World Series 2018: Events & Players confirmed!

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Brisbane and Vienna will host PDC World Series of Darts events for the first time in 2018, as Rob Cross, Dimitri van den Bergh and Jamie Lewis will all make their bows on the global stage, following confirmation of this year’s seven events.

The continuing expansion of the World Series of Darts will see Austria host an event for the first time, as Vienna prepares to hold the end-of-season finals in November, replacing Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.

The worldwide events will begin with a second staging of the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The tournament will be held over one action-packed day, with an expected crowd of over 16,000.

The PDC will then return to American soil, with the North American Championship preceding the second staging of the U.S Masters in Las Vegas, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay from July 5th-7th. Just one week later the Shanghai Darts Masters takes place, before the action returns Down Under for an August triple-header.

The fourth staging of the Auckland Darts Masters kicks off the triple-header at the Trusts Arena from August 3rd-5th, before the second Melbourne Darts Masters takes place a week later. The action then culminates with the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters from August 17th-19th, as the World Series visits Queensland for the very first time.

The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will then be held at the Multiversum Schwechat in Vienna from November 2nd-4th , as Austria hosts the 24-player event. The line-up will be comprised of the top eight on the World Series Order of Merit, eight qualifiers and eight additional wildcards.

The world’s current top four players- Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross and Gary Anderson- will compete in all six events across the globe. They will be joined at the German Darts Masters by Austria’s Mensur Suljovic, who claimed Champions League glory last year, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.

World Youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis will complete the line-up in Germany, and the 16-man event will be completed with the top two German players on the PDC Order of Merit, along with six additional German Superleague qualifiers.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney and 2017 UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price will join the quartet of Van Gerwen, Wright, Cross and Anderson at the U.S Masters, with the final two PDC participants set to be confirmed in due course. Like last year, the tournament will also feature eight qualifiers from either USA or Canada.

The six confirmed PDC stars for the U.S Masters will all feature in Shanghai, along with two further PDC players who have yet to be selected, but they will be joined by the top three on the new PDC Asian Tour, along with five Chinese qualifiers.

August’s three events will see Van Gerwen, Wright, Cross and Anderson joined by the Australian trio of Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby. Whitlock returned to the Premier League in 2018 after a four year-hiatus, whilst Anderson and Cadby contested last year’s Auckland Darts Masters final, which ‘The Original’ won.

A series of qualifying events will be held during July for players to win spots in the three events, to be held in Invercargill from July 2-8 and in Warilla from July 22-25.

The Auckland Darts Masters will feature the top two players from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, one player from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus four players from the Auckland Darts Masters, with the one additional place to be confirmed.

The events in Melbourne and Brisbane will both feature the top two players from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, one player from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table and four qualifiers, with the one additional place to be confirmed.

Photo Credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe

2018 PDC World Series of Darts
German Darts Masters
May 25, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Jamie Lewis, Dimitri Van den Bergh.
German Representatives: Top two German players from PDC Order of Merit at April 30, plus top five players from German Superleague. One place TBC.

U.S. Darts Masters (preceded by North American Championship)
July 5-7, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, America
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, plus two players TBC
North American Representatives: 8x Qualifiers for North American Championship; 4x winners of qualifiers on July 3-4 plus four players from Qualifiers’ Order of Merit.

Shanghai Darts Masters
July 13-14, Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, China
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, plus two players TBC
Asian Representatives: Top three players from PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit following Event Six plus five Chinese Qualifiers.

Auckland Darts Masters
August 3-5, Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC
Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

Melbourne Darts Masters
August 10-12, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC
Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

Brisbane Darts Masters
August 17-19, BCEC, Brisbane, Australia
Competing Players
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC
Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

World Series of Darts Finals
November 2-4, Multiversum Schwechat, Vienna, Austria
Competing Players
Top eight players from World Series of Darts Order of Merit
Top four players from PDC Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
Between four and eight invited players at discretion of PDC Board of Directors.
Between four and eight Qualifiers.

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