Premier League Darts

The Premier League is probably one of the most unique events in the darting calendar. Unlike many tournaments being a knock-out, the Premier League provides the only league format structure for the Professional Darts Corporation.

Its introduction in 2005 has seen this become one of the most elite and most lucrative events on tour. It spans over 16 weeks with each of the 10 players playing each other once, before two are eliminated and the remaining eight playing each other again. The exposure that the competition now gets from television broadcasts such as Sky TV has in turn allowed players to earn substantial amounts of money starting from £20,000 each just for qualifying. The top 4 players in the world, plus 6 wild cards make up the Premier League.

History

It’s a competition that has, once again, been largely dominated by Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor who has won it no less than 6 times in the 9 year it has been running. The only other players to have won it are James Wade (2009), Gary Anderson (2011) and Michael van Gerwen (2013).

The league format is unique in that 16 stadiums from across the UK and Ireland are used on a weekly basis. When the competition first originated it started in a fortnightly manner with 11 venues on offer. Since then, as the completion has grown, so has the demand for tickets and in turn, the number of venues increased first to 15 and now, 16.

Over the last 9 years the competition has only included 25 players, making it one of the most exclusive on the circuit. Only Phil Taylor has been present in every Premier League since the beginning, and it was thought that he was actually one of a handful of players who initially backed the concept.

Interesting Facts

Whilst the competition does have a relatively short history, it has churned out some impressive numbers in its time. It will probably come as little surprise to hear that Phil Taylor dominates these upcoming statistics, but he is the greatest of all time, after all.

Taylor went on an incredible 44 game unbeaten run between 2005 and 2008 winning four titles on the trot. This was undoubtedly when Taylor was in his prime, although he has been – ridiculously – written off before this. Taylor also holds the record for the biggest win in the league stage (11-1 v Wayne Mardle in 2005) and biggest playoff win (16-4 v Colin Lloyd in 2005). The Power also holds the highest average of 117.35 in a league game which is a PDC record.

Other records include 11 180’s in a match by Scotsman, Gary Anderson along with just four whitewashes over the course of the 9 year history, underlying how competitive the Premier League has now become.

Prize Money

Since 2005 the prize money increase has just underlined its popularity amongst the public. Starting out at ‘just’ £150,000, the total prize pool for 2014 stood at a whopping £550,000 which looks set to rise again under new sponsors Betway. The winner reveries a handsome cheque of £125,000 for their troubles, whilst each player receives £20,000 just for qualifying. Each position includes a slightly larger pay day than the previous, meaning there is always something to play for.

Where to Bet on the Premier League Darts

The fact that the Premier League is so well followed means that the majority of bookmakers are keen to offer up markets. To be honest, all of the bookmakers that we promote include comprehensive markets each week for the Premier League.

The variation in depth is something that you will need to look out for. Our US users will find all of the outright winners for each game on offer from Bovada, but unfortunately, markets away from this will be limited.

Our pick would probably be with William Hill, Bet365 or BetVictor. Each are massive bookmakers within the European sector and even worldwide markets these days with their market coverage for pretty much any sport being huge. The Premier League is definitely an area where each year they continue to expand, so keep an eye out on them.

The standard of players in the league is probably as good as your going to get; this in turn makes for some real quality darts. We would say keep an eye on two markets in particular; the first is the over/under line on the number of 180s in a match and the second is the line on the highest average for each player in the match. Often form is massive within the Premier League so it shouldn’t be too hard to see which players are firing and then to place your bets accordingly.

A final note on the 180s market; just because a player has consistently high averages, doesn’t mean they are going to particularly hit a lot of 180s. Phil Taylor has some of the highest in the business, but he often makes switched between the 20’s and 19’s meaning 180s are less likely. Taking the under-line on Taylor over the last few seasons has made us some handsome money!