Darts By Tony Kenny

Bookies get ready for first ever £50 million William Hill World Darts Championship

William Hill, the title sponsors of the PDC World Darts Championship, are gearing themselves up for the busiest darts tournament in their history – with a record £50 million expected to bet on the World Championship across the betting industry.

Michael van Gerwen, the current world number 1, is the red hot 5/4 favourite to win the WDC – followed by sixteen-time world champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor at 9/2, and the defending champion Gary Anderson who is a 6/1 shot to retain his title at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Other fancied players include the two-time champion - Adrian Lewis who can be backed at 20/1 and the flamboyant Peter Wright – a 28/1 shot with the sponsors for a maiden world title.

The nine-dart finish is the holy grail of darts and fans love to see nine perfect darts landed. This year punters think there will be a flood of nine-dart finishes and are wading in on two or more perfect games at odds of 11/4.

“The popularity of darts has grown immeasurably over the last few years, said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny, “Interest in betting on the sport has also never been stronger – and that’s why we’re anticipating a record industry turnover on this year’s tournament.

“Michael van Gerwen has been in sensational form this year – and there’s no surprise that over twenty percent of the bets placed on ‘who will win the tournament’ have been on Mighty Mike,” said Kenny.

++The 2015/16 William Hill World Darts Championship will take place from December 17-January 3 at London's Alexandra Palace, and will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports Darts channel. Fans can also keep up with the action on the William Hill iOS darts app – which is the only darts simulator to also offer real-time betting.


To win the tournament: 5/4 Michael Van Gerwen, 9/2 Phil Taylor, 6/1 Gary Anderson, 20/1 Adrian Lewis, 25/1 James Wade, 28/1 Peter Wright, 35/1 Dave Chisnall, 60/1 Michael Smith, 60/1 Raymond van Barneveld, 66/1 Robert Thornton, 80/1 Kim Huybrechts, 100/1 Jelle Klaasen, 125/1 Ian White, 150/1 Benito van de Pas, 150/1 Mark Webster, 150/1 Mensur Suljovic, 150/1 Simon Whitlock, 150/1 Stephen Bunting, 150/1 Terry Jenkins, 250/1 Bar (E/W terms ½ 1-2)

Total nine-dart finishes: 6/5 None, 13/8 One, 11/4 Two or more

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