THE 2018 Unibet Premier League season takes place from February to May across 16 successive Thursday nights.
The opening nine weeks see the ten players face each other once in the league phase, before the bottom two players in the league table following Judgement Night are eliminated.
The remaining eight players face each other once more in the remaining six league nights, before the top four players progress to compete in the Play-Offs.
League Table - Following Night 15
Players tied on Points are then split by Leg Difference (+/-), Legs Won Against Throw and, if necessary, Tournament Average.
2018 Unibet Premier League
Competitors (in alphabetical order)
Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen
2018 Unibet Premier League Dates & Venues
Night One - February 1
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Gerwyn Price
Night Two - February 8
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Michael Smith 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 1-7 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Mensur Suljovic
Night Three - February 15
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 4-7 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Night Four - February 22
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Michael Smith 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 6-6 Gary Anderson
Night Five - March 1
Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Event cancelled due to the weather
Night Five - March 8
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 1-7 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 7-5 Michael Smith
Night Six - March 15
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Michael Smith 7-1 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Gary Anderson
Night Seven - March 22
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Daryl Gurney 7-3 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 1-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Rob Cross 7-1 Gerwyn Price
Night Eight - March 29
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Gary Anderson
Michael Smith 7-2 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 7-5 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Peter Wright
Judgement Night - April 5
Echo Arena, Liverpool
Revised Order of Play
Simon Whitlock 7-3 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 0-7 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 5-7 Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic 4-7 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Peter Wright
Night Ten - April 12
The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 7-2 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 5-7 Rob Cross
Raymond van Barneveld 2-7 Peter Wright
Night 11 - April 18
Michael Smith 2-7 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Raymond van Barneveld 7-3 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 7-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 3-7 Gary Anderson
Night 12 - April 19
Simon Whitlock 1-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 3-7 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 6-6 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Daryl Gurney 7-1 Simon Whitlock
Night 13 - April 26
The Manchester Arena
Peter Wright 1-7 Michael Smith
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock 7-5 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Night 14 - May 3
Peter Wright 7-4 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 3-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Night 15 - May 10
The BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
Michael Smith 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Simon Whitlock 6-6 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Gary Anderson
Play-Offs - May 17
The O2, London
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 10-6 Gary Anderson
Best of 19 legs
Van Gerwen 11-4 Smith
Best of 21 legs
Winner - £250,000
Runner-Up - £120,000
Semi-Finalists - £80,000
League Leader's Bonus - £25,000
Fifth Place - £65,000
Sixth Place - £55,000
Seventh Place - £50,000
Eighth Place - £45,000
Ninth Place - £30,000
Tenth Place - £25,000
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN retained his Unibet Premier League title with a stunning 11-4 win over Michael Smith at The O2 in London on Thursday, capping another remarkable triumph for the Dutchman.
Van Gerwen produced an incredible 112.37 average, the highest in this year’s tournament and the second highest ever in a televised final, to win the Premier League crown for a third year in a row.
The world number one beat Rob Cross 10-6 in his semi-final earlier in the evening to reach a sixth consecutive Premier League final, before clinching the £250,000 first prize, on top of a £25,000 league leader's bonus after topping the regular season's league table for a sixth straight year.
“I think I played a phenomenal game, one of my best ever,” said Van Gerwen, who hit seven 180s in the final and 11 doubles from 16 attempts.
“I know I had a big job to do to win the game but I was focused on doing something extra – I wanted to break the record average but I fell just short.
“There was a lot of pressure on me to perform but I think I coped with it well and ran out a deserved winner.
“I had to be at my best to beat Michael, he is one of the big boys now.
“It means a lot to me to win this tournament, I had to work hard for this over the last 16 weeks and to win it again is amazing.”
Van Gerwen was clinical on the doubles, hitting 11 from 16 attempts, and averaged around 120 for most of an unstoppable display.
Meanwhile, Smith battled hard to keep himself in the tie, producing magnificent finishes of 125 and 104, along with six maximums.
“I want to thank the fans and everyone who supported me,” said Smith, who was making his debut Play-Offs appearance.
“Michael was just too good tonight, I tried my best but it just wasn’t enough on the night.
“Even at 8-2 down I was battling to win legs, which I might not have done before this year when I might’ve thrown the towel in.
“I will be back next year, determined to go one better and lift the title.”
Van Gerwen got off to a flying start, firing in 12,12 and 11-dart legs to open up a 3-0 lead, before Smith calmed the nerves to register his first leg.
The relentless Dutchman took out 25 after missing the bull for a 170 finish to lead 5-1, and then produced another 11-dart leg to surge into a 6-1 lead.
Smith showed he wasn’t done yet as he took out 125 on tops to trail 8-2 going into the final break of the match.
The world number one resumed normal service after the interval to make it 10-2, before Smith pulled another two legs back to reduce the arrears to 10-4.
Van Gerwen, though, sealed victory with a brilliant 112 finish to make it 11-4 and secure his fourth Premier League title in six years competing in the prestigious event.
Earlier in the evening, Van Gerwen became the first man through to the final with a comfortable 10-6 win over Cross.
The three-time Premier League champion fired in nine 180s as he threw an impressive 103.65 average to win through to his sixth consecutive Premier League final.
The Dutch star kicked off the night with a 180 in his opening visit as he hit a 12-dart leg to take a 1-0 lead, then both players exchanged holds of throw to make it 2-1.
Van Gerwen went into cruise control over the next three legs to move into a 5-1 lead, averaging 111 in the process, before Cross have himself a lifeline with a first break of the Dutchman’s throw in the match to reduce the deficit to 5-2.
It didn’t turn out to be the turning point that Cross was hoping for as Van Gerwen broke straight back to restore his four leg lead by pinning double ten.
Relentless Van Gerwen hit his second 11-dart leg of the game, taking out 96 on double 18 to extend his lead to 7-2.
Cross held throw to go into the break 7-3 down, and showed he hadn’t given up yet as he broke the Van Gerwen throw on double 16 to reduce the arrears to 7-4.
The world number one went within a leg of victory by taking out out 128 for a 9-4 lead, before Cross held and then broke the Van Gerwen throw with a superb 118 checkout.
The Dutch ace stemmed the tide as he broke the Cross throw with a 15-dart leg to seal his place in the final and end the reigning World Champion’s hopes of glory at The O2.
“I feel like I might’ve tried a bit too hard early on in the match,” said Cross, who was playing in just his fourth televised semi-final.
“My first dart wasn’t going right all night, which allowed Michael to run riot and do what he does best.
“The Premier League has been a massive learning curve for me and I’m confident that I will do even better in the tournament next year if I’m selected.
“This is still just the beginning for me, I’ve got so much more to give and I know that I will be back playing my best darts in the near future.”
Smith claimed the biggest win of his career with an impressive 10-6 triumph over his close friend and mentor Anderson to reach his first senior televised PDC final.
On his debut Play-Offs appearance, Smith smashed in eight maximums and two ton-plus checkouts to book his place in the final with Van Gerwen.
The St Helens star settled from the start, hitting a 100 finish to hold in the first leg, then doubling his advantage with another 15-dart leg to break the Anderson throw.
The Scot broke straight back to halve the deficit, and then hit back-to-back maximums but missed chances to hold and the Englishman punished to lead 3-1.
Anderson clawed his way back into the game, finding tops to break the Smith throw and trail 4-3, before finding tops again to level at 4-4.
Smith edged closer to one of the biggest wins of his career, reeling off the next three legs to take a commanding lead, including a 120 checkout in leg 11.
Anderson held to close the gap to two and trail 8-6, before the former World Youth Champion went one leg from glory with a 12-dart leg.
An emotional Smith found tops to wrap up the win and set up a final clash with Van Gerwen, ending Anderson’s hopes of a third Premier League crown in the process.
“Michael played a good game tonight and he deserved to win,” admitted Anderson, who qualified for the Play-Offs for a fifth successive year.
“The way I’ve played this year it was a bonus for me to reach the semi-finals.
“I’ve had some good games and some bad games, but overall I think I did alright in this year’s Premier League.”
Smith's success in reaching the final sees him qualify for November's Bwin Grand Slam of Darts, where he had reached his only previous televised semi-final in the 2015 event.