All eyes will be on Michael van Gerwen once again when the best players in the PDC descend on Butlin’s resort in Minehead between 1-3rd March. Will the Dutchman to continue his domination of darts or will there be another winner to add to the title list?
The world number one and current PDC World Champions has not won the UK Open since 2016 and will again be aiming to claim the title back next month. With is recent World Championship victory and three wins in the first three rounds of the Premier League, ‘Mighty Mike’ will be a favourite to reclaim the UK Open title.
Professional darts has ascended in recent years to become a favourite betting sport among European sports gamblers. Much of the credit for this phenomenon goes to the marketing brilliance from the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), formally the World Darts Council (WDC). The Corporation has been able to successfully capture a significant brand built around Darts superstars like Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and the incomparable Peter Wright with his signature Mohawk of brilliant colours.
The third round of the 2019 PDC Premier League comes from the 3Arena Dublin and is always a venue packed to the brim with dart fans.
Michael van Gerwen heads up the leader board having won both of his past two matches. The reigning Premier League Champion and current World Champion looks like he is in curse control, however, his opponent in Dublin is the former 2018 World Champion, Rob Cross. Cross is currently equal in second place with one win, one draw, plus a three-leg difference. A win for Cross could see him heading up the Premier League Table come the fourth round.
Darts has been a popular game played in the public houses in the UK for over a hundred years. The early wooden boards had to be soaked to allow the dart punctures to heal before the next day’s play. Some still find it hard to imagine how anyone can have a steady hand after long binges of alcohol, however, the competitive nature of the sport has lived on to this day.
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Round two of the 2019 Premier Darts comes from the SSE Hydro Glasgow. With Gary Anderson pulling out of this year’s event due to a back injury, this week his place will be taken by Glen Durrant, the current and three-time back-to-back BDO World Champion. Glen has already made his mark on the PDC since winning his tour card last month. In the second round of the Players Championship, Glen reached the final, however, it was an on-form Dave Chisnell who took the honours.
Changes to the 2019 Premier League of darts have been made before a dart has been thrown. The former 2015 Premier League Champion and two-time World Darts Champion, Gary Anderson, has pulled out of the event due to an ongoing injury to his back. Gary also missed the PDC Masters, an event he was highly tipped to win.
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The 2019 Premier League Darts is bigger than ever. Ten of the top PDC players compete in a round robin phase to gain points. After round nine, known as the ‘Judgement Night’, the bottom two players in the league table are eliminated. The remaining eight players then continue the round-robin quest until round-fifteen. At this stage, the top four players then progress to the knockout week or knockout finals.
The rules are pretty simple. Every week the players play a best of 14 leg match. If a player wins 8 legs, he gains two points the loser nothing. If the match is drawn 7-7 both players are awarded a point. Players on equal points are then sorted by wins against the throw. i.e. if they have won more legs against the throw, they appear higher on the league board.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Mensur Suljović | Gary Anderson | Raymond van Barneveld | Gerwyn Price | James Wade
Des Jacklin states he will review the ladies game and prize money following the overwhelming social media feedback the BDO received at this year’s Lakeside World Championship.
While the men’s winner ‘Glen Durrant’ picked up a cheque for £100,000, the ladies’ winner only received £12,000. Des only took over the chair of the BDO late 2018 and if it wasn’t for his immediate impute the BDO World Championships didn’t look on the cards. Lakeside hadn’t confirmed they were hosting the championship nor had any TV broadcaster. Both were addressed as a matter of urgency. Des managed to sign a three-year deal with Eurosport to bring live BDO darts to our screens for three of the BDO major events. The World Championships, The BDO World Trophy and the Winmau Masters.
The BDO then announce the World Championships would again be held at Lakeside, however further coverage from this venue hasn’t been confirmed.
However, despite Des’s best efforts and relaxing the rules to allow BDO players to compete in Q school without any penalisation, the BDO have lost a number of high-ranking players to the PDC.
After four days at PDC Q School, Current and three times BDO World Champions Glen Durrant won a PDC tour card and won’t be defending the BDO World Championships. Joining him Mark McGeeney, Jamie Hughes, Scott Baker, Conan Whitehead to name but a few that obtained one of the thirty tour cards that became available.
2019 will see a new look PDC and a new look BDO. However, with a £14M prize fund in the PDC it isn’t surprising that nearly 400 dart players competed for PDC tour cards. Even top-ranked ladies tied with Lisa Ashton having the best run on day three of 106 in one her rounds.
The next big TV Darts Tournament is the non-ranking event ‘The PDC MASTERS’. Sixteen of the worlds best professional players compete in a straight matchplay style knockout.
Michael van Gerwen recently pocketed the £500,000 first prize for winning the PDC World Darts Championships in a highly entertaining final against the ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Dave Chisnall | Mensur Suljović | Simon Whitlock | Gary Anderson | Darren Webster | Jonny Clayton | Gerwyn Price | James Wade | Joe Cullen | Ian White | Adrian Lewis
This event is prior to the eagerly awaited PDC Darts Premier league.
The Premier League plays to sell out crowds across the UK, Northern Ireland, Rep Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands over a seventeen week period which starts on February 7 at the Newcastle Metro Arena and concludes at the London O2 Arena on May 23.
The players line up include the top four players by PDC Order of merit and a further six wild cards entries. Four of these are chosen by the PDC directors and the remain two via Sky TV team. Notably, Raymond van Barneveld will be making his last appearance in the Premier League as he has announced his retirement from competitive darts at the end of the 2020 World Darts Championships.
With the announcement of a bigger prize pot by the chairman of the PDC, 2019 will make more dart millionaires, a total of £14M is up for grabs making this one of the top TV sports which everyone wants to be involved with.
The Japan darts seen has just had a major boost with Mikuru Suzuki winning the Lakeside Ladies World Darts Champions at her first attempt. Mikuru lived up to her nickname ‘Miricle’ and throw fantastic darts to take out the 2018 champion in her first round and the rest was history. The soft-tip superstar just put the steel-tip game on the map in Japan.
hree major events in the BDO calendar will be shown on Eurosport with more expected to be announced in the near future. The World Championship, The World Darts Trophy and the Winmau Masters and been snapped up by Eurosport in a three-year deal which will help players competing in this division of the sport.
The PDC Q School will be bigger than ever this year. Des Jacklin has lifted the constraints imposed on BDO players allowing them to compete in the PDC Q School.
Players will compete behind closed doors to obtain a PDC Tour card and compete in some of the biggest dart tournaments in the world. Barry Hearn, the Chairman of the PDC announce the prize fund for the darts tournaments in 2019 has again increased to £14M hence to say the top BDO players are for the first time trying to gain a PDC Tour Card and change the darting lives.
Top BDO players that will be competing include six – Ex-World Champions and the current BDO World Champion Glen Durrant. Joining him will be former Ladies world champions Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova, plus Richie Burnett, John Part, Scott Waites. A total of 15 Lakeside competitors including Mark McGeeney the 2018 BDO World Champion runner-up will also be competing for a tour card and a total of 36 top ranked BDO players will also compete.
Should these players achieve their dreams the dynamic of the PDC regularly seen players is likely to change over the course of the year! Dart fans will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of this closed event which takes place 17-20 January.
Thirty tour cards are up for grabs, however, there are hundreds of competitors so make these cards hard to obtain.
Six nine-dart legs have been thrown in this event over the past ten years and seven ladies in total have registered to play so far. Closing date for this event is today 15 January.
Although this is a closed event i.e. not shown on TV and ranking is not applicable it is followed by thousands of dart fans with the hope their player can make it though.
If we’re being honest, following the PDC World Darts Championship with the BDO version is akin to attending the World Cup final on a Saturday before catching your local pub team play on the Sunday morning.
That’s not to suggest the BDO is lacking in star quality – far from it in fact, but their amateur status means that the players simply can’t dedicate as much time to Practice as their PDC counterparts; hence the gap in class.
The PDC 2019 World Darts Championships has been full of surprises and upsets. The biggest field in World Darts history gathered at the Alexandra Palace, London to compete for a total prize fund of £2.5M with £500,000 going to the eventual winner.
Adrian Lewis has won over £2.8m in prize money during his near 15-year career. Now 33-years old, Lewis is a two-time World Championship winner. He also won the U.K. Open and European Championship.
The sport of darts is renowned for the skill and accuracy of the dart thrower. If you can’t throw a dart accurately then you will lose every dart game you are playing. So, how does a player improve their skill on a dartboard? Mostly by playing games and using Practice routines.
The world biggest darts event, the PDC World Darts Championship has got bigger again for the 2019 instalment. A massive 96 competitors will compete for the Sid Waddell World Darts trophy and the first prize of £500,000. This year’s prize fund has also increased to a £2.5M and the Alexandra Palace, affectionally known as ‘Ally Pally’ state the tickets for the event are sold out.
Playing darts is all about precision and stability. Players must focus and concentrate keeping in mind external factors that can hinder the route of the dart. From having the right angle at which the dart leaves the fingers till the time it reaches the board, there’s a kind of aim required, often seen depicted by superheroes, and especially the famous DC character, Arrow.
Two of the biggest names in darts, Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross put the virtual reality dart game through its paces with some really funny results, these guys are human after all!
The conclusion of the Players Champions will be played out at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort 23-25th November. For the past three years, the event has been dominated by the young Dutchman Michael van Gerwen. Michael has won the event four times in total and this year he could make it four in a row.
The World Series of Darst Finals will be held 2-4th November and comprises of twenty-four top dart players competing for a total prize find £250,000. Fans can watch the event live via ITVSport / ITV4 in the UK and Worldwide via the PDC’s own international Broadcast.
The top 32 PDC European tour players will battle it out for the PDC European Darts title from 25th – 28th October the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. The 32-player tournament sees players that have qualified through the European Tour Order of Merit, which includes prize money won in the 13 European Tour events throughout the year. This major dart event will be broadcast on various TV channels across the world and on ITV Sport / ITV4 in the UK
Few sports have seen an increase in player participation and audience growth like the sport of darts. Although the sport originated in the tap rooms of old English pubs, darts over the last two decades has seen phenomenal growth in the UK and the rest of the World.
All sportsmen having captured the championship title as the world number one once or twice in their respective disciplines can rightfully call themselves remarkable. Those extremely rare individuals that managed to conquer an army of their peers on five or more occasions become heralded as heroes and legends, but what do you call a man that collected more half the number of available world crowns in his long and illustrious 25-year career? What do you call the remarkable athlete who displays sixteen personal World Darts Championship trophies in his cabinet? You simply call him Phil “The Power” Taylor, the greatest arrow slinger to ever have graced the oche!
Sports fans, when asked for their most memorable moments, will in each particular sports discipline quote a variety of moments or events. However, in darts, almost universally, avid followers of the sport agree the greatest match ever played occurred not during a final, but in the 2013 Grand Slam of Darts during the semi-finals when Adrian Lewis faced Taylor...
A brief history of the dartboard evolution, from early wooden target dartboards to modern day sisal and blade wiring system boards.
With pub leagues struggling to get teams together and walk on girls going the way of the F1 grid girls, there are those who have been sounding the death knell for darts as a 20th century phenomenon that’s time has been and gone. But last weekend’s Champions League of Darts proved that this is a sport that is as capable as any of adopting the instant gratification, bitesize entertainment format that is so core to 21st century values.
This year’s PDC World Grand Prix takes place at the City West Hotel, Dublin from 30th September to 6th October. In total, there will be a field of 32 players, 16 of which will be among the best from the PDC Order of Merit, and the other 16 from the ProTour Order of Merit.
Qualification has been tough but the reigning World Grand Prix Champion, World No.1, Michael van Gerwen will line up as the favourite to retain his title.
The question is darts a sport or not has been a debate for many years. However, on The 24th March 2005 Sports England took the lead in officially recognising darts as a sporting activity. Later that year, on the 3rd June 2005 Sports Wales, Sports Northern Ireland and Sports Scotland have now added their unanimous agreement that darts is to be recognised as a sport.
Rob Cross produced one of the best stories in the history of the PDC World Championship back in January as Voltage capped off a dream debut season as a professional darts player to lift the trophy at the Alexander Palace after beating the legend of the sport, Phil Taylor, in the final. Without being disrespectful to Cross, before the world championship, he wasn’t a household name. However, he proved that if you put in the hard work in this game, you get your reward.
Many players on the tour will take inspiration from Cross’ achievement last season and will be hoping to follow in his footsteps by winning their maiden world title in January. Here are three players who have the game to rule supreme at the Ally Pally.
Michael van Gerwen started as betting favourite to win this year’s Premier League Darts title and after the tournament’s second most successful player behind Phil Taylor booked his place in the playoffs, he’s looking good value to go all the way.
While it may not be formally considered one of dart’s major events, the fans and players alike look forward to the Premier League every year. This year’s league includes four participants from the 2017 league, two returning players from the 2016 event and four Premier League rookies. Here’s a quick look at the current odds (odds may vary from one betting site to another) to win the title.
At the beginning of February 2018, two-time former World Champion Adrian Lewis hit the headlines for a bizarre on-stage altercation with Jose Justicia during the pair's UK Open Qualifier match. Security had to intervene as a war of words broke out between the pair and tempers flared. The cause of the skirmish still remains largely unclear but following a thorough investigation by the PDC, Lewis was suspended with immediate effect.
There are still plenty of darts to be thrown this year but as each tournament passes, the PDC World Championship gets ever closer. Michael Van Gerwen is the current odds-on favourite for the annual tournament held at Alexandra Palace but can anyone stop the dominance of the Dutchman at this event?
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