Michael van Gerwen will be the odds-on pre-tournament favourite to win the PDC 2018 William Hill World Darts Title for the third time. The young Dutchman has already won most of the major TV PDC darts tournaments during 2017 including the recent UK Open and the Players Championships.
Mighty Mike will look to add to his career earnings by a further £400,000 and he will do so should he lift the Sid Waddell World Darts Trophy, 1st January 2018.
The World Championship fields consist of 72 players from around the world. Many have fought through qualification tournaments in order to take their place at the Alexandra Palace come 14th December 2017. Upsets are always on the cards and you can check the best PDC betting odds here.
Paul Lim will also make a return to the World Championships. He features in a primary round against Kai Fan Leung on Monday the 18th. Paul is the only player to achieve a perfect 9 dart finish in the BDO World Darts Championships. He achieved this feat in the second round of the 1990 championships against Irishman Jack McKenna. Should he achieve this feat again he will be the only player to achieve a perfect leg in both World Championships.
The 2018 PDC World Championships has the biggest prize fund in darts history. A staggering £1.8M meaning a losing first round player will still pick up £11,000. The World Championships are not only the most important darts title but doing well in the event can make a major ranking difference for the year ahead. Also, players that do well, may well make themselves eligible for a place in the for the 2018 Premier League of Darts that starts in February.
The prize money is allocated as follows:
|Third round losers||8||£27,000||£216,000|
|Second round losers||16||£18,500||£296,000|
|First round losers||32||£11,000||£352,000|
|Preliminary round losers||8||£4,500||£36,000|
|Total (excluding 9 dart finish)||£1,800,000|
One player that needs a mention is the legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. Phil is the undisputed best dart player the world has ever seen. He has won the World Darts Title a total of sixteen times to date and he will be competing in his last televised event.
Phil is still a darts player to be reckoned, he won the 2017 World Matchplay Title for the sixteen time earlier this year so many will be hoping he can make the World Championship final just one more time.
Although Michael van Gerwen will be the favourite, Phil has always caused him a problem and the Ally Pally crowd will be fully behind the ‘The Power’ should the two meet.
A recent rush to the hospital for Peter Wright, world ranked no.2 may mean he will be out of the running for the for the 2018 title. Peter was taken to the hospital at the end of November with suspected gallstones. Although he returned home the following day, Peter had to cancel all his private exhibition work for early December. It is still uncertain how well Peter will be come his first-round match against Diogo Porteta which is scheduled to be the last in the 2018 event.
Other notable contenders are Gary Anderson, the two-time World Darts Champions however, his recent form hasn’t been great. Adrian Lewis, the back to back two-time World Darts Championships also hasn’t had a great 2017. Earlier in the year, he underwent back surgery and he needs a good World Championships to maintain his current ranking position. However new boys on the block, Darryl Gerney and Rob Cross will both be in the running and would not surprise any darts fan if they were still in the competition come the quarter, semi or even finals.
The past 24 World Darts events there have only been seven winners, could another name be added to the list?
The PDC William Hill World Darts Events starts 14th December and concludes on 1st January 2018.
|2017||Michael van Gerwen||beat||Gary Anderson||7||-||3|
|2016||Gary Anderson||beat||Adrian Lewis||7||-||5|
|2015||Gary Anderson||beat||Phil Taylor||7||-||6|
|2014||Michael van Gerwen||beat||Peter Wright||7||-||5|
|2013||Phil Taylor||beat||Michael van Gerwen||7||-||4|
|2012||Adrian Lewis||beat||Andy Hamilton||7||-||3|
|2011||Adrian Lewis||beat||Gary Anderson||7||-||5|
|2010||Phil Taylor||beat||Simon Whitlock||7||-||3|
|2009||Phil Taylor||beat||Raymond van Barneveld||7||-||1|
|2008||John Part||beat||Kirk Shepherd||7||-||2|
|2007||Raymond Van Barneveld||beat||Phil Taylor||7||-||6|
|2006||Phil Taylor||beat||Peter Manley||7||-||0|
|2005||Phil Taylor||beat||Mark Dudbridge||7||-||4|
|2004||Phil Taylor||beat||Kevin Painter||7||-||6|
|2003||John Part||beat||Phil Taylor||7||-||6|
|2002||Phil Taylor||beat||Peter Manley||7||-||0|
|2001||Phil Taylor||beat||John Part||7||-||0|
|2000||Phil Taylor||beat||Dennis Priestley||7||-||3|
|1999||Phil Taylor||beat||Peter Manley||6||-||2|
|1998||Phil Taylor||beat||Dennis Priestley||6||-||0|
|1997||Phil Taylor||beat||Dennis Priestley||6||-||3|
|1996||Phil Taylor||beat||Dennis Priestley||6||-||4|
|1995||Phil Taylor||beat||Rod Harrington||6||-||2|
|1994||Dennis Priestley||beat||Phil Taylor||6||-||1|