Darts Free Bets
Interest in darts tends to be quite localised, and popularity has fluctuated considerably over the years. Because of this, darts has never received the attention online that the other betting events do, such as football, boxing and rugby. The good news, however, is that darts betting has been experiencing a renaissance of sorts of late, and more of the top online bookmakers have begun to turn their attention in that direction. After all, there is money to make.
As the online sportsbooks get up to speed with darts fans, the conundrum you’ll likely face is choosing between user friendliness, market diversity, research material and lucrative promotion structures. With football, for instance, you can find all of these qualities in a single book, but that generally isn’t the case right now when it comes to darts. The darts bettor has to decide what’s most important to him, and then make their choice based on that top priority.
The Big Dogs
The big names in UK sports betting, such as Ladbrokes and William Hill, are also the biggest names in darts, and they’re likely to compensate for their deficiencies sooner than later. Being loyal to a sportsbook is an investment, and switching later is a waste of time and money. If you have to make a concession, well you can hedge your bets, so to speak, by investing in a sportsbook like William Hill or Ladbrokes, one that you can depend on long-term.
Plenty of Options
Of course, there are plenty of other solid options: Bet365, Betfair, Betfred, Boylesports, Bwin, Coral, Paddy Power, Skybet, Stan James, Tote Sport and so forth. The main differences generally centre on the scope of your betting interests and the frequency and size of your wagers. If you’re a “casual” darts bettor, meaning you bet small and occasionally, then you want to focus on sports books that offer small, and thus easily accessible, bonuses.
Skybet is an excellent example of a sportsbook that caters to the casual UK bettor. In fact, you can get £5 deposited into your account free just by depositing £5. Make an initial £5 wager, and if you lose, Skybet replaces it. After that initial £5 punt, make four more and Skybet provides you with another £5 free bet. More importantly, Sky bet consistently has small free bets like this available, especially whenever one of the big darts tourneys comes up.
Long-term and Loyalty
If you’re a regular bettor, however, then it behoves you to look long-term rather than at just the darts-oriented free bets that are easiest to achieve. We typically call these long-term promotions loyalty or VIP programs, and the more you invest in them, the more they pay back. They do this via deposit bonuses, cash back, free merchandise and so forth. The regular sports bettor can get to a point where they are making 10 per cent or more back on every wager.
When choosing a sportsbook for betting darts, the other thing you want to be mindful of is the commission. What is the percentage? And do they charge commission on losing wagers? In order to get a complete assessment of a book’s lucrativeness, you have to consider the commission alongside both the short and long-term promotions. As a rule of thumb, a low commission on winnings only trumps all because it has the most consistent effect on your cost.