The biggest names in darts will be seeking global domination once more as the next set of World Series fixtures gets underway.
MVG and co will be heading to America, New Zealand, Australia and Poland from June as the PDC schedule cranks up in the second half of the year.
The goal will be to qualify for the World Series of Darts Finals in September, which will once again be held at the raucous AFAS Live arena in Amsterdam.
The format of the tournament sees eight PDC stars go up against specially-invited players, who are typically from the host country, to create a unique atmosphere as the crowd cheers on its home heroes.
It’s an event that has seen some extraordinary upsets over the years and created a new wave of talent – Damon Heta first emerged to wider prominence after winning the Brisbane Masters as part of the World Series. At the time, he was still an amateur who didn’t even have a PDC Tour Card.
So will one of the established stars of darts dominate the remaining World Series events, or will somebody ‘do a Heta’ and launch themselves onto the big stage in the most dramatic fashion?
A regular stop-off for the World Series, New Zealand will once again host top darting action at the Globox Arena in Hamilton this August.
Heta and Simon Whitlock are likely to be in the field alongside home favourites like Ben Robb and Warren Parry, with partisan locals able to bet on their heroes at legal betting sites in New Zealand. They can try their luck at online casinos too, enjoying games like blackjack, roulette and slots in-between legs of darts and taking advantage of offers like Jackpot City NZ free spins and exclusive deposit bonuses perfect for fans of the action on the oche. There are even darts-themed slot games to explore.
Those that used to watch the PDC World Championships at the intimate Circus Tavern will be agog to learn that darts has grown in popularity to such an extent that it now headlines Madison Square Garden!
But that’s exactly what will happen at the start of June as Van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and co head to New York for the U.S. Darts Masters.
They will be taking on a number of North American aces that will already be familiar to many PDC fans, such as the Canadians Matt Campbell and Jeff Smith and the United States’ Jules van Dongen, as they look to wrestle the trophy from the grasp of the defending champion, Michael Smith.
Poland, and specifically the COS Torwar in Warsaw, will host its maiden World Series event.
Smith, MVG and Price will be heading to Warsaw in July to try and win the inaugural staging of the tournament, although they could have their hands full if the home crowd gets behind Krzysztof Ratajski – the Polish Eagle has well and truly returned to form in 2023 and won a Players Championship title in April.
Other tungsten titans from Eastern Europe, including PDC Tour Card holder Krzysztof Kciuk, will complete the ‘home’ contingent in the 16-player event.
The World Series qualifying events will conclude with the New South Wales Darts Masters in Wollongong on August 11-12.
Heta and Whitlock will no doubt receive a warm welcome once more, while Mal Cuming – who qualified for the World Championships last December – will be hoping he can force his way into the field as an Australian qualifier.
The best-performing players will then head to Amsterdam for the World Series Finals in September. But who will book their places there?