Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Unibet Masters title against Stephen Bunting, whilst last year’s runner-up Raymond van Barneveld will take on Michael Smith, when the tournament gets underway on Saturday January 30th, at the Arena MK, in Milton Keynes.
van Gerwen, who defeated his compatriot van Barneveld 11-6 in last year’s final, will be hoping to bounce back from his last 16 defeat to Raymond in last month’s World Championship when he faces ‘The Bullet’ in the opening round.
Gary Anderson, who successfully defended his World Championship title with victory over Adrian Lewis, will take on Vincent van der Voort. The pair met in the last 16 at Ally Pally, and the Scot dropped just one leg in dismantling the Dutchman, en route to claiming his second World title.
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, who jumped up to 9th on the Order of Merit following his tremendous run to the semi-finals at the Worlds, will take on world number 8 Michael Smith.