Well, I don't know if yesterday was a bit of an anti-climax, but it was still a good day of darts and even better for Darts Betting Tips follows, as we went 2-1, with Stompe snatching a handicap win from the jaws of defeat. Typical! Phil Taylor's destruction of Kevin Painter wasn't unexpected and, to be honest, we've got the four best players in the world competing in the semi-finals. It's always good to see that happen, as we shouldn't get a one-sided final as can happen when a lesser player makes it this far.
However, while we've got the four best players in the world playing, the selling point for tonight's darts is the fact it's going to be in 3D. 3D darts, is it the future? Well, probably not, but it's quite a cool idea and there are around 1,000 pubs in the country that will be showing the semi-finals in 3D. So, have a look online and see if your local is showing the action where you get to where funny glasses while having a pint. Of course, remember to put your bets on before you leave, or it's going to be a disappointment.
I want to mention the bookmakers that will give you some free money for depositing there. Is there anything better than free money? Well, more free money. So, use my tips along with these free sign-up offers and we'll keep the great run going!
First up, Blue Square have stopped their £66 promotion and are now offering a seriously fantastic bet for new accounts. will be able to redeem a double your money offer. Customers are simply required to place a £5 bet at odds of evens or greater and once their bet is settled a £10 free bet token will appear in their account. Of course, if that's not enough to get you to sign up, how about cashback on your loses until the start of the football season in August? You place a bet that loses on various events, including the World Matchplay, you get 10% of your bet back. Just opt in to the promotion once you've signed up. Simple as that, seriously.
Victor Chandler as a well established name in sports betting and they really get behind the great sport of darts. They'll give you up to a £100 free sports bet, as well as casino chips is you sign up there. There's not a better offer available and I've taken advantage of this for tonight's tips, and I think you should too. Hey, if the tips win, great, but if, for some strange reason, they don't, you've lost nothing!
Boylesports are another great bookmaker for darts. They have a huge variety of markets and they have a nice £20 deposit bonus. You deposit and bet £20, they match it. Simples!
Stan James are big supporters of darts and are the actual sponsors of the World Matchplay. We find their markets to be amongst the best when it comes to darts betting, which is why we proudly support them. Plus, their £25 match bet is a fantastic offer, probably the best out there at the moment. So, why not sign up, deposit and have a nibble on our first tip of the night and Stan James will match it:
Seriously, if you don’t have accounts at any of these bookmakers, sign up, deposit and use your free bet to have a dabble on tonight’s tips. Now that that’s out of the way and you’ve got your free bets, let’s get the tips going.
Raymond van Barneveld Vs James Wade:
Oh, what a game this could be. Barney has been a force to be reckoned with all week, coming back into the kind of form that got him all those PDC finals and titles. James Wade has started slow and picked up as the week has gone on. His averages have increased and his finishing has got better. Two players peaking at the right time will ensure this is a cracking match.
The thing is, yesterday, while Wade looked good, he was pushed all the way and it's been the same all week. He's done enough and scraped over the line. Barney, on the other hand, has looked good for his wins in all his matches, even though Co Stompe did push him harder than anyone else this week. Just looking at it, van Barneveld should just have the edge here and that's where we're going to be looking. The line for the 180s is 15.5, which looks spot on to me, but these two men could just as easily crush it as they will have a lot of legs to get their 180s.
Raymond van Barneveld to beat James Wade: 10/11 @
Recommend: 2.5 units @ 10/11
Simon Whitlock Vs Phil Taylor:
Phil Taylor has done everything right this week. All that's missing is the 9-darter and Sid Waddell and his friends are still going on about it. Simon Whitlock has looked handy this week, but he's ill and you don't want to be facing Phil Taylor when you're not 100%. Whitlock was 100% in the PDC Final and he got beaten convincingly. Now, with the flu, Taylor should have enough to take care of Whitlock. The handicap line is around -7.5, which is fair enough, as Taylor is capable. However, if Whitlock can get his finishing together, Whitlock can take the 10 legs he neds to beat the line.
The maximums line is 16.5, which is, like the previous match, very fair. However, Boylesports have their highest checkout line at 130.5, while the majority of bookies are going 135.5. It's definitely worth a dabble with two players who can put in the big finishes on their day.
Highest checkout in Phil Taylor Vs Simon Whitlock match over 130.5: 5/6 @
Recommend: 1.5 units @ 5/6
So, that's your tips for the World Matchplay semi-finals. If you're going to the pub to watch them, enjoy the 3D. If you're just watching them regularly, enjoy the darts, celebrate some winners once Phil Taylor has hit the winning double and, most importantly, happy betting!