PDC World Championship 2019 Betting Odds
The PDC World Championship in darts (William Hill World Darts Championship) is one of the two major world championships in the sport of darts (the other one being BDO World Championship). It is held annually in December/January at the Alexandra Palace in London, with the inaugural tournament held in 1994.
The championship started in 1994 as the WDC World Championship of Darts due to the famous split in the sport of darts during which the WDC (World Darts Council) broke apart from the BDO. The two sides came to an agreement in 1997, which saw the WDC become PDC and resulted in the creation of two separate World Championships. Players can enter them freely but must pick only one per year.
With a prize fund of £2,500,5000, the PDC World Championship is far more lucrative than the BDO World Championship. Since its inception, the tournament has been dominated by the most successful dart player in the history of the sport Phil Taylor, who has won it a record 14 times. This record will stay unbroken for a longer period considering the fact that other players such as Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, and Adrian Lewis have only won it twice so far. In total, only seven other players not named Phil Taylor have won the tournament.
Last year’s tournament was won by Rob Cross, which was his first title. Cross’ win is historic from a few points of view – he won the tournament in his debut and defeated the great Phil Taylor in the final. Cross is currently ranked #3 on the PDC World Rankings and considered one of the favourites for this year’s PDC World Championship by many experts.
However, he’ll face stiff competition in Michael van Gerwen, one of the most successful players in the sport after Phil Taylor and a major favourite for the PDC World Championship this year. The Dutch player has 2 titles at the PDC World Championship already and with Taylor retired, he’ll surely be looking for a chance to add a third title to his collection.
Will van Gerwen Continue His Dominance?
Michael van Gerwen is probably the only player who can surpass Phi Taylor in terms of titles. The Dutch player is an incredible talent who has dominated the sport in recent years. After his breakthrough year in 2012, van Gerwen has been the player to beat at any tournament he entered. This year’s he’s already up to 15 titles and will no doubt secure at least a few more.
Michael van Gerwen is the major favourite for the 2019 PDC World Championship at most bookies as well. He’s currently 1/1 at EnergyBet and LV BET and 11/10 at Genting Bet, 10Bet, and redbet. Bookmakers clearly believe that van Gerwen will repeat his 2017 success and win his third title at the PDC World Championship which will leave him alone at second place (and behind Taylor) in the title rankings. His odds are enticing as well – at 1/1 (or 11/10) you’ll still be able to double your money for a reasonable bet, which isn’t always the case with favourites.
Still, it remains to be seen if van Gerwen will avenge last year’s loss to eventual champion Rob Cross, who will no doubt enter the tournament looking to repeat his 2018 success.
Can Rob Cross Win Twice in A Row?
Rob Cross’ win last year surprised many. He only turned pro 11 months before the 2018 PDC World Championship and dominated the tournament, beating van Gerwen in the semi-final and the legendary Taylor in the final. Thanks to the title, Cross climbed up the PDC World Rankings at #3, a position which he still holds.
Cross is in great form this year and will surely play great at the 2019 PDC World Championship. Experts and bookies agree that he’s the second major favourite to win the tournament, sitting behind Michael van Gerwen and only slightly in front of Gary Anderson. His odds are 11/2 at LV BET and EnergyBet and 6/1 at redbet, 10Bet and Genting Bet.
Cross’ odds are a far cry from van Gerwen’s, but they’re far more appealing to punters. Placing a bet on him can bring you a nice sum of money in return for a reasonable bet, and we really like Cross’ chances. He managed to defeat van Gerwen at the last PDC World Championship and surprisingly defeated Phil Taylor in the final, so his quality shouldn’t come in question. With a bit of luck, he can go all the way and win the title again while making you richer by thousands.
Gary Anderson – the 2019 PDC World Championship Darkhorse?
Currently ranked #4 on the PDC World Rankings, Gary Anderson is without a doubt one of the best players in the sport and a tough player to beat. Anderson is an 11-time major winner and two-time PDC World Champion (2015 and 2016) who’s widely regarded to have the smoothest throw of all players. He’s a pretty experienced player who can defeat anyone he plays against it, which makes him a pretty dangerous opponent for the favourites.
Bookies give Anderson the same or slightly better chances than Rob Cross for the title. He’s 11/2 at EnergyBet, redbet, 10Bet, and LV BET, and 5/1 at Genting Bet. This shows that bookies expect Anderson to make a deep run at the tournament and maybe challenge van Gerwen or Cross for the title. He’s pretty interesting for punters as well – at 11/2 (or 5/1), you could make a nice sum of money if Anderson ends up winning the tournament, and his chances are not bad at all.
Other Challengers for The Throne
Besides van Gerwen, Cross, and Anderson, bookies aren’t giving the rest of the players great chances of winning the 2019 PDC World Championship. Peter Wright is closest to the favourites – he’s 11/1 at LV BET, EnergyBet, Genting Bet, 10Bet, and redbet, sitting ahead of the competition such as Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney (33/1).
When it comes to the back end of the list, Ricky Evans and Richard North are the unlikeliest winners of the tournament, standing at 750/1 at 10Bet, and redbet. Mervyn King stands at 350/1, while Mensur Suljovic is 40/1 at LV BET and EnergyBet and 50/1 at all other bookmakers. It’s clear that bookies don’t really see other players besides the first 3 on the list as major favourites, meaning its van Gerwen’s or Cross’ title to lose.