Darts is now one of the biggest betting sports outside of Horse Racing and football. Did you know that you can bet on any player in any tournament, however Phil Taylor who is regarded by many as the greatest player ever to stand at the oche dominated the sports betting until he retired in 2018.
He was without a doubt going to be the pre-tournament favorite most of the time, so the odds were very short indeed. Despite this nothing is a foregone conclusion and he did get beaten on occasions. So it’s fair to say that most bets made would be made Each Way, so even if he didn’t win you still stood a chance of a reasonable payout.
Phil Taylor – Stoke-on-Trent, England
Phil Douglas Taylor was easily the unquestioned leader of British Darts. He completely dominating the sport for over two decades.
Nicknamed ‘The Power’, he amassed a stunning sixteen World Championships and incredibly, eight of them were won consecutively. He totaled a whopping 214 professional tournaments wins. On top of this, he was ranked number one in the World for thirteen consecutive years.
Taylor has broken numerous records, including 22 nine-dart finishes and two of those were in the same match. Put simply, Phil Taylor is the most successful darts player of all time and today is estimated to be worth £10m.
Adrian Lewis – Stoke-on-Trent, England
Adrian won the British Teenage Open in 2003 as an 18-year-old and became Ladbrokes.com World Darts Champion in 2011, after a thrilling nine-dart finish over Gary Anderson. In January 2012 Adrian, nicknamed ‘Jackpot’, beat Andy Hamilton at Alexandra Palace to retain the World Championship title.
He was only the third player, after Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld, to successfully defend their first World Championship title.
It’s fair to say, that he has had an outstanding career. By the close of the 2019 season, Adrian Lewis had notched up twenty-five PDC titles.
James Wade – Aldershot, England
Wade blasted onto the scene when he won the World Matchplay in 2007 at just 24 years old. That made him the youngest player to win a major at the time. On top of that, in the same year, he won the World Grand Prix and went on to take that title again in 2010.
Currently ranked number 8 in the world, this left-hander, with the nickname ‘The Machine’, has a career spanning over nineteen years.
The Machine has been a dominant force on the PDC circuit, his highest-ranked position was second in 2010. James’ career puts him as the third, most successful PDC player ever. His last big win was the World Series of Darts finals in 2018.
Gary Anderson – Rooksbridge, England
Nicknamed ‘The Flying Scotsman’, Gary was the 2011 Premier League Champion and also reached the World Championship and Grand Slam of Darts finals. He made his breakthrough when winning the 2001 Welsh Open and qualifying for the following year’s Lakeside Championship. He is Scotland’s most successful player since Jocky Wilson.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the History of the sport, and still going strong after twenty years, his current ranking is 9th. His outstanding career has seen him win back to back World Championship Titles against Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.
Gifted with one of the best-throwing arms in the business and an endless list of wins, including the 2019 World Cup. It surely would be a good bet, for him to become World Champion for the third time.
Wes Newton – Fleetwood, England
Known as ‘The Warrior’ from Fleetwood, since reaching the Quarterfinals in the World Matchplay and World Championship in 2011, Wes has gone on to notch up an impressive ten titles in the PDC and the BDO.
He has had five nine-dart finishes, during his career. One of them is a true classic and the very first one televised in the World Matchplay against Justin Pipe.
Andy Hamilton – Stoke-on-Trent, England
Andy joined the PDC circuit in 2004 and has been in three major finals, The Grand Slam 2007, The World Championship 2012, and The UK Open 2013. In just his fourth tournament he reached the semi-final, making an impact that would set him up for a long list of PDC Semi-Finals during his career.
Knicknamed ‘The Hammer’ his signature tune is ‘Can’t Touch This’ as he hammered his way to becoming ranked number five in the world. However, after fourteen years with the PDC, Andy switched codes to the BDO. But 2020, is his big return, so we are going to see plenty more from the big man.
Mark Webster – Denbigh, Wales
Known as ‘The Spider’, Mark Webster made his mark on the sport when he became BDO World Champion in 2008. The following year, he moved to the PDC and made an immediate impact, finishing third in his first tournament.
It’s fair to say that Webby has been a major contender in the PDC for many years. The left-hander from North Wales has notched up three Semi-Finals, two Quarter-finals, and was PDC Runner up in the Players Championship Finals of 2011.
At the start of 2020, Webby announced that he was going to take the year out to work on his game. But as he is only 36 and has provided moments of pure genius in 2019, it would be no surprise to see him back better than ever very soon.