PDC Unibet Masters
The PDC world's top 16 players will compete in the Unibet Masters from 26-28th January at Arena MK in Milton Keynes, live on ITV4.
Michael van Gerwen will be aiming for his fourth successive Masters Title. He faces Kim Huybrechts in the first round while the newly crowned PDC World Champions Rob Cross will line up against Ian White in his Masters tournament.
The First Round Draw
|Michael van Gerwen||v||Kim Huybrechts|
|Simon Whitlock||v||James Wade|
|Daryl Gurney||v||Gerwyn Price|
|Gary Anderson||v||Benito van de Pas|
|Peter Wright||v||Alan Norris|
|Dave Chisnall||v||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Mensur Suljovic||v||Michael Smith|
|Rob Cross||v||Ian White|
2018 Premier league line up.
Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Darryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, and Simon Whitlock
The Premier League Starts 1st February 2018 - 17th May 2018. Premier League schedule, Results, format can be seen below.
PDC & BDO Tournaments - January / February 2018
PDC Dart Events - January 2018
|1||World Darts Championship Finals|
|18-21||PDC Qualifying School (UK)|
|18-21||PDC Qualifying School (Europe)|
|26-28||The Masters,Milton Keynes|
|27-28||PDC Unicorn Callenge Tour 1,2,3,4|
PDC Dart Events - February 2018
|1||Premier League Darts 1, Dublin|
|2-4||UK Open Qualifiers|
|8||Premier League Darts 2, Cardiff|
|9-11||UK Open Qualifiers|
|15||Premier League Darts 3, Newcastle|
|16||European Tour 1-2 UK Qual|
|17-18||Players Championship 1,2|
|22||Premier League Darts 4, Berlin|
BDO Dart Events - January 2018
|6-14||BDO Lakeside World Championships|
|12-14||Quebec Open, Canada|
|19-21||Fleetwood Memorial Las Vegas|
|26-28||Romanian Classic / International|
|28||Gwynedd Open, Wales|
BDO Dart Events - February 2018
|2-4||Dutch Open, Netherlands|
|4||Canterbury Classic, New Zealand|
|9-11||Shoot for the Moon,USA|
|16-18||Syracuse Open USA|
|23-25||Celtic Challenge, NI|
Full Events Calendars: 2018 PDC and BDO Dart Event Calendars
Unibet Premier League Darts 2018 Table
Round One : 3 Arena Dublin
The 16 Week Unibet Premier League Darts starts 1st February 2018 at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
The new ten player line-up has been confirmed and will see some notable clashes over the coming weeks.
Tickets for these events sell out fast so if you are not lucky enough to be a ticket holder then you can watch this event live of Sky Sports every Thursday Night from 1st February - 17th May 2018.
Full Premier League Details can be seen below along with the all-important league table
2018 Unibet Premier League Darts
The Unibet Premier League Darts starts 1st February 2018 with a new line-up of players. Many of the old guard have gone, some old faces return and there are some new kids on the block. For 16 weeks the players will compete for a first prize £250,000 of a total prize fund of £825,000.
First round match will see PDC World No.1 Michael van Gerwen v the Current PDC World Champion Rob Cross in a rematch of the 2018 World Championship semi-finals.
Full details will be available on this website shortly including a results table showing the players progress as each week passes. Watch live via Sky Sports
Premier League FormatThe opening nine weeks will see the ten players face each other once before the bottom two players are eliminated on Judgement Night, with the remaining players then facing off once more before the top four progress to the Play-Offs in London on 17th May.
2018 Premier League Players Line-up
|PDC Order of Merit||PDC (Wild Cards)||PDC (Wild Cards)|
|Michael van Gerwen||Daryl Gurney||Michael Smith|
|Peter Wright||Mensur Suljovic||Gerwyn Price|
|Rob Cross||Simon Whitlock|
|Gary Anderson||Raymond van Barneveld|
2018 Premier League Prize Fund
|Winner £250,000||Seventh Place £50,000|
|Runner-Up £120,000||Eighth Place £45,000|
|Semi-Finalists £80,000||Ninth Place £30,00|
|Fifth Place £65,000||Tenth Place £25,000|
|Sixth Place £55,000||League Leader's Bonus £25,000|
For more information please visit the PDC Website
2017 PDC Premier League Darts Players Table
|Round Three - Unibet Premier League Darts Table 2018|
|1||Michael van Gerwen||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Raymond van Barneveld||0||0||0||0||0||0|
R After week 9 the bottom two players are relegated from the league and the remaining eight players battle it out until week 15 when the top four will enter the play-off finals at the O2 Area in London
All league fixtures will be the best of 12 legs of 501. Once a player reaches seven legs, they have won the game and no further legs will be played.
Two points will be awarded for a win, one point will be awarded for a six-all draw and no points will be awarded for a defeat.
The player named on the left in the fixture list will throws first in the opening leg of each match. This will be reversed in the second meeting (where applicable).
Should players be tied on points in the league table, leg difference will be the first deciding factor. If this is also a tie, then legs won against throw will be the next deciding factor, and any further tie would be split by a comparison of the relevant players' three-dart tournament average at that stage.
After week 9 the bottom two players are relegated from the league and the remaining eight players battle it out until week 15 when the top four will enter the play-off finals at the O2 Area in London
The player topping the league after week 15 will receive an additional £25,000 bonus
Premier League Winners
|2017||Michael van Gerwen||beat||Peter Wright||
|2016||Michael van Gerwen||beat||Phil Taylor||
|2015||Gary Anderson||beat||Michael van Gerwen||
|2014||Raymond van Barneveld||beat||Michael van Gerwen||
|2013||Michael van Gerwen||beat||Phil Taylor||
|2012||Phil Taylor||beat||Simon Whitlock||
|2011||Gary Anderson||beat||Adrian Lewis||
|2010||Phil Taylor||beat||James Wade||
|2009||James Wade||beat||Mervyn King||
|2008||Phil Taylor||beat||James Wade||
|2007||Phil Taylor||beat||Terry Jenkins||
|2006||Phil Taylor||beat||Roland Scholten||
|2005||Phil Taylor||beat||Colin Lloyd||
The premier league final best of legs has changed over the years, 2005-2008 best of 31 legs, 2009 best of 25 legs, 2010-2014 best of 19 legs and 2015- Current best of 21 legs
For more information please visit the PDC Website
2018 Unibet Premier League Darts Schedules & Match Results
Schedule of Play to Follow
The player named first will throw first.
All league fixtures are best of 12 legs of 501. Once a player reaches seven legs, they have won the game and no further legs are played.
|Night One - February 1|
|Mensur Suljovic||0||v||0||Simon Whitlock|
|Gary Anderson||0||v||0||Michael Smith|
|Daryl Gurney||0||v||0||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||v||0||Rob Cross|
|Peter Wright||0||v||0||Gerwyn Price|
|Night Two - February 8|
|Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|Michael Smith||0||v||0||Daryl Gurney|
|Rob Cross||0||v||0||Simon Whitlock|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||v||0||Peter Wright|
|Gerwyn Price||0||v||0||Gary Anderson|
|Raymond van Barneveld||0||v||0||Mensur Suljovic|
|Night Three - February 15|
|Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle|
|Mensur Suljovic||0||v||0||Michael Smith|
|Daryl Gurney||0||v||0||Gerwyn Price|
|Peter Wright||0||v||0||Rob Cross|
|Gary Anderson||0||v||0||Michael van Gerwen|
|Simon Whitlock||0||v||0||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Night Four - February 22|
|Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin|
|Michael Smith||0||v||0||Simon Whitlock|
|Gerwyn Price||0||v||0||Mensur Suljovic|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||v||0||Daryl Gurney|
|Rob Cross||0||v||0||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Peter Wright||0||v||0||Gary Anderson|
|Night Five - March 1|
|Westpoint Arena, Exeter|
|Gary Anderson||0||v||0||Rob Cross|
|Daryl Gurney||0||v||0||Peter Wright|
|Mensur Suljovic||0||v||0||Michael van Gerwen|
|Raymond van Barneveld||0||v||0||Michael Smith|
|Simon Whitlock||0||v||0||Gerwyn Price|
|Night Six - March 8|
|First Direct Arena, Leeds|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||v||0||Simon Whitlock|
|Gerwyn Price||0||v||0||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Peter Wright||0||v||0||Mensur Suljovic|
|Gary Anderson||0||v||0||Daryl Gurney|
|Rob Cross||0||v||0||Michael Smith|
|Night Seven - March 15|
|Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham|
|Michael Smith||0||v||0||Peter Wright|
|Simon Whitlock||0||v||0||Daryl Gurney|
|Mensur Suljovic||0||v||0||Rob Cross|
|Gerwyn Price||0||v||0||Michael van Gerwen|
|Raymond van Barneveld||0||v||0||Gary Anderson|
|Night Eight - March 22|
|The SSE Hydro, Glasgow|
|Daryl Gurney||0||v||0||Mensur Suljovic|
|Michael van Gerwen||0||v||0||Michael Smith|
|Gary Anderson||0||v||0||Simon Whitlock|
|Peter Wright||0||v||0||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Rob Cross||0||v||0||Gerwyn Price|
|Judgement Night - March 29|
|The SSE Arena, Belfast|
|Mensur Suljovic||0||v||0||Gary Anderson|
|Michael Smith||0||v||0||Gerwyn Price|
|Raymond van Barneveld||0||v||0||Michael van Gerwen|
|Daryl Gurney||0||v||0||Rob Cross|
|Simon Whitlock||0||v||0||Peter Wright|
|Fixtures from Week Ten onwards TBC following Judgement Night.|
|Night Ten - April 5|
|Echo Arena, Liverpool - TBC|
|Night 11 - April 12|
|The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield -TBC|
|Night 12 - April 19|
|Rotterdam Ahoy - TBC|
|Night 13 - April 26|
|The Manchester Arena -TBC|
|Night 14 - May 3|
|Arena Birmingham - TBC|
|Night 15 - May 10|
|The BHGE Arena, Aberdeen - TBC|
|Play-Offs - May 17|
|The O2, London - TBC|
Live on For ticket information please visit the PDC Website
2018 Unibet Premier League Darts Venues & Dates at a Glance
|Night One||1st February||3Arena Dublin|
|Night Two||8th February||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|Night Three||15th February||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle|
|Night Four||22nd February||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin|
|Night Five||1st March||Westpoint Arena, Exeter|
|Night Six||8th March||First Direct Arena, Leeds|
|Night Seven||15th March||Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham|
|Night Eight||22nd March||The SSE Hydro, Glasgow|
|Judgement Night||29th March||The SSE Arena, Belfast|
|Night Ten||5th April||Echo Arena, Liverpool|
|Night Eleven||12th April||The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield|
|Night Twelve||19th April||Rotterdam Ahoy|
|Night Thirteen||26th April||The Manchester Arena|
|Night Fourteen||3rd May||Arena Birmingham|
|Night Fifteen||10th May||The BHGE Arena, Aberdeen|
|Play-Offs||17th May||The O2, London|
Live on For more information please visit the PDC Website
2018 Darts Tournaments Calendars
2018 PDC, BDO, WDDA Dart Event Calendars are now available to download. Please note calendars are subject to change without prior notice.
Full events details are also available to download and print from here. The 2017-2018 British Inter-County Championships fixtures are also available to view and print from the Darts Events page.
Updated - Players Nicknames & Walk-on Music
An increased amount of visitors have contacted me about players walk-on music and nicknames. Some of you have kindly supplied me with more information therefore I have updated both the players nicknames and walk-on pages on this site. I hope to add a few more in the near future but in the meantime if you know anymore or if any player has since changed either their Nickname or walk-on please let me know via my contact page.
The revised nickname and walk-on music pages now includes a number of WDDA players
Welcome to Darts501.com
Introduction to Darts501
The game of darts is played and enjoyed by millions of people in UK pubs and clubs and by millions more across the World. The game has come from the humble roots of the tap and public rooms of the traditional English pub on to the international stage and is regularly televised to millions across the World.
In 1978 the first World Darts Championship was organised by the British Darts Organisation and sponsored by Embassy tobacco. The winner Leighton Rees from Wales received a trophy and a cheque for the sum of £3,000.
Prize money has since increased considerably in the game of darts, and the winner of a major competition can expect to pick up a very attractive amount of money. Take for example the 2017 PDC World Championship, players can pick up anything from £10,000 for a first-round knockout, to a massive £350,000 for the competition winner. One of the biggest contributors to the rise in prize money in such competitions has been as a result of increased lucrative sponsorship deals.
Since 1978 the game has grown into one of the best-loved and viewed sports on television. It has made many darters into household names here are just a few:
John Lowe three times world champion, John Part three-time world champion, Martin Adams three times world champion, Eric Bristow five times world champion, Raymond van Barneveld five times world champion & Phil Taylor sixteen times world champion.
In March 2005 the 'game' of darts was recognized by 'Sports England' as a sporting activity which could pave the way to the sport featuring in future Olympic Games, however, I still feel we are a long way from that day.
Darts is one of the fastest growing sports in Holland, Germany, China and Asia. Over a third of the Dutch population watched Raymond Van Barneveld become the first Dutch player to take the world darts title in 1998; he has since won the title a further four times 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 (PDC World Darts Championship). Raymond beat the reigning champion Phil Taylor 7 sets to 6 and a sudden death leg in the final set. The famous Bull up for the right to throw first will long be remembered as Phil hit an outer Bull Raymond asked for the dart to be left in the board as he used it to push his dart into the centre Bull. Since then the Bulling up procedure in the PDC events has changed. All darts are removed before the opponents throw. Raymond now equals Eric Bristow's achievement but still trails Phil Taylor's staggering sixteen world title victories.
The prize fund over the years has steadily increased, with players playing for £400,000 first prize in 2018 PDC World Darts Championships. This is a far cry from the first World Championships prize of £3,000. The sports prize money continues to grow making a few of the current player's millionaires.
In December 2007 PDC World Darts Championship moved to the Alexandra Palace. The Alexandra Palace is affectionately known as the 'Ally Pally' and was the stage set for the world renowned 'News of the World Individual Darts Tournaments'.
The New of the World Darts Tournament was probably one of the hardest dart events to win with a best of three legs format throughout the competition, including the final. Legendary dart player Bobby George managed to win this event twice and on one occasion Bobby didn’t lose a single leg throughout the tournament.
In 2001 the BDO introduced a Ladies World Darts Championship which was won by England’s Trina Gulliver MBE. Trina has won this event for seven consecutive years and made the final yet again in 2008 and 2009 but only to lose to a new up and coming star Anastasia Dobromyslova from Russia in 2008 and Francis Hoenselaar from Holland in 2009. In 2010 Trina again regained the title beating Rhian Edwards from Wales 2-0 she then repeated this feat in 2011 again beating Rhain Edwards by the same margin 2-0. In 2016 Trina won the World Darts title yet again making her the most successful ladies darts player in the World, a record-breaking Ten World Titles. Trina has been awarded the MBE for services to darts and charitable fundraising.
Anastasia moved to the PDC late 2008 and played in a preliminary qualifying round for the PDC World Darts Championship 2009. She lost to Dutchman Remco van Eijden 5 legs to 3. She also tried to qualify for the 2010 championship but failed. Anastasia moved back to the BDO late 2010 / early 2011 and in 2012 she won BDO / WDF Ladies Worlds Darts Championship for the second time and then again in 2013.
In 2007 the PDC introduced the first Youth World Championship. This event was won by Arron Monk who beat Michael van Gerwen 6 - 4 in the final. It wasn't until 2015 when the BDO followed suit and introduced its own Youth World Championship. It was sixteen-year-old Colin Roelofs from the Netherlands who became the first victor beating seventeen-year-old Harry Ward from England 3 - 0. Harry, unfortunately, didn't win a single leg in the final however I am sure we will be seeing a lot more from all of these youth players in the future.
In 2010 Russ Strobel submitted to the Darts Australia a new recommended dartboard height for Wheelchair users. The height Russ has come up with is 137cm to the centre Bull. The height was based on the perceived origins of the standard hanging height of the standard clock dartboard. It is said the average height of a man in the England UK was 5’8” around 1920’s, the height of the centre bullseye of a standard board. Modern adjustments make that 173cm. Russ has taken this analogy and worked out what the height would be should a man of 5’8” (173cm) be sitting in a wheelchair. His exact figure came out to be 136.5cm however as Russ explained the addition of 0.5cm would make the recommended wheelchair dartboard height easy to remember 137cm (wheelchair) - 173cm (Standard). The concept of the new height for Wheelchair uses was accepted by Darts Australia and in 2012 was also accepted by the World Darts Organisation. More about Disability Darts can be found on this website.
On this site, you will find a brief history of this intriguing sport along with all the information you will need to set up the dart board and organise darting events. You can also learn how boards are made using sisal (a material used in rope making) and how dart weights, lengths, shafts and flights can alter the flight of the dart.
The site also features traditional games played on today’s standard dartboards and UK city dartboards; The Yorkshire and the Manchester log-end to name just two. You can download rules and many games from here as well as those all-important checkouts.
You will also find practise routines to improve your accuracy and scoring consistency as well as information about maintaining your dartboard and darts. There are also many dart related links to professional dart organisations, manufacturers, suppliers, professional dart players and other UK local dart leagues. My thanks go to them for their help and support in building this site.
I hope you enjoy the site your feedback is always welcome and if you like the site please inform others.
Darts501 was established in 2004 and from its humble beginnings and a few makeovers the website has had over 8.5 Million viewers and the increasing trend continues at a fast rate with over 1m in 2016 and over 1.5m will view this site during 2017. look forward to the next 8 million. Enjoy!