The PDC Darts Premier League is a four month long darts competition where the top nine players in the game meet weekly to fulfil a fixture schedule. All points are added to a league tally with a one place relegation zone. When the weekly contests are over, the top four meet in the play offs in London in May to crown a winner.
The competition brings together the top nine players according to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Order Of Merit, plus nine local challengers more commonly referred to as local heroes or contenders. These heroes were introduced in 2019 to cover an injury to Gary Anderson who was forced to withdraw but proved to be so popular they have been a permanent addition ever since.
Table of Contents
- Best Betting Sites We Recommend for the 2020 Darts Premier League
- 2020 Darts Premier League Betting Tips
- Popular Bets For Darts Premier League
- Tournament Structure
- Darts Premier League FAQs
- ThePuntersPage Final Say & Predictions
2020 Darts Premier League Betting Tips
Nine of world’s best darters will line-up on the 2020 opening night in Aberdeen as they begin their quest for the Darts Premier League glory come May in London’s O2 Arena. This is a long slog of a competition, however, running for almost a quarter of the year, so confidence won’t last for the entire competition’s run.
Much the same can be said for Peter Wright, the newly crowned world champion. While the money is moving on Snakebite, 13/2 can still be picked up with Betway which is a tempting price for the world champion. The hero of the pack remains, as ever, Michael van Gerwen, who has won this tournament for the past four years and has no reasons to fear anyone. MVG can win when playing poorly which can’t really be said for anyone else in the field and will almost certainly make the cut to book his place in London. As the PDC World Championships proved, once he makes it to the final anyone can win. Nevertheless, Paddy Power’s evens might be the best price you can get on the Dutchman for quite some time.
World number two Gerwyn Price went into the World Championships as many people’s favourite, but such a challenge at the Worlds wasn’t to be after losing in the semi-final against Peter Wright. It will be interesting to see what 2020 has for in store for The Iceman, but there could hardly be a better early season marker for the Welshman to put down. Betfred’s 13/2 is his best price. Ladbrokes are offering 12/1 on two former world champions, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson. Anderson missed last year’s tournament with a back injury but his form following his return was patchy at best and his glory days look to be a thing of the past, while Cross finished 2019 off poorly suffering first round defeat at the Alexandra Palace.
DPL debutant Nathan Aspinall follows in the betting with a best price of 20/1 at Betfred, followed by Michael Smith’s 22/1 with BetVictor. Glen Durrant, another debutant save for his appearance as a contender in 2019, and Daryl Gurney are at best prices of 28/1 and 33/1 respectively, both with tournament sponsor Unibet. At the other end of the table, Gurney is a 5/2 price with bet365 to be eliminated on Judgement Night on March 26.
2020 Darts Premier League Line-up
|1.||Michael van Gerwen|
2020 Local Challengers
|Night 1||John Henderson (Aberdeen)|
|Night 2||Fallon Sherrock (Nottingham)|
|Night 3||Jonny Clayton (Cardiff)|
|Night 4||William O’Connor (Dublin)|
|Night 5||Luke Humphries (Exeter)|
|Night 6||Stephen Bunting (Liverpool)|
|Night 7||Chris Dobey (Newcastle)|
|Night 8||Jeffrey de Zwaan (Rotterdam)|
|Night 9||Jermaine Wattimena (Rotterdam)|
Popular Bets For Darts Premier League
One of the great things about darts is that it provides an extremely high amount of ways to bet on it. In fact, as darts grows in popularity, not just in the UK but globally, so too does darts betting. Here is just a taste of the ways you can bet on darts.
Outright winner bets are simply a wager on who will win the tournament in question, in this case the Darts Premier League. For maximum profit, these bets are usually placed pre-tournament but there are times when you feel a player that has fallen behind in the table might have a revival and make a charge up the league. In such a case, a well timed bet mid-competition can pay dividends.
Unlike other darts tournaments, with Premier League Darts you know that there is a minimum amount of games all players will take part in which is nine. This is helpful in the case of most 180 bets because these are tournament long bets on which player will hit the most maximums over the course of the tournament. If you place a bet like that in a knockout competition and your pick goes out in the early rounds then your bet will almost certainly go down with it. But, in the Premier League, your pick has at least nine games to get as many 180s as possible.
Highest Match Checkout
In the case of highest match checkout betting, you are wagering on the what you think the highest checkout in a nominated match will be. This is a simple over/under bet where the bookie will set the line on what they think the highest finish will be – for example over or under 153.5 – and you can bet on whether you think it will be higher or lower than that number. If your player finishes on a checkout lower or higher than the bookie’s line and you have successfully bet either way, you will have won.
A nine-dart finish is the holy grail of darts. It simply means to checkout in the perfect leg using only nine darts, the minimum possible from 501. Even for the top professionals this is an uncommon achievement and the darting equivalent of golf’s hole in one or a maximum 147 break in snooker. There are many combinations a player can take to make this checkout, the most common of which is 180 + 180 + 141. Because of this, these are very rare and many people choose to bet on there being No Nine Darter instead.
Premier League Darts has a unique structure for a darts competition. Each Thursday evening from early February until mid-to-late May a set of 5x 1v1 max 12 leg fixtures will take place at a different venue in a different city each week. Players that win their match are awarded two points, while one point is awarded for a draw. If players tie a points tally, leg difference is used as the tie-breaker before the amount of legs won and/or tournament average.
Only the nine ranked PDC stars can win points for the table. The nine challengers will all play one night each in the venue closest to their home town and will receive financial rewards for any game won. After nine nights of action, the player on the bottom of the table is eliminated and the challengers will no longer take part. This is known as Judgement Night.
The remaining eight players will then all play each other once each week in 14-leg matches until we reach the business end of the tournament after which the bottom four players in the league table are eliminated from the competition. The final four will play-off at the O2 Arena in London, in two knockout semi-finals, determined by their final league position, and a final, played over a best of 21 leg format, where a winner is crowned.
The PDC launched the inaugural Premier League Darts in 2005 when it was won by the greatest darter of all time Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. So superior was The Power during his time, that he won the first four Premier Leagues, as well as 16 World championships and 16 Darts Matchplay titles as part of his 85 major title haul and 11 televised nine-dart finishes. There is a contender to his thrown in the modern game though that comes in the shape of Dutch superstar Mighty Michael van Gerwen who has himself collected five Premier League crowns.
The league originally started with fortnightly fixtures but is these days played weekly. Another change from its launch is the number of players taking part. Initially a seven player competition, today the league features nine players after an accidental stroke of luck happened to the PDC before the 2019 edition. That year, when the tournament was due to be a ten man event as it had been since 2013, two-time winner Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ withdrew from the competition before it got underway citing a back injury. To take his place, the PDC introduced a series of nine contenders one of whom would play each week and fulfil the fixtures of the injured Anderson. Such was this success, the PDC confirmed at The World Championships later that year that the contender, challenger, local hero format would be revived going forward. The current sponsor is Unibet.
|2019||Michael van Gerwen||The Netherlands|
|2018||Michael van Gerwen||The Netherlands|
|2017||Michael van Gerwen||The Netherlands|
|2016||Michael van Gerwen||The Netherlands|
|2014||Raymond van Barneveld||The Netherlands|
|2013||Michael van Gerwen||The Netherlands|
• Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has won this event more than anyone else, being crowned champion six times
• Raymond van Barneveld, known as Barney, has made the most tournament appearances with 14
• Unsurprisingly then, Barney has also played the most matches with 211
• Phil Taylor boasts the longest unbeaten run after he avoided defeat in 44 matches
• The 11 180's chucked by Gary Anderson against Simon Whitlock in 2011 remains the most anyone has landed in one match
• There have been eight nine-darters in Premier League Darts history, two for Barney, two for Adrian Lewis, one for Simon Whitlock and three for Phil Taylor two of which came in the 2010 final
Darts Premier League FAQs
〽️ Where is this tournament held?
All over the place! The tournament works a bit like a tour, visiting a new venue each week save for Rotterdam which holds back to back nights before the play offs take place in London’s O2 Arena in May.
⭕️ So, how many players take part?
Well, there will be nine regular players plus nine local heroes taking part, one each week until judgement night on the ninth night of play. So, 18 in all but only half competing in the league.
❌ Do points won by “local heroes” count?
No, points collected by the challengers will not count towards the league table. Instead, these players will receive financial rewards if they avoid defeat.
❔ How long does it last then?
The whole competition lasts for almost four months.
➕ Sounds fun, can I bet each way?
Yes, of course you can bet each way, just try to find some longer value towards the end of the market.
ThePuntersPage Final Say & Predictions
There is so much fun for bettors to have with Premier League Darts mainly because it lasts for four months meaning it takes up a quarter of the year – that’s a serious amount of darts action! Bet wise, this means that we can bet by the match, the week or the entire competition. One thing to remember if you are going to bet on the outright winner is that, with long form tournaments such as leagues, the cream always rises to the top and it’s unlikely that we could get a shock top four. Far more interesting, is who might miss the cut when so many of these are capable of winning. Plus, which player won’t survive Judgment Night when the bottom player is eliminated from the competition? These are all interesting ways to approach betting on the Darts Premier League.
It's hard to guess who will miss the cut on Judgment Night. Nathan Aspinall and Glen Durrant are the new comers to the competition but I think they might surprise a few. I’d be inclined to lean towards Daryl Gurney but he too is capable of great darts so this is no easy shout. To qualify for London, I think we can say that Michael van Gerwen is a given, as too should be Gerwyn Price. Many would like to see Peter Wright make it to the last four and, indeed, the world champion should but consistency is a problem and he had a hideous time in this competition last year so be wary. With Gary Anderson’s best years behind him, expect Rob Cross to make up the fourth place in the playoffs where, if MVG doesn’t triumph, then Gerwyn Price surely will.
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