PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips Guide

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PDC World Darts Championship Betting Tips Guide
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Matthew Edgar Darts Editor and WDF Professional

Former PDC Darts Professional, SkySports Darts Commentator and YouTuber with 6 tournament wins under his belt including the Iceland Open in 2023

PDC World Darts Championship Information

Discover the world of competitive darts betting with our in-depth World Championship Darts betting guide. Discover the nuances of betting strategies, learn about the players dominating the scene, and get up-to-date with the latest odds and statistics. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned bettor, this guide offers valuable insights for the Ultimate Darts event in the calendar.

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How can I bet on the PDC World Darts Championship ?

If you are looking to have a bet on the darts for the first time or would like to refresh your memory on darts betting and the various markets then check out our darts betting guide which contains useful information and guidance before you place your first darts bets. 

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Who will win the PDC World Darts Championship ?

OLBG's darts tipsters provide analysis and selections on the PDC World Darts Championship Winner betting market, plus daily selections throughout the PDC World Championship so don't forget to check the daily PDC World Darts Championship tips before selecting your darts bets.

Is the PDC World Darts Championship Live on TV ?

The PDC World Darts Championship is live every day on Sky Sports in the UK.

What is the PDC World Darts Championship Prize Money ?

The total prize fund for the PDC World Darts Championship is £2.5 million, Paddy Power are the new sponsors for the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship.

PDC World Darts Championship Preview

The PDC World Darts Championship is one of the sports betting highlights of the Xmas period for sports fans. The 2019/20 Championship saw Fallon Sherrock become the first lady to win a match at the championship, making it through to the 3rd round.

When is the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship ?

The PDC World Darts Championship dates will be confirmed in due course.

What day is the 2025 World Championship Darts Final on ?

The PDC World Darts Championship Final date will be confirmed in due course.

Where is the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship ?

The 2025 PDC World Darts Championship is at Alexandra Palace, London, U.K.

Who are the favourites to win the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship ?

The 2024 finalists Luke Humphries and teenage sensation Luke Littler head the early PDC World Darts ante post betting odds having produced a high scoring final in 2024.

PDC World Championship 2025 12 Apr @ 15:19 - Win Tournament
Luke Littler 4.50
Luke Humphries 4.50
Michael van Gerwen 6.50
Gerwyn Price 12.00
Michael Smith 15.00
Gary Anderson 26.00
Stephen Bunting 26.00
Rob Cross 29.00
Chris Dobey 41.00
Nathan Aspinall 41.00

Take a look at the OLBG Best Darts Tipsters page to see who the best performing darts tipsters are selecting to progress through the knockout stages and ultimately win the PDC World Darts Championship.

7 x First Round Predictions from Matt Edgar

I've looked over the first round to try and find some value and the following 7 selections are coming in a little over the 10/1 mark 

Matthew Edgar

1st Round Tips from Edgar

Here are Matt Edgars thoughts on the first round of this years PDC World Championship

- Matthew Edgar, Darts editor and wdf professional

1. Luke Littler -1.5 Sets @ 4/5 

I also think there is value here in taking Luke to win this match 3-0 at odds of 5/2 but for this selection, I'm playing it safer. Luke is a rare talent that could be a generational talent. At just 16 years old he is already earning more in prize money than most of the top names in the world of darts. This is down to his success at the Modus Super Series where he has won 2 whole series playing against the likes of his opponent in this match Christian Kist. Luke has zero fear on the oche and zero respect for his opponent in a positive sense which has drawn the admiration of the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor. 

This year Luke has won 85% of all matches he has played making him more likely to win a tournament than not and his trophy cabinet will surely support this with 2 world youth championships (JDC and PDC) and a total of 23 men's ranking titles. 

He takes on Christian Kist here who appeared at one point to have gotten over his health issues but recently we have seen them surface again when he averaged just 68 in defeat at the player's championship finals. This may come a bit too soon for Kist and 4/11 match odds on Littler appear to be a gift

2. Jermaine Wattimena to beat Fallon Sherrock 

Powerhouse Showdown at the PDC World Championship

🎯🏆 Fallon's on fire in 2023, but Jermanie's pedigree & high season average hint at a fierce PDC World Championship 🔥 Let's not forget, Jermanie has been consistently in the top 32. It's gonna be epic! 🍿

The crowd will surely be on the side of Fallon and we have seen what that can do in the past with Ted Evetts and Suljovic going down to Fallon in this event. It is safe to say that Fallon has had a much better 2023 on the board. I spent some time with Fallon at the start of the year who told me she is dedicating herself to practice and to playing more darts, we have seen her appear in and be successful at the Modus super series along with once again picking up PDC women's series titles. 

However, it is hard to get away from the pedigree of a player like Jermanie who was once in the world's top 32. He is not too far away from that ranking nowadays and has a season average just short of 93 which is 9 points stronger than Fallon. 

This is Jermanie's 10th World Championship in a row getting in via the PDC pro tour order of merit which means he has been consistent in being one of the top 32 pro tour players every year. The one concern would be the fact he has lost at this stage the last 2 seasons but odds of ½ are great value.

3. Ricky Evans -1.5 sets

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🎯⚡ Welcome to the family, Simon Adams from South Africa 🇿🇦! At 56, after 44 years he will finally live his dream on stage, facing super-speed dart master, Ricky Evans 🏅

Simon Adams is the latest player to join us from South Africa, The 56-year-old has been playing darts for 44 years and will live his dream when walking onto that stage to play one of the fastest players in the world. 

Simon has a season running average of just 73 but recently played a full week at the Super Series making it through to finals night where he picked up just one leg. He did show an improved standard with a weekly running average of just over 82 but that is still more than 10 points less than his experienced opponent here in Ricky Evans.

Ricky will be playing in his 9th PDC World championship this year and rarely tastes defeat in this opening game. A seasonal average difference of 21 points makes a 3-0 3-1 score line for Ricky look inviting.

4. Gian Van Veen 3-0 win 

Gian vs Man Lok Showdown!

🎯 Seasoned pro Gian holds his ground, his amazing form and stats doing the talking. ✨ His wins over top players make him a potential threat beyond this fixture. 💥🔥

Gian will be playing Man Lok Leung in the opening game and this selection is coming more down to the greatness of Gian because Man Lok has shown signs of play this year with a few 90 averages on route to winning his 3 Asian tour titles. 

However, is playing on form and stats as one of the world's top players here in Gian who on seasonal averages is 6 darts better than his opponent in this fixture. The 2 time Pro tour runner-up and Semi-finalist of the recent ITV event the European Championship only missed out late on to James Wade.

This year has been a true breakout season for Gian who has beaten almost all the top players in the sport including James Wade, Joe Cullen, Van Gerwen, Damon Heta, and Dave Chisnall just to name a few. I expect Gian to be a danger in this event beyond this fixture.

5. Ian White -1.5 sets 

Back in the Game: Ian 'Diamond' White 🚀

Despite nearly dropping from the tour, Ian White's 🔄 comeback this season has been exceptional, breaking the top 30 🌍 with an impressive average of 93.84 📈 Goto's experience can't be discarded though with 2 Asian tour wins this year 🏆🏆 but will likely struggle against the Diamond.

Ian White was in real danger of dropping of the tour if he didnt have a good season this year and has found the old Ian White again this year statistically running as the 28th best player in the world with a yearly average of 93.84. The scoring power if Ian White is often under rated but thats where I feel he will get around from his opponent here as White runs at 102.54 on the scoring 9 against the 96 of his opponent Goto. 

Goto has had a good year this year winning 2 asian tour titles and playing in the 2022 world cup of darts will be experience to draw on but will struggle here with Ian White and the safest option is to allow for that possible set with the minus 1.5

6. Pietrezcho win -1.5 set

Ricardo vs Suzuki: Clash of Champions

💥 Ricardo ends 2023 on a roll with a Euro tour final win. Suzuki joining from the women's series with 3 titles this year 🏆

Ricardo ended his 2023 on a high winning a euro tour final beating Peter Wright in the final of that event. He has been raking up TV experience with appears in the players championship finals, european championship and Grand slam of darts and has a good draw here with Suzuki who joins us from the womens series. 

Season averages see Ricardo the 27th best player in the with an average just shy of 94 and an impressive seasonal win rate of 60% playing weekly against the worlds elite.

3 times this year Suzuki has lifted a womens series title however a yearly running average of just 78 means she will be 6 darts behind here opponent on stats. This game will have an x factor which is the crowd who often get involved in games where a male and female are against each other and the only concern is the negative reactions we have seen from Ricardo when the crowd get involved. Without this factor id be very safe offering 3-0 but for safety the -1.5 handicap is the way to go

7. Mike De Dekker to beat Horvat 

🔥Horvat v. De Dekker showdown!

Fresh from a Euro Super League win, Horvat takes on rising star De Dekker in the PDC tour. 🎯 Experience v. Youth, who will take the top spot? 💪🇧🇪

horvat comes into this event on the back of winning the euro super league. A tough event featuring some of the top talents that do not have a PDC tour card. We have seen Horvat on our screens before when he has played in Euro tour events, World series and even played in the 2017 World Championship. Although he has stage experience it has not always been positive and is taking on a fast raising player here in Belgium's Mike De Dekker.

Mike has qualified for events this year such as the World matchplay and Grand prix which mean he is regular making the top 16 on the pro tour order of merit. 

Earlier in the year Mike got to a pro tour final confirming his form as Horvat has yet to even make it to the pro tour level.

6 points between the pair in the averages but experience is very much on the side of Mike who represents great ½ value

PDC World Darts Championship Format & Schedule

How does the PDC World Darts Championship work ?

Ninety six players contest the 2024 Paddy Power sponsored PDC World Darts Championship. A straight knockout tournament starting with 32 First Round matches where the winners join the top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit who are seeded and start the Championship in the Second Round. The winners of each match advance to the next round until the Final so see who will left Sid Waddell Trophy on Wednesday 3rd January 2024.

  • First Round: Best of 5 Sets
  • Second Round: Best of 5 Sets
  • Third Round: Best of 7 Sets
  • Fourth Round: Best of 7 Sets
  • Quarter Finals: Best of 9 Sets
  • Semi Finals: Best of 11 Sets
  • Final: Best of 13 Sets

What is the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship draw ?

The 2025 PDC World Darts Championship draw will be confirmed when the qualification tournaments have finished. For details on the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship draw and latest news head over to the official PDC website.

PDC World Darts Championship Qualification

  • The top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit rankings qualify and receive an automatic bye into the 2nd round.
  • The highest 32 players (not already qualified via the above) in the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit rankings qualify.
  • The remaining 32 slots are filled by players qualifying via other tours and tournaments played globally.

PDC Order of Merit (Top 20 players)

*Correct at 4th January 2024:

PlayerPDC Apps.PDC Best
1.Luke Humphries7Won (2024)
2.Michael van Gerwen17Won (2014 2017 & 2019)
3.Michael Smith13Won (2023)
4.Nathan Aspinall6SF (2019 & 2020)
5.Gerwyn Price10Won (2021)
6.Rob Cross7Won (2018)
7.Danny Noppert63R (2020 to 2023)
8.Peter Wright15Won (2020 & 2022)
9.Jonny Clayton8QF (2023)
10.Dave Chisnall13SF (2021)
11.Damon Heta54R (2024)
12.Joe Cullen144R (2021, 2023, & 2024)
13.Dirk Van Duijvenbode5QF (2021)
14.Dimitri Van den Bergh9SF (2023)
15.Chris Dobey8QF (2023 & 2024)
16.Stephen Bunting10SF (2021)
17.Ross Smith73R (2022, 2023 & 2024)
18.Andrew Gilding
2R (2016, 2017, 2023 & 2024)
19.James Wade20SF (2009, 2012, 2013 & 2022)
20.Ryan Searle64R (2019, 2021 & 2022)

Check out the current top 32 ranked players in the PDC Order of Merit and PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit in more detail on the official PDC website.

PDC World Darts Championship Previous Winners

Who won the PDC World Darts Championship in 2024 ?

Luke Humphries won the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship final 7-4, defeating teenage sensation Luke Littler who was making his PDC World Darts Championship debut. Luke Humphries was the in form player heading into the tournament having won multiple high profile events in the build up and ending the World Championship as the number one player in the world.

PDC World Darts Championship Last 10 Winners

Before deciding on your PDC World Championship betting picks it is worth a look back over recent years and see which players have a good record in the event. 

2024Luke HumphriesLuke Littler7-4
2023Michael SmithMichael van Gerwen7-4
2022Peter WrightMichael Smith7-5
2021Gerwyn PriceGary Anderson7-3
2020Peter WrightMichael van Gerwen7-3
2019Michael van GerwenMichael Smith7-3
2018Rob CrossPhil Taylor7-2
2017Michael van GerwenGary Anderson7-3
2016Gary AndersonAdrian Lewis7-5
2015Gary AndersonPhil Taylor7-6

Previous PDC World Darts Championship Finalists (Active)

PlayerFinalsWonRunner Up
Michael van Gerwen633
Gary Anderson523
Adrian Lewis321
John Part321
Peter Wright321
Raymond van Barneveld211
Rob Cross110
Gerwyn Price110
Luke Humphries110
Michael Smith312
Luke Littler101
Kirk Shepherd101
Andy Hamilton101
Simon Whitlock101

PDC World Darts Championship Records & Statistics

Who was the first PDC World Darts Championship Winner ?

  • Dennis Priestley won the inaugural PDC World Darts Championship in 1994 beating Phil Taylor 6-1 in the final.

Who has won the most PDC World Darts Championship Titles ?

  • The now retired Phil Taylor holds the record with 14 PDC World Darts Championship titles from 1995 to 2013.

There have been six multiple PDC World Darts Champions:

  • 14 - Phil Taylor (1995 to 2002, 2004 to 2006, 2009 & 2010, 2013)
  • 3 - Michael van Gerwen (2014, 2017 & 2019)
  • 2 - John Part (2003 & 2008)
  • 2 - Adrian Lewis (2011 & 2012)
  • 2 - Gary Anderson (2015 & 2016)
  • 2 - Peter Wright (2020 & 2022)

Most Final Appearances (latest)

  • 19 - Phil Taylor (2018)
  • 6 - Michael van Gerwen (2020)
  • 5 - Dennis Priestley (2000)
  • 5 - Gary Anderson (2021)
  • 3 - Michael Smith (2023)
  • 3 - Peter Wright (2022)
  • 3 - Adrian Lewis (2016)
  • 3 - John Part (2008)
  • 3 - Peter Manley (2006) 

Most 180's In A Match

  • 24 - Peter Wright v Gary Anderson (Semi Final 2022) 
  • 24 - Michael Smith v Peter Wright (Final 2022)

Most 180's In A Tournament

  • 83 - Michael Smith (2022)

Best Winning 3 Dart Average

  • 114.05 - Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld (Semi Final 2017) 

PDC World Darts Championship Tips

PDC World Darts Daily Tips

We have already looked at who the OLBG darts tipsters may be selecting to win the 2025 PDC World Darts Championship and don't forget to check out the free daily PDC World Darts Championship tips from OLBG's knowledgeable darts tipsters. Their PDC World Darts predictions for the daily matches throughout the tournament will be available to view as soon as the draw has been made and the match odds are available.

Best OLBG Darts Tipsters

There are numerous knowledgeable darts tipsters adding darts tips on OLBG, at the time of writing (4th January 2024) the top darts tipsters at OLBG for profitable tips (to 10 point stakes) over the last twelve months are listed below. You can now follow OLBG tipsters and receive instant tip notifications on the OLBG tips app.

  1. abarrybonds (943.60)
  2. TUnit85 (728.20)
  3. UBears025 (361.20)
  4. Tryinzion (350.30)
  5. MC12MQ9 (328.60)

Don't forget to check out the free daily PDC World Darts Championship tips from OLBG's Best Darts Tipsters throughout the tournament.

2025 PDC World Darts Championship Tipster Competition

If you know your darts and make successful darts bets then have a go adding your tips in OLBG's PDC World Darts Championship Tipster Competition.

There is a £500 total prize fund and 38 cash prizes available with £200 going to the tipster who finishes the competition with the highest level stakes profit. There is a £100 cash prize for the runner up, £25 for 3rd place and £5 prizes for the next best 35 tipsters.

The 2024 PDC competition £200 first prize was won by OLBG darts tipster TUnit85 and sheltonBL finished in second spot.

Look out for more details nearer the tournament on how to add your tips in this year's PDC World Darts Tipster Competition.

Monthly Darts Tipster Competition

In addition to the £500 PDC World Darts Championship Tipster Competition we have a monthly darts tipster competition for OLBG tipsters adding their darts tips.

There is £100 and 15 cash prizes on offer each month of the year, the darts tipster finishing the month with the highest level stakes profit wins the £25 top prize.

Come and have a go and add your darts tips and whoever you decide to back good luck with your bets on the PDC World Championship!

Author and Contributor Information

Matthew Edgar

OLBG Sponsored Darts Professional

Matthew Edgar, born on August 28, 1986, is an English professional darts player currently targeting the WDF World championships at Lakeside in December 2024 and commentating on Darts for Sky Sports. Known for his practice sessions with former world championship runner-up Kevin Painter, Edgar began his sports career as a coach for Northampton Town before shifting to darts. Prior to his darts career, he trained in mixed martial arts and was a professional wrestler. Edgar also hosts a dedicated darts YouTube channel, "Edgar TV," where he interacts with followers and shares his professional competition experiences.

Follow Matthew as he targets Lakeside and the WDF World Championships in December 2024.

- Matthew Edgar, Darts editor and wdf professional

James Banting

Content Editor / Fact Checker

James is one of OLBG's in-house sports betting specialists with decades of industry experience. He manages our Darts event calendar, working with Matt to update the event preview articles with recent results and data checking for accuracy.

- James Banting, Tipster competition assistant

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