2023 Premier League Darts Line Up And Night One Betting Tips

2023 Premier League Darts Line Up And Night One Betting Tips

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The 2023 Premier League of Darts lineup has been officially announced and as expected it includes the winner of this year’s Darts Masters tournament that reached its conclusion on Sunday night in Milton Keynes.

That man happens to be Chris Dobey who had a brilliant weekend and deservedly won his first-ever major televised PDC title. Beating a rejuvenated Rob Cross 11-7 in the final, the 32-year-old from Bedlington beat the former world champion having also knocked out world number 1 Michael Smith in the semi-final.

By far the biggest title of Dobey’s career so far, he will now be joining the other seven players selected for this year’s event.

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We already knew that the top four on the PDC Order of MeritMichael Smith, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen & Gerwyn Price – would be there. Following the conclusion of the Master’s tourney, the PDC have confirmed that the final three wildcard selections along with Dobey will be Jonny Clayton, Dimitri van den Bergh and Nathan Aspinall

World number five Luke Humphries will feel incredibly hard done by not being selected while Joe Cullen has already taken to social media to voice his unhappiness. Rob Cross, on the other hand, had already dismissed the tournament and its grueling four-month-long weekly schedule insisting he would rather stay at home with his family.


17 Nights Of Action

The Premier League Darts gets underway for the first of 17 nights of action beginning on Thursday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

The tournament will retain the same format that it successfully introduced in 2022, meaning all eight players will compete each Thursday night from February through May in a knock-out style format before the top four players from the final league table progress to the play offs.

The famous Belfast venue last year saw Gerwyn Price hit two nine-dart finishes on the same night and now stages the opening night for the first time. Other February cities include Cardiff, Glasgow and Dublin.

March begins in Exeter before Liverpool takes a turn hosting the event at the M&S Bank Arena which will now take place on March 9 to avoid clashing with the Eurovision Song Contest which will be held at the same arena. There will also be events in March held in Nottingham, Newcastle and Berlin.

Birmingham, Brighton, Rotterdam, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, and Aberdeen will all host events, before the top four players in the season-long league table standings will qualify for the play offs held at London’s O2 Arena on the 25th of May.

The Darts Premier League table itself is decided by a series of mini-tournaments made up of weekly best of 11 legs quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final with the following points up for grabs each night:

Winner: 5 points

Runner Up: 3 points

Semi Finalists: 2 points

Bet365 Darts Premier League Betting Tips Night One: Belfast

Things get underway as Dimitri van den Bergh marks his Premier League of Darts return with a clash against 2021 champion Jonny Clayton which sees the world number 11 face off against the world number 7. It’s The Ferret from South Wales that boasts the better head-to-head between these two, winning three of the last five meetings between the pair. 

The Dream Maker from Belgium, on the other hand, was a surprise inclusion, especially given the omission of world number 5 Luke Humphries or world number 12 Joe Cullen, both of whom picked up title wins in 2022.

Dimitri lost 6-0 to Michael van Gerwen in their PDC World Championship semi-final last month and himself admitted that he was as surprised as anyone to be included in the Premier League eight. It is Clayton that is favoured to take the win in the first match of the night.

Dutch Revenge For Ally Pally Win

Next up, it’s the match of the night as the world number 1, Michael Smith, takes on Michael van Gerwen, the most successful darter still playing right now. Back at the Alexandra Palace just under a month ago, it was the Bully Boy who came out on top as he finally fulfilled his darting destiny and became world champion, even sinking a history-making nine-darter on the way. 

He then followed that up with a Bahrain Masters title by beating Gerwyn Price in the final but looked unconvincing at last week’s Darts Masters where he was dismissed 11-7 by Chris Dobey.

Mighty Mike wasn’t exactly in top form himself and lost out to Rob Cross but, purely because he still knows how to win when playing badly, we are still backing the Dutch darts master to get the job done and get revenge for his PDC World Championship defeat.

Snakebite To See Off Debutant

The night’s third quarter-final sees Peter Wright take on Chris Dobey, the latter of whom will be making his Premier League debut. The pair have only met twice on previous occasions with Snakebite coming out on top both times.

Two-time World Champion Wright is currently ranked second in the world behind Smith, whereas Dobey is the world number 2. Of course, this means nothing on the night and Dobey should be on a real high having joined the ranks of the major winners less than a week ago.

At the Masters, Wright was knocked out by Cross in the semi-final stage but overall, he did impress in the tournament, beating Dave Chisnall and Clayton and his experience should shine through and allow him to make it three wins out of three against Hollywood.

In Belfast, Wright has the darts against newcomer Chris Dobey in the quarter-finals, and would also be throwing first against either Nathan Aspinall or Gerwyn Price, before playing whoever emerges from the top half, possibly Michael van Gerwen, in the final.

Fitter Price To Freeze The Asp

Last up is a match against Nathan Aspinall and Gerwyn Price. The Iceman took to his social media channels to declare himself feeling much better this week than he did seven days ago in Milton Keynes where sickness may or may not have been the reason behind his shock elimination at the hands of the Aubergenius that is Dirk van Duijvenbode in the Round of 16.

And although he didn’t enjoy the best of PDC World Championships either — even coming out to play with ear defenders on– he was looking much sharper at the recent Bahrain Masters last month.

It was here that he reached the final before repeating the feat in Copenhagen. The Asp, on the other hand, has lost three of his last four matches at the Masters, the PDC World Championships and the Players Championship respectively so backing the Welshman to win just makes sense.

MVG To Defend His Crown

As for the outright winner, a lot can change between now and May. Given MVG’s overall consistency, which cannot be said for Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith, you would have to favour six-time winner and the defending champion Michael van Gerwen. 

As an “outsider” I think a case can be made for 2021 Premier League champion Jonny Clayton. Not only is he a former winner, but the Ferret topped the table 12 months ago.

It seems a long time ago, but neither Smith, Wright, Price nor the Iceman has ever once finished in the top four.

Clayton seemed to enjoy the new format last year going on to win four times during the season and at 9/1 with bet365 is definitely worth a punt.

Bet365 Darts Premier League Betting Odds Night One: Belfast

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh (11/10) v (8/11) Jonny Clayton at 19:15
  • Michael Smith (6/5) v (4/6) Michael van Gerwen at 19:45
  • Peter Wright (4/9) v (7/4) Chris Dobey at 22:15
  • Nathan Aspinall (6/4) v (8/15) Gerwyn Price at 20:45

Pete’s Darts Betting Tips

Dimitri van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton – Jonny Clayton to Win @ 8/11 with bet365

Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen – Van Gerwen to Win & Pin the Most 180s @ was 3/1 now boosted to 10/3 with bet365

Peter Wright v Chris Dobey – Wright to Win @ 4/9 with bet365

Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price – Price to Win @ 8/15 at bet365

2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Odds

  • Michael van Gerwen @ 9/4 with bet365
  • Michael Smith @ 10/3 bet365
  • Gerwyn Price @ 4/1 with bet365
  • Peter Wright @ 5/1 with bet365
  • Jonny Clayton @ 9/1 with bet365
  • Nathan Aspinall @ 14/1 with bet365
  • Dimitri van den Bergh @ 14/1 with bet365
  • Chris Dobey @ 22/1 with bet365

2023 Premier League Darts Schedule

  • Night 1 – The SSE Arena, Belfast – Thursday February 2
  • Night 2 – Cardiff International Arena – Thursday February 9
  • Night 3 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow – Thursday February 16
  • Night 4 – 3Arena, Dublin – Thursday February 23
  • Night 5 – Westpoint Exeter – Thursday March 2
  • Night 6 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool – Thursday March 9
  • Night 7 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – Thursday March 16
  • Night 8 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle – Thursday March 23
  • Night 9 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin – Thursday March 30
  • Night 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham – Thursday April 6
  • Night 11 – The Brighton Centre – Thursday April 13
  • Night 12 – Rotterdam Ahoy – Thursday April 20
  • Night 13 – First Direct Arena, Leeds – Thursday April 27
  • Night 14 – AO Arena, Manchester – Thursday May 4
  • Night 15 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield – Thursday May 11
  • Night 16 – P&J Live, Aberdeen – Thursday May 18
  • Play Offs – The O2, London – Thursday May 25


Venue: The SSE Arena, Belfast

Dates: Thursday February 2nd

Format: Best of 11 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Arena HD

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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Frequently Asked Questions: Protect Yourself From A Family Members’ Addiction

Frequently Asked Questions: Protect Yourself From A Family Members’ Addiction

How do you protect yourself when a family member is addicted to gambling?

Gambling addiction can be all consuming for both the person suffering with the addiction and for those around them. If you have a close family member with a gambling addiction, it can be life altering in so many different ways.

We’ve tried to think of some helpful answers to questions you might have on how to protect yourself when a family member is addicted to gambling. Because as much as you should be supporting them to overcome their addiction, it’s of the utmost importance that you keep your mental health and financial well being in check too.

Protect yourself when a family member is addicted to gambling: FAQs

Do I need therapy if my family member is addicted to gambling?

The answer to this depends on the person and the situation. But if you find the worry of a family member’s gambling addiction affecting your daily life, you should get support.

There are lots of different types of support you can get. You can get one-on-one counselling or therapy, or you can group support. Usually group support involves meeting people whose family members are also affected by gambling addiction.

It might take time to find the right type of therapy for you. But it will always be worth it once you do get it.

How do I protect my finances if my loved one is a gambling addict?

Gambling addiction and financial problems unfortunately often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes people who are addicted to gambling can run up huge debts. And they may even result to stealing to feed their addiction.

Limit access to cash, credit cards and debit cards as soon as you can. Keep your passwords and pin codes secret. And you should put in extra protection to your joint accounts.

It’s also a good idea to monitor the post coming into the house to make sure they’re not applying for loans or credit cards.

Take control of the household budget and make sure you keep a close eye on the outgoings.

Can small things help me deal with the addiction of my family member?

Doing small things for yourself really can help you in the day-to-day. Here are some ideas of straightforward things you can do that might help:

  • Talk about how your feeling to a trusted friend and confide in them about the addiction. It might not be your addiction, but it is your life and it’s important that you share what’s going on
  • Establish boundaries with your loved one. Have a frank conversation about what behaviour you will not put up with
  • Take some time out regularly for yourself and your hobbies. It might be taking some exercise, drawing a bath or even just going to the cinema. But this will help you get your head straight

Getting help for a gambling problem

If you’re worried about gambling addiction for either yourself or a loved one, you need help from someone else. Be Gamble Aware is an excellent UK-based organisation full of advice and places to get more help.

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2023 World Darts Championship Week One Update

2023 World Darts Championship Week One Update

Pete’s Tips For Week 2 of 2023 World Darts Championship

  • Joe Cullen v Damon Heta: Get 11/4 on Joe Cullen to win the match and land the most 180s with bet365.
  • Gerwyn Price v Raymond van Barneveld: Barney to win and pin the most 180s was 17/2 but has now been boosted to 10/1 with bet365.
  • Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic: We’ve come close but haven’t had a nine darter yet this year, but Mighty Michael van Gerwen back to his best 22/1 on there being a nine-dart finish in this match could be worth a punt.
  • Michael Smith v Martin Schindler: Many people’s choice for the outright winner, Michael Smith to win the match 4-0.

All of these betting lines were correct at the time the article was posted.

As the players prepare to take a well-earned three-day break for the holidays now looks like the perfect time for an update into how the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship has been going.

All in all, it’s been a relatively shockless affair so far this year and while the darts have been of a brilliant standard, there haven’t really been any surprises with most of the big names safely through to the next round which resumes on Tuesday the 27th of January.

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Defending world champion Peter Wright was the main attraction on the opening night. Snakebite came dressed as the Grinch and stole the show as his World Championship defense got off to a winning start.

Wright’s costume was supplied by his hairdresser wife Jo, who has now thankfully recovered from having her gall bladder removed.

The Scot was up against Mickey Mansell and was in a ruthless mood seeing out a 3-0 victory at the Alexandra Palace where he booked his place in the third round which gets underway straight after Boxing Day. Wright pinned two 180s and managed to land finishes of 126 and 121 as he got the job done in clinical style.

Bully Boy Cruises Through

Michael Smith started off his campaign in the best possible way by whitewashing Northern Ireland’s Nathan Rafferty. Bully Boy reeled off nine successive legs to secure his place in round three.

The fourth seed, who recently won his maiden major at the Grand Slam of Darts, posted a 96 average, while landing three 180s and finishes of 114 and 130.

Smith may have been Friday’s headline act, but most people were talking about Beau Greaves who was making her history-making World Darts Championship debut. Sadly, the 18-year-old, who became the youngest woman ever to play on the Ally Pally stage, was unable to mark the occasion with a win as she was sent packing by Willie O’Connor.

Showing no signs of nerves, Beau ‘n’ Arrow did manage to win the opening leg with a 120 checkout before O’Connor promptly bounced back to take the next two. Greaves, averaged 88.34 compared to O’Connor’s 94.26, then just about edged a scrappy fourth to force a deciding set. 

The WDF women’s world champion, who recently won the World Masters earned her spot at the World Championship by winning 52 matches and eight tournaments in a row during the Women’s Series.

Rock Steady

Up-and-coming darting superstar Jock Rock defeated Jose Justicia 3-1 on his hotly anticipated World Championship debut. The World Youth Champion, who hit a nine-darter at November’s Grand Slam of Darts, was playing in the third match of Saturday’s evening session just before Dimitri van den Bergh whitewashed Lourence Ilagan 3-0.

It was the same scoreline that Alan Souter posted in his defeat of Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney who became this year’s first seed to be eliminated.

Sunday saw Damon Heta and Nathan Aspinall advance to the third round while Scott Williams and Ryan Joyce served up the one of the matches of the tournament so far. Joyce averaged over 103 and still lost, while Williams hit 10 180s, averaged over a ton and took out a 164 finish on his way to a 3-1 success.

While that match was the highlight in terms of quality, the most dramatic match so far was served up by Canada’s David Cameron who produced a jaw-dropping comeback to beat Ritchie Edhouse 3-2 in a match where the Englishman missed six match darts while leading 2-0 before Cameron finally completed the unlikely win.

Fallen Fallon 

Fallon Sherrock became the third and final female to crash out of the tournament when she lost her match with Ricky Evans 3-1. The Queen Of The Palace was followed on to the stage by Raymond van Barneveld who saw off Ryan Meikle by the same score line to set up a mouth watering next round clash with Gerwyn Price.

The Iceman lost the first set before finding the right gear to come from behind to defeat Luke Woodhouse 3-1. Dave Chisnall will also still be alive after Christmas after he hit seven 180s and averaged just shy of 98 while getting over the line in an epic battle with Andrew Gilding.

Tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen is also still in business following his 3-0 second round win over Lewi Williams, while Jonny Clayton is another who can put his feet up and enjoy Christmas after he took care of Danny van Trijp, also by three sets to nil.

The biggest name to be eliminated so far is James Wade as the number eight seed was on the end of a shock 3-2 defeat by Jim Williams in the second round.


  • Michael van Gerwen – 9/4
  • Michael Smith – 5/1
  • Gerwyn Price – 13/2
  • Peter Wright – 10/1
  • Josh Rock – 12/1
  • Luke Humphries – 14/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 22/1
  • Dave Chisnall – 25/1
  • Rob Cross – 25/1
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 28/1
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode – 28/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 30/1
  • Danny Noppert – 33/1
  • Damon Heta – 40/1
  • Joe Cullen – 40/1
  • Ross Smith – 40/1
  • Gary Anderson – 50/1
  • Ryan Searle – 66/1
  • Raymond van Barneveld – 66/1
  • Jose De Sousa – 80/1
  • Chris Dobey 80/1
  • 125/1 bar

Tuesday December 27

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Nathan Aspinall v Josh Rock
  • Jonny Clayton v Brendan Dolan
  • Jim Williams v Gabriel Clemens
  • Gerwyn Price v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts

Wednesday December 28

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Ryan Searle v Jose de Sousa
  • Danny Noppert v Alan Soutar
  • Gary Anderson v Chris Dobey
  • Joe Cullen v Damon Heta
  • Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
  • Michael Smith v Martin Schindler

Thursday December 29

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ross Smith
  • Rob Cross v Mervyn King
  • Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
  • Luke Humphries v Vincent van der Voort (R3)
  • 2x fourth round games

Friday December 30

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 3x fourth round games

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • 3x fourth-round games

Sunday January 1

  • 4 x Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)

Monday January 2

  • 2 x Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)

Tuesday January 3 (8pm GMT)

  • Final (Best of 13 sets)
  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


Venue: The Alexandra Palace, London

Dates: 15 December 2022 – 3rd January 2023

Format: Best of 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 sets

Current Champion: Peter Wright

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Arena

When To Watch: 12:30, 19:00 (UK)

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