OnTheOche has been in operation for 11 years now and as you can imagine strategies and approaches evolve as the years go by. There have essentially been 3 phases of the service:-
PHASE 1 (2007 - 2011) - The Low Hanging Fruit Years
Bets 573 I Staked 504.50 I Profit/loss +154.95 pts I ROI 30.7%
Back in the day, there was a lot of low hanging fruit to pick off in the darts markets. The markets weren't very clued up and if you had a strong knowledge of the darts tour there were silly prices about. In the first 4 or 5 years of the service we were able to have bets that represented huge value as the markets didn't really have any kind of handle on any player outside the big names.
However as darts grew in popularity, both as a sport and as a betting medium, the markets had to sharpen up and they did. It of course wasn't an instant change, at the time it wasn't even a noticeable change, but by around 2011/2012 a change of strategy was needed.
PHASE 2 (2012 - mid-2014) - Transitional Phase
Bets 519 I Staked 273.25 I Profit/loss +0.24 pts I ROI 0.08%
This was a very tricky period. As you can see we were treading water during this time. Obviously this sum-up is based on hindsight and I didn't specifically know it at the time, but looking back now it is obvious from the amount staked (not far off half of phase 1 and 3's staked amount from a similar number of bets) that I must have subconsciously not been finding the value I had before in Phase 1 and would later in Phase 3.
The markets had smartened up and so I knew I couldn't just carry on doing what I did before and expect to make a good profit. I knew I had to switch focus to the lower ranked and lesser known players. However in those days, there were still only really the main TV tournaments to bet on. Lower ranked and lesser known players were at a disadvantage in those events as they weren't as used to playing in big stage events as the top players were.
However in 2013 the PDC introduced the Euro Tour events, a selection of tournaments held throughout Europe. These events are played in front of big crowds and for good prize money. Looking back, these events changed the PDC in my opinion as it allowed lower ranked and overseas players the same opportunities and stage experience that previously had only been open to the top players.
From a betting point of view, this allowed me to be able to focus on lower ranked and overseas players. It gave enough betting opportunities to be able to make good money and also helped the lower ranked, lesser known players when it came to the major TV events.
PHASE 3 (mid-2014 - current) - Focusing on lower ranked, lesser known players and developing my own data
Bets 680 I Staked 590.50 I Profit/loss +51.30 pts I ROI 8.6%
By the middle of 2014 the Euro Tour had been up and running for a year and I had pretty much settled on my new strategies. I had also started to develop my own data that I believe accurately rates performances better than anything that is publicly out there.
It has been pretty successful all in all with a 51pts profit from 590 staked. In 2017 we had a 17pts profit (13% ROI) and are currently showing a 10pts profit (8% ROI) so far in 2018. It is of course not the skyrocket profit of the first 5 years of the service, but those days in darts betting are long gone. I would like to think this is a more sustainable and adaptable way of doing things.
* All the figures quoted here are based on the official odds stated in the daily emails. In reality those prices can often be beaten as I record at the generally available price and never record at top odds. Realistically you can add a few extra points to all of the totals quoted
YEAR BY YEAR RESULTS