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UK Open Darts Betting Guide

The UK Open is often referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’ and that’s because it pits pub qualifiers up against the big named professionals in a totally random draw, the only darts event which offers a random draw. At the end of each round all winners go into a hat and a draw is made so the top players could play each other at any given point. The entire tournament is played over a 4 day weekend so this is a real gruelling war of attrition with some players having to play 9 matches in the 4 days to win the tournament.

Bolton Wanderer’s Reebok Stadium is the venue for this tournament which has been running since 2003. A series of qualifying events take place across the country prior to the tournament and the top 32 on the Order of Merit from those events automatically go into the 3rd round of the competition with the other qualifiers playing against the pub qualifiers to battle it out for the chance to play their idols.

This tournament doesn’t offer as much betting potential as the other main events purely because the format is relatively small and the draw so random. However with the draw completely random this is often an event where you can back an outsider and get a real run for your money. Because of the size of the field in this tournament, most bookmakers often pay out to 4 places on each way bets which further increases the chances of a pay out.

Only five men have won this title. Phil Taylor has won only 3 times in the nine staging’s of the tournament so this event carries Taylor’s worst win ratio by far. The 2012 tournament threw up a susprise winner in Robert Thornton who upset the odds by beating Phil Taylor 11-5 in the final, but Phil Taylor added more silverware to an already bulging trophy cabinet when he beat Andy Hamilton in the final of the 2013 event.

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