World Matchplay Darts Betting Guide
The Stan James World Matchplay is the second biggest event on the darts calendar. This is a PDC event with the top 16 in the world being joined by 16 qualifiers from the Players Championship Order of Merit. Not only does this tournament carry the 2nd biggest prize fund of the year but it’s also played at the world renowned Winter Gardens in Blackpool and with the tournament in the heart of the summer it’s a real standout on the darting calendar.
Unlike traditional darts events, this event is purely done on legs won rather than set play. The length of the matches range from best of 19 legs to the best of 35 legs in the final so it’s very much a lengthy match tournament which stamina can be key. All matches in this tournament have a sudden death rule which means the match needs to be won by 2 clear legs so there’s no pre-match advantage in throwing first. With no tie break you can get some real classic matches in this tournament.
This event was first played in 1994 when the American Larry Butler won the tournament. Since then there have been 5 other winners of this tournament with Phil Taylor winning it the most times having won the title for the 11th time in 2010. With the tournament in the middle of July not only is the temperature hot but the atmosphere is electric and is the darts.
As with the world championship, with this tournament being sponsored by a bookmaker there is often a huge variety of betting potential and a lot of betting interest in this tournament, possibly more so than others as bets like match handicaps and total legs can prove very popular in this format.
2012 saw Phil Taylor win his fifth World Matchplay when beating chief rival James Wade 18-15.
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