Mensur Suljovic has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the PDC circuit and is now firmly established as a top-10 player.
With a quirky throwing style and laid-back manner, the Austrian has endeared himself to the fans and his victory in the Champions League was as popular as it was unexpected.
Could Suljovic be a contender for the 2018 Premier League?
One of the great things about darts is that there are so many different games, with different variations, that you can play. Round the clock is one of the most versatile of all - most of us have played one version or another of it over the years, but this is a game that you will see being played in relatively serious style in pubs, while it also forms one of the most common warm up and practice routines for professionals.
The online casino business has enjoyed a veritable explosion in popularity over recent years, and the sector has forged steadily growing links with a variety of sports through promotion and endorsements. But the sponsorship deal agreed between Mr Green and the PDC last month took things to a whole new level.
The Sweden-based company that is already a familiar sight through its distinctive TV ad campaigns, gave its name to the Sport Players Championship Finals that took place at Butlins Resort, Minehead at the end of November.
Speed. It is an incredibly engaging and fun sport to watch. Every throw of the arrow counts. Throw in the massive factor of holding nerve and concentration under stress, and it's a perfect TV sport.
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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.
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The top 64 stars from the Players Championship Order of Merit will descend on Butlin's Minehead Resort between November 24 and 26 for the Mr Green Players Championship Finals.
One notable absentee will be 16-time world champion Phil Taylor who opted not to play on this year’s Pro Tour Circuit as his winds down his career before retiring after the World Championship.
With less than two months until the PDC World Darts Championship kicks off at Alexandra Palace, there’s plenty of speculation about whether we will see another year of Dutch dominance.
Christmas isn't Christmas without the darts and the World Championship across this period is set to be one of the best, and saddest in history.
It will be Phil Taylor’s last as a professional darts player and will of course be desperate to go out on a high. Naturally, competition is perhaps the hardest it's ever been for him. But who will win out on January 1, 2018?
Darts has had not one but two dominant forces in recent times, with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor racking up sixteen world titles between 1990 and 2013. He handed the baton – or rather, it was forcibly ripped from his grasp – by Michael van Gerwen, the follicly-challenged Dutchman who has won 43 tournaments in a two-year era of dominance.
From its humble beginning of the tap room in the local pub darts has become one of the most watched TV sports on British TV, second only to the nation’s number one sport football.
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?
This year’s Unibet World Grand Prix takes place from October 1st to 7th. Players from all around the world will play against one another to reach the top place in Dublin. 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.
September is a fantastic month for darts fans as we have 3 of the best International level tournaments and leagues lined up.
All three of these events can be watched either via satellite TV, or through live streaming services, so you won’t miss a second of the action.
Phil Taylor may have rolled back the years to claim a 16th World Matchplay title but it is Michael van Gerwen who heads the betting for the 2018 World Championship.
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.
At the time of writing, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) roadshow has hit Shanghai and Las Vegas in the second and third rounds of this year’s World Series events. The PDC is using the World Series of darts to grow the sport of darts globally. In recent years the PDC has successfully grown darts events in Europe with thousands of dart fans attending each event the PDC stage. A testament to its global growth can be seen at the World Darts Championships, the 2017 World Championship, in London, ten per cent of the fan basis who attended came from Germany. The PDC success could be summed up in one PDC debutant in 2017, Rob Cross.
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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World Cup of Darts 2017 – 32 Nations compete for the World National Team title. The new-look England team of Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall will be amongst 32 nations competing in the £300,000 tournament, which is held from June 1-4 live on Sky Sports.
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In years gone by, Phil Taylor has been the number one dominant force in darts but that has all changed in recent times. Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen is a class above his peers at the moment and it is hard to see him slipping up as he looks to eclipse his incredible 2016 campaign.
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