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PDC World Darts Championship 2018

Michael van Gerwen is the defending world champion.

Here’s the full draw for the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship while we have the schedule, the latest odds, details of how to watch on TV and ticket information.

The 2018 William Hill PDC World Darts Championship is taking place at Alexandra Palace in London (Thursday December 14 to Monday January 1), with world number one and defending champion Michael van Gerwen hot favourite to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy for the third time in his career.

The sport’s flagship £1,800,000 tournament also sees Phil Taylor making his final competitive appearance before his retirement while Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Raymond van Barneveld will also be among a 72-man field.

Here we have the World Championship draw and daily schedule, which will be updated with results and links to daily reviews, the latest Sky Bet odds, details of how to watch on TV, prize money breakdown, format, plus lots of historical facts, records and statistics.

PDC World Championship draw & tournament bracket

Scroll down for daily schedule & results (including preliminaries)
Seedings in brackets

First Quarter

  • (1) Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Christian Kist
  • (32) James Wilson 3-1 Krzystof Ratajski
  • (16) Gerwyn Price 3-0 Ted Evetts
  • (17) Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris
  • (8) Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
  • (25) Steve Beaton 3-1 William O’Connor
  • (9) Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
  • (24) Kyle Anderson 3-1 Peter Jacques

Second Quarter

  • (5) Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
  • (28) Robert Thornton v Brendan Dolan
  • (12) Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Jan Dekker
  • (21) Stephen Bunting 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • (4) Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
  • (29) John Henderson v Marko Kantele
  • (13) Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
  • (20) Rob Cross 3-0 Seigo Asada

Third Quarter

  • (2) Peter Wright v Diogo Portela
  • (31) Jonny Clayton v Jamie Lewis
  • (15) Alan Norris 3-0 Kim Viljanen
  • (18) Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson
  • (7) Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch
  • (26) Cristo Reyes v Antonio Alcinas
  • (10) Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler
  • (23) Darren Webster v Devon Petersen

Fourth Quarter

  • (6) Phil Taylor 3-1 Chris Dobey
  • (27) Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith
  • (11) James Wade v Keegan Brown
  • (22) Mervyn King 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
  • (3) Gary Anderson 3-0 Jeff Smith
  • (30) Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim
  • (14) Benito van de Pas 1-3 Steve West
  • (19) Joe Cullen 2-3 Jermaine Wattimena

PDC World Championship: Daily schedule & results

(P) denotes Preliminary Round

Thursday December 14
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Main Event/Arena

  • Steve Beaton 3-1 William O’Connor
  • James Wilson 3-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Christian Kist
  • Gerwyn Price 3-0 Ted Evetts

Friday December 15
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Seigo Asada 2-1 Gordon Mathers (P)
  • Stephen Bunting 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Phil Taylor 3-1 Chris Dobey
  • Rob Cross 3-0 Seigo Asada

Saturday December 16
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Alan Ljubic 0-2 Brendan Dolan (P)
  • Benito van de Pas 1-3 Steve West
  • Mervyn King 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
  • Robert Thornton 3-1 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena/Main Event

  • Jeff Smith 2-0 Luke Humphries (P)
  • Joe Cullen 2-3 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Jan Dekker
  • Gary Anderson 3-0 Jeff Smith

Sunday December 17
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Kenny Neyens 1-2 Jamie Lewis (P)
  • Alan Norris 3-0 Kim Viljanen
  • Kyle Anderson 3-1 Peter Jacques
  • Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis

Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Main Event/Arena

  • Willard Bruguier v Cody Harris (P)
  • James Wade v Keegan Brown
  • Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
  • Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris

Monday December 18
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Kai Fan Leung v Paul Lim (P)
  • Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
  • Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
  • Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim

Tuesday December 19
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch (P)
  • John Henderson v Marko Kantele
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
  • Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch

Wednesday December 20
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5)/Prelim (Best of 3)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Xiao Chen Zong v Bernie Smith (P)
  • Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
  • Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler
  • Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith

Thursday December 21
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Cristo Reyes v Toni Alcinas
  • Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson
  • Darren Webster v Devon Petersen
  • Peter Wright v Diogo Portela

Friday December 22
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Second Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Gerwyn Price v White/Bruguier/Harris
  • Chisnall/Van der Voort v Steve Beaton
  • Jan Dekker v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Evening Session (7pm)
Second Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Suljovic/Painter v Robert Thornton
  • Gary Anderson v M Webster/Leung/Lim
  • Michael van Gerwen v James Wilson

Saturday December 23
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Second Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Wade/Brown v Zoran Lerchbacher
  • M Smith/Lennon v Rob Cross
  • Steve West v Jermaine Wattimena

Evening Session (7pm)
Second Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Gurney/R Huybrechts v Henderson/Kantele
  • Phil Taylor v Pipe/Zong/Smith
  • Van Barneveld/North v K Anderson/Jacques

Wednesday December 27
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Second Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Whitlock/Schindler v D Webster/Petersen
  • Norris/Viljanen v K Huybrechts/Richardson
  • A Lewis/Oreshkin/Munch v Reyes/Alcinas

Evening Session (7pm)
Second Rd/Third Rd (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Wright/Portela v Clayton/Neyens/J Lewis
  • 2x Third Round (TBC)

Thursday December 28
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • 3x Third Round

Evening Session (7pm)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • 3x Third Round

Friday December 29
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • 2x Quarter-Finals

Saturday December 30
Evening Session (7.30pm)
Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Semi-Finals

Monday January 1
Evening Session (8pm)
Final (Best of 13 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Arena

  • Final

2018 World Championship: Sky Bet odds

Sky Bet have Price Boosted every player’s odds ahead of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship, including hot favourite Michael van Gerwen.

The world number one is 4/5 from 4/6 to lift the trophy for a second year in a row – and third time overall – while Gary Anderson is 7/1 (from 6/1) to regain the title having lost the final to MVG last January.

Phil Taylor is appearing in his last ever tournament before his retirement and you can back him at 12/1 (from 8/1) for a fairytale 15th PDC world title.

Peter Wright is the same price as Taylor and next in the running is rising star Rob Cross at 14/1 from 10/1.

Other big names include Daryl Gurney (40/1 from 33/1), Mensur Suljovic (50/1 from 40/1), Adrian Lewis (50/1 from 40/1) and Raymond van Barneveld (66/1 from 50/1).

Are tickets still available for the World Darts Championships

Yes, there are. Click here to head to the PDC’s official ticket information page for full details

World Championship: Prize Fund

  • Winner £400,000
  • Runner-Up £170,000
  • Semi-Finalists £85,000
  • Quarter-Finalists £40,000
  • Third Round Losers £27,000
  • Second Round Losers £18,500
  • First Round Losers £11,000
  • Preliminary Round Losers £4,500
  • Total £1,800,000

World Championship: Tournament format

  • Preliminary Round – Best of three sets. No tie-break.
  • First Round – Best of five sets
  • Second Round – Best of seven sets
  • Third Round – Best of seven sets
  • Quarter-Finals – Best of nine sets
  • Semi-Finals – Best of 11 sets
  • Final – Best of 13 sets

All sets are the best of five legs.

A tie-break would be in operation in all matches other than the Preliminary Round. Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

World Championship: Who qualifies to play?

The 72-man field, which includes 16 players taking part in a preliminary round, comprises of:

  1. The top 32 in the PDC’s main order of merit, who are all seeded
  2. The top 16 in the Pro Tour order of merit (who haven’t already qualified)
  3. 16 qualifiers from international qualifying events
  4. Three Professional Dart Players Association (PDPA) qualifiers

World Championship Darts: How to watch

Every throw of every session will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. As well as live coverage of every dart thrown there are highlights of great games of years gone by, memorable rivalries and our legends profiles.

PDC World Championship: History & Stats

The World Darts Championship is the highlight of the PDC calendar and takes place over Christmas and New Year at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Since it was first held at the Circus Tavern in 1994 following the much-publicised breakaway from the British Darts Organisation, only seven different players have lifted the world title thanks largely to darts legend Phil Taylor winning it no fewer than 14 times during his astonishing career. He also won the BDO version twice before the split to make it 16 times in total.

Dennis Priestley beat Phil Taylor 6-1 in the first final before The Power’s era of dominance began with eight straight world championships before Canada’s John Part famously defeated him 7-6 in a classic in 2003 – much to the bookmakers’ relief!

Three more crowns followed for perennial odds-on favourite Taylor before Raymond van Barneveld triumphed 7-6 in another unforgettable final, while John Part’s victory over Kirk Shepherd in 2008 was the first time the Stoke thrower failed to reach the final in the tournament’s history.

It was also the year the event switched to the Alexandra Palace. A resurgent Taylor claimed back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 before Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis emerged on the world stage by beating Gary Anderson in the 2011 final before repeating the trick against Andy Hamilton 12 months later.

The Power reassured the doubters he could still win world titles by clinching his 14th crown against Michael van Gerwen, who bounced back to lift the trophy in 2014 with victory over Peter Wright. Mighty Mike was the hot bookies favourite to win again a year later but didn’t even make the final as Gary Anderson held his nerve to sink Taylor 7-6 for his first world championship title before repeating the trick in 2016 when defeating Lewis.

Van Gerwen regained his status as world champion at the start of 2017 when defeating the Flying Scotsman.

A popular market to bet on is whether there will be a nine-dart finish although the world championship had to wait until Raymond van Barneveld’s effort in 2009 for its first. There have been eight since then, although four of those have been in vain during defeats, while Taylor has interestingly never hit one in this tournament.

PDC World Darts Championship Finals

Final scores in sets

  • 1994 – Dennis Priestley 6-1 Phil Taylor
  • 1995 – Phil Taylor 6-2 Rod Harrington
  • 1996 – Phil Taylor 6-4 Dennis Priestley
  • 1997 – Phil Taylor 6-3 Dennis Priestley
  • 1998 – Phil Taylor 6-0 Dennis Priestley
  • 1999 – Phil Taylor 6-2 Peter Manley
  • 2000 – Phil Taylor 7-3 Dennis Priestley
  • 2001 – Phil Taylor 7-0 John Part
  • 2002 – Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
  • 2003 – John Part 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2004 – Phil Taylor 7-6 Kevin Painter
  • 2005 – Phil Taylor 7-4 Mark Dudbridge
  • 2006 – Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
  • 2007 – Raymond van Barneveld 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2008 – John Part 7-2 Kirk Shepherd
  • 2009 – Phil Taylor 7-1 Raymond van Barneveld
  • 2010 – Phil Taylor 7-3 Simon Whitlock
  • 2011 – Adrian Lewis 7-5 Gary Anderson
  • 2012 – Adrian Lewis 7-3 Andy Hamilton
  • 2013 – Phil Taylor 7-4 Michael van Gerwen
  • 2014 – Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Peter Wright
  • 2015 – Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2016 – Gary Anderson 7-5 Adrian Lewis
  • 2017 – Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson

PDC World Darts Championship Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor – 14
  • Michael van Gerwen – 2
  • John Part – 2
  • Adrian Lewis – 2
  • Gary Anderson – 2
  • Dennis Priestly – 1
  • Raymond van Barneveld – 1