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.
Gerwyn Price is one of a rare breed of people who have been successful in two different sports.
It is not uncommon for athletes to switch disciplines but for someone to come from the hard-hitting world of rugby and play professional darts to an elite level is unheard of.
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If Rotterdam proved anything last week, it’s that anyone can still win the 2018 Premier League of Darts.
van Gerwin suffered two shock defeats and with three or four matches to go before the play-offs, it really is anyone’s tournament.
Next up up is Manchester for the corporation, but who are the players most likely to go on and win the competition?
We take a look at the favourites to life the PDC Premier League title....
You know the summer is almost here when it’s time to start thinking about the World Matchplay at the glorious Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Following Phil Taylor’s retirement, the trophy is now to be named after the Power, who would have been going in to the tournament as the defending champion after beating Peter Wright in the final.
The 2018 Premier League has now reached the final round robin stage of the competition. The remaining eight players will now compete for a top-four play-off sport at the O2 Arena, London on the 19th May.
Whats is in store for the remaining players?
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The UK weather earlier this month brought disruption to the Premier League and the UK Open earlier this month. Round 5 of the Premier League scheduled to be played in Exeter was cancelled, while the UK Open in Minehead, Wales was played behind closed doors. Despite many fans attending the UK Open, none were allowed into the event. In both cases this was put down to travel safety and arena safety reasons. Fans in some cases had travelled from all parts of the UK and Europe to watch their dart stars in action only to be told hours before the start that the events would not go ahead as planned.
If you’ve ever watched a dart game between experienced players or a pro competition on TV, you know how easy talented players make it look to launch a dart and hit any spot on the dartboard at will. And if you’ve picked up darts yourself, you know just how challenging this is.
But don’t get discouraged if your dart-throwing powers aren’t quite where you want them to be! Even pro players were once beginners practicing the very basics of the throw.
While it may not be formally considered one of dart’s major events, the fans and players alike look forward to the Premier League every year. This year’s league includes four participants from the 2017 league, two returning players from the 2016 event and four Premier League rookies. Here’s a quick look at the current odds (odds may vary from one betting site to another) to win the title.
At the beginning of February 2018, two-time former World Champion Adrian Lewis hit the headlines for a bizarre on-stage altercation with Jose Justicia during the pair's UK Open Qualifier match. Security had to intervene as a war of words broke out between the pair and tempers flared. The cause of the skirmish still remains largely unclear but following a thorough investigation by the PDC, Lewis was suspended with immediate effect.
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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?
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.
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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