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World Matchplay Guide 2019

July 26th, 2019 Sports Guides

The Betfred World Matchplay is one of the biggest prizes in darts, with many regarding it as second only to the World Championships.

The biggest Darts tournament of the summer, played in Blackpool it is arguably the most popular event on the calendar for the fans and is why it sells out every year.

First staged in 1994 it is one of the longest running tournaments in the world, yet has only seen eight different winners with legend Phil Taylor having won a record 16 times.

Who is competing in World Matchplay?

Every one of the world’s top players will be present on the North West coast, with 32 players taking part.

The first 16 are taking from the PDC Order of merit – which is the world rankings…and the next 16 are from the ProTour Order of Merit.

2019 Betfred World Matchplay Field

PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers

(Seeded for first round draw)

Rank Player Nationality
1 Michael van Gerwen Netherlands
2 Rob Cross England
3 Daryl Gurney Northern Ireland
4 Gary Anderson Scotland
5 Peter Wright Scotland
6 Michael Smith England
7 Gerwyn Price Wales
8 James Wade England
9 Mensur Suljovic Austria
10 Ian White England
11 Dave Chisnall England
12 Simon Whitlock Australia
13 Nathan Aspinall England
14 Johnny Clayton Wales
15 Darren Webster England
16 Adrian Lewis England

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers

Player Nationality
Krzysztof Ratajski Poland
Ricky Evans England
Glen Durrant England
Joe Cullen England
Steve Beaton England
Stephen Bunting England
Jermaine Wattimena Netherlands
Jamie Hughes England
Jeffrey de Zwaan Netherlands
Chris Dobey England
Danny Noppert Netherlands
Max Hopp Germany
Mervyn King England
John Henderson Scotland
Keegan Brown England
Vincent van der Voort Netherlands


Seed Match
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
(16) Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant
(8) James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
(9) Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena
(5) Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes
(12) Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
(4) Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
(13) Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
(2) Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
(15) Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
(7) Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
(10) Ian White v Joe Cullen
(6) Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort
(11) Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
(3) Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
(14) Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown

What’s the format of play?

The World Matchplay is played over a pure legs format, and no sets – unlike the World Championship.

Round Legs
First Round Best of 19
Second Round Best of 21
Quarter-Finals Best of 31
Semi-Finals Best of 33
Final Best of 35

Matchplay prize fund

The Prize Fund highlights just how big a deal the Matchplay is with a total fund of £700,000.

Position Prize Fund
Winner £150,000
Runner-Up £70,000
Semi-Finalists £50,000
Quarter-Finalists £25,000
Second Round Losers £15,000
First Round Losers £10,000

The winner also picks up the newly-named Phil Taylor trophy in recognition of his dominance in the tournament having won 16 times.

How can I watch the World Matchplay?

Played in Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens, this is the hardest tournament of all to get tickets for. In fact, the 2019 event sold out within days of going on sale. Therefore, the only way you can watch this year (without a tickets) is live on Sky Sports.

Betting on the World Matchplay

Betting is becoming a hugely popular on the Darts, and there are lots of offers. You can bet on things like: ‘winners by match’, ‘how each match is won’ and ‘how many 180s are scored’. To name just a few. Tournament sponsors Betfred have a host of offers, but every major bookmaker covers the World Matchplay…

You have the overall winners for the tournament, like with any major sporting event. Here are the odds [from July 1th 2019 – please check for latest odds], including defending champion Gary Anderson who is a sizeable 10/1!

Michael van Gerwen @ 13/8
Rob Cross @ 15/2
Gary Anderson @ 10/1
Peter Wright @ 10/1
Gerwyn Price @ 14/1
Daryl Gurney @ 25/1
James Wade @ 25/1
Nathan Aspinall @ 25/1
Michael Smith @ 25/1
Ian White @ 40/1
Mensur Suljovic @ 40/1
Glen Durrant @ 40/1
Dave Chisnall @ 40/1
Jamie Hughes @ 66/1
Krzysztof Ratajski @ 66/1
Adrian Lewis @ 66/1
Jeffrey de Zwaan @ 80/1
Jonny Clayton @ 125/1
Chris Dobey @ 125/1
Joe Cullen @ 125/1
Simon Whitlock @ 125/1
Stephen Bunting @ 125/1
Keegan Brown @ 150/1
Ricky Evans @ 150/1
Vincent van der Voort @ 200/1
John Henderson @ 200/1
Danny Noppert @ 200/1
Darren Webster @ 200/1
Jermaine Wattimena @ 250/1
Mervyn King @ 250/1
Steve Beaton @ 300/1

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