Each winter the darts world championship tournament takes place in the UK, bringing the very best players together on a stage that fans see as being the best that the sport has to offer.
The tournament takes place at the historic Alexandra Palace in London, an arena with a long history of sports taking place inside it, and one that the darts world championship has really made its own over the past few years.
The 2021/22 event will take place across December and January as usual. The games will begin on December 15, with a break in the middle of the tournament before the final is played in the new year on January 3.
This unique place in the calendar means the world championship is one of the biggest sporting events to round off the year, and it is also one of the first big events to take place in the new year.
Who are the Main Players?
The very best players in the world take part in the world championship, and many build their entire season around being ready to compete at this time of year.
The winner of the competition last year, Gerwyn Price, has taken over as the number one player in the world on the back of that victory, and will come back looking to defend his title.
He beat Gary Anderson in the final last year 7-3, with Anderson being another to come back and try to go one better this time around. Elsewhere, former world number one and multiple champion of this event, Michael Van Gerwen is another big name that will be taking part in London.
Peter Wright, who won the tournament in 2020, James Wade and Dimitri Van den Bergh round off the big names and top seeds that will be heading to the tournament. The first few rounds will see these players against lower ranked opponents but when we get into the quarter finals, expect to see some very big matchups.
Why Betting is Part of the Sport
Many people who watch darts will also place a bet on the action, using the outright markets to predict who they think will win.
Thanks to this, betting on darts is simple and easy for beginners and experienced punters alike, which is one of the biggest draws for people, whether they want to bet on who will win the tournament, or look at daily markets on each game.
The betting industry continues to support darts, with sponsorship deals in place to be the main sponsor of many tournaments, including the world championship, which will be sponsored by William Hill once again.
Due to these strong links, there are many free bets and offers available that players can use to get started, especially when event as big as this one comes around.
The 2022 darts world championship is just around the corner, and will once again place itself as one of the biggest and best sporting events to take place over the Christmas period.