The PDC’s annual showpiece takes place over the festive period with the world’s best arrowsmiths competing for the Sid Waddell trophy.
The tournament, which has been running since 1994, was previously known as the WDC World Darts Championship prior to the World Darts Council voting to break away from the BDO to form the PDC in 1997.
For the first 13 years of its existence, the fabled Circus Tavern played host to the World Darts Championship before it was switched to London's Alexandra Palace, amidst huge growth in the sport, in 2008.
Phil Taylor, recognised as the best darts player in the sport’s history, notched a remarkable 16 world titles, with his most recent success coming back in 2013, almost a quarter of a century after his maiden triumph.
Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, heads into the 2023 edition of the championship as the title-holder, having overcome Michael Smith to claim a second world crown in 2022.
|What:||World Darts Championship|
|Where:||Alexandra Palace, London|
|When:||Thursday 15th December, 2022 - Tuesday 3rd January, 2023|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports Darts and bet365 Live Streaming|
|Odds:||Outright: Michael van Gerwen 3/1, Gerwyn Price 6/1, Peter Wright 7/1, Johnny Clayton 11/1, Michael Smith 12/1|
The 2023 edition of the competition will get underway on Thursday 15th December, 2022, with the final taking place on the evening of Tuesday 3rd January, 2023.
There is indeed, for three days. Following the conclusion of the final second round matches on Friday 23rd December, the remaining competitors will enjoy a three-day break over Christmas, before the action gets back underway on the afternoon of Tuesday 27th December.
London’s Alexandra Palace has played host to the competition for the past 15 years, with the 2023 edition being the 16th staging of the competition at the iconic venue.
Prior to 2008, the World Darts Championship was held at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, with the venue then being deemed too small given the growing popularity and booming commercial aspects of the tournament.
Sky Sports hold exclusive television rights for every game of the World Darts Championship in the UK, although the event can also be streamed live at bet365.
There are 96 players expected to compete in the 2023 World Darts Championship with the 32 highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit (the PDC world rankings) automatically earning a place in the second round of the competition.
The 32 highest ranked unqualified players on the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit start in the first round alongside 32 qualifiers from around the world.
The format of the competition sees players battling out best of five sets games in the first and second rounds, with that increasing as the tournament progresses until the final which could stretch across a total of 13 sets.
|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|
Prize money for the 2023 World Darts Championship will remain at £2,500,000 - the same as in each of the past four years.
The winner will claim a handsome share of £500,000 with the runner-up earning £200,000. The two losing semi-finalists will pocket a cool £100,000, whilst the four beaten quarter-finalists will each take home £50,000.
Sixteen third round losers will earn themselves £25,000, whilst the 32 players who exit the competition at the second round stage will still be guaranteed £15,000 - £7,500 more than players who succumb to defeat in the first round.
There has been a total of 11 perfect legs recorded at the World Darts Championship, with Paul Lim the first to achieve it in 1990.
Lim earned a mammoth £52,000 bonus for achieving the feat – some £28,000 more than Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor received for winning the competition.
Since then, only Raymond van Barneveld (2009 & 2010), Adrian Lewis (2011 & 2014), Dean Winstanley (2012), Michael van Gerwen (2012), Terry Jenkins (2014), Kyle Anderson (2014), Gary Anderson (2016) and William Boland (2022) have landed the perfect leg.
Phil Taylor dominated darts for over two decades, notching up a remarkable tally of 16 World Darts Championships, including eight successive wins between 1995 and 2002.
He followed that up with victories in the 2004, 2005, 2006 editions too, before adding to his unprecedented tally courtesy of successes in 2009, 2010 and, finally, in 2013.
In total, Taylor reached 19 finals from his 25 appearances at the World Darts Championship, 14 more than modern-day stars Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, who have both reached the showpiece five times.
In terms of victories, the legendary Eric Bristow and van Barneveld both tasted glory on five occasions, with Martin Adams (BDO), John Lowe (BDO), van Gerwen, John Part (BDO & PDC) and Glen Durrant (BDO) nothing three titles.
A plethora of other players, including Anderson, Peter Wright Jocky Wilson and Adrian Lewis are two-time world champions.
The usual suspects are all amongst the pre-tournament favourites to claim the 2023 World Darts Championship title, but it is the three-time winner, van Gerwen, who is the current favourite to add to his tally.
The Dutchman has enjoyed an outstanding 2022, and is priced at 3/1 to follow-up his Premier League, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix with success in the big one over the festive period.
Gerwyn Price, who lifted the Sid Waddell trophy in 2021, is the second favourite at 6/1, with last year’s winner ‘Snakebite’ Peter Wright at the slightly longer odds of 7/1.
But with a plethora of talent on show, and Ally Pally famed for its shocks and upsets over the years, the World Darts Championship really is wide-open, with the likes of Johnny Clayton (11/1), Michael Smith (12/1) and Luke Humphries (16/1) all hoping to peak at the right time.
Further down the field, James Wade, who boasts tremendous darting pedigree, is available at 40/1, whilst former back-to-back world champion Adrian Lewis, who is starting to hit form, is available at 150/1.