest in the sport were drawn in by the organisation of big tournaments and the arrival of lively pro players on the scene.
In the years since then, darts has continued its meteoric rise, becoming one of the most popular games to watch and bet on in the United Kingdom, with major events like the PDC World Championship and the Grand Slam of Darts drawing in many live and TV spectators, as well as countless gamblers keen to win big by successfully predicting the winners of each tournament, the winners of each game, and various other events throughout the course of play like the number of 180s.
There are many different darts betting markets and darts bet types to choose from, but one of the best options to take a look at for anyone interested in online darts betting is handicap betting. If you’re familiar with sports betting terms, you’ll know all about handicap betting. It’s also a part of other sports betting like football, rugby, and tennis, and the same basic rules apply when it comes to handicap betting in darts as well.
Essentially, handicap betting aims to even the odds in match-ups where there is a clear favourite and a clear underdog. Usually, these kinds of matches have little value, as gamblers won’t make much money back by betting on the favourite, due to the odds being so short. However, with a handicap bet, the odds on the favourite can be improved, or you can bet on the underdog and have a better chance of actually winning, even if they lose the match.
A handicap bet in darts gives a virtual advantage to the underdog and a disadvantage to the favourite. For example, a handicap bet of -2.5 legs on the favourite means they basically start the match with a score of -2.5 legs and therefore need to win the overall match by three legs or more in order for you to win your bet. Similarly, you can bet on the underdog with a +2.5 sets bet, so even they lose by two sets, your bet still wins because of the virtual advantage.