PDC World Championships Betting Tips

With Christmas just around the corner, the PDC World Championship returns to Alexandra Palace this week, facing its first year since 1989 without the 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor.

Following on from his fairy-tale victory last year, Rob Cross looks to defend his title in a bigger field of 96 players, with 24 qualifiers added this time round.

Michael Van Gerwen heads the betting as he looks for his third World Championships, but there are plenty of other players capable of snatching the crown.

Here is our Darts World Championship guide giving everything you need to know about the tournament, as well as our PDC World Championship tips

When is the PDC World Championships?

The PDC World Championships 2019 begins on Thursday 13th December at Alexandra Palace in London and it’s 16 jam packed days full of darts action, and runs all the way through to the final which will take place on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

The first round schedule is as follows:

  • (1) Michael van Gerwen v Alan Tabern/Raymond Smith
  • (32) Max Hopp v Royden Lam/Danny Noppert
  • (16) Adrian Lewis v Simon Stevenson/Ted Evetts
  • (17) Raymond van Barneveld v Matthew Edgar/Darius Labanauskas
  • (8) Simon Whitlock v Ryan Joyce/Anastasia Dobromyslova
  • (25) Alan Norris v Steve Lennon/James Bailey
  • (9) James Wade v Krzystof Ratajski/Seigo Asada
  • (24) Jelle Klaasen v Keegan Brown/Karel Sedlacek
  • (5) Daryl Gurney v Ross Smith/Paul Lim
  • (28) Jamie Lewis v Martin Schindler/Cody Harris
  • (12) Dave Chisnall v Josh Payne/Jeff Smith
  • (21) Kim Huybrechts v Robert Thornton/Daniel Larsson
  • (4) Gary Anderson v Paul Nicholson/Kevin Burness
  • (29) Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Barnard/Jose De Sousa
  • (13) Darren Webster v Vincent van der Voort/Lourence Ilagen
  • (20) Steve Beaton v Chris Dobey/Boris Koltsov
  • (2) Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Nitin Kumar
  • (31) Cristo Reyes v Ricky Evans/Rowby-John Rodriguez
  • (15) Jonny Clayton v Dimitri van den Bergh/Chuck Puleo
  • (18) Stephen Bunting v Luke Humphries/Adam Hunt
  • (7) Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle/Stephen Burton
  • (26) James Wilson  v William O’Connor/Yordi Meeuwisse
  • (10) Michael Smith v Ron Meulenkamp/Diogo Portela
  • (23) John Henderson v Gabriel Clemens/Aden Kirk
  • (6) Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall/Geert Nentjes
  • (27) Kyle Anderson v Jeffrey de Graaf/Noel Malicdem
  • (11) Ian White v Wayne Jones/Devon Peterson
  • (22) Steve West v Richard North/Robert Marijanovic
  • (3) Peter Wright v Toni Alcinas/Craig Ross
  • (30) Benito van de Pas v Micky Mansell/Jim Long
  • (14) Joe Cullen v Brendan Dolan/Yuanjun Liu
  • (19) Mervyn King v Jan Dekker/Lisa Ashton


Schedule of Play

Thursday December 13 (19.00)

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Nitin Kumar (R1)
Martin Schindler v Cody Harris (R1)
Jan Dekker v Lisa Ashton (R1)
Rob Cross v De Zwaan/Kumar (R2)

Friday December 14

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Michael Barnard v Jose De Sousa (R1)
Alan Tabern v Raymond Smith (R1)
Paul Nicholson v Kevin Burness (R1)
Jamie Lewis v Schindler/Harris (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Danny Noppert v Royden Lam (R1)
Simon Stevenson v Ted Evetts (R1)
Chris Dobey v Boris Koltsov (R1)
Gary Anderson v Nicholson/Burness (R2)

Saturday December 15

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Richard North v Robert Marijanovic (R1)
Mickey Mansell v Jim Long (R1)
Josh Payne v Jeff Smith (R1)
Max Hopp v Noppert/Lam (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Toni Alcinas v Craig Ross (R1)
Ryan Searle v Stephen Burton (R1)
Keegan Brown v Karel Sedlacek (R1)
Michael van Gerwen v Tabern/Ray Smith (R2)

Sunday December 16

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Gabriel Clemens v Aden Kirk (R1)
William O’Connor v Yordi Meeuwisse (R1)
Brendan Dolan v Yuanjun Liu (R1)
Dave Chisnall v Payne/J Smith (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Luke Humphries v Adam Hunt (R1)
Matthew Edgar v Darius Labanauskas (R1)
Ross Smith v Paul Lim (R1)
Peter Wright v Alcinas/Ross (R2)

Monday December 17 (19.00)

Vincent van der Voort v Lourence Ilagan (R1)
Wayne Jones v Devon Petersen (R1)
Ryan Joyce v Anastasia Dobromyslova (R1)
Raymond van Barneveld v Edgar/Labanauskas (R2)

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Robert Thornton v Daniel Larsson (R1)
Ricky Evans v Rowby-John Rodriguez (R1)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Seigo Asada (R1)
Darren Webster v Van der Voort/Ilagan (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Steve Lennon v James Bailey (R1)
Ron Meulenkamp v Diogo Portela (R1)
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chuck Puleo (R1)
Daryl Gurney v Ross Smith/Lim (R2)

Wednesday December 19

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Nathan Aspinall v Geert Nentjes (R1)
Jeffrey de Graaf v Noel Malicdem (R1)
Joe Cullen v Dolan/Liu (R2)
Kim Huybrechts v Thornton/Larsson (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
James Wilson v O’Connor/Meuwisse (R2)
Simon Whitlock v Joyce/Dobromyslova (R2)
Michael Smith v Meulenkamp/Portela (R2)
James Wade v Ratajski/Asada (R2)

Thursday December 20

Afternoon Session (1230)
Jermaine Wattimena v Barnard/De Sousa (R2)
Alan Norris v Lennon/Bailey (R2)
Stephen Bunting v Humphries/Hunt (R2)
Steve Beaton v Dobey/Koltsov (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Cristo Reyes v Evans/Rodriguez (R2)
Mervyn King v Dekker/Ashton (R2)
Adrian Lewis v Stevenson/Evetts (R2)
Mensur Suljovic v Searle/Burton (R2)

Friday December 21

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Benito van de Pas v Mansell/Long (R2)
John Henderson v Clemens/Kirk (R2)
Steve West v North/Marijanovic (R2)
Kyle Anderson v De Graaf/Malicdem (R2)

Evening Session (19.00)
Ian White v Jones/Petersen (R2)
Jelle Klaasen v Brown/Sedlacek (R2)
Gerwyn Price v Aspinall/Nentjes (R2)
Jonny Clayton v Van den Bergh/Puleo (R2)

Saturday December 22

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Whitlock/Joyce/Dobromyslova v Norris/Lennon/Bailey (R3)
Chisnall/Payne/J Smith v Huybrechts/Thornton/Larsson (R3)
Gurney/Ross Smith/Lim v J Lewis/Schindler/Harris (R3)

Evening Session (19.00)
Suljovic/Searle/Burton v Wilson/O’Connor/Meeuwisse (R3)
G Anderson/Nicholson/Burness v Wattimena/Barnard/De Sousa (R3)
Van Gerwen/Tabern/Ray Smith v Hopp/Noppert/Lam (R3)

Sunday December 23

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Webster/Van der Voort/Ilagan v Beaton/Dobey/Koltsov (R3)
Cullen/Dolan/Liu v King/Dekker/Ashton (R3)
Wade/Ratajski/Asada v Klaasen/Brown/Sedlacek (R3)

Evening Session (19.00)
A Lewis/Stevenson/Evetts v Van Barneveld/Edgar/Labanauskas (R3)
Price/Aspinall/Nentjes v K Anderson/De Graaf/Malicdem (R3)
Cross/De Zwaan/Kumar v Reyes/Evans/Rodriguez (R3)

Thursday December 27

Afternoon Session (12.30)
White/Jones/Petersen v West/North/Marijanovic (R3)
Clayton/Van den Bergh/Puleo v Bunting/Humphries/Hunt (R3)
M Smith/Meulenkamp/Portela v Henderson/Clemens/Kirk (R3)

Evening Session (19.00)
Wright/Alcinas/Ross v Van de Pas/Mansell/Long (R3)
Fourth Round x2

Friday December 28

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Fourth Round x3

Evening Session (19.00)
Fourth Round x3

Saturday December 29

Afternoon Session (12.30)
Quarter-Finals x2

Evening Session (19.00)
Quarter-Finals x2

Sunday December 30 (19.00)


Tuesday January 1 (20.00)



First Round – Best of five sets (no tie-break)
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

A tie-break will be in operation in all round from the second round onwards, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches five-all, the 11th leg will be a sudden-death leg.


PDC World Championship 2019 winners odds

Mighty Michael van Gerwen heads Grosvenorsport.com’s winner market, and here are a list of the odds for the top-16 in the market.

Player Odds
Michael van Gerwen 8/5
Gary Anderson 3/1
Peter Wright 9/1
Rob Cross 14/1
Mensur Suljovic 14/1
Daryl Gurney 33/1
Gerwyn Price 33/1
James Wade 33/1
Dimitri van den Bergh 50/1
Adrian Lewis 66/1
Raymond Van Barneveld 66/1
Simon Whitlock 66/1
Dave Chisnall 80/1
Joe Cullen 80/1
Jeffrey de Zwaan 80/1

To view all the odds for the 96 competitors, click here


PDC World Championship previous winners

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has reigned supreme at the World Championships, winning it a record-breaking 16 times before announcing his retirement from the sport following the 2018 final, which he lost to Rob Cross 7-2.

Here’s the list of the winners since its inception in 1994.

1994 Dennis Priestley
1995 Phil Taylor
1996 Phil Taylor
1997 Phil Taylor
1998 Phil Taylor
1999 Phil Taylor
2000 Phil Taylor
2001 Phil Taylor
2002 Phil Taylor
2003 John Part
2004 Phil Taylor
2005 Phil Taylor
2006 Phil Taylor
2007 Raymond van Barneveld
2008 John Part
2009 Phil Taylor
2010 Phil Taylor
2011 Adrian Lewis
2012 Adrian Lewis
2013 Phil Taylor
2014 Michael van Gerwen
2015 Gary Anderson
2016 Gary Anderson
2017 Michael van Gerwen
2018 Rob Cross


PDC World Championships 2019 Tips

Gary Anderson presents the biggest threat to Michael van Gerwen, after appearing in three of the last four finals.

Having won the World Matchplay and the UK Open this year, The Flying Scotsman thrives off playing on the big stage and a third world title win would cement his place as one of darts greatest ever players. The Scot enters the tournament second favourite and considering his success here before, 3/1 offers good value.

Having won last month’s Players Championship, ‘Super Chin’ Daryl Gurney will be full of confidence ahead of his sixth World Championship. After beating Van Gerwen in the final, the Irishman shouldn’t fear anybody as he looks to win the famous Sid Waddell trophy on New Year’s Day. Despite a tough side of the draw, I think this tournament arrives at a good time for him and having won the last televised tournament, 16/1 to finish in the top 2 is definitely worth an each-way punt.

After announcing his retirement following next year’s World Championships, fan favourite Raymond van Barneveld will do everything he can in an attempt to win his sixth World Championship. Despite not winning a major tournament since 2014, his record at Ally Pally reads well having reached the semi finals three times in the last four years. On his day, he can match anyone for ability and at 66/1, he is more than capable of producing an upset.




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