Nov 27 2014

Cash Converters TV Schedule

Minehead venue

The huge venue in Minehead, wish I was there!

We’re nearly at the next TV darts tournament, the Player Championship Finals at Minehead, which will be shown live on ITV4.  It’s the competition for the top 32 players on ‘the floor’ – the behind closed doors darts events which all of the 128 tour card holders play in across England in sports halls.  The standard in those tournaments is often HIGHER than you see on TV, as you’re bound to find a few top players in top form, and without the pressure of the TV cameras and fans trying to put them off, they can play their best darts.

The Minehead Butlins venue is HUGE – and a great long weekend, so I’m sure those who go along will have a great time.  From what I saw recently, it must be nearly sold out again, so should be a good turnout.

The first round will be played across two sessions at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday November 28.

The second round will take place on Saturday November 29, with the quarter-finals taking place in Sunday’s afternoon session and the semi-finals and final held in the evening session.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Schedule of Play

Friday November 28
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round
Ian White v Jamie Caven
Justin Pipe v Wes Newton
Brendan Dolan v Kevin Painter
Robert Thornton v Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts v Terry Jenkins
Michael Smith v Andy Smith
Simon Whitlock v Dean Winstanley
Mervyn King v Andrew Gilding

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
First Round
Stephen Bunting v Steve Beaton
Vincent van der Voort v Andy Hamilton
James Wade v Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Phil Taylor v Ronnie Baxter
Gary Anderson v Christian Kist
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Benito van de Pas

Saturday November 29
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Second Round
Thornton/Webster v White/Caven
Dolan/Painter v Pipe/Newton
M Smith/A Smith v Lewis/Chisnall
Wade/Klaasen v Whitlock/Winstanley

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Second Round
Wright/van de Pas v van der Voort/Hamilton
van Gerwen/van Barneveld v Huybrechts/Jenkins
King/Gilding v Taylor/Baxter
Anderson/Kist v Bunting/Beaton

Sunday November 30
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Thornton/Webster/White/Caven v M Smith/A Smith/Lewis/Chisnall
van Gerwen/van Barneveld/Huybrechts/Jenkins v Dolan/Painter/Pipe/Newton
Wade/Klaasen/Whitlock/Winstanley v Wright/van de Pas/van der Voort/Hamilton
Anderson/Kist/Bunting/Beaton v King/Gilding/Taylor/Baxter

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final

Format
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

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Nov 27 2014

William Hill World Championship Field

THE provisional field for the William Hill World Darts Championship is now available, following the completion of PDC ProTour events and the International Qualifiers.

The Players Championship double-header in Coventry completed the 34 PDC ProTour events for 2014, with 20 Players Championship events accompanied by six UK Open Qualifiers and eight European Tour events. The William Hill World Darts Championship features the top 32 players from the main PDC Order of Merit, who qualify by right following the forthcoming Cash Converters Players Championship Finals in Minehead from November 28-30.

The 16 highest ranked non-qualified players from the ProTour Order of Merit then qualify for the World Championship, alongside the top four non-qualified European players from the ProTour Order of Merit.

The draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship will be made on Tuesday December 2, live on Sky Sports News HQ, at approximately 12.30pm.

The 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit are drawn against the ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers and International Qualifiers/Preliminary Round winners for the First Round of the World Championship.

Tickets for the William Hill World Darts Championship are still available – but selling fast. Tickets can be purchased through the following methods:

SeeTickets - official box office through pdc.seetickets.com or by calling 0844 871 8807.
viagogo - official ticket exchange through www.viagogo.co.uk.
Thomas Cook Sport - official hotel & ticket break packages through www.thomascooksport.com.
Hospitality Packages through the PDC Head Office by calling 08712 501 180.

Current Provisional PDC Order of Merit Top 32

* Prize Money won at 2014 Cash Converters Players Championship Finals to be added to these totals

1 Michael van Gerwen Netherlands £911,100
2 Phil Taylor England £686,850
3 Adrian Lewis England £352,400
4 Peter Wright Scotland £296,900
5 James Wade England £288,700
6 Gary Anderson Scotland £265,800
7 Simon Whitlock Australia £261,200
8 Dave Chisnall England £223,650
9 Robert Thornton Scotland £202,150
10 Mervyn King England £191,100
11 Brendan Dolan Northern Ireland £191,050
12 Andy Hamilton England £190,600
13 Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands £186,150
14 Ian White England £178,000
15 Wes Newton England £175,250
16 Justin Pipe England £169,200
17 Terry Jenkins England £166,750
18 Kim Huybrechts Belgium £156,600
19 Jamie Caven England £147,350
20 Kevin Painter England £138,050
21 Steve Beaton England £135,900
22 Michael Smith England £130,100
23 Vincent van der Voort Netherlands £109,550
24 Ronnie Baxter England £103,650
25 Paul Nicholson Australia £101,350
26 Richie Burnett Wales £96,400
27 Stephen Bunting England £87,250
28 John Part Canada £86,200
29 Dean Winstanley England £84,050
30 Andy Smith England £83,350
31 Jelle Klaasen Netherlands £81,700
32 Mark Webster Wales £78,000

Current Provisional ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers

1 Andrew Gilding England £25,000
2 Darren Webster England £20,750
3 Benito van de Pas Netherlands £19,500
4 Christian Kist Netherlands £17,750
5 Jamie Lewis Wales £17,000
6 Ronny Huybrechts Belgium £14,000
7 Wayne Jones England £13,500
8 Gerwyn Price Wales £12,750
9 John Henderson Scotland £12,500
10 Keegan Brown England £12,250
11 David Pallett England £11,750
12 Stuart Kellett England £11,500
13 Joe Cullen England £11,250
14 Kyle Anderson Australia £11,000
15 Jyhan Artut Germany £10,500
16 Mickey Mansell Northern Ireland £10,250

Current Provisional European Qualifiers from ProTour Order of Merit

1 Rowby-John Rodriguez Austria £10,000
2 Mensur Suljovic Austria £9,750
3 Ron Meulenkamp Netherlands £7,750
4 Max Hopp Germany £7,250

International Qualifiers
First Round

DPA Order of Merit Winner Loz Ryder Australia
Oceanic Masters Champion John Weber Australia
PDC North American Qualifier Dave Richardson Canada
PDPA Qualifier Winner TBC Dec 1

Preliminary Round

DPNZ New Zealand Qualifier Mark McGrath New Zealand
Tom Kirby Irish Matchplay Champion Daryl Gurney Northern Ireland
South African Masters Champion Nolan Arendse South Africa
Iberian Qualifier Cristo Reyes Spain
SDC Order of Merit Winner Jani Haavisto Finland
SDC Qualifier Kim Viljanen Finland
South Asia Qualifier Winner Christian Perez Philippines
Greater China Qualifier Alex Hon Hong Kong
Central Europe Qualifier Jermaine Wattimena Netherlands
DARTSLIVE SuperDarts Champion Scott Kirchner USA
German Qualifier Sascha Stein Germany
Eastern Europe Qualifier Robert Marijanovic Croatia
Southern Europe Qualfier John Michael Greece
PDJ Japanese Qualifier Haruki Muramatsu Japan
Russian Qualifier Boris Koltsov Russie
PDPA Qualifier Runner-Up TBC Dec 1

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/william-hill-world-championship-field/

Nov 24 2014

Players Championships Draw

The Minehead Butlins main venue before the fans decend

Minehead Butlins – ready to put on the darts again!

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will begin his defence of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals title against Raymond van Barneveld, while top seed Gary Anderson takes on another Dutchman, Christian Kist, at the Butlins Minehead Resort when the tournament begins on Friday.

Van Gerwen claimed last year’s title in the ITV4-televised event with a thrilling comeback victory over reigning champion Phil Taylor in the final, before also going on to succeed Taylor as World Champion a month later.

The Dutch ace will enter this year’s event as the number two seed after finishing second to Anderson on the 2014 PDC ProTour Order of Merit, having missed last weekend’s Players Championship events in Coventry with ‘flu.

He will take on 31st seed van Barneveld in Friday’s first round, having also met the five-time World Champion in the European Championship and The Masters in recent months.

Scottish star Anderson saw his seventh PDC ProTour win of the year on Sunday, when he edged out Peter Wright in the Players Championship final, jump him above van Gerwen to top the 2014 standings with £113,250 prize money.

Anderson will take on Holland’s Christian Kist in the first round, with the former Lakeside Champion having finished 31st in the ProTour Order of Merit in his debut year on the PDC circuit.

Michael Smith, a European Tour winner in Germany in September, finished third in the rankings and meets Andy Smith in the first round at Butlins Minehead.

World Championship finalist Wright matched his world ranking of fourth with his final position in the ProTour Order of Merit, as he earned a first round meeting with another Dutch debutant, Benito van de Pas.

Resurgent James Wade finished fifth in the final ProTour rankings after taking two titles during the year, and he opens up against Jelle Klaasen, while number six seed Robert Thornton meets Darren Webster.

Number seven seed Brendan Dolan takes on 2011 champion Kevin Painter, with former finalist and number eight Mervyn King taking on East Anglian rival Andrew Gilding.

Three-time Players Championship Finals winner Taylor will open up against Ronnie Baxter, while two-time semi-finalist Justin Pipe – the number ten seed – meets Wes Newton.

Saturday’s Players Championship winner Ian White, who ended the year 11th in the Order of Merit, takes on Jamie Caven, with Simon Whitlock meeting Dean Winstanley and Austrian Darts Open winner Vincent van der Voort playing Andy Hamilton.

Adrian Lewis, the number 14 seed who hit his second Players Championship nine-darter of the year on Sunday, plays Dave Chisnall as the Stoke ace bids to continue his winning streak on the Minehead stage, after taking March’s UK Open title at the venue.

Number 15 seed Kim Huybrechts, the 2012 Players Championship Finals runner-up, takes on Terry Jenkins – a finalist in the UK Open and European Championship this year – while debutant Stephen Bunting plays Steve Beaton in a clash of current and former Lakeside Champions.

The first round will be played across two sessions at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday November 28.

The second round will take place on Saturday November 29, with the quarter-finals taking place in Sunday’s afternoon session and the semi-finals and final held in the evening session.

The schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

Gary Anderson (1) v Christian Kist (32)
Stephen Bunting (16) v Steve Beaton (17)
Mervyn King (8) v Andrew Gilding (25)
Phil Taylor (9) v Ronnie Baxter (24)
James Wade (5) v Jelle Klaasen (28)
Simon Whitlock (12) v Dean Winstanley (21)
Peter Wright (4) v Benito van de Pas (29)
Vincent van der Voort (13) v Andy Hamilton (20)
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Raymond van Barneveld (31)
Kim Huybrechts (15) v Terry Jenkins (18)
Brendan Dolan (7) v Kevin Painter (26)
Justin Pipe (10) v Wes Newton (23)
Robert Thornton (6) v Darren Webster (27)
Ian White (11) v Jamie Caven (22)
Michael Smith (3) v Andy Smith (30)
Adrian Lewis (14) v Dave Chisnall (19)

Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/players-championships-draw/

Nov 23 2014

Last Player Championships ProTour Event

THE final Players Championship event of 2014 takes place on Sunday, with £50,000 in prize money up for grabs at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.  The 128-player tournament see PDC Tour Card Holders joined by PDPA Associate Members in competing in the year’s last PDC ProTour event.

The tournament is the last on the PDC ProTour ahead of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals and William Hill World Darts Championship.

All games are the best of 11 legs.

Live Scores
Follow live scores from selected matches at the PDC Live Scores Website,http://live.dartsdata.com.

Players Championship 20
Sunday November 23, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Fourth Round

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Gary Anderson wins last proTour event of 2014

Gary Anderson 6-0 Matt Clark
Ian White 6-3 Ricky Evans
James Wade 6-5 Wes Newton
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Ross Smith
Richie Howson 6-1 Christian Kist
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Prakash Jiwa 6-1 Kyle Anderson
Losers: £1,000

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-2 Ian White
James Wade 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Richie Howson
Peter Wright 6-0 Prakash Jiwa
Losers: £1,500

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-5 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Losers: £2,500

Final
Gary Anderson 6-5 Peter Wright
Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/last-player-championships-protour-event/

Nov 22 2014

Player Champs 19 Darts Draw and Results

SATURDAY sees the year’s final PDC ProTour weekend kick off with Players Championship 19 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The 128-player tournament offers a £50,000 prize fund for PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members.

The tournament is the first of a double-header across the weekend in Coventry, which is the last on the PDC ProTour ahead of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals and William Hill World Darts Championship.

The draw will be made at 11am following the close of registration, with play commencing at 12pm. All games are the best of 11 legs.

There’s no Phil Taylor (his mother is very poorly), nor MvG, who is ill and had to pull out of the weekend.

Results can be followed throughout the day below and via the @PDCResults Twitter feed.

Players Championship 19
Saturday November 22, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Third Round
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Colin Lloyd
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Ross Smith 6-1 Josh Payne
John Henderson 6-3 Tomas Seyler
Peter Hudson 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Robert Thornton 6-3 Scott Mackenzie
Ian White 6-5 Jamie Caven
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Matt Padgett 6-5 Brett Claydon
John Bowles 6-5 Andy Smith
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Steve Brown 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
Michael Smith 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Dean Winstanley

Last 16
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Ross Smith 6-2 John Henderson
Peter Hudson 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Ian White 6-3 Robert Thornton
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Matt Padgett
John Bowles 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Steve Brown
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Michael Smith

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ross Smith
Ian White 6-4 Peter Hudson
Brendan Dolan 6-5 John Bowles
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Semi-Finals
Ian White 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Brendan Dolan

Final
Ian White 6-2 Dave Chisnall

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/player-champs-19-darts-draw-results/

Nov 20 2014

ArenaMK Set To Host Unibet Masters

ArenaMK, new venue for PDC Darts

ArenaMK, new venue for PDC Darts

BIG-TIME darts is to visit Milton Keynes for the first time following the confirmation that The Unibet Masters will be held at ArenaMK next year.

The ITV4-televised event will be held on Saturday January 31 and Sunday February 1 from the ArenaMk, which is a new, multi-purpose arena built into stadiummk, the home of League One football club MK Dons and the DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes.

The Unibet Masters features the world’s leading 16 players, including reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen, 2013 champion Phil Taylor and James Wade, the recent winner on the event’s second staging in Edinburgh.

In a change on the Professional Darts Corporation’s calendar, The Masters is moving from November to January and from Edinburgh to Milton Keynes, but will still be played across two days with two sessions per day.

“We are delighted to be moving to the new ArenaMK in Milton Keynes for the first time,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“The Unibet Masters is a prestigious event featuring the world’s leading 16 players, as the leading names in the sport compete to be crowned as the best of the best.

“The first two years of the event have seen some sensational darts and I’m sure that next year’s tournament will be equally competitive and exciting.

“Coming only weeks after the conclusion of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace, this will be an event not to be missed!”

Tickets will go on General Sale on Monday December 1, with a Priority Sales period for www.LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers from Thursday November 27.

To be eligible to purchase tickets in the Priority Sales period, fans must have aLIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscription at midnight on Monday November 24. To visitLIVEPDC.TV, click here.

The Unibet Masters
Saturday January 31
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

8x First Round Games

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
8x First Round Games

Sunday February 1
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

4x Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals & Final

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

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