Four bullseye bets for the World Darts Championship

As the biggest festival of darts gets underway we’ve had a look at the markets for you


It’s game on for fans of the arrows as the World Darts Championship gets underway at the Alexandra Palace, London.

Over two weeks of darting drama will end with a final game shot on January 2 of next year, but we’ve got plenty of action to look forward to in the meantime.

We bloody love the darts here at Paddy Power and with the tournament bang on the horizon we’ve decided to pick out four punts that could have you arrowing straight to a pocket of cash.

Let’s take you through them…

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1. There will be a nine-dart finish at the tournament

This week we told you there’s been nine moments of darting perfection in the history of the World Darts Championship and we fancy another one this year.

The prize fund has now been increased to a cool £25,000, so that’s even more incentive for the players to go for it.

Since the iconic Raymond van Barneveld hit the first one ever in 2009, there’s been one in every year since – except for 2012.

The feat has been achieved six times in the last four championships, so we think it’s nailed on to happen again this year at . However, if you want to be boring you can get on it not to happen, but why would you do that?

2. Phil Taylor to fall before the quarter-final

Yes, believe it or not the 16-time champion of the world has failed to get past the 3rd round in three of the past five years.

Admittedly, he was the winner and the runner-up in the other two years, but it seems that players no longer fear the greatest darter that ever lived.

He was dispatched with ease in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts by Peter Wright and has a bumpy road to make it to the last eight. He could meet his 2004 final opponent Kevin Painter in Round 2 and potentially clash with either Kim Huybrechts or Vincent van der Voort in the last 16, so it won’t be as simple as flicking a switch for The Power.

It’s for his stage of elimination to come in Round 2 or a tasty for a power cut in Round 3.

3. Gary Anderson to treble up

We understand that Michael van Gerwen is unquestionably the favourite to be world champion at . After all he’s won seven major titles in 2016, including the Grand Slam of Darts and the Players Championship last month.

But The Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson comes into the tournament on the back of winning the World Championship twice in-a-row.

He showed signs at the Grand Slam of Darts that he’s finally adjusting to wearing his glasses and if he starts arrowing some doubles, only Mighty Mike can live with him on Planet Darts.

Anderson is also in the easier half of the draw, and he can be found at an amazing to walk away a three-time champion.

4. James Wade to break his semi-final duck

For a long time James Wade was considered the second best player in the world, especially as he had a lovely knack of hoovering up major crowns Phil Taylor left behind him.

The Machine showed an impressive return of form to make the final of Grand Slam of Darts, losing out to Michael Van German.

Unbelievably, he’s never been in a World final in his career, but that duck has to be broken at some stage and we think this the year.

It’s for him to put in a well-oiled performance to end up in a place he’s never been before.

What do you think?