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Darts: PDC 2023 calendar

There will be over 170 days of darting action to enjoy across the PDC Tour during 2023, with events being staged around the world.

As always, the World Championship at Alexandra Palace will be the highlight of the year, with The Masters, UK Open, World Matchplay and Premier League Darts among the other standout tournaments.

There will also be new events to look out for, including the opening televised event of the year, the Bahrain Darts Masters, which will see the PDC break new ground in the Middle East.

Masters highlights busy January

The Bahrain Darts Masters will be staged from the 12th-13th January and is the first of five international events that have been announced for the 2023 World Series of Darts, with the second in Copenhagen taking place the following week.

January will then conclude with The Masters at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes where Joe Cullen will be looking to defend his title after the 'Rock Star' beat Dave Chisnall in the 2022 final.

The new Premier League season will begin off the back of The Masters, with the first of 16 league nights taking place in Belfast on 2nd February, with the competition not due to reach a conclusion until the playoffs at The O2 in London on 25th May.

February will also see the first of 30 Players Championship events take place, with the top 64 players on the Order of Merit after those tournaments ultimately qualifying for the Players Championship Finals at Butlins Resort, Minehead from the 24th-26th November.

That venue will also stage the UK Open from the 3rd-5th March, an event that was won by Dutchman Danny Noppert in 2022, although Englishman Phil Taylor is the record five-time champion.

Frankfurt staging the World Cup of Darts

For the second year in a row Frankfurt's Eissporthalle will stage the World Cup of Darts from the 15th-18th June. England and the Netherlands have both won the tournament a record four times, but it was Australia that triumphed in 2022, with Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock beating Welsh duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton in the final.

The following month will see the world's top stars head to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the World Matchplay where Michael van Gerwen will be aiming for a fourth title after beating Price in the 2022 final.

The Women's World Matchplay will be staged at the same venue on the 23rd July, as part of an expanded Women's Series that will see 24 events take place across the year in the UK and Germany.

Plenty of autumn action to take in

The first major event of the autumn will see the World Series of Darts Finals once again being held in Amsterdam between 15th-17th September; while all eyes will be on the Morningside Arena in Leicester for the World Grand Prix from 2nd-8th October.

This was another event Van Gerwen won in 2022, as he claimed his sixth success by beating Nathan Aspinall in the final. Only Taylor (11) has won the World Grand Prix more times than 'MVG'.

The top 32 players on the European Tour Order of Merit will then contest the European Championship in Dortmund from 26th-29 October, while the Grand Slam of Darts is scheduled for the 11th-19th November.

Michael Smith won the Grand Slam of Darts in 2022, claiming his first major title in what was his ninth final, and 'Bully Boy' is 15/2 to follow that up with a maiden World Championship success at Alexandra Palace come 2nd January, 2023 while van Gerwen is 11/4 favourite for his fourth Sid Waddell Trophy lift and a first since 2019.

World Championship headlines festive season once again

The World Championship will round off the year at Alexandra Palace, with qualifying for the festive feature set to take place in Barnsley on 27th November.

Dates have yet to be confirmed for the tournament itself, but it is safe to say there will be plenty of darts thrown over the Christmas period with the final in the opening days of 2024.

PDC 2023 calendar (selected events)

Bahrain Darts Masters: 12th-13th January

Nordic Darts Masters: 20th-21st January

The Masters: 27th-29th January

Premier League Darts: 2nd February-25th May

Players Championship: 11th February-2nd November

UK Open: 3rd-5th March

US Masters: 2nd-3rd June

World Cup of Darts: 15th-18th June

World Matchplay: 15th-23rd July

Women's World Matchplay: 23rd July

New Zealand Masters: 4th-5th August

New South Wales Masters: 11th-12th August

World Series Finals: 15th-17th September

World Grand Prix: 2nd-8th October

European Darts Championship: 26th-29th October

Grand Slam of Darts: 11th-19th November

Players Championship Finals: 24th-26h November

World Darts Championship: Starts December 2023

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