Established in 1994, the PDC’s World Matchplay is one of their longest-running tournaments and ranks as the third most prestigious tournament in the Darts Calendar.

The tournament takes place over two weekends in July, where the top players compete for a share of the prize money.

Since its launch, the World Matchplay has been held in the Empress Ballroom of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens each year.

Match Format

The field of 32 players is made up of the best 16 players in the PDC Order of Merit and the best 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit who have not already qualified via the PDC Order of Merit.

The 16 top-seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit are paired up against the 16 unseeded qualifiers from the ProTour event.

In the first round, matches are determined by the first to 10 legs and must be won by 2 clear legs.

For the second round, it is increased to the first to 11 legs, with the quarterfinals the first to 16, the semifinals 17, and the final 18 and all must be won by 2 clear legs.

Odds & Betting

World Matchplay darts odds are available from the usual bookmakers. However, as the prime sponsor of the event is Betfred, you will likely find the best darts odds if you choose to place your darts bets with them.

Betfred currently has the odds on the top players for the event, giving savvy punters the chance to get the best odds before they become shorter closer to the tournament.

You can bet on who you think will win the tournament outright, with each way bets currently paying out on 1st and 2nd place finishers.

Along with outright bets, you can also take a punt on the total number of 180s scored.

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(*Odds are correct as of May 5th 2024)

Player Odds
Littler, Luke 7/2
Humphries, Luke 7/2
van Gerwen, Michael 6/1
Price, Gerwyn 10/1
Smith, Michael 14/1
Cross, Rob 14/1
Anderson, Gary 14/1
Bunting, Stephen 16/1
Dobey, Chris 20/1
Aspinall, Nathan 33/1
Wright, Peter 33/1
Chisnall, Dave 33/1
Searle, Ryan 33/1
Noppert, Danny 40/1
van den Bergh, Dimitri 40/1
Heta, Damon 40/1
Smith, Ross 50/1
Rock, Josh 50/1
Clayton, Jonny 50/1
Cullen, Joe 50/1
Van Veen, Gian 80/1
Schindler, Martin 80/1
Clemens, Gabriel 100/1
Wade, James 100/1
Gurney, Daryl 100/1
Pietreczko, Ricardo 100/1
Van Duijvenbode, Dirk 100/1
Van Barneveld, Raymond 100/1



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World Matchplay Darts 2024

The 2024 World Matchplay darts tournament promises to be an exciting event for darts fans. The action starts on Saturday, July 13th and will wrap up on July 21st.

The current favourite with the bookies is Luke Littler followed by Luke Humphries, then Michael van Gerwen.

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Interestingly, Luke Littler will have to qualify through the ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers and that is ranked on prize money earned in tournaments ahead of World Matchplay.

He is currently sitting in 6th spot following his win in Belgium in March but he will need to keep up his form to be guaranteed a slot at Blackpool in July.

World Matchplay Darts Prize Money

The total prize money for the event is £800,000. The winner walks away from hockey with £200,000 in prize money.

The runner-up pockets £100,000, and third and fourth-place finishers get £50,000 each.

Quarter-finalists are given £30,000 each, and the second-round losers take home £15,000. The prize money for the first-round losers is £10,000.

Tickets For World Matchplay Darts

Tickets for the World Matchplay Darts are in high demand, so make sure you purchase yours as soon as possible.

Prices for the event vary greatly depending on which session you wish to attend. Early round tickets in the standing area can be purchased for around £30, and table tickets will set you back around £45.

Premium seating and VIP packages are also available for those wanting a more luxurious darts experience.

All packages can be purchased through the PDC website, where more information can also be found.

With some of darts’ best players competing in this exciting tournament, tickets are sure to sell out quickly!

Don’t miss your chance to witness darts history and book your World Matchplay Darts tickets today.

Glorious Blackpool

The tournament is held in Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Guests can enjoy plenty of darts action whilst experiencing all that the historic city has to offer.

Blackpool attracts millions of tourists each year, with its Pleasure Beach, Tower, and a variety of pubs and attractions all making it one of the most popular destinations in England.

The darts weekend provides a great opportunity to experience all that Blackpool has to offer and enjoy some darts at the same time!

Where To Watch?

The event is broadcast across the globe, with major darts broadcasters such as Sky Sports, Fox Sports, and Eurosport covering the action.

In addition to >watching the television coverage, darts fans can also follow all the action on where you will find brackets, fixtures, live scores, and results, as well as additional information such as head-to-head stats and odds.