THE 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts will see 32 players from the PDC and BDO systems face off in Wolverhampton for the newly-titled Eric Bristow Trophy and £450,000 in prize money.
The nine days of action at the Aldersley Leisure Village, live on Sky Sports, initially sees the 32 players split into eight groups of four for the round-robin phase, with all players competing on both Saturday and Sunday.
The final group matches will take place on Monday and Tuesday, with the top two players from each group progressing to the last-16 knockout stage.
2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts Groups
(1) Michael van Gerwen
(8) Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld
(5) James Wade
(4) Gary Anderson
(2) Peter Wright
(7) Simon Whitlock
(6) Mensur Suljovic
(3) Rob Cross
Dimitri Van den Bergh
2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts
Schedule of Play
Saturday November 10
Afternoon Session (1300 GMT)
Groups E-H First Matches
Max Hopp 5-3 Josh Payne (E)
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)
Stephen Bunting 5-3 Martin Schindler (G)
Glen Durrant 5-1 Simon Whitlock (F)
Mensur Suljovic 5-2 Scott Mitchell (G)
Rob Cross 5-2 Mark McGeeney (H)
Peter Wright 5-4 Jim Williams (E)
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Groups A-D First Matches
Keegan Brown 5-4 Mark Webster (C)
Jonny Clayton 5-2 Joe Murnan (A)
Ian White 5-1 Steve Hine (D)
Michael Smith 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale (B)
James Wade 5-0 Wesley Harms (C)
Krzysztof Ratajski 5-3 Raymond van Barneveld (B)
Gary Anderson 5-2 Michael Unterbuchner (D)
Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Gary Robson (A)
Sunday November 11
Afternoon Session (1300 GMT)
Groups E-H Second Matches
Mark McGeeney 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)
Josh Payne 5-2 Jim Williams (E)
Scott Mitchell 5-1 Martin Schindler (G)
Simon Whitlock 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
Stephen Bunting 5-3 Mensur Suljovic (G)
Rob Cross 5-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh (H)
Gerwyn Price 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
Peter Wright 5-2 Max Hopp (E)
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Groups A-D Second Matches
Michael Unterbuchner 5-2 Steve Hine (D)
Gary Robson 5-4 Joe Murnan (A)
Wesley Harms 5-3 Mark Webster (C)
Raymond van Barneveld 5-4 Adam Smith-Neale (B)
James Wade 5-3 Keegan Brown (C)
Michael Smith 5-4 Krzysztof Ratajski (B)
Jonny Clayton 5-4 Michael van Gerwen (A)
Gary Anderson 5-1 Ian White (D)
Monday November 12 (1900 GMT)
Rob Cross 5-2 Ryan Searle (H)
Andrew Gilding 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
Simon Whitlock 5-4 Gerwyn Price (F)
Martin Schindler 5-4 Mensur Suljovic (G)
Stephen Bunting 5-1 Scott Mitchell (G)
Jim Williams 5-4 Max Hopp (E)
Peter Wright 5-4 Josh Payne (E)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Mark McGeeney (H)
Tuesday November 13 (1900 GMT)
James Wade 5-1 Mark Webster (C)
Gary Anderson 5-1 Steve Hine (D)
Michael Unterbuchner 5-3 Ian White (D)
Wesley Harms 5-4 Keegan Brown (C)
Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Joe Murnan (A)
Jonny Clayton 5-3 Gary Robson (A)
Krzysztof Ratajski 5-1 Adam Smith-Neale (B)
Michael Smith 5-0 Raymond van Barneveld (B)
Wednesday November 14 (1900 GMT)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-6 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Josh Payne
Mensur Suljovic 10-7 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 10-6 Peter Wright
Thursday November 15 (1900 GMT)
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael Unterbuchner 10-6 James Wade
Gary Anderson 10-2 Wesley Harms
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Michael Smith
Friday November 16 (1900 GMT)
Mensur Suljovic 16-9 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 16-15 Simon Whitlock
Saturday November 17 (1900 GMT)
Gary Anderson 16-6 Michael Unterbuchner
Michael van Gerwen 16-12 Jonny Clayton
Sunday November 18
Afternoon Session (1300 GMT)
Gerwyn Price 16-12 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 16-12 Michael van Gerwen
Evening Session (1930 GMT)
Gerwyn Price 16-13 Gary Anderson
Two points are awarded for a win and no points will be awarded for a loss. Each game is the best of nine legs, with the winner being the first player to win five legs. There will be no tie-break.
After the first round has been completed, the top two players in each group will progress to the knockout phase. Should there be a two-way Points tie in any position, then the player with the best Leg Difference will be deemed to have finished higher. If both players have the same Leg Difference, then the winner of the group match between those two players will be deemed to be the higher finisher.
Should Points, Leg Difference, Tournament Average and Legs Won Against Throw not be able to separate three players, then if one player has defeated both of the other two players then this player will be deemed to have finished higher, and the winner of the group match between the remaining two players will be the ‘second’ of the three. Should the three players have secured one win apiece against each other, then a Nine-Dart Shoot-Out will be played between the relevant players to determine final standings, with the highest aggregate score over nine darts being used to separate players.
In the event a “Nine-Dart Shoot-Out” finishes level between two or more players, those players who have tied on the most points will continue to throw three darts each in the same order until one player scores more points than the other player(s) with his three darts.
From the second round onwards, the tournament will be in a knockout format.
Group Stage: Best of nine legs
Second Round: Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 31 legs
Final: Best of 31 legs
Semi-Final Losers: £28,500
Quarter-Final Losers: £16,000
Second Round Losers: £10,000
Group Winner's Bonus: £2,500
Third Place in Group: £5,000
Fourth Place in Group: £3,000
Nine-Dart Finish Bonus: £25,000
GERWYN PRICE claimed his maiden televised title with a remarkable bwin Grand Slam of Darts success as he overcame Gary Anderson 16-13 on Sunday night.
The Welsh ace had to battle back from behind against both Simon Whitlock and Mensur Suljovic just to reach the Wolverhampton final.
He also trailed by three legs twice against Anderson, at 7-4 and 11-8, before hitting back to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy and claim the £110,000 title.
Price began the decider with a 120 finish, and after finding himself 4-2 down following a three-leg burst from Anderson, the Welshman finished 137 to pull back.
Anderson, though, extended his advantage to 7-4 before seeing his rival claim four successive legs to regain the edge at 8-7.
The world number four found another gear to reel off four legs in a row as he moved back in front, levelling on tops, finishing 72 on the bull, 84 and 144 in taking an 11-8 advantage.
Price finished 70 and 78 to respond before a 130 checkout saw him move within touching distance at 12-11.
Double ten saw Anderson move 13-11 up, but Price again dug in to win four successive legs as he turned the game on its head once again to move a leg away from glory, which was sealed on tops.
Price also picked up a £2,500 group winner bonus as he erased the memory of defeats in the UK Open and World Cup of Darts finals to claim big-stage glory for the first time.
"I've got over the winning line and I'm thrilled to bits," he said. "It was an up and down final but I knew that if I stuck in there I'd get my chances, and I took them.
"I was pretty confident at the beginning of the week and I knew that I had a good chance of reaching the final, but I was chasing Gary all the way there.
"He wasn't playing brilliantly, he was being consistent at what he does. I knew if I just put it up one gear that I'd beat him.
"I knew that he doesn't like the way I play. My game is my game, he just needs to concentrate on his own. I've won the tournament and I'm over the moon."
Price, who moves up to sixth on the PDC Order of Merit, added: "I'm the first person to win the Eric Bristow Trophy and that means a huge amount to me - it's something nobody can ever take from me."
Price had previously played rugby union and had a brief stint in rugby league before opting to take up darts in 2014 when he won a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School.
"I'm loving playing on stage against the best players in the world," he added. "It's only a few years since I was playing rugby, so to be winning big titles is huge for me.
"Maybe 18 months ago I was scared of the top four or top eight, but now I'm turning up to win these tournaments."
The defeat saw Anderson miss out on the Grand Slam title for a second time, following his loss in the 2011 final to Phil Taylor.
He had earlier ended Van Gerwen's reign as champion with a sensational 16-12 semi-final triumph, landing five ton-plus finishes to overcome the world number one.
"I played a very poor game," said Van Gerwen, speaking to Dutch broadcaster RTL7. "I was horribly irritated by myself, and he didn't play his best game also.
"Gary played ok - he did the right things at the right times and I couldn't answer that. I missed too many doubles here and there and I can only blame myself. It was just not good enough."