PDC Darts World Championship

With the best arrow-smiths gathered at Ally Pally to contest the biggest prize in the world of darts, BestofBets.com have looked into the action as 96 of the world’s best darts players slug it out for a chance to win a whopping £500,000 and the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy.

Whether it’s a fancy for the outright title or who will throw the most 180s in a match, there are plenty of bookmakers that are available for you to bet with during the PDC Darts World Championship.

At this year’s World Championship, 96 players are representing 31 nations, which shows the great interest in this event across the globe.

Whether it’s free bets, boosted odds, novelty markets or anything else, the different bookmakers specialise in different areas of this market to entice you to bet with them; so be aware of this and choose wisely as you place your bets.

Below are a list of bookmakers who are providing markets and odds for the PDC Darts World Championship:


Outright winner of the PDC Darts World Championship 2022

Gerwyn Price (4/1)

The Welsh “Iceman” is the number one player in the world and defending world champion and the outright favourite to win a second world title inside the Alexandra Palace.

The 36-year-old is one of the most  consistent players on the PDC Tour with his aggressive and determination winning him as many fans as critics. Price has scooped the Grand Slam of Darts, World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals titles in recent years, along with a maiden World Championship at the start of 2021.

Michael van Gerwen (9/2)

Despite struggling for form in 2021, “Mighty Mike” can never be ruled out of a World Championship. The 32-year-old Dutchman has won all that there is to win in the world of darts but has failed to pick up a TV title this calendar year. He’s still ranked as number three in the world and a good day, he is pretty close to being unstoppable.

At 114.05, he has the highest average in a World Championship match, which he achieved back in 2017. He also has the highest tournament average (106.32) from the same year.

Peter Wright (6/1)

2020 world champion “Snakebite” Wright has had a positive 2021, consolidating his place as number two in the world rankings. The 51-year-old Scot has won the World Matchplay, Players Championship Finals and World Cup of Darts this season and if he can settle on a pair of darts, will be fancied to go deep once again at the World Championships. Three of the last four years, Wright has fallen at the third round or before at the World Championship.

Jonny Clayton (16/1)

There aren’t many players that have had a better 2021 than the Welshman Jonny Clayton. The 47-year-old “Ferret” has bagged the World Grand Prix, Masters, Premier League and World Series of Darts Finals this year, reaching two other televised semi-finals. Clayton is a relentless 180 hitter and has proved his worth against everyone on tour consistently in 2021. The World Championship certainly isn’t out of his reach.

Dimitri van den Bergh (16/1)

This young Belgian has short to fame over the past couple of seasons, with some very impressive runs in the TV majors. At 27 years old, the “DreamMaker” is one to keep an eye on as he’s currently world number 5 and with a good draw could certainly be a contender in north London.

Michael Smith (25/1)

‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith is still awaiting an elusive major trophy. It’s been a career of near misses so far for the 31-year-old, reaching six major finals without getting his name carved on a TV title. The Englishman has enjoyed good spells in 2021 but there will be concerns over his staying power in the long, gruelling set format at the World Championship. Smith has only got past the third round twice in 10 previous appearances.

Jose de Sousa (28/1)

The 47-year-old ‘Special One’ from Portugal has come from nowhere over the past two years to become one of the biggest talents playing on the PDC Tour. De Sousa won the Grand Slam of Darts in 2020 and has since reached the final of the Premier League this year. He’s a relentless 180 hitter and will often outscore his opponent. De Sousa is yet to make it past the third round in four World Championship outings.

Nathan Aspinall (28/1)

Since coming onto the darting scene at the 2019 World Championship, the 30-year-old from Stockport has been a constant performer on the PDC Tour. The “Asp” has a UK Open win to his name as well as a runners-up medal from the Premier League. Out of his three appearances at World Championships, Aspinall has made two semi-finals.

Gabriel Clemens (150/1)

The big German is a rank outsider at the World Championships but has the underdog spirit to fall back on. The 38-year-old made the fourth round last year and seems to enjoy the set format.

PDC Darts World Championship 2022 Popular Bets

Outright winner: Who will win the PCD Dart World Championship? There are some great prices available with a number of bookmakers

9-Dart finish: How many perfect 9-dart finish throughout the tournament or in a particular match? It’s safe to say that when these perfect 9s happen, the crown inside Ally Pally go absolutely wild! In fact, in the history of the World Championship, there’s only ever been ten 9-darters. The first one was back in 2009 by Raymond van Barneveld.

First Time Winner: Will here be a new set of hands receiving the World Championship trophy this season?

Most 180s in the tournament: One of the most popular bets are about which player that will record the most maximums at the PDC Darts World Championship.

Match winner: Who will win a specific match at the PDC Darts World Championship?

Total legs: Will there be over or under a certain number of legs in a match?

PDC Darts World Championship 2022 Live Betting and cores

Live betting is big business during the PDC Darts World Championship and is growing in popularity.

Especially with set play at the PDC Darts World Championship, there are usually numerous opportunities for a match to turn on its head, meaning picking up a good in-play price for an underdog can be very profitable.

You are even able to bet on markets such as an even or odd numbered double to check out, who will win the next leg and the number of 180s thrown in it.

A number of bookies offer a handy in-play betting tool on their websites where they visualise each dart that is thrown, enabling you to track the action if you are unable to watch a session.

How darts is played during the 2022 PDC World Championship

Matches will be played in set format, with each set being the best of five legs (first to three). Each player will take alternate throws of three darts at the oche, working their way down from the score of 501. Each leg must be ‘checked out’ by hitting a double.

  • 1st Round: Best of 5 sets (15–21 December)
  • 2nd Round: Best of 5 sets (15–23 December)
  • 3rd Round: Best of 7 sets (27–29 December)
  • 4th Round: Best of 7 sets (29–30 December)
  • Quarter-finals: Best of 9 sets (1 January)
  • Semi-finals: Best of 11 sets (2 January)
  • Final: Best of 13 sets (3 January)

PDC Darts World Championship Trophy

The PDC Darts World Championship trophy was renamed the Sid Waddell Trophy after the famous darts commentator died in 2012.

Waddell was known as the ‘voice of darts’ covering the sport for close to 20 years and was honoured by having the most prestigious darts trophy named after him.

In addition to the trophy, the winner of the PDC Darts World Championship also bags a whopping £500,000 out of a pot of £2,500,000 that is shared crossed the field.

The trophy stands at around 28 inches tall and weighs 25kg and will be presented to the 2022 PDC Darts World champion on January 3.

PDC Darts World Championship 2022 Schedule and Live Streaming

Sky Sports Darts will be showing live coverage of every darts throughout the PDC Darts World Championship.

Schedule for the 2022 tournament:

Monday December 20 (1900 GMT)

  • 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
  • Luke Woodhouse v James Wilson (R1)
  • Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Ben Robb (R1)
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
  • James Wade v Kuivenhoven/K Smith (R2)

Tuesday December 21

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 2x First Round, 2x Second Round
  • Lewy Williams v Toyokazu Shibata (R1)
  • Jason Lowe v Daniel Larsson (R1)
  • Mervyn King v Joyce/Benecky (R2)
  • Dave Chisnall v Labanauskas/De Decker (R2)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 4x Second Round
  • Vincent van der Voort v Hunt/Krcmar (R2)
  • Michael Smith v Meulenkamp/Ashton (R2)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Hempel/Schindler (R2)
  • Devon Petersen v Hughes/Raymond Smith (R2)

Wednesday December 22

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 4x Second Round
  • Ryan Searle v Borland/Brooks (R2)
  • Glen Durrant v O’Connor/Lauby (R2)
  • Luke Humphries v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Kenny (R2)
  • Joe Cullen v Evetts/J Williams (R2)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 4x Second Round
  • Nathan Aspinall v Murnan/Lim (R2)
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Wattimena/Koltsov (R2)
  • Kim Huybrechts v Beaton/Sherrock (R2)
  • Simon Whitlock v Kleermaker/Michael (R2)

Thursday December 23

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 4x Second Round
  • Damon Heta v Woodhouse/Wilson (R2)
  • Brendan Dolan v Rydz/Yamada (R2)
  • Mensur Suljovic v Soutar/Portela (R2)
  • Jose de Sousa v Lowe/Larsson (R2)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 4x Second Round
  • Danny Noppert v Heaver/Jose Francisco Rodriguez (R2)
  • Gabriel Clemens v L Williams/Shibata (R2)
  • Rob Cross v Van Barneveld/Ilagan (R2)
  • Chris Dobey v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez/Robb (R2)

Monday December 27

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 3x Third Round

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 3x Third Round

Tuesday December 28

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 3x Third Round

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 3x Third Round

Wednesday December 29

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 3x Third Round

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round

Thursday December 30

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 3x Fourth Round

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • 3x Fourth Round

Saturday January 1

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1930 GMT)

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 2 (1930 GMT)

  • 2x Semi-Finals

Monday January 3 (2000 GMT)

  • Final

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