Full 2022-23 World Darts Championship Draw Set

Full 2022-23 World Darts Championship Draw Set

The draw for the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship has been made and, after helping his wife overcome a gallbladder removal operation, reigning world champion Peter Wright will begin his defence of the Sid Waddell Trophy against either Mickey Mansell or Ben Robb.

Snakebite landed his second World Championship crown at last year’s event, producing a brilliant comeback against Michael Smith to repeat his 2020 exploits. Wright will now be aiming to become the first Scottish player to claim a hat trick of world titles.

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This will be the 30th renewal of the sport’s showpiece event which gets underway on Thursday the 15th of January and, after taking a break over the Christmas period, runs into the new year coming to an end on Tuesday, January the 3rd.

The tournament will, as ever, will take place at the Alexandra Palace in North London. The first round action will see the ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers come up against the Qualifiers & International Representatives, for the right to take on the seeded stars. The top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit have already been seeded through to round two.

The Top Seeds

Top seed and world number one Gerwyn Price will play the winner of the first-round matchup between Luke Woodhouse and Vladyslav Omelchenko, who will be making history as he will become the first Ukrainian player ever to make an appearance at the World Darts Championship.

Michael van Gerwen, himself a three-time world champion, could open up his latest campaign in a potential all-Dutch tie against Niels Zonneveld who takes on Welsh youngster Lewy Williams in round one.

Newly crowned Grand Slam champion Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith has been handed a tough opener either way as he will take on the winner of the Jermaine Wattimena v Nathan Rafferty clash in what is a, if not the, stand out tie of this year’s first round.

The youngest-ever woman to compete at the World Darts Championship, Beau Greaves, will face William O’Connor on her Ally Pally debut. The winner of that match will play Germany’s number one Gabriel Clemens.

The first-ever female player to win a PDC World Championship match, and also her subsequent match, Fallon Sherrock will take on Ricky Evans. Should the Queen of the Palace overcome the Rapid chucker she will meet UK Masters champion Joe Cullen in round two.

Former World Champions

2007 PDC world champion Raymond van Barneveld awaits the winner of the match between four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton and Ryan Meikle. Another former world champion, Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross, who finished runner-up to Michael van Gerwen in last week’s Players Championship Finals, will meet either debutant Scott Williams or the Tour Card Holder Qualifier Ryan Joyce.

Two-time world champion Gary Anderson will play Madars Razma or Prakash Jiwa for a spot in the third round, while seventh seed Jonny Clayton will take on the winner of the first round Danny van Trijp and Steve Beaton, who will be making his 32nd consecutive World Championship appearance, match.

Fifth seed Luke Humphries will kick off his campaign against either Keegan Brown or Florian Hempel, while World Youth Champion Josh Rock will come up against Spain’s Jose Justicia, with last year’s quarter-finalist Callan Rydz waiting for the winner of that match in the second round.

Finally, Australia’s World Cup winner Simon Whitlock will play PDC Asian Championship winner Christian Perez for the chance to play Portugal’s Jose de Sousa, while, Whitlock’s World Cup partner Damon Heta could face two-time World Champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, should he make it past his first-round opponent, Sweden’s Daniel Larsson.

We will post our 2023 PDC Worlds Championship Darts betting tips nearer the start of the event but you can see the current bet365 darts betting odds (correct at the time of writing) for this year’s event at the Ally Pally below.

2022/23 World Darts Championship Outright Winner bet365 Darts Betting Odds

  • Michael van Gerwen – 11/4
  • Gerwyn Price – 6/1
  • Michael Smith – 15/2
  • Peter Wright – 9/1
  • Luke Humphries – 14/1
  • Josh Rock – 16/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 16/1
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 25/1
  • Rob Cross – 25/1
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode – 28/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 33/1
  • Dave Chisnall – 33/1
  • Joe Cullen – 40/1
  • Danny Noppert – 40/1
  • Gary Anderson – 40/1
  • James Wade – 50/1
  • Ross Smith – 55/1
  • Damon Heta – 66/1
  • Ryan Searle – 66/1
  • Chris Dobey – 80/1
  • Raymond van Barneveld – 80/1
  • Jose De Sousa = 100/1

2022/23 World Darts Championship Draw


Winners will play the seeded players in round two

  • Luke Woodhouse v Vladyslav Omelchenko
  • Ryan Meikle v Lisa Ashton
  • Adam Gawlas v Richie Burnett
  • Simon Whitlock v Christian Perez
  • Jim Williams v Sebastian Białecki
  • William O’Connor v Beau Greaves
  • Ritchie Edhouse v David Cameron
  • Alan Soutar v Mal Cuming
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Nathan Rafferty
  • Martin Lukeman v Nobuhiro Yamamoto
  • Ricky Evans v Fallon Sherrock
  • Adrian Lewis v Daniel Larsson
  • Keegan Brown v Florian Hempel
  • Cameron Menzies v Diogo Portela
  • Andrew Gilding v Robert Owen
  • Geert Nentjes v Leonard Gates
  • Mickey Mansell v Ben Robb
  • Keane Barry v Grant Sampson
  • Rowby-John Rodriguez v Lourence Ilagan
  • Danny Jansen v Paolo Nebrida
  • Steve Beaton v Danny van Trijp
  • Jamie Hughes v Jimmy Hendriks
  • Boris Krcmar v Toru Suzuki
  • Josh Rock v Jose Justicia
  • Niels Zonneveld v Lewy Williams
  • Mike de Decker v Jeff Smith
  • Karel Sedlacek v Raymond Smith
  • John O’Shea v Darius Labanauskas
  • Scott Williams v Ryan Joyce
  • Matt Campbell v Danny Baggish
  • Madars Razma v Prakash Jiwa
  • Martijn Kleermaker v Xicheng Han

Draw Bracket – Second Round Onwards

Seeded players will enter at the second round stage and will take on the winners of the first round matches.

Quarter One

  • Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse/Vladyslav Omelchenko
  • (32) Raymond van Barneveld v Ryan Meikle/Lisa Ashton
  • (16) Ryan Searle v Adam Gawlas/Richie Burnett
  • (17) Jose de Sousa v Simon Whitlock/Christian Perez
  • (8) James Wade v Jim Williams/Sebastian Białecki
  • (25) Gabriel Clemens v William O’Connor/Beau Greaves
  • (9) Danny Noppert v Ritchie Edhouse/David Cameron
  • (24) Daryl Gurney v Alan Soutar/Mal Cuming

Quarter Two

  • (4) Michael Smith v Jermaine Wattimena/Nathan Rafferty
  • (29) Martin Schindler v Martin Lukeman/Nobuhiro Yamamoto
  • (13) Joe Cullen v Ricky Evans/Fallon Sherrock
  • (20) Damon Heta v Adrian Lewis/Daniel Larsson
  • (5) Luke Humphries v Keegan Brown/Florian Hempel
  • (28) Vincent van der Voort v Cameron Menzies/Diogo Portela
  • (12) Dave Chisnall v Andrew Gilding/Robert Owen
  • (21) Stephen Bunting v Geert Nentjes/Leonard Gates

Quarter Three

  • (2) Peter Wright v Mickey Mansell/Ben Robb
  • (31) Kim Huybrechts v Keane Barry/Grant Sampson
  • (15) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Lourence Ilagan
  • (18) Krzysztof Ratajski v Danny Jansen/Paolo Nebrida
  • (7) Jonny Clayton v Steve Beaton/Danny van Trijp
  • (26) Brendan Dolan v Jamie Hughes/Jimmy Hendriks
  • (10) Nathan Aspinall v Boris Krcmar/Toru Suzuki
  • (23) Callan Rydz v Josh Rock/Jose Justicia

Quarter Four

  • (3) Michael van Gerwen v Niels Zonneveld/Lewy Williams
  • (30) Mensur Suljovic v Mike de Decker/Jeff Smith
  • (14) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Karel Sedlacek/Raymond Smith
  • (19) Ross Smith v John O’Shea/Darius Labanauskas
  • (6) Rob Cross v Scott Williams/Ryan Joyce
  • (27) Mervyn King v Matt Campbell/Danny Baggish
  • (11) Gary Anderson v Madars Razma/Prakash Jiwa
  • (22) Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker/Xicheng Han

World Championship: Daily Schedule

Thursday December 15

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 3 x first-round games
  • 1 x second-round games

Friday December 16

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 6 x first-round games
  • 2 x second-round games

Saturday December 17

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 6x first-round games
  • 2x second-round games

Sunday December 18

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 6 x first-round games
  • 2 x second-round games

Monday December 19

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 6 x first-round games
  • 2 x second-round games

Tuesday December 20 (7pm GMT)

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 3 x first-round games
  • 1 x second-round game

Wednesday December 21

First and Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 2 x first-round games
  • 2 x second-round games

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 4 x second-round games

Thursday December 22

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x second-round games

Friday December 23

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x second-round games

Tuesday December 27

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6 x third-round games

Wednesday December 28

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6 x third-round games

Thursday December 29

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 3 x third round games

Third and Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 1 x third round game
  • 2 x fourth round games

Friday December 30

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6 x fourth round games

Sunday January 1

Quarter Finals (Best of 9 sets)

  • 4 x quarter finals

Monday January 2

Semi Finals (Best of 11 sets)

  • 2 x semi-finals

Tuesday January 3 (8pm GMT)

  • Final (Best of 13 sets)
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How To Limit The Time You Spend Gambling

How To Limit The Time You Spend Gambling

It’s a good idea for everyone and their sister to limit gambling time to a certain extent.

There are only so many hours in the day and we’ve all got responsibilities, interests and hobbies. There’s no way anyone can spend all their time gambling.

But having said that, it can be easy for time to pass us by fast when we’re engrossed in something like gambling. And before you know it, your quick session has turned into several hours. You’re tired, you’re frustrated and you’ve wasted your time (and quite possibly money).

Why should I limit my gambling time?

As we touched on before, gambling for a prolonged period of time can have negative impacts on a lot of things. It can simply mean you have less time for other things, including other hobbies, relationships, family time, study time and even work.

Losing track of time spent gambling can be really annoying. But another major element of it is that you are more likely to spend more money. Gambling isn’t free, after all. And even if you are sticking to your gambling budget, it can still be annoying.

Plus, when you gamble for a long time, you’ll start to get sloppy. You might get tired, you might get frustrated, perhaps you’ll start wanting to chase your losses… All of that leads to bad decisions and, quite often, bets that you regret.

Ways to limit your gambling sessions online

Most decent gambling websites make it relatively easy for you to limit your gambling time online. You can set up pop-up notifications to remind you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time gambling. On some online gambling sites, they’re called reality checks. You can change them to be more frequent at any time. If you’d like them to pop up less frequently, usually you’ll have to wait 24 hours for that to come into effect. However, they don’t always cover poker. So if you’re a poker player, look into other ways to limit your play there.

Another option is to set up time outs. These are short breaks from online gambling, which can last up to 30 days. You can set a time out to last the duration of a holiday period, for example. Or just if you feel like taking a break. Alternatively, you can set custom time outs and, if you like, make them recurring. For example, some people don’t like to gamble during the working week. Time outs are perfect for that.

For a more long-term break, there’s also the option to self-exclude. These breaks can last from a couple of months to forever.

Limit your gambling time in person

If you’re going to a betting shop, a casino or a card room, sometimes it can be more difficult to regulate the time you spend gambling. But there are a few ways you can do it.

For example, if you’re going with a gang, agree a time you’ll all leave together. It’s easier to leave when everyone has a set time.

You could also set an alarm on your phone to go off at a certain time, to remind yourself to leave.

And if you’re leaving via taxi, how about pre-ordering one? That way, when the taxi comes, it’s time to leave. No ifs or buts about it.

Getting help for a gambling problem

Of course, setting a limit on gambling time isn’t really going to help if you think you have a gambling problem or you suspect a loved one does. It’s important to get help from an external organisation who are specialised and trained to support you.

Visit Be Gamble Aware for support groups and detailed advice that you can use to overcome your problems.

And if you’re interested in our other responsible gambling articles, you can find more of them here:

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A History Of PDC Darts

A History Of PDC Darts

pdc darts history

With darts’ biggest event, the PDC World Championships, only six weeks away, we thought we’d take a look into the history of what is by far and away the biggest administrative body in the sport, the PDC.

Created in 1992, the PDC stands for the Professional Darts Corporation and was initially known as the World Darts Council. It was established following an internal disagreement about the management of the British Darts Organization (BDO) and about the prize money that was on offer.

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Break Away Of The BDO

At the time, a group of sixteen of the top players, including every single previous BDO world champion who was still active in the game, decided to take matters into their own hands. These players were under the leadership of sports promoters Tommy Cox and Dick Allix, both of whom used their own money to fund the fledgling organisation.

Together they made the decision to break away from the BDO in order to elevate darts to a new stature. They would do this to rid the game of its drink culture image by attracting new sponsors and, critically, a shiny new satellite TV coverage deal.

Bringing things to an end, the last unified world championship, and by that time the only televised event on the BDO, to be held was the Embassy World Championship in 1993. During the tournament the WDC players each displayed their new WDC logos on their shirts but were told to remove them by the BDO.


The WDC darters then came to the conclusion that if the BDO would continue to refuse to recognise them, then they would no longer compete in the Embassy tournament which then led to a law suit. The aftermath of this led to the fledgling organisation changing its name from the WDC to the PDC.

The BDO banned the rebellious darters from playing in county darts tournaments and even threatened their own members with banishment for any player who took part in exhibition events with WDC players.

The newly-born organisation’s first event was the (the Lada) UK Masters which was broadcast on Anglia Television. The first World Championship was held in 1993/94 during the end of the year festive period, which is still its place in the darts calendar today.

New PDC TV Deal

The inaugural World Championships was the event that kickstarted the historical partnership between PDC and Sky Sports that gave the game new lifeblood. Currently, Sky Sports broadcasts all of the major tournaments with a handful of events shown live on the telly on ITV.

PDC competitions are also routinely shown in Germany, where the game is growing at an incredible rate, the Netherlands who are producing many of the world’s best darters, as well as Australia, Hungary, India, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and the US.

In an effort to attract a wider, younger and more gender-diverse audience the PDC set about innovating and developing the sport’s core outreach by changing the way in which professional tournaments are staged.

Fans are encouraged to dress up and sing football songs while music, such as Planet Funk’s 2000 single “Chase the Sun,” is played during the breaks. The players, too, have their own signature walk on songs, accompanied by pyrotechnics and smoke machines and, in the case of Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, dancing. The darters are also introduced into the arena by PDC Master of Ceremonies John McDonald in the style more famously related to Wrestling or Boxing.

This has transformed the game into not only a sport but a boozy night out with the mates. No tournament is more attributed to than the PDC World Darts Championships, suitable given that that was the event that kickstarted the organisation in the first place.

Develop And Spread of the PDC

As of 2001, promoter Barry Hearn, more famously associated with boxing or snooker, became the chairman and as such works closely with a specialists team in order to further develop and spread professional darts worldwide.

Alongside the annual PDC World Darts Championships, the World Darts Matchplay, Premier League of Darts, World Grand Prix, UK Open and Grand Slam of Darts are the major events to be followed by all darts fans.

Besides the competitions it hosts, the PDC has also introduced a ranking system known as the PDC Order of Merit which is based on player performances and prize money earned.

As the sport continues to grow all over the world, the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London sees a growing number of international players qualify to compete in the sport’s biggest event, giving far more meaning to a what is supposed to be a worldwide tourney.

At the same time, 32 nations now take part in the World Cup of Darts, another PDC event. Plus, through launching the Qualifying School, Development Tour and World Youth Championship, the PDC has ensured that it is taking  a proactive approach into making sure that there is a growing respect and professionalism for darts as a sport in general, as well as attracting a talented pool of younger players to keep the game thriving.

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