If you’ve been following along with our PDC Home Tour Darts coverage, you know what our basic strategy is for the group stages of this first-of-its-kind event. Given the unfamiliar environment and format for this tournament– the players are at home, play is sometimes interrupted by phone calls and the matches are short — it seems unwise to back big favorites.
It’s been a wild weekend on the PDC Home Tour.
World No. 127 Jesus Noguera got the party started on Friday by winning Group 22, beating No. 10 Ian White along the way. Not to be outdone, World No. 130 Daniel Larsson swept Group 23 to also cash as an 8-1 underdog.
That means that three of the last four group winners had odds of at least 5-1.
Will Group 24 feature another longshot winner?
PDC Home Tour Night 24 Betting Odds and Picks
Sunday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET
- No. 18 Krzysztof Ratajski(-106)
- No. 41 Jamie Hughes (+240)
- No. 50 Darius Labanauskas (+375)
- No. 61 Toni Alcinas (+900)
- Krzysztof Ratajski (-400) v Toni Alcinas (+275)
- Jamie Hughes (-152) v Darius Labanauskas (+110)
- Toni Alcinas (+125) v Darius Labanauskas (-165)
- Krzysztof Ratajski (-200) v Jamie Hughes (+150)
- Jamie Hughes (-240) v Toni Alcinas (+175)
- Darius Labanauskas (+175) v Krzysztof Ratajski (-230)
If the PDC is able to hold the World Championships this December it’s likely that I will bet Krzysztof Ratajski. “The Polish Eagle” is currently 66-1 at DraftKings to win the Worlds and if that number is still around when things are more stable I’d happily jump on it. For some reason Ratajski slips through the cracks compared to other world-class players even though he has the sixth-best scoring average over the past year. Ratajski is the best player by a considerable margin in Group 24.
That being said, there’s no way I’m paying up to bet on Ratajski in this unique tournament. Darts are already a volatile sport and when you shorten the matches and make the players compete in their own home that just adds to the chaos. In other words, the playing field is much more level in this tournament than it is in regular matches.
I’ll try and beat Ratajski with a couple of underdogs, Toni “The Samurai” Alcinas and Darius “Lucky D” Labanauskas. I gave a thought to backing Jamie Hughes against him, too, but I think the price on Hughes should be a bit higher than +150, especially considering that Labanauskas is +175 and boasts a higher scoring average than Hughes this season.
I’ll also take a shot with “The Samurai” in his showdown with Hughes. I think Labanauskas and Hughes are pretty much on par and the fact that Alcinas is +125 against the Lithuanian and +175 against Hughes is a real head-scratcher to me.
PDC Home Tour Night 24 Betting Picks
- Toni Alcinas (+275) over Krzysztof Ratajski
- Toni Alcinas (+175) over Jamie Hughes
- Darius Labanauskas (+175) over Krzysztof Ratajski
PDC Home Tour Betting Record: 25-52, -4.37 units
PDC Home Tour Group Winners
- Group 1: Jamie Lewis (+600)
- Group 2: Luke Woodhouse (+600)
- Group 3: Dave Chisnall (-134)
- Group 4: Geert Nentjes (+250)
- Group 5: Nick Kenny (+450)
- Group 6: Ryan Searle (+180)
- Group 7: Jelle Klaasen (+200)
- Group 8: Jonny Clayton (+130)
- Group 9: Martijn Kleermaker (+350)
- Group 10: Nathan Aspinall (-177)
- Group 11: Mike van Duivenbode (+300)
- Group 12: Max Hopp (+175)
- Group 13: Carl Wilkinson (+450)
- Group 14: Chris Dobey (-118)
- Group 15: Darren Webster (+175)
- Group 16: Jeff Smith (+225)
- Group 17: Damon Heta (+163)
- Group 18: Stephen Bunting (+100)
- Group 19: Glen Durrant (-121)
- Group 20: Ryan Murray (+500)
- Group 21: Rob Cross (-150)
- Group 22: Jesus Noguera (+800)
- Group 23: Daniel Larsson (+800)
PDC Home Tour Darts Tournament Rules and Format
- If you’re unfamiliar with the rules of darts, click here.
- The tournament will feature 32 groups of four players who will play a round robin to determine a group winner.
- One group plays per day, for 32 days in a row. Yes, 32 days in a row.
- All group-stage matches are best-of-9 legs and two points will be awarded for a win. If there is a tie at the top of standings, the first tiebreaker will be leg difference.
- After the 32-day group stage, the winners will advance to the second phase of the competition. I’m assuming that means a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament. But, the PDC website didn’t go any further than that.
- The action will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time) each night and stream on PDC.tv, free of charge.
- The first 20 groups have been announced, along with the order of play, though the PDC has yet to confirm the remaining competitors.