Home Tour Darts Tournament 2020 Explained – Where To Watch & Bet
Welcome to our Home Tour Darts tournament guide.
We explain what it is is, where to watch the Darts stream online and the best betting sites to place your bets on the tournament.
Watch Live Streaming & Bet on Home Tour Darts
As any fan of sport will know there has been a dramatic impact on sporting events around the world.
Regardless of whether you enjoy watching football, tennis, cricket, Formula 1, cycling, snooker or darts, there has been no live professional sport to enjoy for some time. This seems set to continue throughout the remainder of April and probably into May for many sports.
However, the Professional Darts Corporation are about to fill the gaping void left in many peoples lives. The PDC are about to launch the Home Tour darts tournament which will feature many of the world's greatest darts players and be available to watch live around the world.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all our incredible NHS staff who continue to save lives in the most difficult circumstances, we all owe an immense amount of gratitude to our key workers.
“It gives me great excitement that we are able to deliver live darts to fans in these unprecedented times.
“We’ve spent the last few weeks planning and looking at what is possible, and I’m delighted to be able to present a concept which gives all Tour Card Holders the opportunity to take part.”
Of all the sports which have been suspended, darts is perhaps the best placed to resume in some form as a spectator sport.
The beauty of darts is that it can be played in the home which means players can enjoy the sport without having to break any rules currently in place in their country. So, what is the Home Tour darts tournament all about and how will it work?.
What Is the Darts Home Tour Tournament?
As it stands, we have 16 players confirmed to play and they have been drawn into four groups, each consisting of four players.
The four players in each group will play each other over the course of a single evening and the winner of each match will get 2 points.
If there is a tie in the group after every match is played, the leg difference will determine the winner.
If that is also level, the result between the two players is taken to account.
If there is a three-way tie for first place, the overall average of the players will be considered.
Only the winner of each group will progress to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Although we only have four confirmed groups at this stage, this will change overtime as more players enter and additional groups are created.
In total, there will be 32 groups and therefore we will have 32 players going through to the knockout stage of the Home Tour darts tournament.
Players will be drawn against each other and play in one off matches all the way through to the final.
At the time of writing, no date has been set for the final to take place and this will be confirmed in due course, once the tournament has started.
This is not only good news for the players, who will get the opportunity to play competitive darts, it is also good news for the fans.
Where Can I Watch PDC Home Tour Darts?
Every match in the Home Tour darts tournament will be broadcast via video calls. The games will be filmed on a mobile phone or camera on a tripod and screened live on the PDC's own TV channel.
Games can be watched free by registered users but it is also possible to watch every game of the Home Tour using live streaming at Bet365.
This ensures fans from around the world have the opportunity to watch all of the matches live and will give many people a welcome break from the lockdown measures currently in place.
Darts Home Tour Betting Markets
We will see close to the full range of new UK bookmakers betting markets you would normally see during a PDC darts tournament and there is a decent selection for each match.
Match Winner, Outright Winner, Correct Leg Score, Alternative Handicap, Highest Checkout, 9 Dart Finish in Match, 170 Finish in Match, Total Leg, First Leg Checkout, Score After 4 Legs and many more are available on which to bet.
Who Is Playing in the Darts Home Tour Tournament?
So, who are the confirmed players to date and what do we have to look forward to in the opening group matches of the Home Tour?
Group 1 Players
Group 1 consists of the current world champion Peter Wright, along with Peter Jacques, Jamie Lewis and Niels Zonneveld.
Scotland-born Wright will meet Yorkshireman Peter Jacques in the opening game of the tournament and there is no better way of starting a new sporting event than with the world champion in action.
‘Snakebite’ will come into the game as the huge favourite to win against an opponent who has never progressed beyond the first round of the World Championship.
This will be the first time the two players have come up against each other in a professional tournament and Wright will be keen to put on a strong display for the fans.
A 5-1 or 5-2 victory seems to be the favourite potential score and it will be interesting to see if playing in a home setting will have any impact on the quality of the scoring.
Players may feel more relaxed as they are not playing on a stage in front of thousands of fans but at home with a mobile phone or camera for company.
Therefore, could we see a greater number of 180’s than usual and will we also see more 9 dart legs plus 170 finishes?.
It is difficult to tell at this stage and we will only know more once we have seen a few players in action.
However, as an example, the odds for there to be a nine dart lag in the match between Wright and Jacques is 50/1 with Bet365.
The odds are sure to lengthen or shorten over the course of the opening few nights as we all become accustomed to the level of darts being played.
Let’s not forget that some players perform excellently during the floor tournaments yet when it comes to playing on the big stage, they do not seem to be able to bring their ‘A’ game.
So, that's another factor to consider when placing bets on matches during the Home Tour.
Wright is the bookies favourites to win Group 1, with Welshman Jamie Lewis considered his closest threat and it could be the match between these two players which decides who will progress to the last 32.
Group 2 Players
Which other players have been confirmed to play in the Home Tour darts tournamnet?
One name which many darts fans will be looking forward to seeing in action is Gerwyn Price.
He has been drawn in Group 2 along with Rowby-John Rodriguez, Luke Woodhouse and Ted Evetts.
As with Wright, Price is the overwhelming favourite to win this group and qualify for the knockout stages of the Home Tour darts tournament.
His first match is against the Austrian player Rowby-John Rodriguez, who is currently outside the top 50 ranked players in the world.
The players have met each other four times during their career and Price has come out on top on each occasion, so it is no wonder the Welshman is regarded as the huge favourite.
However, as highlighted above it will be interesting to see how playing at home will affect a player like Price.
He is used to the big occasion and loves nothing more than to wind up his opponent and the crowd. Price is always very animated when it comes to celebrating big scores and finishes, so it will be intriguing to see how he reacts when doing this at home.
It is not going to be the same as playing on the stage and therefore it could have a negative impact on his performance level.
Without the adrenaline flowing, will Price be the same player?.
He will be in action on Saturday the 18th of April.
There are sure to be millions of darts fans around the world tuning in to the live streaming at Bet365 to see exactly how the third ranked player in the world copes with the format of the Home Tour.
Group 3 Players
Arguably the most interesting group of those drawn at the time of writing is Group 3.
This consists of world number 11, Dave Chisnall. He has failed to get beyond the quarter final stage of a tournament in 2020 with his performance at The Masters early in the year being his best to date.
With Scott Waites and Jan Dekker both in the group, the pressure will be on Chisnall who will know that if he is below his best there is every chance he could finish down in 3rd place.
This would be a shock if it were to happen but Waites and Dekker both have experience of going deep in BDO events, while Waites has also won the Grand Slam of Darts, which features players from both codes.
The Grand Slam of Darts tournament in question was back in 2010 but Waites defeated Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade on his way to lifting the title.
There is no doubt that the Englishmen will be feeling confident about his chances of success in the Home Tour and makes an interesting outside bet to go all the way.
Group 4 Players
The 4th and final group we know about at the time of writing is much tougher to call.
It consists of Ross Smith, Lisa Ashton, Mickey Mansell and Geert Nentjes. Smith is the bookies favourite to win the group but there is not much to split the players.
Mansell and Nentjes are not far behind in the betting and Ashton is hoping to cause an upset.
There are sure to be several female players participating in the Home Tour darts tournament and it will be interesting to see how they fare playing in a home setting.
We have already seen what Fallon Sherrock is capable of at her best and she is one female player who will believe she has what it takes to go on and win the tournament.
We will have to see which other players are going to be participating in the tournament.
Everyone will be hoping the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall, Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Ian White, Mensur Suljovic, Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock, among others, all get involved.
We have already seen the success of an online tournament featuring PDC darts players playing from their own homes.
The Modus Icons of Darts online tournament has also been in action featuring players including Raymond van Barneveld, Andy Jenkins, Paul Nicholson and Mark Webster. Yes, there were some initial problems with the streaming and sound quality but these have since been ironed out.
There are many things which need to be in place for the Home Tour to work.
The correct lighting, a HD camera, whether it be on a phone or a webcam, a laptop and a high speed internet connection.
Then there is the scoring and players will need to have access to live scoring so they can keep track of exactly what is happening in the leg and overall match.
There will even be commentary from Dan Dawson, so there is a lot of effort going into staging this tournament.
However, with so many people around the world eager to watch some live sport, it is a very exciting time, not only for darts but professional sport in general.