A Pair Of Darts Bets To See In The New Year

| December 28, 2010 | 10 Replies

It may only be New Years Day but Saturday sees the start of one of my favourite sporting events of the year.

Sure, it lacks the glitz and glamour of the PDC version but for entertainment alone, you can’t beat a trip to the Lakeside and the BDO World Championship.

For those not in the know, the world of darts is currently split into two separate organisations – the PDC, which is broadcast by Sky Sports and the BDO, which is broadcast by the BBC.

The PDC is generally acknowledged to possess the better quality players but if you want entertainment then the BDO is where it’s at.

I mean, just look at these stats…

Thirteen of the seventeen PDC World finals have been won by one person (Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor).

Taylor has also made it to every final bar one.

The BDO World Championship on the other hand, has had eight different winners in the last 10 years!

So, it’s a great spectacle but can you make money from it?

Course you can!

Back Tony O’Shea to win the BDO World Championship at 8.8 with Betfair

And back Dave Chisnall to win the BDO World Championship at 9.6 with Betfair.

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The nearly man

In an industry where winning is everything it’s one of the worst tags to have but poor old Tony O’Shea is undoubtedly the nearly man of the BDO.

He’s certainly talented but has also had more semi final and runners up finishes than you can shake a stick at, including a heartbreaking 7-6 defeat to Ted Hankey in the 2009 World Championship final.

So then, why are we backing him outright rather than each- way?

Quite simply, this looks like a great trading opportunity.

O’Shea is exceptionally good at making it through the early rounds and should he get through to the latter stages once again, we’ll be able to trade out for a guaranteed profit.

Back youth over experience

Ok, so Dave Chisnall isn’t that young (he’s 30) but then darts isn’t really a young man’s game.

For starters you need to be able to hold your ale and judging by the state of the high street on any given Saturday, there aren’t too many youngsters that are capable of that!

I can’t say I’ve ever been out for a drink with Chisnall but he is certainly fresh faced enough for the world of darts – in fact, current champion Martin Adams is old enough to be his dad.

That should count in his favour, as will the fact that Chizzy has been enjoying a good year, which started back in January when he reached the final of the World Championship, only to be edged out by the aforementioned Adams 7-5.

That narrow defeat will have given him a real sense of purpose and I fancy him to go a long way this year.

He has also been aided by a decent draw and won’t have to play any of the favourites until at least the semi-final stage, where he could face our other selection Tony O’Shea.

Should this prove to be the case, then that will open up a number of very profitable options.

The tournament doesn’t start till New Years Day but you don’t want to be placing bets with a hangover, so take a break from the festivities, get your bets on now and look forward to welcoming in the New Year at the Lakeside!

Back Tony O’Shea to win the BDO World Championship with Betfair at 8.8…

And back Dave Chisnall with Betfair at 9.6.


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  1. Wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    Ive never traded bets before or laid them so im counting on your expertise on this one but I agree both should get to minimum quarters. Looking forward to this more than the pdc not on a betting platform because most games are very even but on an entertaining contest.

    Look forward to hearing from you in the quarters



  2. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Don’t worry, it’s nice and easy once you get the hang of it!

    Essentially you can tie in a guaranteed profit providing you can lay at shorter odds than you backed. That should leave us with plenty of options here, providing Chisnall and O’Shea avoid shock early exits.

  3. Wayne says:

    Cheers Matt

    The best of all thats only the top half of the draw and with the bottom half too my 2 picks as ive mentioned before are Scott Waites and Garry Thompson.

    These 2 are best pals on the circuit and if these too played each other in quarters I think, then id back Garry who I beleive is a better player at least in smaller tournaments.



  4. Wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    One down for your bets one to go. Hope chizzy can do it but on a brighter note both mine are still in, Waites and Thompson even though Thompson didnt play well, hopefully its just 1st round nerves



  5. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Wayne,

    Yeah, old ‘Silverback’ just didn’t get going in his match.

    Chizzy looked a bit rusty too but hopefully he’s up to speed now – on form I would certainly expect him to at least reach the semis, which will give us a few different trading options.

    I can see Thompson and Waites both making it through round two but they’re gonna have a tough old match if/when they come up against Stuart Kellet. He’s in their half of the draw and looked exceptional in round one.


  6. Wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    A massive shock last night regarding your Chizzy bet. I always thought it would be close but never thought Robbo would win. I had a bet on that game but I bet on Robbo with a +1 set advantage (luckily won).

    Fingers crossed my 2 bets play tonight and hopefully both will come through their ties with relative ease. Waites should beat Bunting 4-1 but the Thompson Norris match will be close with Tommo hopefully coming through. If so I think id be able to cash in on the fact he was 66/1 and should come down considerably especially with the main threat in that side of the draw out Stuart Kellett



  7. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    It’s been nothing if not surprising! There’s barely been a favourite that’s won a match this year. Hopefully your bets will come good but right now anything could happen!

    Snooker’s Masters gets underway this weekend so hopefully I’ll be able to get back on the winning trail there. I’ll be sending out an email tomorrow all going well.


  8. Wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    Nice one I think your 2 out of 2 since ive been part of this Betting Rant but never got in on the John Higgins one but got on the Neil Robertson one and that was a fantastic result.



  9. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Unlucky with your picks Wayne, what a mad tournament it’s been!

    Anybody could win it from here on in. I’ve got a funny feeling this might be Martin Phillips’s year but nothing would surprise me.

  10. Wayne says:

    Hi Matt

    Yes I couldnt beleive Gary threw that lead away plus 9 darts to win the match.

    I thought Winstanley a Yorkshire lad like me was going to do it but as always the reliable Wolfie pinched it.

    Looking forward to the premier league now and with Taylor not on top form should be really close



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