Darts was perhaps the most dominant sport shown on TV back in the 80's a sport dominated by the most unlikeliest sportsmen, swigging beer and smoking cigarettes throwing 'arrows' at a board 7ft 9 1/4 inches away, but they had a following of harden fans and you couldn't help but get swept along with the enthusiasm.
Well just because it's dropped off our screens doesn't mean this great betting sport has gone away on the contrary it's still going from strength to strength.
Why is that because Sky sports have grabbed it by the scruff of it's neck and brought it upto date add to that great sponsorship from company's like Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.
Don't forget though that the BBC still cover the two key tournaments The Lakeside (formely the Embassy) World Championship, and the Winmau World Masters.
Darts has a summer break theirs no truth in the rumour that darts players spend the summer in the boozers of the world and like all sportsmen everywhere they have spent their time off, practising their chosen sport by throwing the arrows and swigging beer.
October sees the Skybet World Grand Prix coming to you from Dublin so the guys will be on the blackstuff, featuring a double in double out format meaning the guys must start and finish on a double.
This is a week long event shown exclusively on Sky Sports one word of warning don't even think of betting on the perfect nine dart leg it is almost impossible in this event.
The good news for punters is this event throws up some major upsets so get prepared to bet on the underdog.
Punters have plenty of betting opportunities when you consider that the World Championship The PDC's New Year spectacular where the world's top 32, plus eight wild cards and eight qualifiers, do battle over sets, culminating in a best-of-13 set final.
Lakeside World Darts Championship The BDO's flagship, formely known as the Embassy and played at the widely acknowledged 'home of darts', the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. Contested over sets between the BDO's top 25 players plus qualifiers.
Budweiser UK Open This is the PDC's FA Cup of darts. Seedings are decided by performances in qualifiers and not the world rankings with 128 players competing in legs only straight knockout.
Las Vegas Desert Classic To Nevada where a series of eliminators earn 16 play-off winners and four North American qualifiers the right to join the top 12 in a knockout competition over sets. you can't fail to have a bet with competition's like these.
Winmau World Masters A colossal event featuring more than 150 players from all over the world, separated into 16 groups with one of the BDO's seeds per section. Knockout from the last 16 onwards.
Top Darts Players - while it must be said that most top darts players in the past 20 years have come from England, Wales and Scotland have also had a fair share of household names.
Wales Alan Evans
England John Lowe
Wales Leighton Rees
England John Lowe
England Eric Bristow
Scotland Jocky Wilson
England Stephen Bunting
England James Wilson
England Alan Norris
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
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