THE opening night of the Unibet World Grand Prix on Sunday October 1 will see reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Steve Beaton and Jelle Klaasen in action in Dublin.
The 32-player tournament – unique for the double-start format where all legs have to begin and end with a double – will be held from October 1-7 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, and broadcast live on Sky Sports.
With the first round split across the opening two nights, reigning champion and top seed Van Gerwen begins his bid to win a fourth World Grand Prix title in Sunday’s first eight games as he takes on John Henderson.
2015 World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton is also in action as he faces Kim Huybrechts, while a host of other big names also take to the stage.
Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld meets Australia’s Kyle Anderson, while Lewis plays Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, Klaasen faces Dave Chisnall and Beaton meets shooting star Rob Cross.
Alan Norris plays former World Grand Prix semi-finalist Justin Pipe, while Joe Cullen meets Darren Webster.
Monday’s remaining first round games include two-time World Grand Prix winner James Wade meeting Steve West and 2016 finalist Gary Anderson, the number two seed, playing debutant Richard North.
Benito van de Pas opens up against Cristo Reyes before Mervyn King takes on Ronny Huybrechts, Simon Whitlock plays Christian Kist and Unibet Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic faces Ian White.
Monday night also sees Michael Smith up against Gerwyn Price, before UK Open champion Peter Wright concludes the first round as he takes on former Dublin semi-finalist Stephen Bunting.
The second round is then split across Tuesday and Wednesday, with the quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday.
Saturday’s final will be preceded by the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final between William O’Connor and Jason Cullen.
The Unibet World Grand Prix will be held from October 1-7 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin and broadcast live on Sky Sports.
This story originally appeared on pdc.tv.