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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The 5 Time World Darts Champion, Raymond van Barneveld, has started a new chapter in his darting career by signing to Target Darts. His new range of darts will be available for all to see at his next televised tournament.
A full range of Target Darts are available at Pure Darts. 4/7/2017
You may hear about Adrian Lewis and James Wade all the time, but despite how popular men’s darts is, women’s darts isn’t content anymore to stand behind as a side show. There are women in the game who could even give the most gifted of male players a good run for their money. On that note, let’s now look at four of the most famous and successful female darts players who have risen to the limelight recently and have plans to stay there for a long time to come.
Anastasia Dobromyslova, Trina Gulliver MBE, Francis Henselaar and Deta Hedman
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, team Netherlands won the 2017 PDC World Cup of Darts beating the Welsh duo Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster 3-1 in Sundays final. It is the third time the Netherlands have lifted the crown and the second time Wales have made it to the Grand Final.
* England won the title on the sudden death doubles leg.
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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Michael van Gerwen retains his Premier League title. He beat Peter Wright is the final that saw Peter miss several darts for the match but Michael held his nerve to claim his third Premier League Title.
The last round robin stage of the 2017 PDC Premier League Darts draws to a conclusion at the GE Oil and Gas Arena, Aberdeen on Thursday 11th May.
As usual, there is still some unsettled business to be had before the night is out. Notably, who will be the top four qualifiers for the League Play-off Finals and who will top the table and earn the £25,000 bonus.
Will Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor make it to the finals?
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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