2019 Season Preview

Rotterdam Premier League (PDC)

WITH just over a week to go until the first televised event of the year gets underway, we look ahead to a mouth-watering 2019 campaign in PDC darts.

This year's PDC circuit will see players battling it out for £14 million in prize money in events taking place across 11 countries, with darts fans looking forward to another huge year for the sport.

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The Masters general view (PDC)

The BetVictor Masters will see the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit battle it out to lift the first TV title of the year live on ITV4 from February 1-3 at The Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

The 2019 curtain-raiser will see Michael van Gerwen bidding for an incredible fifth successive Masters crown, while Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton will star in the event for the first time.

Just four days later, the Unibet Premier League gets at Newcastle's Utilita Arena for the first of 17 nights of gripping action live on Sky Sports.

Van Gerwen will be aiming to make it four Premier League titles in a row, Raymond van Barneveld will feature in his final season before his retirement and European Champion James Wade makes his return to the field.


Raymond van Barneveld (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

March begins with a first visit of the year to Butlin's Minehead Resort from March 1-3 as 160 players compete in the newly-formatted UK Open, with Gary Anderson defending his title.

The Premier League show will roll into Rotterdam for two nights across March 27-28, the second of which will see the bottom two players eliminated on Judgement Night.

Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld will say an emotional farewell to his Dutch faithful in his final Premier League game in the Netherlands.

The opening two European Tour events of the year will also take place in Leverkusen and Hildesheim.


Premier League darts (PDC)

The remaining eight players will march on in the second half of the season, doing battle for Play-Off places by facing each other once more in the league phase.

April will also see another busy month of European Tour action, with events three and four in Munich and Saarbrucken.


Premier League Darts Play-Offs (PDC)

A crowd of around 10,000 fans will pack out The O2 on May 23 to see the conclusion of the Premier League, with a £250,000 first prize on offer for the eventual champion.

May will also see the European Tour roadshow continue through Graz, Sindelfingen and Zwolle.


World Cup of Darts general view (PDC)

The World Cup of Darts returns to Hamburg as 32 countries compete in the colourful, unique spectacle live on Sky Sports.

The Netherlands will be bidding for a record-breaking fifth title, with a combination of Doubles and Singles matches played as nations do battle for glory.

There's more European Tour action on the way from Copenhagen, before a visit to Prague for the PDC's first ever event in the Czech Republic.


World Matchplay general view (PDC)

The opening two World Series events of the year will see some of the PDC's top stars return to Las Vegas for the US Darts Masters, followed by the German Darts Masters which will be held in Cologne for the first time.

Blackpool's historic Winter Gardens will host the 26th staging of the Betfred World Matchplay from July 20-28, as 32 of the world's best players compete for the Phil Taylor Trophy live on Sky Sports.

Anderson came out on top of a classic final with Mensur Suljovic in 2018 and he will be bidding to retain his title, while Van Gerwen will be seeking just his second Blackpool triumph.


Brisbane Darts Masters (PDC)

A treble-header in August will then see PDC stars head Down Under for events in Brisbane, Melbourne and New Zealand, where Hamilton will host a PDC tournament for the first time.

European Tour action will resume with a return to Vienna for the tenth event of the year.


European Tour (PDC)

September will be a huge month for the European Tour as the final three events of the year take place in Mannheim, Riesa and Gibraltar with players battling it out for a place in top 32 on the European Tour Order of Merit to book their place at the European Championship.


European Championship (PDC)

Darts fans will be treated to three televised events in October with the Unibet World Grand Prix, Paddy Power Champions League of Darts and the European Championship.

Van Gerwen will defend his World Grand Prix title in the double-start tournament in Dublin from October 6-12 live on Sky Sports, before Anderson bids for back-to-back Champions League titles over the weekend of October 19-20 live on the BBC.

The culmination of the year's European Tour events, the European Championship will be held from October 25-28 live on ITV Sport, with James Wade defending his title in Gottingen.


Grand Slam of Darts (PDC)

November kicks off with the World Series of Darts Finals, which will be held in Amsterdam for the first time, with Wade defending his title live on ITV Sport from November 1-3.

Stars of the PDC and BDO will collide in Wolverhampton from November 8-17, with Gerwyn Price defending the Eric Bristow Trophy live on Sky Sports.

The month ends with a return to Butlin's Minehead Resort for the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals, the final tournament of the year before the World Championship.

Daryl Gurney claimed victory over Van Gerwen with the Televised Performance of the Year in last year's staging of the event, and the Northern Irishman will be hoping for further success across from November 27-29 live on ITV Sport.

The World Youth Championship Final will also feature as part of the Minehead festival of darts.


World Darts Championship (PDC)

December sees the return of the William Hill World Darts Championship as 96 players compete over the Christmas and New Year period live on Sky Sports for £2.5 million in prize money.

2019 will also see 30 Players Championship events, more than ever before, played throughout the year with coverage streamed live on PDCTV-HD.

A series of 20 Unicorn Challenge Tour tournaments will take place, along with 20 Unicorn Development Tour events.

It's also set to be a huge year for the PDC's affiliated tours across the globe, with regular events held in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China and the Nordic & Baltic regions.