Gary Anderson is defending his World Matchplay title this year (Picture: Getty Images)One of the highlights of the darts calendar comes around in July as the best the PDC have to offer head to Blackpool for the World Matchplay.
Widely regarded as the second biggest tournament in the organisation, after the World Championship, the Matchplay has only been won by eight players since its inception in 1994.
Three of those previous winners will be back at the Winter Gardens this year trying to get their hands on the trophy again – Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and defending champion Gary Anderson.
29 of the 32 entrants have already booked their place at the Matchplay, but three spots are still available, with this weekend’s Czech Darts Open the final chance to qualify.
When is the 2019 World Matchplay?
The tournament runs from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 28 July at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
What TV channel is the World Matchplay being shown on?
Sky Sports will be showing all the action live, with subscribers able to stream it on Sky Go or the Sky Sports app.
What is the World Matchplay prize money?
Winner £150,000Runner-Up £70,000Semi-finals £50,000Quarter-finals £25,000Second round £15,000First round £10,000
Who has already qualified for the World Matchplay?
The top 16 in the world will go in as seeded players at the Matchplay – these are the provisional seedings.
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,607,7502 Rob Cross £802,0003 Daryl Gurney £531,2504 Gary Anderson £525,7505 Peter Wright £501,0006 Michael Smith £482,0007 Gerwyn Price £421,2508 James Wade £386,0009 Mensur Suljovic £367,00010 Ian White £327,25011 Dave Chisnall £315,50012 Simon Whitlock £315,25013 Nathan Aspinall £278,50014 Jonny Clayton £260,25015 Darren Webster £256,75016 Adrian Lewis £255,000
The top 16 players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit, who haven’t qualified through the regular Order of Merit join them.
With one event left to qualify, the following 13 are guaranteed a spot in Blackpool.
Krzysztof Ratajski is making his Matchplay debut this year (Picture: Getty Images)1 Krzysztof Ratajski £64,2502 Ricky Evans £55,7503 Glen Durrant £51,5004 Joe Cullen £50,7505 Steve Beaton £50,0006 Jeffrey De Zwaan £46,2507 Jermaine Wattimena £45,5008 Chris Dobey £43,0009 Danny Nopert £42,50010 Max Hopp £42,00011 Stephen Bunting £39,25012 John Henderson £37,25013 Mervyn King £35,250
Who can still make it to Blackpool?
Three places remain to qualify through the Pro Tour Order of Merit, with the following players currently filling them.
14 Vincent van der Voort £35,00015 James Wilson £34,75016 Kyle Anderson £32,750
However, depending on what happens at the Czech Darts Open this weekend, the following men could leapfrog them into a Matchplay spot.
19 Keegan Brown £31,50021 William O’Connor £28,00022 Ron Meulenkamp £26,75023 Steve West £26,50028 Jamie Hughes £22,25035 Ted Evetts £19,00040 Robert Thornton £18,25044 Brendan Dolan £17,50045 Justin Pipe £17,25059 Rowby-John Rodriguez £10,50063 Madars Razma £9,500
Czech Darts Open prize money
Winner £25,000Runner-Up £10,000Semi-Finalists £6,500Quarter-Finalists £5,000Third Round Losers £3,000Second Round Losers £2,000First Round Losers £1,000
Michael Van Gerwen has won the World Matchplay twice (Picture: PA Wire)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)
11/10 Michael van Gerwen15/2 Rob Cross8/1 Gary Anderson16/1 Daryl Gurney20/1 Peter Wright20/1 James Wade20/1 Gerwyn Price25/1 Mensur Suljovic25/1 Nathan Aspinall25/1 Michael Smith33/1 Dave Chisnall40/1 Ian White50/1 Adrian Lewis50/1 Glen Durrant50/1 Jeffrey de Zwaan66/1 Krzysztof Ratajski80/1 Jonny Clayton80/1 Simon Whitlock80/1 Joe Cullen100/1 Danny Noppert100/1 Stephen Bunting100/1 Ricky Evans100/1 Chris Dobey150/1 Jermaine Wattimena150/1 Darren Webster150/1 Keegan Brown150/1 Max Hopp150/1 Kyle Anderson
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