HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my latest blog. I’ve been chilling in the home counties since I got back from my little trip to the Bahamas as both my castles in Scotland are currently being renovated in time for Hogmanay (I’ll be flying between each in my helicopter at various parts of the night just to make sure everyone’s being properly entertained. I’ve got some of the lads from the Bay City Rollers playing at one, and two – hopefully three – members of Runrig doing a couple of numbers at the other). My third castle – in Spain – is currently out of action largely due to the fact that large parts of it have had an attack of Verdigris and I’m having difficulties getting the right quality of obreros in. To ensure there'll be no unwelcome visitors, a small team of crack SAS veterans are using it as a temporary base to teach less well-off locals how to make delicious meals out of powdered egg, pemmican, Seville oranges and various other locally-sourced foodstuffs.
Besides asking for further details of my all-too-brief liaison with Felicity Fletcher, which I shan’t be disclosing, a number of you have been on at me to supply some darts tips. Not only are punters going darts mad at present, the World Championship is just around the corner, so here’s a little guide to how to find the value in the ‘Most 180s’ & ‘Handicaps’ markets.
An old darting cliché is ‘trebles for show, doubles for dough’. Better bettors can exploit this situation by opposing the ‘Most 180s’ favourite as it does not necessarily follow that the player scoring the most maximums goes on to win the match.
Backing the outsider in the ‘Most 180s’ market is a good way to make steady cash in darts without enormous liabilities. Typically, the ‘Most 180s’ market in darts will read like a football home/draw/away book. Remember to take into consideration the likely number of total legs before making your selection as a race to five could easily throw up a draw in the ‘Most 180s’ column. Similarly, backing players in handicap markets such as +1.5 and +2.5 where the bookies are effectively giving them a head start against their more fancied opponents is well worth a look, especially if you believe the outsider can push their adversary close or even beat them. A +2.5 handicap in a first to six encounter, for example, covers all wins for your player as well as a 5-6 and a 4-6 defeat.
So there you go. No excuses for losing money on the arrows ever again. I’m off for a boat trip down the Thames from Folly Bridge in Oxford with a lady whose hair is blacker than my cat. I’ve heard the potted shrimp on board is astounding.