The countdown is on for the 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay as the world’s darts stars collide in Blackpool from July 21-29, with the race to qualify for the Winter Gardens hotting up.

In just over a month’s time the top names in the sport will battle it out at the summer’s biggest tournament over nine days for the newly-named Phil Taylor trophy, with a £500,000 prize fund on offer.

Televised live on Sky Sports, the prestigious event will see a 32-player field competing for glory, with two-time winner and world number one Michael van Gerwen, World Champion Rob Cross and six-time finalist James Wade among the players to have secured qualification.

With just six ranking events to go before the qualification cut off, players are jostling for position to grace the famous Winter Gardens stage.

Last weekend saw the Gibraltar Darts Trophy take place, with a number of players performing well and pushing their way up the ProTour Order of Merit.

Former World Matchplay finalist Adrian Lewis enjoyed a run to his first European Tour final in almost six years to cement his qualification place, while Steve West made the semi-finals of the event to propel himself to 23rd on the ProTour Order of Merit.
The 16 ProTour Qualifiers will be joined by the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit, both as of July 2, 2018.

The draw for the BetVictor World Matchplay will be made week commencing Monday, July 2 in Las Vegas.

Tickets, hospitality packages and Thomas Cook Sport Breaks at the 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay are available now via this link:


Opera House & Winter Gardens
Opera House & Winter Gardens

One of the UK’s biggest theatres, the Winter Gardens Opera House, has seen a cast of thousands tread its boards since it first opened in 1939. With a 3,000 seat capacity, the splendour of the venue oozes sophistication and character.



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