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Michael van Gerwen is on the hunt for his fourth World Series of Darts finals on-the-spin. Photo: Steve Welsh / PDC

The 2018 bwin World Series of Darts finals will get underway on Friday evening from the Multiversum in Vienna. And, if last weekends European Championship is anything to go by, then we should be in for another great weekend of action. Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Mensur Suljovic, Michael Smith and Ian White all crashed out of the European Championship early on last weekend as James Wade picked up his first PDC ranking major title for seven years last Sunday as he scooped the £100,000 first prize.

Michael van Gerwen has dominated the World Series of Darts finals as the World no.1 has won the event every year since it’s inception in 2015. The tournament is made up from eight seeded players which are: Peter Wright (1), Rob Cross (2), Michael van Gerwen (3), Gary Anderson (4), Michael Smith (5), Raymond van Barneveld (6), Mensur Suljovic (7) & Simon Whitlock (8). Joining the seeded players are the four qualifiers from the PDC order of merit which are: Daryl Gurney, Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Gerwyn Price.

The remaining 12 places were awarded to eight invited players from the top eight non-qualified players in the World Series order of merit, and four players that came through the qualifiers at Barnsley a few weeks ago.

Michael van Gerwen is the obvious tournament favourite, with Gary Anderson and Peter Wright the second/third favourites at 5/1 and 7/1 respectively with title sponsors bwin. There are potentially several mouth-watering second round clashes with Dave Chisnall potentially facing Gary Anderson on Saturday evening if ‘Chizzy’ cn overcome Canada’s Dawson Murschell. Also, Michael Smith vs Ian White or Kyle Anderson should be a corker. Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price is also another potential second round encounter. So, it’s set to be another fantastic tournament. I for one was very impressed with ITV’s coverage of the European Championship last weekend, and it should be another fantastic weekend of action.


Invited Players from the World Series Order of Merit

James Wade

Dimitri van den Bergh

Kyle Anderson

Damon Heta

Raymond Smith

Jamie Lewis

Dawson Murschell

Royden Lam

Qualifiers

Ross Smith

Steve Beaton

Maik Langendorf

Keegan Brown


The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners, as well as through PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers.

For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

 

2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals

Draw Bracket

(1) Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price/Royden Lam

(8) Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton/Daryl Gurney

(5) Michael Smith v Ian White/Kyle Anderson

(4) Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall/Dawson Murschell

(2) Rob Cross v Jamie Lewis/Dimitri Van den Bergh

(7) Mensur Suljovic v Ross Smith/James Wade

(6) Raymond van Barneveld v Raymond Smith/Keegan Brown

(3) Michael van Gerwen v Maik Langendorf/Damon Heta

 

Schedule of Play

Friday November 2 (2000 Local Time 1900 UK Time)

First Round x8

Raymond Smith v Keegan Brown

Maik Langendorf v Damon Heta

Ian White v Kyle Anderson

Dave Chisnall v Dawson Murschell

Jamie Lewis v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Gerwyn Price v Royden Lam

Steve Beaton v Daryl Gurney

Ross Smith v James Wade

 

Saturday November 3 (2000 Local Time 1900 UK Time)

Second Round x8

Michael Smith v Ian White/Kyle Anderson

Raymond van Barneveld v Raymond Smith/Keegan Brown

Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall/Dawson Murschell

Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price/Royden Lam

Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton/Daryl Gurney

Rob Cross v Jamie Lewis/Dimitri Van den Bergh

Mensur Suljovic v Ross Smith/James Wade

Michael van Gerwen v Maik Langendorf/Damon Heta

 

Sunday November 4

Afternoon Session (1300 Local Time 1200 UK Time)

Quarter-Finals

 

Evening Session (2000 Local Time 1900 UK Time)

Semi-Finals

Final


Format

First Round        Best of 11 legs

Second Round         Best of 11 legs

Quarter-Finals        Best of 19 legs

Semi-Finals        Best of 21 legs

Final            Best of 21 legs

 

Prize Fund

Winner             £50,000

Runner-Up         £25,000

Semi-Finalists         £16,500

Quarter-Finalists     £12,500

Second Round Losers     £7,500

First Round Losers     £4,000

Total             £250,000


Bwin Odds

Outright Winner

7/10 Michael van Gerwen

5/1 Gary Anderson

7/1 Peter Wright

10/1 Rob Cross

20/1 Mensur Suljovic

25/1 Michael Smith

28/1 James Wade

33/1 Dave Chisnall

40/1 Raymond van Barneveld, Daryl Gurney, Simon Whitlock

50/1 Ian White

66/1 Gerwyn Price

80/1 Dimitri Van den Bergh, Keegan Brown

100/1 Kyle Anderson, Steve Beaton

150/1 Raymond Smith, Jamie Lewis, Royden Lam, Ross Smith

200/1 Damon Heta, Dawson Murschell, Maik Langendorf

 

First Round Match Odds

1/4 Gerwyn Price     v     29/10 Royden Lam

27/20 Raymond Smith     v     57/100 Keegan Brown

14/5 Ross Smith     v     1/4 James Wade

4/5 Maik Langendorf     v     Evens Damon Heta

19/10 Steve Beaton     v     2/5 Daryl Gurney

53/100 Ian White     v     29/20 Kyle Anderson

5/4 Jamie Lewis     v     31/50 Dimitri Van den Bergh

9/50 Dave Chisnall     v    15/4 Dawson Murschell


 

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