6 Things You Should Know About The Mechanics Of Gambling

6 Things You Should Know About The Mechanics Of Gambling

Let’s take a look under the hood of gambling and find out what makes it tick. We’re giving it to you straight about how odds in gambling actually works.

We’re going to take a look at a variety of different type of betting, including darts betting of course, to find out the truth behind the odds.

1. Odds in darts are based on past performances (but always expect the unexpected)

This might seem obvious, but it’s important to spell out that how sportsbooks work out odds in darts (and sports in general) is a careful analysis of what happened previously. However, as we all know, things don’t always pan out as we expect. That’s why it’s important to say that you should never think of a bet as a “sure thing”. Nothing is for sure in life, and certainly not in darts or any other sport, for that matter.

2. Poker is a game of skill

Poker has a reputation for being a tough game to play and an even tougher game to master. And that is fair. The thing about poker is, the best player usually really does win. Making sure you’re on top of strategy and really think about how you’re playing, plus how your opponents play, really does help. But of course, that’s not to say you won’t run into a bad beat.

3. Slots are totally random

Slots are governed by random number generators, which means they are truly random. Also, owing to the wide array of symbols, paylines, reels and features in many slots games, it’s clear that the number of outcomes possible is mind boggling. The whole idea of a hot or cold slot is kind of misleading. No one can predict when a slot pays out.

Also, it’s important to note that all slots will always have a return to player percentage. This is the average amount a slot pays out over thousands and thousands of slots. It’s not what you can expect to get back every time. And of course, as they are always under 100%, you know over time you’re bound to make a loss.

4. Online bingo and scatchcards are ditto, totally random

Just like slots, RNGs rule the roost over at online bingo and virtual scratchcards. There’s nothing you can do to affect the outcome.

5. Good strategy in blackjack minimizes losses

Some games are total and complete luck. Blackjack is a bit of a mix of luck and strategy. Again, it’s clear nothing is guaranteed. But there are also a set number of outcomes. Therefore, it matters what you do when faced with certain hands. Do yourself a favor and brush up on basic blackjack strategy before you play again. This isn’t going to stop you from losing. But it is going to stop you from making clearly poor decisions.

6. Roulette odds and payouts are (almost) always the same

Roulette has one of the most predictable odds and payouts systems of any casino game. You know what the riskiest bets are and what the pay outs are. And almost every version is the same. With one vital exception.

There are two big camps in the world when it comes to roulette. European and American. European roulette has slightly better odds, simply because it has one less number on the wheel (American has a 00).

Get the help you need with a gambling problem

No matter how well you understand odds in gambling, if you think you have a problem, you need to get help as soon as possible.

Professional organizations can help you with that. For example, in the United States the National Council on Problem Gambling is there on the phone at 1800 522 4700 or online. Meanwhile, Be Gamble Aware is an excellent organization in the United Kingdom. You can phone them at 0808 8020 133 or access resources online.

There are lots of other organizations around the world that you can reach out to in order to get help.

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2022 World Cup of Darts Betting Tips And Predictions

2022 World Cup of Darts Betting Tips And Predictions

Peter Wright World Cup of Darts

Pete’s World Cup of Darts Betting Tips

  • We like backing Wales to post a 5-0 whitewash against the Philippines in their tournament opener at 6/4 with bet365.
  • Expect there to be over 7.5 total legs in England’s match against The Czech Republic, available at 1/1 with bet365.
  • bet365 is also offering the boosted price of 7/2 from 3/1 on The Netherlands winning by a 5-2 score line in their match against Brazil.

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

With the Darts Premier League now firmly behind us, we move on to the PDC World Cup of Darts which gets underway at Frankfurt’s Eissporthalle on June 16th.

There will be 32 nations battling it out over four days for the title which is currently in the possession of 2021 champs Scotland.

Once again represented by Peter Wright and John Henderson, Scotland will fancy their chances of retaining the crown they won a year ago when they beat Austria in the final.

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If they do manage to win it for the second year in a row, then it will be the third title for Scotland in four years.

This is the 12th staging of the annual pairs event and will feature eight of the planet’s top ten darts players on the PDC Order of Merit and with first-round fixtures such as The Netherlands versus Brazil and Wales taking on The Philippines, there will certainly be some mismatches to enjoy.

Hopefully, there will also be a few shocks on the cards too.

Let’s see what we can look forward to.

Top Half Of The Draw

England, who will be represented by Michael Smith and James Wade, are officially the top-ranked team in the tournament.

The Bully Boy and The Machine are ranked fourth and fifth in the world respectively.

Wade comes in for Rob Cross who partnered Smith in last year’s event where England disappointed, losing to Austria in the last four. 

There is a very strong possibility of the English meeting Scotland in the quarter-final stage should they both play to their best in the opening few matches.

Going with the rankings, you would have to fancy England over Scotland in that match despite the inclusion of the world number one Peter Wright.

Snakebite’s World Cup partner, John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson is ranked back in lowly 67th place so will have his work cut out against England’s top pairing.

That could lead to a potential semi-final against Poland, who have an opening game against the USA to kick things off.

England then will surely be disappointed not to at least reach the final.

Bottom Half Of The Draw

On the other side of the draw, Wales and The Netherlands provide the big names and these two should meet in the last four.

Wales is the most interesting as we have seen a real power dynamic shift in the pair that won the 2020 renewal.

Although still ranked second in the world, Gerwyn Price hasn’t been playing well this season, while Jonny Clayton was the best player by far at the recent Darts Premier League where he topped the table but failed to lift the trophy.

That honour went to Michael van Gerwen who beat Joe Cullen in Monday night’s final at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin

Mighty Mike won’t be moving on to Frankfurt to play for his country though who will instead be represented by Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode.

While they do still make a formidable pairing, you do get the impression that this could throw the momentum to Wales should they meet.

Backing Wales to overcome The Netherlands then, and maybe we can expect an England versus Wales final.

This hypothetical final could go either way but with The Iceman and The Ferret being friends in real life and having won this title together two years ago, I think they are better set to take down the 2022 World Cup of Darts.

Bet365 Darts Betting Outright Winner Odds

  • Wales (11/8)
  • England (9/2)
  • Netherlands (5/1)
  • Australia (10/1)
  • Belgium (10/1)
  • Scotland (11/1)
  • Northern Ireland (16/1)
  • Germany (33/1)
  • Portugal (33/1)
  • Austria (40/1)
  • Poland (50/1)
  • Republic of Ireland (66/1)
  • Canada (100/1)
  • Czech Republic (125/1)
  • Latvia (150/1)
  • Lithuania (150/1)
  • Spain (200/1)
  • USA (200/1)
  • South Africa (200/1)
  • Sweden (250/1)
  • Singapore (350/1)
  • Hungary (400/1)
  • Hong Kong (400/1)
  • Finland (400/1)
  • Italy (500/1)
  • Japan (500/1)
  • Philippines (500/1)
  • Denmark (500/1)
  • Brazil (500/1)
  • Gibraltar (500/1)
  • New Zealand (500/1)
  • Switzerland (500/1)

2022 World Cup of Darts Line-ups

  • Australia – Damon Heta & Simon Whitlock
  • Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • Belgium – Dimitri Van den Bergh & Kim Huybrechts
  • Brazil – Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
  • Canada – Jeff Smith & Matt Campbell
  • Czech Republic – Adam Gawlas & Karel Sedlacek
  • Denmark – Vladimir Andersen & Andreas Toft Jörgensen
  • England – Michael Smith & James Wade
  • Finland – Marko Kantele & Aki Paavilainen
  • Germany – Gabriel Clemens & Martin Schindler
  • Gibraltar – Justin Hewitt & Craig Galliano
  • Hong Kong – Lok Yin Lee & Ho Tung Ching
  • Hungary – Nándor Prés & Gergely Lakatos
  • Italy – Guiseppe Di Rocco & Gabriel Rollo
  • Japan – Tomoya Goto & Toru Suzuki
  • Latvia – Madars Razma & Nauris Gleglu
  • Lithiuania – Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas
  • Netherlands – Danny Noppert & Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • New Zealand – Ben Robb & Warren Parry
  • Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
  • Philippines – Lourence Ilagan & RJ Escaros
  • Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Sebastian Bialecki
  • Portugal – Jose de Sousa & Vítor Jerónimo
  • Republic of Ireland – William O’Connor & Steve Lennon
  • Scotland – Peter Wright & John Henderson
  • Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
  • South Africa – Devon Petersen & Stefan Vermaak
  • Spain – Jose Justicia & Tony Martinez
  • Sweden – Daniel Larsson & Johan Engstrom
  • Switzerland – Stefan Bellmont & Thomas Junghans
  • USA – Danny Baggish & Jules van Dongen
  • Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton

2022 World Cup of Darts Draw 

  • England v Czech Republic
  • Latvia v Hungary
  • Scotland v Hong Kong
  • Portugal v Italy
  • Belgium v Japan
  • Poland v USA
  • Australia v Lithuania
  • Sweden v South Africa
  • Wales v Philippines
  • Austria v Finland
  • Germany v Spain
  • Denmark v Singapore
  • Netherlands v Brazil
  • Republic of Ireland v Canada
  • Northern Ireland v Gibraltar
  • New Zealand v Switzerland

2022 World Cup of Darts Tournament Schedule (bet365 darts betting odds)

Thursday June 16

First Round (Best of nine legs – doubles)

  • Denmark (11/8) v (4/7) Singapore
  • New Zealand (8/11) v (11/10) Switzerland
  • Republic of Ireland (8/13) v (11/10) Canada
  • Austria (1/7) v (9/2) Finland
  • Northern Ireland (1/20) v (10/1) Gibraltar
  • Wales (1/25) v (12/1) Philippines
  • Germany (2/5) v (2/1) Spain
  • The Netherlands (1/25) v (12/1) Brazil

Friday June 17

First Round (Best of nine legs – doubles)

  • Latvia (1/3) v (125/1) Hungary
  • Poland (4/11) v (11/5) USA
  • Sweden (10/11) v (10/11) South Africa
  • Portugal (1/9) v (11/2) Italy
  • Australia (2/9) v (10/3) Lithuania
  • England (1/4) v (3/1) Czech Republic
  • Scotland (1/20) v (10/1) Hong Kong
  • Belgium (1/16) v (/1) Japan

Saturday June 18

Second Round (Best of 3 points)

(Two best of seven leg singles matches plus one best of seven doubles decider if required)

  • Eight Matches

Sunday June 19

(Two best of seven leg singles matches plus one best of seven doubles decider if required)

  • 4 x Quarter-Finals 
  • 2 x Semi Finals 
  • 1x Final (Best of 5 points – Two best of seven leg singles matches plus one best of seven doubles then reverse singles)


Venue: Eissporthalle Frankfurt

Dates: 16th June – 19th June

Format: Best of nine legs during the singles phase, before advancing to team matches and new format

Current Champion: Scotland (Peter Wright and John Henderson)

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

When To Watch: 18:00 UK

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Darts Premier League Play Offs Betting Tips And Predictions 

Darts Premier League Play Offs Betting Tips And Predictions 

Michael Smith Darts Premier League Win

Pete’s DPL Betting Tips for Night 16

  • Jonny Clayton has thrown more 180s than any one else in this year’s Darts Premier League and I expect him to outscore Joe Cullen in the night’s opener at 6/4 with bet365.
  • Back James Wade to take his match with Michael van Gerwen all the way and get it over the line with a 10-9 win for 9/1 at bet365.
  • With a 10-9 score line, bettors can get 5/6 on there being over 16.5 total legs in the same match, again at bet365.

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

It may well be too little too late but, as we predicted last week, Michael Smith finally won a night in this year’s Premier League of Darts.

Bully Boy had been the last player to win a nightly title and at the very last attempt finally managed to bank a win which came in Newcastle at the at the expense of Jonny Clayton

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On the same night, Joe Cullen sealed his play-off spot ahead of Peter Wright meaning that the world’s number one and two won’t be in Berlin for the finals.

Smith entered into the final night of the league phase knowing that he had no chance of making it to Germany.

He had been a runner-up to both Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson earlier on in the campaign but finally got over the line after seeing off the table-topping Ferret 6-3 to break his duck.

Earlier in the night, the World Championship of Darts runner-up saw off Michael van Gerwen 6-4 before dismissing Gerwyn Price by six legs to three.

Bully Boy then produced an average of 98 in the final where he pinned six out of nine on his doubles and produced a match-winning checkout of 112.

Smith ended up in sixth place in the table, leapfrogging Gerwyn Price who endured a miserable campaign, and one place behind Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who saw his play-off hopes dashed by tournament debutant Joe Cullen in a winner takes all quarter final clash.

Cullen finished the season in fourth place behind James Wade after losing to table topping Jonny Clayton in the semi-finals and the pair will now meet again in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin for the play-offs on June 13th.

In the other semi final, Mighty Michael Van Gerwen will meet James Wade in a best of 19 legs match, while the final will be played to the best of 21.

Jonny Clayton V Joe Cullen

Joe Cullen heads into this match looking to emulate what his opponent achieved one year ago when Jonny Clayton lifted the Darts Premier League trophy having qualified for the tournament after winning the Darts Masters.

The Rockstar became the fourth and final qualifier last week in Newcastle when he won in the first round against Peter Wright, ending the world number one’s hopes of getting to Berlin.

Cullen lost in his second match to Clayton a week ago and the Welshman has been the DPL’s outstanding player this term, making it to eight finals and winning four of them

The Ferret has also chucked in an incredible 87 180s, averaging 0.28 per leg over 308 legs.

In short, Cullen has his work cut out for him unless something drastic happens to the form of the Ferret over the next two weeks while the players head out to New York and Copenhagen respectively.

In all fairness, at the very least, Clayton deserves to reach the final and I would expect him to do so.

Michael van Gerwen V James Wade

The league’s other outstanding player this year was Michael van Gerwen and he steps out next against James Wade.

I can never work out why the bookies don’t seem to rate Wade as much as he surely deserves.

I really think the regular Machine has what it takes to see off the Green Machine in Berlin.

Mighty Mike has looked back to his best at times during this year’s campaign but has also had a number of first-round exits and put in some really sub-par performances as well.

The Machine on the other hand has ploughed on regardless, not exactly thrilling any one, but not losing either and I can see MVG struggling to shake him off here.

The Dutchman is of course the favourite to win the match, and the whole competition as well, but Wade wont go away without putting up a real fight and I expect he will make the most of any slip ups van Gerwen makes which could prove to be the difference.

Should the underdog make it to the final where I would expect Jonny Clayton to be waiting, we will have a real match on our hands.

In what will be an extremely tough contest, I would back Jonny Clayton to retain his Premier League of Darts crown. 

Pete’s Tips


Jonny Clayton (4/9) v (7/4) Joe Cullen

Michael van Gerwen  (2/5) v (2/1) James Wade


Michael van Gerwen – 11/8

Jonny Clayton – 13/8

Joe Cullen – 11/2

James Wade – 11/2


PlayerNights WonMatches WonLeg DifferencePoints
Jonny Clayton (Q)424+2840
Michael van Gerwen (Q)319+4131
James Wade ** (Q)215-225
Joe Cullen214+724
Peter Wright112-1522
Michael Smith (E)112-421
Gerwyn Price* (E)211-1220
Gary Anderson (E)15-259

*Pulled out of Night Five with injury

**Pulled out of Night 14 with sickness


Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin

Dates:  13/06/2022

Format: Best of 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

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

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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