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Premier League Darts: Start date, tournament format and odds

One of the staples of the annual PDC calendar, the Premier League of Darts takes in cities all across of Europe with eight players bidding for the coveted crown.

The showpiece event began back in 2005 and the latest edition of it was won by Dutch sensation Michael van Gerwen in 2023.

Ahead of the Premier League Darts 2024, here is a look at all you need to know about the tournament organised by the PDC.

WhatPremier League Darts 2024
WhereUnited Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany
WhenEst. February 2024 to May 2024

When does the Premier League of Darts take place?

The Premier League of Darts has always been held between February and May and that is likely to be the case in 2024 as well.

Which cities will host the Premier League?

Over the years, the Premier League of Darts has taken place across a host of major UK cities such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Aberdeen as well as in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Berlin in Germany.

The 2023 tournament kept the same 17 venues that were used in the Premier League the year before. The tournament began at the SSE Arena in Belfast in February and concluded at the O2 Arena in London for the play-offs and the final.

Who is the defending champion?

In the 2023 final of the Premier League of Darts, Dutchman Van Gerwen came out on top, defeating Welshman Gerwyn Price 11-5 in the final.

Michael Smith and Jonny Clayton also finished in the top four in the regular standings.

That was Van Gerwen's second successive title after he also won in 2022 and he will be targeting a hat-trick of titles in 2024.

Who has won the most Premier Leagues?

Dutch star Van Gerwen also holds the record for the most Premier League titles, having won seven in his career with nine finals appearances to his name.

Just behind MVG is Englishman Phil Taylor, who won six throughout his career.

Aside from Van Gerwen, Scotland's Gary Anderson is the only other player still playing who has won the Premier League Darts on more than one occasion, having last done so in 2015.

How many nine darters have there been in the Premier League?

In total, there have been 14 nine-dart finishes thrown in the history of the Premier League.

The first came from Raymond van Barneveld back in 2006 and the most recent was by Price in Belfast in 2022. 

Van Barneveld, Taylor and Adrian Lewis have all recorded nine-dart finishes on more than one occasion.

What is the format of the Premier League?

In the 2023 edition of the Premier League, the format involved an eight-person knockout bracket each night with each match played over the best-of-11 legs.

In the first seven weeks of the season and in weeks nine to 15, players were guaranteed to come across each other once in the quarter-finals. Weeks eight and 16, meanwhile, were drawn based on league standings at that point.

Throughout the campaign, players picked up two points for making the semi-finals, three points for making the final and five points for every final win.

After the regular season concluded, the top four players in the table played in two knockout semi-finals.

Who will be playing in the 2024 Premier League?

It is expected that the top four highest-ranked players will feature along with four picks based on form, making up a field of eight in total.

In 2023, the full line-up was Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Van Gerwen, Price, Clayton, Nathan Aspinall, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Chris Dobey.

What is the highest three-dart average in the Premier League?

Van Gerwen leads the way when it comes to the highest three-dart average in the Premier League, having posted 123.40 when up against Smith in week four back in 2016.

Wright is second on the list with 119.50 in 2017.

How many editions of the Premier League have there been?

Having started back in 2005, there have been 19 editions of the Premier League of Darts with the 2024 season therefore set to be the 20th staging of the event.

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