PDC World Darts Championship: Armchair Fans Guide

This Christmas and New Year will see the 23rd edition of the PDC World Championship from the Alexandra Palace in London. The whole tournament will be covered live on Sky Sports. See the tournament progress, averages and schedule right here.

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Barry Hearn and the PDC World Darts Championship Trophy. Image: pdc.tv

It was announced shortly before the 2016 tournament that title sponsors, William Hill, have extended their relationship with the PDC World Darts Championship for another five years and will remain the title sponsors until 2020.

With this announcement also came news that the total prize fund will rise to over £2million by the time the 2020 tournament is played, with the Winner collecting an incredible £500,000!

TV Coverage

 

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All matches can be seen on Sky’s dedicated Darts Channel from 17 December until the final on 03 January. Four million people tuned in to Sky Sports Darts for last years World Championship. The sessions aren’t a;ways on at the same time each day – so don’t get caught out! We’ve shown the session times in the tables below.

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Prize Fund

The prize fund for this years tournament is £1,500,000, up £250,000 on 2015. The prize fund will be split as follows…

  • £300,000 – Winner
  • £150,000 – Runner-up
  • £70,000 – losing semi-finalist
  • £35,000 – losing quarter-finalist
  • £22,000 – Third Round losers
  • £15,000 – Second Round losers
  • £10,000 – First Round losers
  • £4,250 – Preliminary Round losers

Tournament Schedule, Results and Averages

Below you can see the schedule of play for each session. Before they are played I have given each match a number so that you can see further down the schedule who will play who.

These tables will be updated during the course of the weekend as the matches are completed. They will not auto-update, so please refresh the page from time-to-time.

Round One (and Preliminary Matches)
Preliminary matches are best of 3 sets. Round One matches are best of 5.

Day One – Evening Session
Andy Boulton wins his Preliminary match against Per Laursen, before predictably losing 3-0 to Gary Anderson in Round One. Jamie Lewis succumbs 1-3 to Daryl Gurney and Snakebite Wright has a straightforward 3-0 win against the World Youth Champion, Keegan Brown. It’s a shame to see Brown exit so early, but his time will come.

Thursday 17th December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
83.03 Andy Boulton 2-1 Per Laursen 79.27
90.34 Jamie Lewis 1-3 Daryl Gurney 94.12
95.91 Peter Wright 3-0 Keegan Brown 83.61
99.55 Gary Anderson 3-0 Andy Boulton 85.30

Day Two – Afternoon Session
The session was opened by a particularly low quality affair, as Mick McGowan dispatched of Qiang Sun. Sun averaged just 64.73. McGowan then played beget against Mark Webster, but was defeated 3-0. The next match was marginally better, as Darren Webster saw off John Henderson 3-1. In the third match of the session, an off-form Justin Pipe (average just 75.55) was easily beaten 3-0 by Christian Kist.

Friday 18th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
64.73 Qiang Sun 0-2 Mick McGowan 74.19
81.06 John Henderson 1-3 Darren Webster 87.83
75.55 Justin Pipe 0-3 Christian Kist 93.95
89.58 Mark Webster 3-0 Mick McGowan 85.88

Day Two – Evening Session
In possibly the most laughable match I’ve ever seen in a televised PDC event, German Rene Eidams saw of Thanawat Gaweenuntawong who averaged an incredible 63.64! In the second match of the evening, Brendan Dolan never really got going against Kyle Anderson. The scoreline of 3-0 flatters Anderson a bit as the contest was much closer than the score would suggest. Word number 47, David Pallett, put out World Number 12, Kim Huybrechts, and was rightly very pleased with his performance and the result. The last match on almost saw Rene Eidams crowned The Big Cheese as he came back remarkably against MvG after losing the first six legs and being two sets down. He then fought back to force a tie-break in the deciding set, before succumbing to the World Number One and tournament favourite.

Friday 18th December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
63.64 Thanawat Gaweenuntawong 0-2 Rene Eidams 69.25
87.19 Brendan Dolan 0-3 Kyle Anderson 90.64
92.66 Kim Huybrechts 2-3 David Pallett 91.43
99.03 Michael van Gerwen 3-2 Rene Eidams 90.48

Day Three – Afternoon Session
Kim Viljanen set the best three-dart-average for a Preliminary Round match so far with 87.69 in his 2-1 win over Sven Groen, who in turn set the second highest Preliminary Round average. Despite the 3-0 scoreline, Koha Kokiri was much closer in terms of average, but it’s Steve Beaton who moves into the Second Round. The big surprise of the afternoon was World Number Nine, Ian White, losing 3-1 to World Number 86(!), Dimitri van den Bergh. In the final match of the session, Kevin Painter made easy work of his match against Kim Viljanen, winning 3-1. Viljanen averaged just 80.63.

Saturday 19th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
87.69 Kim Viljanen 2-1 Sven Groen 84.11
95.87 Steve Beaton 3-0 Koha Kokiri 93.22
92.43 Ian White 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh 95.22
93.43 Kevin Painter 3-0 Kim Viljanen 80.63

Day Three – Evening Session
Keito Ono booked a First Round match against Phil Taylor in his 2-0 victory over Alex Tagarao in the first match of the evening. The second match of the evening was a thrilling one. After going two sets up, Simon Whitlock looked odds-on to take the match with some ease, but the 25 year old outsider, Ricky Evans, had other ideas. He came back and eventually won the final set in a 6-4 tie-break.

Saturday 19th December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Keita Ono 2-0 Alex Tagarao
92.85 Simon Whitlock 2-3 Ricky Evans 93.48
Vincent van der Voort m14 Laurence Ryder
Phil Taylor m15 Keita Ono
Sunday 20th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Michael Rasztovits P6 Rob Szabo
Andy Hamilton m16 Joe Murnan
Mensur Suljovic m17 Jermaine Wattimena
Jamie Caven m18 P6 Winner
Sunday 20th December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Aleksandr Oreshkin P7 Paul Lim
Stephen Bunting m19 Jyhan Artut
Raymond van Barneveld m20 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mervyn King m21 P7 Winner
Monday 21st December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Warrick Scheffer P8 John Michael
Robert Thornton m22 Alan Norris
Michael Smith m23 Jeffrey De Zwaan
James Wade m24 P8 Winner
Tuesday 22nd December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Dean Winstanley m25 Ronny Huybrechts
Wes Newton m26 Cristo Reyes
Dave Chisnall m27 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Terry Jenkins m28 Darin Young
Wednesday 23rd December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Andrew Gilding m29 Gerwyn Price
Benito van de Pas m30 Max Hopp
Adrian Lewis m31 Jan Dekker
Jelle Klaasen m32 Joe Cullen

Round Two
Round Two matches are best of 7 sets.

Saturday 26th December (6pm-10pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Ricky Evans m33 Winner m18
Winner m27 m34 Christian Kist
Gary Anderson m35 Daryl Gurney
Sunday 27th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Winner m23 m36 Steve Beaton
Dimitri Van den Bergh m37 Winner m30
Winner m14 m38 Kyle Anderson
Sunday 27th December (7pm-11pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Winner m20 m39 Winner m19
Winner m24 m40 Winner m26
Michael van Gerwen m41 Darren Webster
Monday 28th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Winner m22 m42 Winner m16
Winner m28 m43 Mark Webster
Dave Pallett m44 Winner m17
Monday 28th December (7:30pm-11:30pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Winner m31 m45 Winner m29
Peter Wright m46 Winner m25
Winner m15 m47 Kevin Painter
Tuesday 29th December (1pm-5pm)
Average Player One Result Player Two Average
Winner m21 m48 Winner m32

We’ll add later rounds as the tournament progresses.

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