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The Masters Darts Betting Tips

The Ladbrokes Masters should see the Gerwyn Price juggernaut roll on

The Darts are back on the box this week with ITV4 televising the Ladbrokes sponsored Masters which starts on Friday and comes from that outstanding venue, the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. Scroll on for our Masters Darts betting tips and predictions.

Until 2020, as a sports auditorium, it was best known for staging the National Badminton Championships but since Covid struck it has also become home to numerous snooker tournaments.


Format Changes

Traditionally the Masters is an elite field non-ranking event which features the top 16 darts players on the PDC’s Order of Merit. However, in 2021 for the first time in the tournament’s nine year history, it will be a 24-player competition with the top-8 in the rankings parachuted directly into the second round.

All will all be fighting for a share of a £220,000 in prize-fund and it comes as no surprise that Michael van Gerwen is the competition’s favourite. However, while the Dutchman started odds-on in the ante-post long-lists in 2020 and 2019, this time he can be backed at 11/4 (William Hill).

Van Gerwen won this contest for five consecutive years between 2015 and 2019 but last year it was newly crowned World Champion, Peter Wright, which claimed the prize. There is no denying MVG has had a very bad 13 months and on a results basis last season was his worst since 2012. Consequently we cannot have him.

In darts betting the best form is the most recent and that means the newly crowned World Champion, Gerwyn Price, is the obvious one in the long-lists. The Welshman can be backed at 7/2 with Betfair in the outright markets and seeded No.1 he cannot meet MVG (seeded No. 2) until the final.


The Masters Darts Betting Tips:

Gerwyn Price to win the competition 7/2 with Betfair

The new format of this competition, which starts on Friday night with Ian White meeting the enigmatic Mensur Suljovic at 7.10pm, sees the eight first round matches (all played on Friday) being a ‘best of 11 leg’ format. The second round and quarter finals are ‘best of 19 leg’ games while the semis and final are both ‘best of 21’.

At the prices the best bet of the night has to be Stephen Bunting to beat Joe Cullen (11/8 at bet365*). Bunting has won the last three encounters between this pair and he got a deeper run in the World Championships. There he averaged 96.3, 101.0, 97.8, 93.2 and 93.2 plus he landed a 170 checkout. Quite simply those figures are superior to Cullen’s.

The Masters Darts Betting Tips:

Stephen Bunting to beat Joe Cullen at 11/8 bet365*


170 Checkout?

An interesting betting opportunity comes in the ‘will there be a 170 checkout market’ with bet365 bookmakers. They make the ‘no’ scenario is 4/1.

While conceding there is going to be more darts played this year it is noteworthy that the only person to post a 170 finish during the last three Masters tournaments was Michael van Gerwen and given he is out of form the record of years that don’t feature a 170 finish could easily stretch to three-from-four.

The Masters Darts Betting Tips:

No tournament 170 finish – 4/1 with bet365*


2021 Ladbrokes Masters Schedule Of Play

Friday January 29 (1900 GMT)

First Round x8

  • Ian White v Mensur Suljovic
  • Glen Durrant v Mervyn King
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chris Dobey
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
  • Daryl Gurney v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Jose de Sousa v Jonny Clayton
  • Joe Cullen v Stephen Bunting

Saturday January 30

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Second Round x4

  • Rob Cross v Durrant/King
  • James Wade v Van den Bergh/Dobey
  • Nathan Aspinall v White/Suljovic
  • Dave Chisnall v Gurney/De Zwaan

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

Second Round x4

  • Gary Anderson v Smith/Lewis
  • Peter Wright v Ratajski/Whitlock
  • Gerwyn Price v Cullen/Bunting
  • Michael van Gerwen v De Sousa/Clayton

Sunday January 31

Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

  • Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

  • Semi-Finals
  • Final

The Masters Darts Format

  • First Round – Best of 11 legs
  • Second Round – Best of 19 legs
  • Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
  • Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
  • Final – Best of 21 legs

* The Masters Darts betting tips odds correct at the time of writing


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