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.
Darts is a good development of sport for hand, eye coordination and developing a strong mental ability. You can practice the game in a pub, a club with friends or at home with family. The advantages of playing darts are various, including concentration under pressure, self-control, mathematical ability to name just a few.
The PDC World Matchplay will again be held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The World Matchplay is in its 25th year and this year’s event will be held from 21-29th July. In honour of the 16-time World Matchplay Champion, Phil Taylor, the World Matchplay Trophy has been renamed ‘The Phil Taylor Trophy’.
Phil Taylor, the current World Matchplay Champion, retired from PDC competition circuit at the end of the 2018 World Darts Championships in January, so will not defend the title.
Do you love playing darts? While there are plenty of sports to watch for you – and we are sure the FIFA World Cup features right at the top for you – darts has an appeal like a few others. Thankfully, you had that in plenty if you are living in New Plymouth.
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?
The most successful player in the history of darts is set to call time on his career at the end of the year but there have been signs in the World Matchplay that ‘The Power’ might yet go out on a high. Wins over Michael Van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis suggest that the 56 year old can still compete with the best but does that mean that Taylor really stands a chance in the PDC World Championships – a tournament that will be his last?
Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor is taking part in his final World Matchplay Championship this year where he is bidding for his 16th success in the tournament in Blackpool in what would be a dream way to bow out for the Power.
The World Matchplay arrives in Blackpool once again on July 22nd, with a week of extraordinary of drama in the offing at the Winter Gardens. It's the final appearance of 15-time winner Phil Taylor who retires at the end of the season. Can the Power finish with a flourish? This year's tournament will see a record prize fund of £500,000 on offer to the winner, as 32 players compete for top honours in the Lancashire seaside town. Prize money in the sport has increased for 2017 with this year's showdown at the iconic venue likely to be as competitive as ever.
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