PDC on ITV: PDC European Championship

This year’s PDC European Championship will be held in the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium. Michael van Gerwen will be looking to defend the title live on ITV4 from 30 October.


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32 players will contest this, the eighth staging of the event – the first ever televised and major dart tournament in Belgium.

This years format will follow that of 2014, with the first round being a blink-and-you-miss-it best of 11 legs (first to six), making it likely that this round will contain some upsets. The Second Round and Quarter-Finals will be best of 19 (first to 10), while the Semi-Finals and Final on Sunday evening will be best of 21 legs (first to 11).

Prize Fund

The total prize fund for the event, sponsored by Unibet, is £300,000 and will be split as follows:

  • Winner £65,000
  • Runner-Up £35,000
  • Semi-Finalists £17,000
  • Quarter-Finalists £11,500
  • Second Round Losers £7,000
  • First Round Losers £4,000

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History

Phil Taylor dominated this tournament for the first four years, winning all four from 2008 – 2011, beating Adrian Lewis twice (2008 & 2011), Wayne Jones (2009) and the recently resurgent Steve Beaton in 2010.

It wasn’t until the Quarter-Final of 2012 that his 22 match unbeaten run came to an end, when he lost 6-10 to Brendan Dolan in Mulheim. The Australian, Simon Whitlock won that year, beating Wes Newton in the final, 11-5.

The following year (2013), Whitlock made the final again, but this time lost out 6-11 to Adrian Lewis. Last year it was a dominant van Gerwen who took out Justin Pipe, Dolan, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld before beating Terry Jenkins 7-4 in the final.


Coverage on ITV

The tournament this year is being covered by ITV4 in the UK, with coverage starting Friday lunchtime and concluding with the semi-finals and final on Sunday evening as follows…

Friday 30 October:
12:45 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 23:00
Saturday 31 October:
12:45 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 23:00
Sunday 01 November:
12:45 – 17:00 and 19:00 – 23:00

Tournament Fixtures

Round One
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
100.69 Cristo Reyes 6-2 Max Hopp 86.70
85.47 Christian Kist 4-6 Rowby John-Rodriguez 84.15
95.85 Simon Whitlock 6-2 Magnus Caris 86.27
91.87 Justin Pipe 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode 85.44
98.44 Michael Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price 97.95
97.72 Ian White 5-6 Stephen Bunting 93.78
95.66 Robert Thornton 4-6 John Henderson 96.84
95.44 Peter Wright 6-4 Alan Norris 90.70
94.37 Adrian Lewis 6-5 Benito van de Pas 94.58
99.31 Mensur Suljovic 5-6 Dave Chisnall 100.66
88.66 James Wade 6-3 Terry Jenkins 90.00
96.42 Gary Anderson 6-3 Brendan Dolan 94.00
97.65 Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld 98.35
100.24 Phil Taylor 6-1 Vincent van der Voort 97.49
100.37 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan 88.81
100.86 Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Mervyn King 95.81
Round Two
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
84.38 John Henderson 10-2 Rowby John-Rodriguez 73.43
102.27 Stephen Bunting 6-10 Dave Chisnall 103.86
101.07 Adrian Lewis 10-7 Justin Pipe 88.15
96.28 Gary Anderson 10-8 Simon Whitlock 93.47
102.93 Peter Wright 10-8 Kim Huybrechts 96.65
105.25 Phil Taylor 10-5 Michael Smith 98.53
106.81 Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Cristo Reyes 91.65
95.76 James Wade 5-10 Jelle Klaasen 99.76
Quarter-Final
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
106.55 Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Dave Chisnall 97.52
88.77 John Henderson 4-10 Peter Wright 102.19
103.24 Gary Anderson 10-6 Jelle Klaasen 94.59
98.97 Adrian Lewis 10-9 Phil Taylor 106.12
Semi-Final
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
104.76 Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Peter Wright 104.74
106.26 Gary Anderson 11-5 Adrian Lewis 97.01
Final
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
107.28  Michael van Gerwen 11-10  Gary Anderson 102.42

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