Premier League Darts Betting Offers
The PDC Premier League of Darts is now in its 15th year and in that time has surprised many early doubters to become one of the biggest darts events of the year.
Initially the event was dominated by Phil Taylor, who holds the record with 6 titles, he won all of the first 4 from 2005-2008 and didn’t lose any of his first 44 matches. Michael van Gerwen has taken this mantle now with four titles, he has also won for the last three years in a row.
The fact the Premier League is held just once a week on Thursday evenings from February to May, a relatively quiet day for football, makes it a firm favourite for spectators, punters and bookies. It has always been broadcast on Sky Sports too making it accessible to audiences at home and in pubs and bars.
As standard we have listed all the best betting site deals for all types of customers to allow you to find added value in your darts bets. Further down you can find details of the format, schedule, venues, history and more,
Latest Premier League Darts Promotions
You can usually rely on the sponsor of an event to be good for offers and betting opportunities and Unibet have certainly not let punters down for the Premier League darts.
They have several offers running in parallel but one of the best and longest running is their in-play bet club. If you opt-in and place at least five bets of £10 or more with odds of evens+ within a week (by end of Sunday) you will get a £10 in-play free bet credited by 4pm Monday valid for 7 days.
More in-play bets are placed on darts proportionally than any other sport and therefore this deal could add value to many punters. It is not restricted to darts and also covers live football, tennis, cricket and basketball. You don't need to place all your bets on the darts PL on a Thursday either, as long as you've placed five or more qualifying bets in a week you will get the free token.
Premier League Darts
Mention the words ‘Premier League’ to most people and they’ll think of English football’s top-flight, but the nation’s favourite sport isn’t the only one that has a premier league worthy of a mention. The name is somewhat appropriate, too, following the football’s lead of being a tournament played on a weekly basis.
The tournament has only been in existence since 2005, with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor dominating proceedings during that time. Indeed, he didn’t lose a match until the fourth season when James Wade got one over on him in his 45th match in the competition.
Even in its formative years it didn’t struggle to gain admirers and has become one of the sport’s most important tournaments in the years that followed its launch.
|Round||Nights||Number Players||Eliminated||Match Legs|
|Phase One||1-9||9 (+9)||1||12|
|Play-Off Night||17||4||3||19 (Semi) 21 (Final)|
The tournament sees the top 10 players in the world take each other on in a round-robin tournament. Automatic admission into the League is given to the top 4 players according to the Professional Darts Corporation, with the remaining 6 places given over to wild card entries.
The decision regarding who the wild cards will be was decided by the PDC prior to 2018, when it became a joint-decision between the PDC and Sky. The tournament format also changed for 2019, with the number of players changing to 9 with 9 guest players.
Schedule – 7th February to 23rd May 2019
|7th Feb||Thursday||1||Phase 1||Newcastle|
|14th Feb||Thursday||2||Phase 1||Glasgow|
|21st Feb||Thursday||3||Phase 1||Dublin|
|28th Feb||Thursday||4||Phase 1||Exeter|
|7th March||Thursday||5||Phase 1||Aberdeen|
|14th March||Thursday||6||Phase 1||Nottingham|
|21st March||Thursday||7||Phase 1||Berlin|
|27th March||Wednesday||8||Phase 1||Rotterdam|
|28th March||Thursday||9||Phase 1||Rotterdam|
|4th April||Thursday||10||Phase 2||Belfast|
|11th April||Thursday||11||Phase 2||Liverpool|
|18th April||Thursday||12||Phase 2||Cardiff|
|25th April||Thursday||13||Phase 2||Birmingham|
|2nd May||Thursday||14||Phase 2||Manchester|
|9th May||Thursday||15||Phase 2||Sheffield|
|16th May||Thursday||16||Phase 2||Leeds|
Over the first nine nights of the tournament, 8 of the 9 players go head-to-head in 4 matches, with the 9th player playing 1 match against one of the other 9 contenders in the tournament.
This means each main player plays each other once and will play one of the nine contenders. Phase one matches are best of 12 legs.
The player coming in last at the end of the first phase then gets eliminated.
Over the next seven Thursdays the 8 remaining players go up against each other once, with each player only playing once a night. That’s different from in the past when players would have multiple matches.
The matches are a maximum of 14 legs, which is an increase from the 12 of previous tournaments. The contenders are also dropped at this stage, only competing in phase 1.
At the end of the second phase the top four players in the table progress, with the remaining 4 being eliminated.
The big moment of the tournament is Play-Off Night at the 20,000 capacity London O2, when the remaining four players compete in the semi-finals. First plays fourth and second plays third in a first to 10 legs matchup.
Semi-finals are contested over 19 legs with the winning players from each tie going through to the final to play each other in a best of 21 legs match to win the quarter of a million pound top prize.
Players and Contenders
Following the withdrawal of Gary Anderson for the 2019 event it was decided the 9 main players would be joined by 9 ‘contenders’.
They are not officially part of the tournament but get to gain some much needed experience in a major darts competition. They will also earn prize money, up to £5000 for a win.
One contenders will play one main player in each game week, therefore each main player will play a different contender in phase 1.
Main players can earn points towards the league by beating or drawing with the contenders. In 2019 the main players and contenders were as follows:
- Michael van Gerwen
- Rob Cross
- Peter Wright
- Daryl Gurney
- Michael Smith
- Gerwyn Price
- James Wade
- Mensur Suljović
- Raymond van Barneveld
- Chris Dobey
- Glen Durrant
- Steve Lennon
- Luke Humphries
- John Henderson
- Nathan Aspinall
- Max Hopp
- Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Jeffrey de Zwaan
2 points are awarded per win, 1 per draw and none for a loss. If players are tied on points then leg difference decides league position, followed by legs won against throw and finally tournament average.
|SSE Arena Belfast||Northern Ireland||Belfast||10,500||2000|
|M&S Bank Arena||England||Liverpool||11,000||2008|
|First Direct Arena||England||Leeds||13,500||2013|
The tournament is usually played across sixteen different venues, with the final being held at the O2 arena in London. Looking at the 2019 edition, the table above shows the different venues that will be used.
As you can see, every week the tournament moved around the country to different arenas that were large enough to fit in the crowd wanting to watch.
The exceptions come in the form of a trip to the 3Arena in Dublin, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin and the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, being the only venues outside of the UK to hold a round of the competition.
|League Winner Bonus||£25,000|
History Of Premier League Darts
In terms of being taken seriously by the rest of the sporting world, darts is actually a relatively recent sport to break into the public consciousness. Even as recently as the 1960s it was seen by most as a glorified pub sport.
It wasn’t until the launch of the British Darts Association that it began to be seen as a real sport, with the World Darts Federation’s World Cup of Darts not getting underway until 1977.
In modern terms, it was the founding of the PDC World Championships in 1994 that moved darts out of the sidelines and into the mainstream, properly introducing a modern audience to the sport.
The success of that tournament proved to the broadcasters that they could interest a watching audience with darts as a sport, so in 2005 Sky Sports created Premier League Darts in the hope that they could ensnare viewers interested in seeing more of it.
It’s worth bearing in mind, of course, that Sky Sports were responsible for the formation of the Premier League in football, so the name is no coincidence. When it began it took place every fortnight, moving to weekly in order to make the most of the coverage. Phil Taylor appeared in thirteen Premier League tournaments before his retirement, winning six of them.
Premier League Darts On TV
The competition was a Sky invention, so it’s no surprise that the broadcaster were responsible for showing the event live. In its first year, perhaps because of uncertainty surrounding its popularity, they alternated it with Premier League Snooker broadcasts.
In 2006 the snooker programme got moved to the end of autumn, meaning that Premier League darts took place weekly instead of fortnightly. It takes place on Thursday nights between February and May.
In the rest of the world, Premier League Darts is shown on different channels depending on where you’re located. American audiences watched it, delayed, on OLN in 2006 before BBC America began showing it live in 2018. Sport1 is the German channel that shows most matches.
As with any major sporting event, the Premier League Darts tournament has enjoyed a number of sponsors over the years. Here’s a look at some of them and when they took over sponsorship duties:
- 2005 – 888.com
- 2006 – Holsten
- 2008 – Whyte and Mackay
- 2011 – 888.com
- 2012 – McCoy’s
- 2014 – Betway
- 2018 – Unibet
Premier League Darts Records and Statistics
|Year(s)||Players||Venues||Final Best Of|
* In 2019 nine main players were joined by nine contenders in phase one due to the withdrawal of Gary Anderson
|2018||Michael Van Gerwen||11-4||Manchester||£825,000|
|2017||Michael Van Gerwen||11-10||Manchester||£825,000|
|2016||Michael Van Gerwen||11-3||Manchester||£725,000|
|2014||Raymond Van Barneveld||10-6||Manchester||£550,000|
|2013||Michael Van Gerwen||10-8||Manchester||£520,000|
All Time Records
|Statistic||Name||Number / Year|
|Most Titles||Phil Taylor||6 (2005-2008, 2010, 2012)|
|Most Consecutive Titles||Phil Taylor||4 (2005-2008)|
|Most Finals||Phil Taylor||8 (2005-2010, 2012-13, 2016)|
|First Winner||Phil Taylor||2005|
|Last Winner||Michael Van Gerwen||2018 (4th Title)|
|Current Sponsor||Unibet||Since 2018|
|Highest Tournament Average||Michael van Gerwen||107.48 (2016)|
|Highest Match Average||Michael van Gerwen||123.04 (2016)|
|Highest Final Average||Michael van Gerwen||112.37 (2018)|
|Longest Unbeaten||Phil Taylor||44 Matches (2005-2008)|
|Most 180’s In A Match||Gary Anderson||11 (2011 v Simon Whitlock)|
|Most Appearances||Raymond van Barneveld||14|
The undisputed top player in the Premier League Darts tournament is Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, who won the competition 6 times before his 2018 retirement from the sport.
Michael van Gerwen is a close second with 4 wins, matching them up with a further 2 appearances as a losing finalist.