Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals Preview

It’s that time of year again at Butlins in Minehead, as the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals take place on two stages in Somerset from November 22-24.

ITV4 televise live in the UK, with £100,000 on offer for the winner. Dartsplanet.tv will be present in the fan zone at the event, which brings together the top 64 players on the floor in the various Players Championship tournaments held throughout the calendar year.

Here is all you need to know about the Championship.

The History

The event first took place in 2009, at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, with an unsurprising winner.

Phil Taylor picked up the inaugural trophy with a 16-9 win against Robert Thornton. There would be a surprise 2010 winner, as Paul Nicholson picked up his sole PDC “Major” with a 13-11 win over Mervyn King. 2011 saw two editions of the tournament, as the event moved from early in the calendar to late in the year. There was also a change in venue, as the Doncaster Dome became the new home.

Taylor regained the title in early 2011, with a thrilling 13-12 win against Gary Anderson, while late 2011 saw another maiden “major” winner, as Kevin Painter overcame Mark Webster 13-9.

2012 was where Butlins, Minehead, became the permanent new home for the event, and Taylor again regained the crown with a 13-6 win against the Belgian, Kim Huybrechts.

Michael van Gerwen would end Taylor’s reign in 2013, with an 11-7 win over “The Power”. Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis 11-6 in 2014, before van Gerwen took a hat trick of titles with wins in 2015,16 and 17.

Daryl Gurney is the reigning Players Championship Finals Champion, after a thrilling 11-9 win against van Gerwen, finishing on the bull to take the £100,000 first prize.

There has only previously been one nine dart finish, with Alan Norris achieving the feat in his 2016 first round match against Michael Smith.

2019 Players Championship Finals

There have been various victors on the floor in 2019, with Glen Durrant, Jose De Sousa William O’Connor and Harry Ward all picking up maiden titles, and Brendan Dolan returning to form with his first two winners cheques since 2014. James Wade won a total of five PC titles through the year, and he is seeded two in this years’ tournament, facing Ted Evetts in the opening round. Gerwyn Price is the top seed in Minehead, courtesy of his three victories on the tour, as well as several strong finishes, and he meets the number 64 seed in Clones’ Mickey Mansell. Michael van Gerwen is seeded 18 for the event, as he decided to skip a fair few of the PC meetings this year, and he begins his campaign against 2019 World Championship quarter finalist, Luke Humphries. Reining Champion, Daryl Gurney, kicks off his attempt to defend his crown against recent Dartsplant.tv tournament winner in Wolverhampton, Luke Woodhouse. Tie of the round is arguably one of the final swansongs for Raymond van Barneveld, as he takes on UK Open Champion, Nathan Aspinall in round one.

Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals Schedule of Play – Seeds In Brackets

Friday November 22 Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

First Round, Main Stage

Dimitri Van den Bergh (25) v Stephen Bunting (40)

Jose de Sousa (8) v James Richardson (57)

Glen Durrant (5) v Scott Baker (60)

Max Hopp (28) v Jelle Klaasen (37)

Chris Dobey (29) v Cristo Reyes (36)

Jeffrey de Zwaan (13) v Simon Whitlock (52)

Michael Smith (11) v Martin Schindler (54)

Ian White (6) v Devon Petersen (59)

Stage Two

Harry Ward (24) v Darius Labanauskas (41)

Justin Pipe (26) v Mervyn King (39)

Brendan Dolan (22) v Ross Smith (43)

John Henderson (20) v Ryan Joyce (45)

Keegan Brown (32) v Andy Boulton (33)

Steve Beaton (31) v Ricky Evans (34)

Danny Noppert (17) v Ryan Searle (48)

Dave Chisnall (7) v Matthew Edgar (58)

Evening Session (1900 GMT) First Round, Main Stage

Krzysztof Ratajski (3) v Steve Lennon (62)

Gerwyn Price (1) v Mickey Mansell (64)

James Wade (2) v Ted Evetts (63)

Mensur Suljovic v Kim Huybrechts

Daryl Gurney (14) v Luke Woodhouse (51)

Michael van Gerwen (18) v Luke Humphries (47)

Peter Wright (4) v James Wilson (61)

Nathan Aspinall (12) v Raymond van Barneveld (53)

Stage Two

Jonny Clayton (9) v Ryan Meikle (56)

Joe Cullen (21) v Kyle Anderson (44)

Vincent van der Voort (27) v Arron Monk (38)

Gabriel Clemens (19) v Mark McGeeney (46)

Adrian Lewis (15) v Josh Payne (50)

William O’Connor (30) v Steve West (35)

Jermaine Wattimena (10) v Jamie Hughes (55)

Ron Meulenkamp (23) v Rob Cross (42)

Saturday November 23 Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Second Round, Main Stage

Price/Mansell v Brown/Boulton

Wade/Evetts v Beaton/Evans

Suljovic/Huybrechts v Noppert/Searle

Gurney/Woodhouse v Clemens/McGeeney

Lewis/Payne v Van Gerwen/Humphries

Wright/Wilson v Dobey/Reyes

Aspinall/Van Barneveld v Cullen/Anderson

Wattimena/Hughes v Meulenkamp/Cross

Stage Two

De Zwaan/Whitlock v Henderson/Joyce

Clayton/Meikle v Ward/Labanauskas

De Sousa/Richardson v Van den Bergh/Bunting

White/Petersen v Van der Voort/Monk

Ratajski/Lennon v O’Connor/West

Durrant/Baker v Hopp/Klaasen

Chisnall/Edgar v Pipe/King

M Smith/Schindler v Dolan/R Smith

Evening Session (1900 GMT) Third Round Main Stage & Stage Two, four matches per stage Schedule of play TBC

Sunday November 24 Main Stage Only Afternoon Session (1245 GMT) Quarter-Finals Evening Session (1900 GMT) Semi-Finals & Final Plus PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final

Format

First Round – Best of 11 legs

Second Round – Best of 11 legs

Third Round – Best of 19 legs

Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs

Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs

Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund

Winner – £100,000 Runner-Up – £50,000 Semi-Finalists – £25,000 Quarter-Finalists – £15,000 Third Round Losers – £10,000 Second Round Losers – £5,000 First Round Losers – £2,500 Total – £500,000

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