From May 31st to June 3rd, the world will enjoy the thrills of the World Cup of Darts. It is the 8th edition of the cup and will be held at the Eissportshalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
The World Cup will feature 32 national teams represented by a pair of players that will feature in both singles and doubles games. The cup is played in knock-out events with a prize total of £300,000 (£60,000 for the winner). The Netherlands is the defending champion and the pair of Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen are hoping to lift their fourth title.
The Netherlands, England, Australia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Austria, Belgium, and Scotland were the first 8 seeded teams, with the other 24 being unseeded in the first round. The knock-out matches will be played in a format of best of 9 legs in the first round with two best of 7 matches singles matches in the second round as well as the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The final will feature two best of 7 singles and one best of 7 doubles match with 3 points needed for the title.
The biggest favorite for the title is the Netherlands who has won 3 of the previous 7 World Cups. Interestingly, the only other winner of the World Cup of Darts is England, having lifted the title on 4 occasions. England is considered the third favorite for the 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts. However, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor, the pair that brought the titles to the Proud Albion are not back for this tournament, which is why they’re not ranked right behind the Netherlands.
The second biggest favorite for the title is Scotland who has a great pair of players in Peter Wright and Gary Anderson. Here are 5 respected online betting sites with the best odds for the 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts:
SportNation burst onto the scene of online betting after rebranding in 2017 (formerly known as Bet On Brazil). They have a variety of markets for American sports as well as a slew of other sports to bet on. The website is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. The website offers a nice welcome bonus as well as daily and weekly boosters and promotions which will surely satisfy all punters.
For the 2018 World Cup of Darts, SportNation backs the Dutch to win. They are given exciting odds of 10/11, which means you can almost double your investment. Next comes Scotland with odds of 5/2 and England with odds of 4/1. The Welsh duo of Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton who were beaten by the Dutch in the World Cup final a year ago are being given outright winner odds of 17/1. Australia and Northern Ireland come next with odds of 18/1 and 22/1 respectively, and beyond that, SportNation doesn’t see a team who can put a dent in the Netherland’s title hopes.
The middle of the list features teams with similar odds that don’t really have a shot at the title. Italy is being given odds of 500/1 just like the USA and Switzerland, while Thailand is last on the list with odds of 1000/1. SportNation also allows you to bet on single matches in the 2018 World Cup of Darts besides the outright winner market.
RedZoneSports is a new and popular online betting site regulated by the UK Gambling Commision. They have a variety of markets and sports to offer and their odds are pretty great as well. The website offers attractive promotions and daily boosters which can get you a nice sum of money in return for your bets.
For this year’s World Cup of Darts, RedZoneSports has odds similar to Sport Nation. The Dutch are again the favorites with odds of 10/11, followed by Scotland (5/2), England (4/1), Wales (17/1) and Australia with 18/1. Northern Ireland is being given odds of 22/1, while Austria and Belgium round off the top part of the tournament favorites list with odds of 25/1 and 33/1 respectively. The odds are not in favor for the other teams, going as low as 1000/1 for Thailand.
If you’d like to bet on single matches instead of risking it all for an outright winner, RedZoneSports offers that too (Full-Time Winner odds).
Fun88 is a popular online sports betting site owned and operated by TGP Europe and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. It offers a wide range of sports to place your bets on and a casino as well. The site offers a Sign-Up sportsbook offer (£28 Bonus Token after 6 qualifying bets) which sounds like a really nice deal.
Of course, Fun88 also offers both outright winner and game odds for the 2018 World Cup of Darts. If your favorites are the Dutch, you can put a bet on them and expect nearly double in return with the odds being 10/11. Just like at Sport Nation and RedZoneSports, Scotland and England come next with odds of 5/2 and 4/1 respectively, while Wales lurks behind as a dark horse with odds of 17/1. Australia is being given odds of 18/1, while Northern Ireland has odds of 22/1.
Outside of these teams, Fun88 doesn’t really give the other teams a fair shot at the title, with odds of 500/1 being given to Russia and Italy and 750/1 being given to Hungary.
LV BET is operated by Fairload Ltd., a company which is regulated by the laws of Malta. Their license was issued by the Malta Gambling Authority. The site offers markets for most sports including darts. LV BET also features a Virtual Sports and casino section if you’re a fan of one or both. They have great bonuses and promotions (event-dependent) which you should definitely check out.
The outright winner odds for the 2018 World Cup of Darts at LV BET don’t differ from the other sites by much. The Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld is again the favorite with odds of 9/10. Scotland is behind with odds of 11/4, followed by England with odds of 4/1 and surprisingly Australia with 16/1. Wales comes next on the list with odds of 18/1 and the odds get higher from there. If you fancy a dark horse, you can put your money on Austria (25/1) or Belgium (33/1).
EnergyBet is an online betting site operated by Probe Investments Ltd. They are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gambling Authority. EnergyBet has a wide selection of sports to bet on and great bonuses for newcomers which are worth checking out.
Just like all the other sites, EnergyBet favors the Dutch to get their 4th title, giving them odds of 9/10. Scotland is again the second favorite (11/4), followed by England (4/1) and Australia (16/1). Wales comes next with odds of 18/1, while Northern Ireland fares a bit worse with odds of 22/1. EnergyBet gives Thailand, Denmark, Switzerland, Gibraltar, the USA, Hungary, Italy, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic the lowest chances of winning the World Cup, with odds of 500/1.
If you’re not into betting on outright winners, you can try your hand by betting on the outcome of singles matches in the first round.