Jan 31 2015

2015 Unibet Masters is Here!

More darts this weekend, with the Masters having shifted venue and time of year.  The ITV4 gang have this one – so you can watch from 12.45 today.  With the first round for the event – which features the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit – being played in a draw bracket based on rankings, Wade has been paired against number 11 seed King in Saturday’s opener.

The third staging tournament – which has seen an increase of £40,000 in prize money to be worth a total of £200,000 – will conclude on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s quarter-finals followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The move to the new ArenaMK has proven a huge success, with Sunday’s decisive evening session sold out and only a small number of tickets still available for the other three sessions over the weekend.

Tickets can still be purchased either online via www.arenamk.com or in person at the ArenaMK Box Office.

Schedule of Play – LIVE ON ITV4

Saturday January 31

Adrian Lewis at Masters

Lewis in the last Masters event last November (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

4x First Round Games

Peter Wright 10-1 Brendan Dolan
Robert Thornton 5-10 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 10-4 Ian White
Simon Whitlock 7-10 Raymond van Barneveld

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
4x First Round Games
James Wade 10-3 Mervyn King
Phil Taylor 7-10 Terry Jenkins
Gary Anderson 10-2 Andy Hamilton
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Wes Newton

Sunday February 1
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)

First Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund
Winner £60,000
Runner-Up £25,000
Semi-Finalists £17,500
Quarter-Finalists £10,000
Last 16 £5,000
Total £200,000
In addition, should a nine-dart finish be achieved there will be a bonus of £5,000. Should more than one player achieve a nine-darter during this event, the bonus will be shared on a pro-rata basis.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/2015-unibet-masters/

Jan 23 2015

2015 BetVictor World Matchplay Tickets

White vs Jenkins on the Winter Gardens stage

It may be cold, but think of Blackpool in summer, cause it’s time to get Matchplay tickets!

TICKETS for the 2015 BetVictor World Matchplay will go on sale at the start of February, with a Priority Sales period for LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers ahead of the General Sales period.

A Krispy tip:  The balcony seats have a great view – and there’s a bar up there which is never very busy.  I watched a lot of last year’s early games up there, and it was great.  So don’t be worried about the ‘cheap seats’.

The highlight of the darting summer sees 32 players gather at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens to compete for the prestigious title, which was won for an unrivalled 15th time, and an incredible seventh successive year, by Phil Taylor in 2014.  This year’s BetVictor World Matchplay, shown live on Sky Sports and worldwide through the PDC’s broadcast partners, will be played from July 18-26.

The first round will commence on Saturday July 18, with a double session of action on Sunday July 19 before the final four matches on Monday July 20.  The second round is split across Tuesday July 21 and Wednesday July 22, with the quarter-finals played on Thursday July 23 and Friday July 24.  The semi-finals follow on Saturday July 25, with the tournament concluding with the final on Sunday July 26.

Tickets will have a Priority Sales period for LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers from February 2-5, with tickets then going on General Sale on Friday February 6.  The Priority Sales period will commence with ticket sales IN PERSON ONLY at the Winter Gardens Box Office on Monday February 2 from 10am.  The Priority Sales period continues with ticket sales commencing online via www.blackpoollive.com and by telephone on 0844 856 1111 from Tuesday February 3 at 10am until close of business (for in person sales) on Thursday February 5.

Tickets will then go on General Sale on Friday February 6, and will be sold in person at the Winter Gardens Box Office, online via www.blackpoollive.com and by telephone on 0844 856 1111.

Priority Sales Period
To be eligible for the Priority Sales period, fans must have awww.LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscription (one payment per year, not the Monthly option) at the cut-off point of midnight on Wednesday January 28.  Tickets will be limited to eight per subscriber per session. Tickets for the Family Enclosure, on the Balcony, are available for families with at least one under-18 in their party.

How To Purchase:
In Person
at the Winter Gardens Box Office
Online via www.blackpoollive.com through Ticketmaster
Telephone at 0844 856 1111 (Ticketmaster)

Important Dates:
Wednesday January 28 (midnight): Cut-Off to be a LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscriber to be eligible for Priority Sales period.
Monday February 2 (10am): Priority Sale period begins for LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers IN PERSON ONLY at the Winter Gardens Box Office.
Tuesday February 3 (10am): Priority Sale period begins for LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers via www.blackpoollive.com and 0844 856 1111.
Friday February 6 (10am): General Sale period begins. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/2015-betvictor-world-matchplay-tickets/

Jan 23 2015

PDC Awards; Big Night for Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson not unsurprisingly cleaned up at the PDC awards night at the Dorchester, where he won four awards – including the FANS player of the year.  There were also a load of players receiving their badges for hitting 9 darters – it’s quite an impressive list!

Gary Anderson is PDC Player of the year

Gary Anderson is PDC Player of the year! (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Anderson’s brilliant return to his best over the past 12 months was crowned earlier this month when he edged out Phil Taylor 7-6 to win the William Hill World Darts Championship title.

He had also won seven PDC ProTour titles during 2014 before claiming glory in the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals in Minehead at the end of November, and was a semi-finalist in the Betway Premier League, BetVictor World Matchplay and partypoker.com World Grand Prix.

The Scottish ace’s success was rewarded as he dominated the PDC’s Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday night at London’s famous Dorchester Hotel, including winning the prestigious Player of the Year title.

Anderson opened the evening by picking up the ProTour Player of the Year title, with his seven wins and £113,250 prize money edging out Michael van Gerwen to top the 2014 standings based on performances in European Tour events, Players Championships and UK Open Qualifiers.  He was then voted as the PDPA Players’ Player of the Year and the PDC Fans’ Player of the Year – scooping over 60% of the vote in each poll – before being named as the PDC Player of the Year.

Anderson’s achievement matches the four awards which Phil Taylor won at the 2009 and 2010 PDC Annual Awards Dinner – ironically as he won the same four trophies in back-to-back years – as he enjoyed further success.

2015 PDC Annual Awards Dinner
PDC ProTour Player of the Year
Gary Anderson
- Seven tournament wins and £113,250 prize money.

PDC Televised Performance of the Year
James Wade
- The Unibet Masters Final
Michael van Gerwen – 888.com European Championship Semi-Finals
Phil Taylor – BetVictor World Matchplay Semi-Finals
Kim Huybrechts – SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals

PDC Best Newcomer
Stephen Bunting

Benito van de Pas
Christian Kist
Kyle Anderson

PDC Fans’ Player of the Year
Gary Anderson
(Voted for in online poll at www.pdc.tv)

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year
Gary Anderson
(Voted for by PDPA Members)

Nine-Dart Club
Silver Pin Badge (Non-Televised)

Terry Jenkins – Coral UK Open Q1
Dave Ladley – Coral UK Open Q1
Dave Chisnall – Coral UK Open Q1, Players Championship 3
David Pallett – Coral UK Open Q3
Phil Taylor – Coral UK Open Q3 (x2)
Adrian Lewis – Players Championship 1
Michael van Gerwen – Players Championship 3
Johnny Haines – Players Championship 10
Matt Dicken – PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 12
Darryl Fitton – Grand Slam of Darts Wildcard Qualifier
Gary Stone – World Championship PDPA Qualifier

Gold Pin Badge (Televised)
Phil Taylor – BetVictor World Matchplay
James Wade – partypoker.com World Grand Prix
Robert Thornton – partypoker.com World Grand Prix
Michael van Gerwen – 888.com European Championship
Kim Huybrechts – SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts
Adrian Lewis – William Hill World Championship

PDC Young Player of the Year
Keegan Brown

Michael Smith
Benito van de Pas
Rowby-John Rodriguez

PDC Player of the Year
Gary Anderson

Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen
James Wade

A highlights programme from the PDC Annual Awards Dinner will be shown on Sky Sports on Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/pdc-awards-big-night-gary-anderson/

Jan 19 2015

Gary Anderson Video Interview 2

Continuing his interview with Tungsten Tales, Unicorn’s Gary Anderson talks about being the new world champion.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/gary-anderson-video-interview-2/

Jan 18 2015

European Tour Event 1-2 UK Qualifiers

Alan Norris joins the PDC ranks

Alan Norris joins the PDC ranks, and hits two nine darters in week 1!

The UK Qualifiers for the first two European Tour events of 2015 take place on Sunday in a double-header at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.  Following the success of Qualifying School in Wigan over the past four days, some of the world’s top stars join new faces on the PDC circuit as they bid to win places in Germany and Gibraltar.

Sunday’s opening UK Qualifier will see 20 players win through to compete in the German Darts Championship at Halle 39 in Hildesheim from February 13-15.  The second UK Qualifier will see a further 20 players secure places in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, which will be held from March 20-22 at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.

All games are the best of 11 legs. Play in the ET2 UK Qualifier starting as soon as possible following the completion of the first event.

The leading 20 players from the One-Year Rolling ProTour Order of Merit will be seeded for each event.

UPDATE:  Alan Norris hits another 9 darter today, after hitting one on Wednesday’s Q school qualifier.  The nine came after a 170 checkout in the previous leg!

UPDATE 2:  Andrew Gilding hits a 9 darter in the second event of the day.   They are coming thick and fast the last five days, and that’s without the top PDC players even being there!

DEVON PETERSEN, Andy Smith and Kevin McDine enjoyed a double celebration on Sunday as they qualified for the first two European Tour Events of 2015 on a day which also saw two nine-darters hit in Wigan

German Darts Championship – ET1 UK Qualifier
Sunday January 18, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Terry Jenkins
James Wilson
John Bowles
Chris Aubrey
Jamie Caven
Devon Petersen
Stuart Kellett
Andy Boulton
John Scott
Ricky Williams
Andy Smith
Kevin Thomas
Joe Murnan
Joe Cullen
Pete Dyos
Andy Parsons
Kevin McDine
John Part
Ross Smith

Gibraltar Darts Trophy – ET2 UK Qualifier
Sunday January 18, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan


Kevin McDine
Andy Jenkins
Nathan Derry
Brian Woods
Wes Newton
Brett Claydon
Andrew Gilding
Kevin Painter
Joe Murnan
Andy Smith
Jamie Lewis
Mark Webster
Steve West
Gerwyn Price
Devon Petersen
Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney
Wayne Jones
Tony Newell
Andy Parsons

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/european-tour-event-1-2-uk-qualifiers/

Jan 17 2015

Final 34 Tour Card Winners for 2015

So joining the existing tour card holders are the following 34 players, who either won tour cards outright (by making the semi final of the huge daily knock-out comp), or by being in the top 16 of the points list after all four days play.

Congratulations to all who made it, and unlucky those who didn’t.

NOTE: Those who didn’t make it, especially those higher up the points rankings, will still likely to get to play in some/all of the pro tour events, as it’s often the case that not all tour card holders player in all events (some players based outside the UK may only do one or two events over the year).   The PDC then invite those who didn’t win a tour card along, in order of their points won during Q School.

Outright winners (16)

Alan Norris joins the PDC ranks

Alan Norris joins the PDC ranks as a tour card holder

Alan Norris
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Mike Zuydwijk
Nigel Heydon
Matthew Edgar
Andy Jenkins
Jason Lovett
Devon Petersen
James Wilson
Steve Douglas
Steve West
Jason Wilson
Jamie Robinson
Jonny Clayton
Magnus Caris
Nathan Derry


Tour Cards via Points Total (18)

17 Andy Boulton 20 (1+9+1+9)
18 Ken MacNeil 17 (2+3+9+3)
19 Jermaine Wattimena 17 (3+5+9+0)
20 Nathan Aspinall 15 (1+0+9+5)
21 Prakash Jiwa 14 (9+1+1+3)
22 Chris Dobey 14 (1+9+2+2)
23 Stephen McNally 13 (1+2+1+9)
24 Haruki Muramatsu 13 (5+1+2+5)
25 Lee Palfreyman 12 (3+2+2+5)
26 Tony Richardson 12 (0+9+1+2)
27 Stephen Willard 11 (1+1+0+9)
28 Darren Johnson 11 (1+2+5+3)
29 Robbie Green 11 (5+1+3+2)
30 Jim Walker 11 (9+0+1+1)
31 William O’Connor 10 (0+5+0+5)
32 Johnny Haines 10 (0+2+5+3)
33 Curtis Hammond 10 (3+5+0+2)
34 Paul Milford 10 (5+3+0+2)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/final-34-tour-card-winners-2015/

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