The bookmakers offering the best 2019 Darts World Championship betting odds

It’s time! It’s the big one! It’s here! And as Martin Tyler would roar: “It’s liiiiiiiive”. 

What would the Christmas period be like without the Darts World Championships, eh? From that epic Raymond van Barneveld – Phil Taylor final from 2007 to last year’s semi-final humdinger between Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen, Christmas darts always has a special feel to it, one that has a habit of etching itself into your memory.

Darts has been on a wild trajectory since the PDC was formed in 1992. Though the sport was always popular in the preceding years, darts found a broadcaster in Sky who would take it to a whole new level. And they found them at the perfect time.

Sky Sports were embryonic back in 1992, but it was still making huge waves in the industry. After winning the exclusive rights to broadcast the Premier League over ITV and the BBC, Sky were looking for other sports to complement their flagship attraction, and they snapped at the chance of teaming up with the PDC.

But no one could have predicted this rise. In 1994, for the inaugural PDC Darts World Championship, the prize money for the winner was £16,000. This year, it’s £500,000, and there are now major tournaments played in every corner of the globe from the UAE to Belgium, from China to New Zealand. But none of them compare to the World Championship.

The World Championship truly has a special aura, a different aura. It’s where celebrities are made, where reputations are built. There are other grand slams in the year, but the World Championships is like no other. It’s when darts becomes mainstream, where it makes international headlines, and it’s the only time of the year when a Sky Sports channel is renamed Sky Sports Darts.

And it all kicks off on the 13th December 2018, and man, isn’t it just ‘the most wonderful time of the year’?

Let’s. Play. Darts.

(I know that’s a BDO phrase, but it still works)

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