PDC Home Tour Darts Betting Odds, Preview and Picks for Day 13 (Wednesday, April 29)
James Chance/Getty Images. Pictured: Callan Rydz
If you’ve been following along with our PDC Home Tour Darts coverage, you know what our basic strategy is for the early part of this first-of-its-kind event. Given the unfamiliar environment and format for this tournament– the players are at home, play is sometimes interrupted by phone calls and the matches are short — it seems unwise to back big favorites.
Well, it finally happened. I was hoping that Tuesday would be all about Keegan “The Needle” Brown, a medical lab scientist who moonlights as a professional darts player, but his internet failed him after his opening match and that threw things into flux for a moment. But just a moment.
The PDC quickly adjusted, and made the three remaining contenders — Max Hopp, Conan Whitehead and Mike De Decker — play one another twice to make up for Brown’s vanishing. Hopp ended up on top. Frankly, I’m surprised that it took this long for The Home Tour to run into this problem but it was really uplifting to see the dartsmen put on their best show-must-go-on face and finish play in a fair manner.
Here’s to hoping that everybody’s WiFi is on song for Wednesday’s fixtures.
PDC Home Tour Night 13 Betting Odds and Picks
Wednesday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET
- No. 26 Steve Beaton (+125)
- No. 120 Callan Rydz (+200)
- No. 63 Matthew Edgar (+400)
- No. 89 Carl Wilkinson (+450)
- Steve Beaton (-177) v Callan Rydz (+130)
- Matthew Edgar (-155) v Carl Wilkinson (+128)
- Callan Rydz (-200) v Carl Wilkinson (+155)
- Steve Beaton (-230) v Matthew Edgar (+175)
- Matthew Edgar (+125) v Callan Rydz (-162)
- Carl Wilkinson (+190) v Steve Beaton (-250)
Group 13 is headlined by one of darts’ most colorful characters, the aptly nicknamed Steve “The Bronzed Adonis” Beaton, a sporting icon with three decade’s worth of darting experience under his belt.
Beaton won some big titles, including a BDO World Championship, in his prime but those days are long behind the well-tanned Coventry native. Beaton did go on a run to the Round of 16 at the 2020 World Championships and but this is going to be a totally new experience for the 56-year-old Beaton. Older players like Peter Wright, Simon Whitlock and James Wade, have struggled in the PDC Home Tour and I’m wondering if Beaton will take too long to adjust to this unique format.
You can’t write anybody off in this tournament, and Beaton does have the best 2020 average among this group at 92.80, but I’ve got no interest in betting on The Bronzed Adonis at these prices. He may be the most popular player in Group 13 but, as is often the case, that popularity has caused his price to climb too high.
In addition to giving Beaton the full-fade treatment, I am going to back Callan “The Riot” Rydz to win Group 13. Rydz checks a lot of the boxes for the type of player I am targeting in Round 1 of the Home Tour. He’s young and has yet to have a big breakthrough, so he should be motivated to try and make the most of this opportunity. Rydz sports the second-highest 2020 average in the group. If it’s available to you, I see no problem in taking the +200 on Rydz to win Group 13.
Matthew Edgar, who went 0-4 in the dry run for the Home Tour a few weeks ago, and Carl Wilkinson, who has the worst scoring average in Group 13, will need bring their A-Game to defeat Beaton, but these short games are a recipe for chaos and we’ve seen plenty of upsets in the first two weeks of the Home Tour. Here’s to hoping there’s a couple more on Wednesday.
PDC Home Tour Night 13 Betting Picks
- Callan Rydz (+130) over Steve Beaton
- Matthew Edgar (+175) over Steve Beaton
- Carl Wilkinson (+190) over Steve Beaton
- Callan Rydz (+200) to win Group 13
PDC Home Tour Betting Record: 15-25, +3.1 units
PDC Home Tour Odds and Schedule
PDC Home Tour Group Winners
- Group 1: Jamie Lewis (+600)
- Group 2: Luke Woodhouse (+600)
- Group 3: Dave Chisnall (-134)
- Group 4: Geert Nentjes (+250)
- Group 5: Nick Kenny (+450)
- Group 6: Ryan Searle (+180)
- Group 7: Jelle Klaasen (+200)
- Group 8: Jonny Clayton (+130)
- Group 9: Martijn Kleermaker (+350)
- Group 10: Nathan Aspinall (-177)
- Group 11: Mike van Duivenbode (+300)
- Group 12: Max Hopp (+175)
PDC Home Tour Darts Tournament Rules and Format
- If you’re unfamiliar with the rules of darts, click here.
- The tournament will feature 32 groups of four players who will play a round robin to determine a group winner.
- One group plays per day, for 32 days in a row. Yes, 32 days in a row.
- All group-stage matches are best-of-9 legs and two points will be awarded for a win. If there is a tie at the top of standings, the first tiebreaker will be leg difference.
- After the 32-day group stage, the winners will advance to the second phase of the competition. I’m assuming that means a single-elimination, bracket-style tournament. But, the PDC website didn’t go any further than that.
- The action will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time) each night and stream on PDC.tv, free of charge.
- The first eight groups have been announced, along with the order of play, though the PDC has yet to confirm the remaining competitors.