2022/23 World Darts Championship: Everything You Need To Know

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11:00, 15 Dec 2022

The 2022/23 Cazoo World Darts Championship gets underway at London’s Alexandra Palace tonight (Thursday 15th), with reigning champion Peter Wright kicking off his title defence.

This year marks the 30th staging of the PDC World Championship, as 96 players from around the world compete for £2.5 million in prize money and the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy.

The tournament, which runs from this evening through to the final on January 3rd, will see 22 debutants and 28 countries represented.

Wright will begin his bid for a third World Championship crown in four years against either Northern Ireland’s Mickey Mansell or New Zealand’s number one Ben Robb in tonight’s headline act.


The pre-Christmas period at this year's World Championship will feature nine days of first and second round action from December 15-23.

The top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit will enter the tournament in the second round, with the ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers taking on the International representatives in round one.

The second round will then conclude across two sessions on Friday December 23, with 2018 World Champion Rob Cross, seventh seed Jonny Clayton and Masters champion Joe Cullen among the high-profile names in action.

Following a three-day Christmas break, the third and fourth rounds will be held from December 27-30, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place from January 1-3.

Alongside the £500,000 top prize for the champion, players will be competing to win a special £50,000 bonus on offer from PDC partner Selco, for the first player to hit two nine-dart finishes in this year's event.

Should a player achieve that feat - which would be a World Championship first - a further £50,000 would be shared between one lucky fan who registered via www.selcobw.com/info/100kdarts and Selco's nominated charity, Cancer Research UK.

The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).


Schedule of Play

Thursday December 15 (1900 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Mickey Mansell v Ben Robb (R1)

Keane Barry v Grant Sampson (R1)

Jermaine Wattimena v Nathan Rafferty (R1)

Peter Wright v Mansell/Robb (R2)

Friday December 16

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Alan Soutar v Mal Cuming (R1)

Boris Krcmar v Toru Suzuki (R1)

Adrian Lewis v Daniel Larsson (R1)

Kim Huybrechts v Barry/Sampson (R2) 

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Lourence Ilagan (R1)

William O‘Connor v Beau Greaves (R1)

Keegan Brown v Florian Hempel (R1)

Michael Smith v Wattimena/Rafferty (R2)

Saturday December 17

Afternoon Session (1100 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Martin Lukeman v Nobuhiro Yamamoto (R1)

Simon Whitlock v Christian Perez (R1)

Adam Gawlas v Richie Burnett (R1)

Daryl Gurney v Soutar/Cuming (R2)

Evening Session (2000 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Ryan Meikle v Lisa Ashton (R1)

Cameron Menzies v Diogo Portela (R1)

Josh Rock v Jose Justicia (R1)

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Rodriguez/Ilagan (R2)

Sunday December 18

Afternoon Session (1100 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Madars Razma v Prakash Jiwa (R1)

Karel Sedlacek v Raymond Smith (R1)

Luke Woodhouse v Vladyslav Omelchenko (R1)

Damon Heta v Lewis/Larsson (R2)

Evening Session (2000 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Mike De Decker v Jeff Smith (R1)

Scott Williams v Ryan Joyce (R1)

Matt Campbell v Danny Baggish (R1)

Nathan Aspinall v Krcmar/Suzuki (R2)


Monday December 19

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Andrew Gilding v Robert Owen (R1)

Danny Jansen v Paolo Nebrida (R1)

Niels Zonneveld v Lewy Williams (R1)

Jose de Sousa v Whitlock/Perez (R2)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Geert Nentjes v Leonard Gates (R1)

Ritchie Edhouse v David Cameron (R1)

Steve Beaton v Danny van Trijp (R1)

Gerwyn Price v Woodhouse/Omelchenko (R2) 

Tuesday December 20 (1900 GMT)

3x First Round, 1x Second Round

Jim Williams v Sebastian Bialecki (R1)

Jamie Hughes v Jimmy Hendriks (R1)

Ricky Evans v Fallon Sherrock (R1)

Raymond van Barneveld v Meikle/Ashton (R2)

Wednesday December 21

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

2x First Round, 2x Second Round

John O’Shea v Darius Labanauskas (R1)

Martijn Kleermaker v Xicheng Han (R1)

Callan Rydz v Rock/Justicia (R2)

Dave Chisnall v Gilding/Owen (R2)

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

4x Second Round

Mervyn King v Campbell/Baggish

Gabriel Clemens v O‘Connor/Greaves

Michael van Gerwen v Zonneveld/L Williams

Stephen Bunting v Nentjes/Gates


Thursday December 22

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

4x Second Round

Krzysztof Ratajski v Jansen/Nebrida

Ryan Searle v Gawlas/Burnett

Mensur Suljovic v De Decker/J Smith

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Sedlacek/R Smith

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

4x Second Round

Gary Anderson v Razma/Jiwa

James Wade v J Williams/Bialecki

Luke Humphries v Brown/Hempel

Vincent van der Voort v Menzies/Portela

Friday December 23

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

4x Second Round

Brendan Dolan v Hughes/Hendriks

Chris Dobey v Kleermaker/Han

Ross Smith v O’Shea/Labanauskas

Rob Cross v S Williams/Joyce

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

4x Second Round

Martin Schindler v Lukeman/Yamamoto

Danny Noppert v Edhouse/Cameron

Jonny Clayton v Beaton/Van Trijp

Joe Cullen v Evans/Sherrock

Tuesday December 27

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x Third Round

Van den Bergh/Rodriguez/Ilagan v Ratajski/Jansen/Nebrida

Aspinall/Krcmar/T Suzuki v Rydz/Rock/Justicia

Clayton/Beaton/Van Trijp v Dolan/Hughes/Hendriks

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

3x Third Round

Wade/J Williams/Bialecki v Clemens/O'Connor/Greaves

Price/Woodhouse/Omelchenko v Van Barneveld/Meikle/Ashton

Wright/Mansell/Robb v Huybrechts/Barry/Sampson

Wednesday December 28

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x Third Round

Searle/Gawlas/Burnett v De Sousa/Whitlock/Perez

Noppert/Edhouse/Cameron v Gurney/Soutar/Cuming

Anderson/Razma/Jiwa v Dobey/Kleermaker/Han

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

3x Third Round

Cullen/Evans/Sherrock v Heta/Lewis/Larsson

Van Gerwen/Zonneveld/L Williams v Suljovic/De Decker/J Smith

M Smith/Wattimena/Rafferty v Schindler/Lukeman/Yamamoto


Thursday December 29

Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)

3x Third Round

Van Duijvenbode/Sedlacek/Ray Smith v Ross Smith/O'Shea/Labanauskas

Cross/S Williams/Joyce v King/Campbell/Baggish

Chisnall/Gilding/Owen v Bunting/Nentjes/Gates 

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round

Humphries/K Brown/Hempel v Van der Voort/Menzies/Portela

Fourth Round games on December 29-30 TBC

Schedule of play subject to change. Any amendments will be advised at pdc.tv and through the OfficialPDC social media channels.


First Round - Best of five sets

Second Round - Best of five sets

Third Round - Best of seven sets

Fourth Round - Best of seven sets

Quarter-Finals - Best of nine sets

Semi-Finals - Best of 11 sets

Final - Best of 13 sets


First Round matches will not have a tie-break; if the fifth set reaches two-all in legs, then the fifth leg will be sudden-death. 

From the second round onwards, there will be a tie-break rule employed in all matches; where a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5 then a sudden-death leg will be played. 

There would be no throw for the bull in any sudden-death legs.

Prize Fund

Winner - £500,000

Runner-Up - £200,000

Semi-Finalists - £100,000

Quarter-Finalists - £50,000

Fourth Round - £35,000

Third Round - £25,000

Second Round - £15,000

First Round - £7,500

Total - £2,500,000

Nine-Dart Bonus

A £100,000 prize is on offer from PDC partner Selco for the first player to hit two nine-dart finishes in the event, which would be split as £50,000 to the player, £25,000 to Selco’s charity partner (Cancer Research UK) and £25,000 to a fan who registers via www.selcobw.com/info/100kdarts.

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