The next big TV Darts Tournament is the non-ranking event ‘The PDC MASTERS’. Sixteen of the worlds best professional players compete in a straight matchplay style knockout.
Michael van Gerwen recently pocketed the £500,000 first prize for winning the PDC World Darts Championships in a highly entertaining final against the ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Dave Chisnall | Mensur Suljović | Simon Whitlock | Gary Anderson | Darren Webster | Jonny Clayton | Gerwyn Price | James Wade | Joe Cullen | Ian White | Adrian Lewis
This event is prior to the eagerly awaited PDC Darts Premier league.
The Premier League plays to sell out crowds across the UK, Northern Ireland, Rep Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands over a seventeen week period which starts on February 7 at the Newcastle Metro Arena and concludes at the London O2 Arena on May 23.
The players line up include the top four players by PDC Order of merit and a further six wild cards entries. Four of these are chosen by the PDC directors and the remain two via Sky TV team. Notably, Raymond van Barneveld will be making his last appearance in the Premier League as he has announced his retirement from competitive darts at the end of the 2020 World Darts Championships.
With the announcement of a bigger prize pot by the chairman of the PDC, 2019 will make more dart millionaires, a total of £14M is up for grabs making this one of the top TV sports which everyone wants to be involved with.
The Japan darts seen has just had a major boost with Mikuru Suzuki winning the Lakeside Ladies World Darts Champions at her first attempt. Mikuru lived up to her nickname ‘Miricle’ and throw fantastic darts to take out the 2018 champion in her first round and the rest was history. The soft-tip superstar just put the steel-tip game on the map in Japan.
hree major events in the BDO calendar will be shown on Eurosport with more expected to be announced in the near future. The World Championship, The World Darts Trophy and the Winmau Masters and been snapped up by Eurosport in a three-year deal which will help players competing in this division of the sport.
The PDC Q School will be bigger than ever this year. Des Jacklin has lifted the constraints imposed on BDO players allowing them to compete in the PDC Q School.
Players will compete behind closed doors to obtain a PDC Tour card and compete in some of the biggest dart tournaments in the world. Barry Hearn, the Chairman of the PDC announce the prize fund for the darts tournaments in 2019 has again increased to £14M hence to say the top BDO players are for the first time trying to gain a PDC Tour Card and change the darting lives.
Top BDO players that will be competing include six – Ex-World Champions and the current BDO World Champion Glen Durrant. Joining him will be former Ladies world champions Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova, plus Richie Burnett, John Part, Scott Waites. A total of 15 Lakeside competitors including Mark McGeeney the 2018 BDO World Champion runner-up will also be competing for a tour card and a total of 36 top ranked BDO players will also compete.
Should these players achieve their dreams the dynamic of the PDC regularly seen players is likely to change over the course of the year! Dart fans will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of this closed event which takes place 17-20 January.
Thirty tour cards are up for grabs, however, there are hundreds of competitors so make these cards hard to obtain.
Six nine-dart legs have been thrown in this event over the past ten years and seven ladies in total have registered to play so far. Closing date for this event is today 15 January.
Although this is a closed event i.e. not shown on TV and ranking is not applicable it is followed by thousands of dart fans with the hope their player can make it though.
If we’re being honest, following the PDC World Darts Championship with the BDO version is akin to attending the World Cup final on a Saturday before catching your local pub team play on the Sunday morning.
That’s not to suggest the BDO is lacking in star quality – far from it in fact, but their amateur status means that the players simply can’t dedicate as much time to practise as their PDC counterparts; hence the gap in class.
The PDC 2019 World Darts Championships has been full of surprises and upsets. The biggest field in World Darts history gathered at the Alexandra Palace, London to compete for a total prize fund of £2.5M with £500,000 going to the eventual winner.
Adrian Lewis has won over £2.8m in prize money during his near 15-year career. Now 33-years old, Lewis is a two-time World Championship winner. He also won the U.K. Open and European Championship.
The sport of darts is renowned for the skill and accuracy of the dart thrower. If you can’t throw a dart accurately then you will lose every dart game you are playing. So, how does a player improve their skill on a dartboard? Mostly by playing games and using practise routines.
The world biggest darts event, the PDC World Darts Championship has got bigger again for the 2019 instalment. A massive 96 competitors will compete for the Sid Waddell World Darts trophy and the first prize of £500,000. This year’s prize fund has also increased to a £2.5M and the Alexandra Palace, affectionally known as ‘Ally Pally’ state the tickets for the event are sold out.
Playing darts is all about precision and stability. Players must focus and concentrate keeping in mind external factors that can hinder the route of the dart. From having the right angle at which the dart leaves the fingers till the time it reaches the board, there’s a kind of aim required, often seen depicted by superheroes, and especially the famous DC character, Arrow.
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.
Many people thought that the popularity of Darts would decline after the retirement of Phil Taylor. The Power has been the driving force in popularity of the sport for more than a decade and left a huge void behind. That has not been the case though and the next generation is taking things to the next level. With youngsters such as Van Den Bergh and Jamie Lewis challenging for the top-ranked tournaments, it looks like the old guard's reign is coming to an end.
In the short history of the PDC World Cup of Darts, every winning team has either featured Raymond Van Barneveld or Phil Taylor in its line-up. Indeed, only England and the Netherlands have ever won the tournament, with four wins going to Phil Taylor/Adrian Lewis, two to Van Barneveld/Michael Van Gerwen and one to Van Barneveld/Co Stompé.
Over the past few weeks, the darts press has been dominated by two primary themes. One has been the all too familiar story of Michael van Gerwen powering his way towards yet another title. The other has been our sad farewell to another legend, Eric Bristow, who dominated the game in a way almost identical to that of MVG back in the 1980s.
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.
It’s another massive crunch match on Thursday evening as likable underdog Rob Cross faces man of the moment Michael van Gerwen in the Unibet Premier League. Darts is an intense sport that’s bursting with passion and excitement, and no meeting comes much more crucial than this one, as a divide in fans predicts every outcome as being possible.