2019 World Darts Championship Preview
The 2019 World Darts Championship gets underway on December 13 at London’s iconic venue of Alexandra Palace, fondly known by darts fans as Ally Pally. The greatest players on the planet come together to fight for the right to be known as the World Champion, with the entire event broadcast live on Sky Sports. This will be the 26th instalment of the tournament created by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) after their split from the BDO.
Rob Cross is the defending champion after an astonishing rise to prominence. He was not among the favourites for the tournament when things began, but “Voltage” ended up overcoming possibly the two greatest darts players of all time in the semi-final and final, in the form of Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. Things have not gone to plan for Cross since then though, but last year’s win at Ally Pally has immortalised him forever. It could very well be the same story for someone else this year.
2019 World Darts Championship Format
There are 96 players in total taking part in the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, which is a record high. The number has been increased from 72 to 96, with the PDC Order of Merit top 32 being joined by the PDC Pro Tour top 32, as well as 32 qualifiers from around the globe. 2019 also sees the introduction of 2 females darts players entering the tournament, in the form of Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova.
28 sessions in total will make up the event, spread across afternoons and evenings. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are among four rest days that the players will get, which could be crucial for physical and mental recuperation.
Round one will begin on opening night, 13 December with 32 matches taking place across a number of days. The big guns, in the form of the Order of Merit top 32 will enter the tournament in round two, giving them a slight advantage on the rest of the field. The third round lasts between 22-27 December, with the last 16 and quarter-finals lasting until the 29th. The semi-finals are the day after, with the showpiece final on the 1st January.
The prize money has also been increased, with £2,500,000 in total. This is an increase of £700,000 as opposed to the funds for the 2018 tournament, which means the players will be even more hungry to win the title. The winner will claim a whopping £500,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives £200,000. Each of the losing semi-finalists will claim a cool £100,000, and reaching the quarter-final will get you £50,000. Just taking part in the tournament is well worth their while, as all first-round losers will get at least £7,500 in prize money.
2019 World Darts Championship Draw
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Alan Tabern/Raymond Smith
(32) Max Hopp v Royden Lam/Danny Noppert
(16) Adrian Lewis v Simon Stevenson/Ted Evetts
(17) Raymond van Barneveld v Matthew Edgar/Darius Labanauskas
(8) Simon Whitlock v Ryan Joyce/Anastasia Dobromyslova
(25) Alan Norris v Steve Lennon/James Bailey
(9) James Wade v Krzystof Ratajski/Seigo Asada
(24) Jelle Klaasen v Keegan Brown/Karel Sedlacek
It is clear to see that the 1st quarter of the draw is full of talent and could, in fact, be the strongest line-up of them all. Michael van Gerwen will get his quest to regain the World title underway against either Alan Tabern or Raymond Smith, two opponents he really should have no trouble in beating. Also in this section are two former World Darts Champions, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis. Both have been in slumps recently but for Barney, 2019 will be his last year on the PDC tour as he has announced plans to retire after next year’s World Championship. Keep an eye out for Simon Whitlock, as well as a potentially fantastic second-round clash between James Wade and Krzystof Ratajski.
(5) Daryl Gurney v Ross Smith/Paul Lim
(28) Jamie Lewis v Martin Schindler/Cody Harris
(12) Dave Chisnall v Josh Payne/Jeff Smith
(21) Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton/Daniel Larsson
(4) Gary Anderson v Paul Nicholson/Kevin Burness
(29) Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Barnard/Jose De Sousa
(13) Darren Webster v Vincent van der Voort/Lourence Ilagen
(20) Steve Beaton v Chris Dobey/Boris Koltsov
Gary Anderson may have dropped to number 4 in the world but his ability level far exceeds that number. There was even a debate earlier this year about whether or not Anderson had actually surpassed Michael van Gerwen as the best player on the planet, such was his great form. He has lost a few high profile matches recently and has proven that he can be rattled in defeats to Gerwyn Price and a man he could meet in the quarter-final at Ally Pally, Daryl Gurney. “Superchin” is fresh off the back of a Players Championship victory against MVG so the man from Northern Ireland will be full of confidence. Jamie Lewis sensationally reached the semi-final stage at the Worlds last year defying all of the darts odds from before the tournament, while Dave Chisnall and Darren Webster will be dangerous.
(2) Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Nitin Kumar
(31) Cristo Reyes v Ricky Evans/Rowby-John Rodriguez
(15) Jonny Clayton v Dimitri van den Bergh/Chuck Puleo
(18) Stephen Bunting v Luke Humphries/Adam Hunt
(7) Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle/Stephen Burton
(26) James Wilson v William O'Connor/Yordi Meeuwisse
(10) Michael Smith v Ron Meulenkamp/Diogo Portela
(23) John Henderson v Gabriel Clemens/Aden Kirk
Current World Darts Champion Rob Cross leads the 3rd quarter of the tournament but he will be far from happy with his draw. The likelihood is that he’ll come up against young Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan in the second-round, who has had a fantastic year on the tour. Even though we have stated that we don’t expect Cross to retain the crown in our darts tips, who knows what could happen when he steps foot on the famous Ally Pally stage once again. Mensur Suljovic and Michael Smith will really fancy their chances of progressing here, while Jonny Clayton v World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh could be a tremendous early game if it happens.
(6) Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall/Geert Nentjes
(27) Kyle Anderson v Jeffrey de Graaf/Noel Malicdem
(11) Ian White v Wayne Jones/Devon Peterson
(22) Steve West v Richard North/Robert Marijanovic
(3) Peter Wright v Toni Alcinas/Craig Ross
(30) Benito van de Pas v Micky Mansell/Jim Long
(14) Joe Cullen v Brendan Dolan/Yuanjun Liu
(19) Mervyn King v Jan Dekker/Lisa Ashton
The final quarter is another of great interest, as it seems to be fairly wide open. Peter Wright is the favourite to progress of course as he is the world number 3, but “Snakebite” has been out of form recently. One man very much in form though is Gerwyn Price, who recently claimed the Grand Slam of Darts title in a feisty affair against Gary Anderson. Ian White is very strong on the floor events but can’t seem to replicate that on the big stage.
Previous PDC World Darts Championship Winners
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013
Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen
World Darts Championship Betting at Bet UK
If you are looking to place a bet on the World Darts Championship, we have a wide range of darts betting markets right here on the Bet UK online betting sportsbook. Markets for the World Championship will be available both pre-tournament and in-play.
Outright bets such as who you believe will win the tournament are available, as well as selected other bets including: Winning Quarter, Winner’s Nationality, To Reach The Final, Total Tournament 170 Checkouts and 9 Dart Finish. In addition to the outright PDC World Darts Championship bets, you can bet on each match individually too.
You will be able to find the darts results for the World Championship here at Bet UK when the tournament has come to a close.
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