World Cup of Darts Betting offers
The World Cup of Darts has become one of the most popular events on the PDC circuit since being introduced onto the circuit in 2010.
The world’s top darts players are used to being in control of their own destiny but it can be a little lonely when you’re standing on the oche on your own. With the World Cup, those at the top of the tree get a chance to pair up with a mate whilst also representing their country.
The tournament also allows some of the lesser lights of the PDC the chance to play on the big stage in Frankfurt, to test their games against the very best and also pick up some nice winnings.
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World Cup of Darts Format
Unlike its footballing counterpart, the World Cup of Darts is a straight knockout tournament with no opening group stage. The 32 pairs taking part have all been seeded and the bracket is drawn so teams can plot their route through to a potential final.
As the tournament progresses, the format of the individual matches change. The first round is played as a best of nine legs pairs match. From the second round to the semi-finals there are two best of seven legs singles matches with a best of seven legs pairs match to sort any ties.
In the final, it takes three points to win so there are a minimum of two singles matches and one pair match with the reverse singles fixtures taking place if required.
The pairing of Phil Tylor and Adrian Lewis beat the Netherlands in the final to win the World Cup for England for a record fourth time. The two Stokies are good friends and have a phenomenal record in the competition but Phil Taylor is not taking part this year so Dave Chisnall has been called up to partner Lewis.
Despite the change to their line-up, England are still third favourites with the bookies. However, both the Netherlands 7/5 with Bwin and Scotland 7/4 with Coral are priced at considerably shorter odds than Lewis and Chisnall.
Any pair in which Michael van Gerwen is one-half will always have a strong chance but Mighty Mike has only ever won this tournament once. His partner, Raymond van Barneveld, has two wins to his name but they never look completely at ease with one another on the oche at this event despite being good friends.
In contrast, the Scottish pairing of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson are perhaps the perfect fit for the World Cup of Darts.