The World Series of Darts gets underway this week in Las Vegas at the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which will host the North American Darts Championship and U.S. Darts Masters from Tuesday, July 2 through Friday, July 5.
The action begins with two days of Qualifiers on July 2-3 before the PDC US Darts Masters officially gets started on July 4 with eight first-round games before the North American Championships gets underway in the evening. Everything is then wrapped up on the Friday with the conclusion of the US Darts Masters that will bring the curtain down on the opening 2019 World Series of Darts event of 2019.
As a quick recap, the PDC launched the World Series in 2013. In that year, the PDC sent eight top players to Dubai and Sydney in the hope of spreading the sport’s uniquely British appeal to new, global audiences. Over the years, as popularity has grown, the competition has expanded with more events added to the tour.
There are now five World Series tournaments on the calendar in 2019, plus the World Series of Darts Finals. New Zealand’s Hamilton and Cologne in Germany make their debuts in the World Series this year, replacing Auckland and Gelsenkirchen respectively. Las Vegas, where we get started, Melbourne and Brisbane all remain on the schedule, while this year Shanghai will not be a stopover this time around. Finally, the World Series Finals will be staged in the Netherlands for the first time in Amsterdam in November.
World Series of Darts Schedule 2019
- 4-5 July – U.S. Darts Masters – Las Vegas
- 12-13 July – German Darts Masters – Cologne
- 9-10 August – Brisbane Darts Masters
- 16-17 August – Melbourne Darts Masters
- 23-24 August – New Zealand Darts Masters – Hamilton
- 1-3 November – World Series of Darts Finals – Amsterdam
There are eight top performers from the PDC tour in attendance: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Gary Anderson, who won this event last year. North American competitors will be confirmed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week where the winner of each of the four qualifying events will receive a place in the stage events, along with the top four players from the Qualifiers’ Order of Merit.
The winner of the North American Darts Championship will qualify for the 2020 World Darts Championship, meaning that all eight North American qualifiers will be looking to emulate the 2017 winner, South Dakota policeman Willard Bruguier, who previously claimed a competitive place in London.
2019 US Darts Masters and North American Darts Championship Schedule
Tuesday 2 July – North American Qualifiers One and Two
Wednesday 3 July – North American Qualifiers Three and Four
Thursday 4 July – US Masters Last 16 and North American Darts Championship
Friday 5 July – US Masters Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final
A quick run through of the competitors reveals that, unsurprisingly, Michael van Gerwen is the favourite to lift the trophy on Friday. To that end, Betwayhave price the big Dutchman at evens to win the first World Series event of the season. Last year’s Vegas champion, Gary ‘The Flying’ Scotsman is at a very decent and extremely attractive 7/1, not least because he should be in buoyant mood having recently taken down the World Cup of Darts in partnership with Peter Wright. Snakebite himself is at the wider price of 12/1 and could be about to turn around his season too, and, let’s face it, if anyone should thrive off the energetic atmosphere of Sin City it’s him.
The slightly shorter priced Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross can also be picked up for 7/1, but I’m sticking with Anderson this time out. Refreshed from sitting out the Premier League and buoyed by World Cup success, They Flying Scotsman price of 7’s is too good to turn down. Elsewhere, Gerwyn Price is available at 14/1, Michael Smith 16/1, Daryl Gurney 22/1 and Nathan Aspinall 25/1. Others available on request, all at Betway.
QUICK GLANCE AT THE US DARTS MASTERS 2019
Venue: South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Dates: Thursday 02.07.2019
Current Champion: Gary Anderson
Where To Watch: ITV Sport
When To Watch: (1945 GMT)
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