There’s a whole lot more to New Jersey sports betting than just the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. There are a variety of unique betting markets available that allow you to wager on a selection of other games, sports, and events as well.

The annual World Matchplay darts championship in the UK is one such event.

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay competition features the top 32 darts players in the world. And when the darts start flying at the famous Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 20 to 28, you can bet on it right here in New Jersey.

In fact, the outrights and first-round match markets are already open at a selection of the top sportsbooks in the state.

Two-time PDC World Champion Gary Anderson will return to defend the title he won in 2018. Last year he beat Mensur Suljović 21–19 in the longest final in the World Matchplay history.

However, the 32 players who qualify for the event come from a list of the top 16 darts players in the PDC Order of Merit and 16 PDC ProTour Qualifiers.

Since The Netherlands’ Michael van Gerwen is the top-ranked player in the PDC Order of Merit, most NJ sportsbooks have him as the favorite to win it all.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay odds

Here’s a look at the odds on Van Gerwen, Anderson, and the other favorites to win the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay tournament at two of the top NJ online gambling sitesBetStarsNJ and FanDuel Sportsbook.

2019 Betfred World MatchplayBetStars NJFanDuel Sportsbook
Michael Van Gerwen+120 +130
Gary Anderson+800 +1100
Rob Cross+700+800
Gerwyn Price+1600+2200
Peter Wright+2000+1400
James Wade+2000 +3100
Daryl Gurney+2000+2200
Nathan Aspinall+2500+2200

NJ sportsbooks should have odds posted for all 32 participants. Plus, they will adjust those odds as the tournament continues.

Anderson will open his title defense as the No. 4 seed against unseeded Danny Nopert on opening night June 20. He is a -300 favorite to win that match on both BetStars NJ and FanDuel.

Van Gerwen won’t play his first match until the next day. He is a -950 favorite to beat unseeded Steve Beaton on FanDuel Sportsbook, and -800 on BetStars NJ.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay

OK. That’s all great and good, but if you’ve never bet on darts, what are you getting into with this tournament?

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay tournament is a single-elimination event. PDC Order of Merit qualifiers are ranked 1 through 16. Each plays against unseeded PDC ProTour Qualifiers in the first round.

The first round matches are the best of 19 legs, or games. Winners move on to the second round matches on July 23 and 24. The second round matches are the best of 21 legs.

The winners play in the quarterfinals July 25 and 26. Quarterfinal matches are the best of 31 legs.

The best of 33 leg semifinals play July 27 and the best of 35 legs final is set for July 28.

There is £700,000 in prize money up for grabs. The winner will earn £150,000 and the runner-up £70,000.

Darts basics: what to know before you bet

If you’re going to bet on darts, you should at least understand the basics.

A dartboard is cut up like a pie into 20 numbered sections. When a player lands a dart he is awarded the points for that section. There’s also an outer ring of thin strips worth double the point values and an inner ring worth three times the point values.

There’s also a bullseye (50) with an outer ring around it (25). If this all sounds familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen these dartboards at sports bars and sportsbooks. But the rules of play may not be what you expect.

Each player starts a game with 501 points and throws three darts per turn. Players alternate turns.

They add the total score of the three darts and deduct that from the 501 total.

The object is to get down to exactly zero first. Although, players must hit a double on their final dart to win a game.

The World Matchplay tournament is a best-of format where players must win the best of an increasing number of legs, or games, in each round.

Martin Derbyshire

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