The Remote Darts League returned this month, in its second edition, with even more players and an even more ambitious attempt at staging the tournament given the various global lockdowns in place at the moment.

This edition of the tournament, sponsored by GeoComply, sees the organisers Farawaysports expand the participation field, with 16 players taking part – four of the finalists from the 1st edition of the Remote Darts League, along with the top four ladies darts players in the world, and eight men’s darts players. These players are from all over the world, with 10 countries and three continents – Australia, Europe and North America being represented. GeoComply are also a great addition to the Remote Darts League group, coming in as title sponsors, as they have been one of the most reliable partners of North American gaming websites since their launch in 2011.

The RDL2, as it is being called by the organisers, will be conducted over 21 days in a fast league format. There will be six matches taking place every day, with the 16 players all playing each other once. Each match will have a maximum of 10 legs, with the first player to reach six legs winning the match and thus winning two league points. If a match is tied at 5-5, both players will receive one point each. In this manner, after 20 match nights, the four players with the highest league points will advance to the final night, where they will compete in the semi-finals and then the grand final, for the GeoComply Remote Darts League championship.

Of course, the best and most innovative part of this tournament is the fact that it is all being conducted with the players safe inside their own homes. All of the required technology, infrastructure and streaming needs were set up by Faraway-sports within two weeks, with the result that the first edition of the tournament was carried by hundreds of sports betting websites, and all of them were offering in-play odds for the entire series of matches. It is the same situation for RDL2 as well, with the tournament once again expected to generate a lot of buzz and betting on sports betting sites as well as those which have sportsbooks combined with real money online casino games.

Another astounding fact about the tournament is that the organizers are offering and calculating real-time, in-play odds on their own using their own probability models. The quant team at Farawaysports was able to come up with a statistical model which covered all the probabilities and values needed to provide in-play betting odds for all the matches, across a variety of markets. Additionally, they pulled off another coup by getting Richard Ashdown in as the commentator and referee. Ashdown is a veteran of a number of World Darts Championships, and so his presence immediately lends a sense of gravitas and authenticity to the proceedings.

The RDL has been an example of how live sports can still be produced and brought to fans, despite the majority of the world being in some form of lockdown or another. While this cannot apply to all sports, obviously, darts is uniquely positioned to be able to continue doing so, as the players do not need to be in the same space, as long as they have the same equipment and the same rules and regulations being applied. This is the biggest reason for the RDL’s popularity since its launch, and with RDL2, it looks set to continue, both for darts fans as well as sports betting aficionados as well.

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James Richardson won the first edition of the Remote Darts League. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC


Author: Pieter