Remote Darts League Second Season Underway Monday with GeoComply as Title Sponsor
Posted on: May 18, 2020, 05:48h.
Last updated on: May 18, 2020, 06:05h.
The second round of the Remote Darts League began Monday afternoon (ET),, and the league that was created because of the coronavirus pandemic is going worldwide this time around.
After last month’s first round attracted 10 of the top professional darts players, this round will now feature 16 of the top players from Europe, Australia, and North America. The four finalists from the first round are set to compete against four of the world’s top women players and eight other men.
In all, the players will represent 10 countries.
It’s certainly ambitious,” says Kevin Dale from host organization Farawaysports. “RDL1 was a challenge, but through the platform supplier, FSB, we were able to establish a unique live contest complete with data feeds, odds feeds, video feeds, YouTube channels and widespread bookmaker distribution across Europe. This time round, we’re going global.”
The league also picked up a title sponsor for the upcoming matches: Geolocation technology firm GeoComply, which has provided geolocation and geofencing services for nearly a decade to several mobile sports betting, lottery, and other online gaming providers in 44 US states.
Sportradar will provide betting data on the matches to US sportsbooks.
“With league approval from regulators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the 120+ matches will be traded across a range of US sportsbooks,” GeoComply CEO David Briggs said.
Other Home Darts Leagues Running
While darts is a niche sport, the YouTube broadcasts for RDL round one proved there was a following. Preliminary matches drew as many as 8,500 viewers. And the April 27 finals attracted more than 10,000 viewers on YouTube, who watched darts champions compete for £25,000 ($30,500 USD) in prizes.
GeoComply RDL isn’t the darts competition featuring players throwing from their homes. There’s also the Icons of Darts Live League and Professional Darts Corp. Unibet Home Tour. Both are currently in action and also available for betting in some US markets.
How to Bet on Darts
Betting on darts is similar to betting on other sporting events or games. In individual competitions, bettors can wager on the leg spread – similar to the point spread in other sports. Head-to-head darts contests are a series of 501 games, as in, the first player to reach 501 exactly wins. In the GeoComply RDL, the preliminary games are a best of 10 legs.
Sportsbooks also offer straight-up moneyline betting for the head-to-head matchups.
Other betting markets are based on what happens in any game or across the series of games. Bettors can wager on the total number of 180s – the highest score a player can throw during a three-dart round. They can also bet on which player will have the highest “checkout,” which is the total a player throws to get to 0 and win the game.
Bettors can also wager if a player will win with a “nine-dart finish,” which is the fewest amount of darts a player can use to get from 501 to 0. As it’s a rare occurrence, this is always a longshot bet. For example, DraftKings has odds on such a finish at +20000 in all three of Tuesday’s matches.