- PDC World Darts Championship is a single-elimination darts tournament.
- This championship is popular to wager on due to the similar format of March Madness.
- Michael van Gerwen is the favorite to win the tournament.
LAS VEGAS – The biggest darts tournament of the year, the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship, starts on Friday.
Format For The Tournament
Sports bettors are always looking to bet on something. Surprisingly, darts has a lot of the things that bettors are looking for. March Madness is popular due to the seemingly random results of the tournament. That is because March Madness is a single-elimination format. The PDC World Darts Championship follows a similar single-elimination arrangement.
It's like betting on tennis because there are no teams. Each player throws darts for themselves. Each game is a first to 501 format. Throwers need to reach a score of 501 first to move on to the next leg. Each set is a best of five format. The player who wins three legs first wins the set and moves on the tournament. The loser is eliminated from the tournament. This keeps going until the tournament has a champion.
However, that is for the first round of the tournament. As the rounds continue, each set will get longer. The finals are a best of 13 sets.
The Favorite To Win
At the moment, USA online sportsbooks have a clear favorite to win the tournament. Michael van Gerwen is a three-time world champion and he is looking for a fourth championship. He is seeded first so he gets a first-round bye.
There are a few ways betting sites are taking action on van Gerwen and the other throwers. Moneyline betting is the most popular wager type. Bettors just pick who will end up winning each set.
There are also futures bets. Bettors have been locking in their wagers on who they believe will walk away with the championship for months now.
The tournament is bound to be intense. After all, throwers are vying to win the biggest cut from the $3.4 million prize pool. The winner will receive $673,560 in cash. Not only that, they will be the darts world champion for a year. The first round begins on Friday and the finals are on January 1, 2020.