Chris Hammer

  • Last Updated: October 4 2016, 11:32 BST

Name: Chris Hammer

Specialist sports: Darts, football, athletics, reality TV

Notable success: A long, distinguished record of backing novelty television winners from shows such as I'm A Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother, X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. His best tips down the years include Chris Hollins (Strictly), Joe McElderry, James Arthur (both X Factor) and Alex Reid (Celebrity Big Brother) while more recently he picked out 'no hopers' Reggie 'n Bollie at 12/1 to be top group in the 2015 series of X Factor.

Profile: Chris has been with sportinglife.com since September 2005 and has contributed many previews and tips - predominently football, but also for county and darts, Test cricket, athletics and the novelty betting scene.

  • Wright to end wait for major glory

    Our darts expert Chris Hammer looks ahead to the Players Championship Finals this weekend and picks out his best bet.

    Saturday November 26 2016, 17:02 GMT
    Peter Wright: Can he finally win a televised major?
  • Lewis & Wright give options

    Our darts expert Chris Hammer previews the Grand Slam of Darts - check out his selections and analysis.

    Saturday November 12 2016, 14:27 GMT
    Peter Wright: Will be hoping to carry on his fine form in Wolverhampton
  • Suljovic & Lewis offer value

    Our darts expert Chris Hammer previews the World Series of Darts Finals - check out his selections and analysis.

    Saturday November 5 2016, 14:57 GMT
    Mensur Suljovic: Offers value at 40/1
  • Take a chance on outsiders

    Chris Hammer has defied his own expectations by finding the willpower once again to try and tip the X Factor winner.

    Saturday October 15 2016, 00:33 BST
    Sharon Osbourne: Mentors Saara and Relley C
  • Power to stay on in Dublin

    Fresh from last week's 5/1 win, Chris Hammer says Phil Taylor and James Wade make plenty of appeal at the World Grand Prix.

    Wednesday October 5 2016, 09:25 BST
    Phil Taylor: Will be hoping to win the World Grand Prix for the first time since 2013
  • Refreshed Taylor can sink MVG

    Chris Hammer previews the inaugural Champions League of Darts, which features Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.

    Saturday September 24 2016, 13:31 BST
    Will Phil Taylor get the better of Michael van Gerwen in Cardiff?
  • Anderson to claim Matchplay title

    Our Chris Hammer looks ahead to the World Matchplay and believes Gary Anderson and James Wade are worth backing.

    Saturday July 16 2016, 08:45 BST
    Gary Anderson: A good bet to win the World Matchplay
  • McCullum to star for Middlesex

    We've got a 100 per cent record in the T20 Blast so far this season and are backing Nottinghamshire and Middlesex tonight.

    Friday June 17 2016, 15:30 BST
     Brendon McCullum: Could impress for Middlesex
  • Take a punt on Mavraj

    We've previewed Wednesday's three Euro 2016 games and have a 100/1 selection for France v Albania.

    Wednesday June 15 2016, 19:59 BST
    Mergim Mavraj: Could find the net at a big price for Albania
  • Euro 2016: Group C guide

    Our Euro 2016 guide continues with Chris Hammer's take on Group C, which includes Germany.

    Wednesday June 15 2016, 15:54 BST
    Thomas Muller: Could again be the star for Germany
  • Outsiders worthy of support

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Manchester and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday May 5 2016, 19:32 BST
    Wade: Backed to get the better of Wright (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Close contests in Birmingham

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Birmingham and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 28 2016, 20:46 BST
    Peter Wright can run Phil Taylor close once again
  • Jackpot can make big move

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Bournemouth and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Friday April 22 2016, 09:21 BST
    Adrian Lewis: Preparing for a big night in his season (Picture by Michael Cooper)
  • Taylor & MVG to shine again

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Belfast and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 14 2016, 20:13 BST
    Phil Taylor's match with van Barneveld could be short and sweet (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Back Barney and Jackpot

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Sheffield and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 7 2016, 22:54 BST
    Adrian Lewis: Backed to beat Peter Wright
  • Barney can stun van Gerwen

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Cardiff and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Friday April 1 2016, 08:14 BST
    Raymond van Barneveld: Backed to get the better of Michael van Gerwen
  • Thorn to break duck; Barney backed

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Liverpool and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 24 2016, 21:46 GMT
    Van Barneveld: Plays Adrian Lewis in Liverpool on Thursday night
  • Taylor worth a punt to stun MVG

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Glasgow and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 17 2016, 19:55 GMT
    Phil Taylor: Faces Michael van Gerwen in Glasgow
  • Smith value to stun Anderson

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Nottingham and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 10 2016, 19:51 GMT
    Michael Smith: Could be worth a shout to beat Gary Anderson
  • Jackpot to cut the Power

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Exeter and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Wednesday March 2 2016, 21:30 GMT
    Adrian Lewis: Faces Phil Taylor on Thursday night (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)