It's been a meteoric couple of years for Rob Cross, who has risen through the ranks to become one of the most consistent throwers on the tour. The former electrician was a relative unknown heading into the 2018 World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace, but he made a name himself by beating Phil Taylor to secure the biggest prize in darts. Since his heroics in North London, 'Voltage' has struggled with consistency, but his recent form puts him in prime position to wrap up the 2019 Premier League title.
Raymond announced his retirement from the Professional Darts scene in November 2018 stating he had lost his drive, fitness and motivation for the sport, not something his many fans wanted to hear. However, he has achieved more in the sport than many can dream to achieve.
He stated he would continue to play during the 2019 season and plans to retire following the 2020 World Darts Championships. His final year on the professional circuit, however, hasn’t gone well so far.
The next big TV Darts Tournament is the non-ranking event ‘The PDC MASTERS’. Sixteen of the worlds best professional players compete in a straight matchplay style knockout.
Michael van Gerwen recently pocketed the £500,000 first prize for winning the PDC World Darts Championships in a highly entertaining final against the ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Dave Chisnall | Mensur Suljović | Simon Whitlock | Gary Anderson | Darren Webster | Jonny Clayton | Gerwyn Price | James Wade | Joe Cullen | Ian White | Adrian Lewis
This event is prior to the eagerly awaited PDC Darts Premier league.
The world biggest darts event, the PDC World Darts Championship has got bigger again for the 2019 instalment. A massive 96 competitors will compete for the Sid Waddell World Darts trophy and the first prize of £500,000. This year’s prize fund has also increased to a £2.5M and the Alexandra Palace, affectionally known as ‘Ally Pally’ state the tickets for the event are sold out.
Playing darts is all about precision and stability. Players must focus and concentrate keeping in mind external factors that can hinder the route of the dart. From having the right angle at which the dart leaves the fingers till the time it reaches the board, there’s a kind of aim required, often seen depicted by superheroes, and especially the famous DC character, Arrow.
Rob Cross will look to defend his PDC World Championship title next month at the Alexandra Palace, London.
Rob was a surprise package in 2018, rising through the ranking in dramatic style. In 2018 he beat the defending 2017 PDC World Champion, Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final 6-5 in the 2018 World Championships, lining up an encounter with Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.
The conclusion of the PDC Players Championships will be held at the Butlins Minehead resort with 64 top PDC players competing for the Players Championship title. During the year many players events are held which are screened via PDC HD TV. Players not only compete for a small prize fund but also a Players Championship Order of Merit. The top 64 players then compete for the title. This event is screened by ITV4 / ITVSport and various other channels across the World. If you are outside the broadcast area you can subscribe and watch the final via PDC HD TV. See the PDC website for more detail.
The finals will also host the PDC Unicorn World Youth Finals, 25th November 2018
Gerwyn Price claimed his first Televised PDC title last weekend, beating Gary Anderson in the Grand Slam of Darts final. Gerwyn had to come from behind twice when Anderson had a clear 3 leg advantage. However, Anderson couldn’t make his lead pay and Gerwyn romped home a 16-13 winner to take his maiden TV title.
The Grand Slam of Darts mixes the best of the PDC with the best of the BDO organisation. It is renowned to be a hard title to win as most, if not all players have either won or become runner-up in a major event within the past 12 months. Price also won a small matter of £110,000 and looks good for the Players Championship next weekend and the PDC 2019 World Championship which starts on the 13th December 2018.
The rise of darts in Germany has been massive over the past few years. Dart manufacturers have said a third of their stock is now made for Germany. Earlier this year over 20,000 German fans turned up to watch the PDC World Series German Masters and it seems German fans just can not get enough of the sport.
The PDC World Championship ticket sales also report a vast following from Germany as many fans have booked to attend the two-week darting phenomenon.
German fans give full support to their players and Martin Schindler who has made his name in the senior PDC darts events and represented his county in the PDC World Cup of Darts is in the Unicorn World Youth finals. Martin will face the defending youth champion Demitri van den Bergh in the final that will be staged at Butlins Minehead on Sunday 25th November. Demitri also is no stranger to the senior side of the PDC darts. He had a massive run in the Grand Slam of darts defeating BDO World No.1 Mark McGeeney and former BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting along the way. The young player also hit a 9 dart leg against Bunting to the delight of the crowd, so he will be difficult for Martin to beat, however, with the support of the crowd anything can happen.
The PDC Unicorn World Youth Final can be watched on ITV4 / ITVSport in the UK and various other channels around the world. You can also watch this event via PDC HD TV live stream if you are outside the TV broadcasting areas.
Russian born Anastasia Dobromysolva became the first lady to qualify for the PDC World Darts Championships. Two places have been made available for the 2019 William Hill PDC World Championships. However, the ladies have to qualify via one of two knockout routes.
Anastasia won the ‘rest of the world’ PDC ladies’ qualification and will now compete at the Ally Pally in December. There is one more place up for grabs. The second qualification stage takes place on Sunday 25th November. While some notable players will be taking part, some won’t be. Current BDO Ladies World Darts Champion, Lisa Ashton, will be entering hoping to claim the final spot. However, 10 times Ladies Champion, Trina Gulliver has opted to play in the less lucrative Finder Italian Masters!
Whoever wins on Sunday will be guaranteed a place at the PDC World Finals and a first-round win will earn them £15,000 more than winning the BDO World title, so why some top players have decided not to enter the knockout stage if baffling and, in some cases, disappointing to their fans and maybe their sponsors.
The 2019 PDC World Championship has a total prize fund of £2.5M, the winner will receive the biggest cheque in darts history, £500,000.
The PDC World Champion will be screened live on Sky Sports from 13th December 2018 – 1st January 2019
Following the new appointment to the BDO Chair, Des Jacklin has secured a new three year deal with Eurosport to screen three major BDO events each year. Eurosport will broadcast the BDO World Championship finals, The Winmau Masters and the BDO World Darts Trophy.
Speculation mounted earlier in the year as regards the 2019 World Darts Championship venue. Lakeside Country Club has hosted the event since 1986 and has been the main sponsor since 2003 when the tobacco sponsorship had to cease. It was believed that the uncertainty of TV broadcasting may have played a part in the decision of the 2019 venue. AS for the future venue for the World Championship, this is unclear because no announcement has been made as regards a long-term agreement with Lakeside. However, fans will be pleased to learn the 2019 will at least be hosted by the famous Lakeside Country Club venue.
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