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The curtain is about to go down on yet another remarkable season of darts, with Alexandra Palace playing host to the World Darts Championship 2018 this month. 72 of the world’s best players are competing for the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy, and there have already been plenty of twists and turns in the competition. The event is fast becoming a platform for emerging talent to make a statement for next season, and as sponsorship money continues to filter down into tournament prize pools around the world, the sport of darts is becoming more competitive than ever before.
But who are the young emerging dart starts to look out for?
Phil Taylor bows out at the end of the 2017 season and the World Darts Championship at Ally Pally will be his final even, bringing the curtain down on a colourful and hugely decorated career. There have been many up-and-coming players who have been dubbed 'the next big thing' but very few have been able to come anywhere close to matching the success and longevity of the 'The Power'. One potential successor is Michael Van Gerwen, with the Dutchman dominating the sports over the past couple of years. Will MVG ever be able to match the legacy that is set to be left behind by Taylor?
Peter Wright is doubt for the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships after he was rushed to hospital on Thursday 30th November with suspect gallstones.
Although Peter is now back home his management says he has had to cancel his exhibition work in the run-up to Christmas. The PDC World Championships starts on 14th December and Peters first round match is scheduled to be the last match feature in the first round matches, 21st December. The No 2 Seed is scheduled to play Brazilian, Diogo Porteta.
The 2017 WDF World Cup finals will be streamed via YouTube on Friday 6th and Saturday the 7th October. England, Scotland, and Wales are not represented this year. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have entered teams.
Full details can be obtained from the WDF website.
The 2021 World Cup will be hosted in Esbjerg Sports and Event Park, Denmark. The Danish Darts Union expects 550 darts players from 40 Countries to take part in the event.
A recent poll of 2,000 people saw darts come out on top of the UK Sports Integrity Index, which measures the perceived level of integrity of the top 12 professional sports in the UK.
The World Number One Michael Van Gerwen has announced his return to the circuit following a month off and issued a statement on his website suggesting he has "even more motivation to win" as he aims to continue his remarkable 2017. The Dutchman has recently become a father for the first time and opted to spend August with his young family as opposed to competing in various tournaments around the world.
5/9/2017 ° °
The Premier League will head to Germany for the first time next year as darts continues to expand its horizons throughout Europe.
The PDC stars already travel far and wide, with tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and the hugely popular Premier League will now make its debut in Germany at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday February 22.
Dutch darts ace Michael van Gerwen is pushing hard to secure a hat-trick of World Matchplay titles this week at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, just weeks after celebrating a World Cup of Darts success.
25/7/2017 ° °
Will Michael van Gerwen make it a hat-trick of World Matchplay titles or will his fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld make it his first Matchplay title? All to play for as the 32 strong team of dart professionals make their way the Winter Gardens, Blackpool for the 24th PDC World Matchplay Darts Event.
The World Matchplay begins on the 22nd of July at the legendary Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with top seed Michael Van Gerwen looking to continue his domination of the sport with a third successive victory at the tournament. Will the Dutchman be able to continue his terrific form at the event and continue his remarkable 2017 when he opens up against Stephen Bunting?
17/7/2017 ° °
The 5 Time World Darts Champion, Raymond van Barneveld, has started a new chapter in his darting career by signing to Target Darts. His new range of darts will be available for all to see at his next televised tournament.
A full range of Target Darts are available at Pure Darts. 4/7/2017
Thirty-two of the finest darts exponents the planet has to offer will converge on the iconic Winter Gardens venue in Blackpool from July 22-30, for one of the most prestigious events in the Professional Darts Corporation calendar.
The exact line-up is yet to be finalised as the world’s top-16 players will be joined by the next highest ranked 16 from the ProTour Order of Merit. A pair of European Tour competitions and two Players Championship events remain before the cut off as a host of hopefuls jostle to hold down a place in the sport's summer show-piece.
Darts is not the most popular betting sport, yet darts lends itself well to casual and professional gamers alike. The heads-up nature of the matches and the fact that darts is a game played mostly between individuals means there are typically fewer variables so you can take your chances on who you think is most likely to win.
One of the more intriguing events on the PDC tour begins on July 14th, with the very first staging of the US Masters in Las Vegas. A huge prize fund is likely to entice a number of top players to the event with the preceding qualifying rounds allowing some of the top US and Canadian players the chance to take on the big boys.
Darryl Gerney and Max Hopp Make their US Masters Debuts while Phile Taylor plays his last US Masters Event.
12/6/2017 ° °
Earlier this year Phil Taylor announced via the PDC that 2017 would be his last year on the circuit. The curtain is set to come down on a remarkable darts career but will the 16-time world champion go out in a blaze of glory or with a whimper?
7/6/2017 ° °
The BDO have announced that the 2017 Winmau Masters will return to the Bridlington Spa. Th Masters will follow the British Open and Classic that is also being staged at the Spa.
7 days of days will now feature in Bridlington to the delight of many B&B’s. The British Open and classic start proceeding on Friday 22nd and the Masters play-off will start on Monday 25th with the BDO Lakeside play-offs being staged on Thursday 28th.
Full details and for further updates please visit the BDO website.
The Premier League is starting to get towards the business end of proceedings so who is likely to make the cut for the O2 Area in May and who is likely to struggle? Who should you put your money on?
England men’s team won the 2017 British Internationals. Paul Hogan (England) produced a 9 dart leg the first in the 38-year history of the event.
The Welsh ladies team won the ladies event beating England on the final day to claim the crown
The Youth Events were won by team England
The men’s and ladies’ tournament history can be found here.
The event venue has been changed due to the “Sporthalle Harpener Heide” is no longer suitable to accommodate more than 600 visitors. The temporary new venue will be at the Castroper Strasse in a correspondingly festive tent.
The new address is:
Festplatz Castroper Straße, Max-Greve-Straße 34, 44791 Bochum.
In addition, registration for this event we extend the closing date by 27.03.2017.
For more information about the BULL'S German Open 2017 can be found here:
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