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PDC Unibet Masters 31st Jan - 1st Feb 2015

A new time and a new venue for the Unibet Masters. James Wade and Mervyn King will meet in a rematch of last year's final when they clash in the first round of the 2015 Unibet Masters at ArenaMK on  31st January& 1st February. This event is live on ITV Sport / ITV4

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PDC 2015 The Unibet Masters
PDC Top 16

  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Phil Taylor
  3. Gary Anderson
  4. A drian Lewis
  5. Peter Wright
  6. James Wade
  7. Simon Whitlock
  8. Robert Thornton
  9. Dave Chisnall
  10. Raymond van Barneveld
  11. Mervyn King
  12. Brendan Dolan
  13. Ian White
  14. Andy Hamilton
  15. Terry Jenkins
  16. Wes Newton

Updated 10th January 2015

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First Round Draw and Schedule of Play

First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Wes Newton (16)
Robert Thornton (8) v Dave Chisnall (9)
Peter Wright (5) v Brendan Dolan (12)
Adrian Lewis (4) v Ian White (13)
Phil Taylor (2) v Terry Jenkins (15)
Simon Whitlock (7) v Raymond van Barneveld (10)
James Wade (6) v Mervyn King (11)
Gary Anderson (3) v Andy Hamilton (14)

Schedule of Play
Saturday 31st January
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

4x First Round Games
Peter Wright v Brendan Dolan
Robert Thornton v Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis v Ian White
Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld
Tickets £20 plus booking fee

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
4x First Round Games
James Wade v Mervyn King
Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins
Gary Anderson v Andy Hamilton
Michael van Gerwen v Wes Newton
Tickets £25 plus booking fee

Sunday 1st February
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Wright/Dolan v Lewis/White
van Gerwen/Newton v Thornton/Chisnall
Taylor/Jenkins v Whitlock/Barneveld
Wade/King v Anderson/Hamilton

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

PDC - betway premier league darts 5th Feb - 21st May 2015

The fixtures for the opening nine weeks of the Betway Premier League have been confirmed, with Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor to meet in a rematch of the World Championship final while world No.1 Michael van Gerwen will meet new comer Kim Huybrechts on the opening league night in Leeds on Thursday 5th February

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PDC - Betway Premier League Darts League Table

Tournament Format
The ten players will face each other once during the opening nine weeks. Following Week Nine, the bottom two players from the league table will be eliminated. From Weeks Ten-15, the remaining eight players will play each other once again. Following Week 15, the top four players will progress to the Play-Offs.

Betway Premier League Darts Table 2015
Cut Pos Player P W D L +/- Pts Move
FINALS CUT 1 Michael van Gerwen 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Raymond van Barneveld 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Phil Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Gary Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0
-------------------------------- Finals Cut ----------------------------
DROP ZONE 5 Peter Wright 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Adrian Lewis 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Dave Chisnell 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 James Wade 0 0 0 0 -0 0
9 Kim Huybrechts 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Stephen Bunting 0 0 0 0 0 0

Movement from previous week
   Relegation zone. After week nine the bottom two players will be illuminated from the league

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 will throw first in the opening leg of each game. 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.

All nights will begin at 7pm and be screened live on Sky Sports HD.

Updated 10th January 2015

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PDC 2015 Premier League Darts Fixtures

Betway Premier League Fixtures
Night One, Thursday 5th February
First Direct Arena, Leeds

Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Kim Huybrechts v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
Stephen Bunting v James Wade
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or www.firstdirectarena.com

Night Two, Thursday 12th February
BIC, Bournemouth

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor
James Wade v Kim Huybrechts
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Tickets: 0844 576 3000 or www.bhlivetickets.co.uk

Night Three, Thursday 19th February
Echo Arena, Liverpool

James Wade v Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts
Tickets: 0844 8000 400 or www.echoarena.com

Night Four, Thursday 26th February
Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Kim Huybrechts v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Stephen Bunting v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Tickets: 028 9073 9074 or www odysseyarena.com

Night Five, Thursday 5th March
Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Raymond van Barneveld v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
Tickets: 08444 99 99 55 or www.ticketzone.co.uk

Night Six, Thursday 12th March
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

Stephen Bunting v Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Kim Huybrechts v Peter Wright
Tickets: 0843 373 3000 or www.capitalfmarena.com

Night Seven, Thursday 19th March
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

James Wade v Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright v Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
Kim Huybrechts v Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen
Tickets: 0844 395 4000 or www.ticketSOUP.com

Night Eight, Thursday 26th March
3Arena, Dublin

Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts
Tickets: 0818 719 3000 (Ire), 0844 8472 455 (UK) or www.ticketmaster.ie

Judgement Night, Thursday 2nd April
The Manchester Arena

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Stephen Bunting v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright
Tickets: 0844 847 8000 or www.eventim.co.uk

Following Week Nine, the bottom two players from the league table are eliminated. Revised fixtures for Weeks Ten-15 will be announced following Week Nine at www.pdc.tv , with the remaining eight players facing each other once more during the final six league nights.

Night Ten, Thursday 9th April
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Tickets: 0114 256 5656 or www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk

Night 11, Thursday 16th April
GE Oil & GAs Arena, Aberdeen

Tickets: 08444 77 9000 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/aecc

Night 12, Thursday 23rd April
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Tickets: Sold Out

Night 13, Thursday 30th April
The Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tickets: 0844 338 8000 or www theticketfactory.com

Night 14, Thursday 7th May
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Tickets: 08444 93 6666 or www.eventim.co.uk

Night 15, Thursday 14th May
The Brighton Centre

Tickets: 0844 847 1515 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Play-Offs, Thursday 21st May
The O2, London

Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or www.axs.com

Updated Pages - Players Nicknames & Walk-on Music

Dart Players Nicknames    

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.

David King - Darts501.comWelcome to the Darts501.com website.

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 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 2014  PDC World Championship, players picked up anything from £6,000 for a first round knockout, to a massive £250,000 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. So if you own a highly desirable live poker odds calculator, a well-known sports brand or any other related product, the darts circuit would be a great place to get you noticed to a huge target audience.

Since 1978 the game has grown into one of the best loved and viewed sports on television. It has made many darters into house hold 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 recently been recognized by 'Sport 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, 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 a outer Bull Ramond 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 as steadily with players playing for £250,000 first prize in some cases. This is a  far cry from the first 'World Championships' of £3,000. The sports prize money continues to grow making a few of the current players millionaires.

In December 2007 PDC World Darts Championship moved to the Alexandra Palace. The Alexandra Palace is affectionately know as the 'Ally Pally' and was the stage setting for the world renowned 'News of the World Darts tournaments' many years ago. This event even was probably one of the hardest to win with with a best of three legs format throughout the competition including the final.

In 2001 the BDO introduced a Ladies World Darts Championship which was won by Englandís Trina Gulliver. 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 Dobromyslava 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 Making her the most successful ladies darts player in the World, a record breaking nine World Titles. Trina was awarded the MBE to services to darts and charitable fund raising.

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 a second time and then again title again in 2013.

In 2007 the PDC introduce 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 it's 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.

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 todayís standard dartboards and UK city boards; Yorkshire, Manchester etc. You can download rules and many games from here as well as those all important checkouts. Calculate your dart average using the tables and above all learn how to improve your game. 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 in form others.

Darts501 was established in 2004 and has had over 5 Million viewers. I look forward to the next 5 million. Enjoy!

David King

New To Darts501.mobi

Darts501.mobi - Dart Leg ScorerNew to Darts501.mobi - Darts Leg Scorer. I have now added a a leg scorer with prompted checkouts to the mobile version of this site. The .mobi version is a condensed version of Darts501.com. It lists many of the features of this site such as Games, Setup Up, Checkouts, Recourse information, World Champions Listings. Players nick names and Walk-on and now a useful scorer that many will find useful while playing darts in clubs and pubs that don't have a provide electronic score boards.

The new scorer lists previous scores and allows you to undo an impute you can select various games: 1,001, 701, 501 or 301 to play.

Darts501.mobi requires a smart phone with internet connection. Please remember you maybe charged data charges by your phone provider when browsing the internet mobile site.  I hope you will  find this addition useful.

Darts501.mobi - Mobile Darts Website

If you have a smart phone give it a try. For more information about the new mobile site click on the above banner.

Darts501.mobi will work on any iPhone, iPod touch or Android OS touch screen phone. Other smart phones with internet access can also view this new site. For iPhone users that chose to add to home screen there is also a Darts501 iPhone icon making it easier still to link straight back to the site as and when required.

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