Premier League Darts 2016 results

  • Last Updated: May 26 2016, 16:17 BST

The results from the 2016 Premier League Darts season.

Michael van Gerwen took the Premier League prize
Michael van Gerwen took the Premier League prize

The 2016 Betway Premier League Darts season is now over with Michael van Gerwen claiming the top prize. 

Here we have all the results (with links to each night's review) and venues, as well as the Premier League table. 

Premier League Guide Contents
1. Premier League Standings
2. Fixtures, Schedule, Venues & Results
3. John Part's Betting Tips
4. Tournament Format
5. Premier League History, Records & Stats

Premier League Darts 2016 Table

  • Players in bold eliminated after Judgement Night
PlayerPlayed Won Drawn Lost LegDiff Points
Michael van Gerwen161141+4226
Phil Taylor161123+3524
Gary Anderson16844+1120
Adrian Lewis16916+1019
Peter Wright16655017
James Wade16727-716
Raymond van Barneveld16529-812
Robert Thornton162212-436
Dave Chisnall9117-143
Michael Smith9117-263

Scoring system:

  • Two points for a win (by reaching seven legs) and one point for a draw.
  • If players are tied on points in the league table, leg difference will be the first deciding factor. If this is also a tie, then legs won against throw will be the next deciding factor, and any further tie would be split by a comparison of the relevant players' three-dart tournament average at that stage.
  • The bottom two throwers in the table following Judgement Night (held in Cardiff on Thursday April 31) will be eliminated.
  • Six more league nights follow, with the remaining eight players facing each other once more before the top four then progress to the play-offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 19.

Premier League Darts 2016 Fixtures & Schedule

Night One, Thursday February 4
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Peter Wright 7-2 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 5-7 James Wade
Phil Taylor 2-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Robert Thornton 0-7 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 7-1 Michael Smith*
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* Michael Smith played twice due to Gary Anderson pulling out of the opening night due to illness. Revised fixtures for week seven have now been made

Night Two, Thursday February 11
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

James Wade* 7-4 Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld 5-7 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 7-4 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 1-7 Phil Taylor
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* James Wade played twice due to Robert Thornton pulling out due to illness. Revised fixtures for week eight have now been made

Night Three, Thursday February 18
3Arena, Dublin
Peter Wright 7-4 James Wade
Dave Chisnall 6-6 Michael Smith
Phil Taylor 7-4 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Adrian Lewis
Robert Thornton 5-7 Raymond van Barneveld
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Night Four, Thursday February 25
GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Adrian Lewis 7-5 James Wade
Gary Anderson 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Michael Smith
Phil Taylor 7-5 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 6-6 Robert Thornton
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Night Five, Thursday March 3
Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Phil Taylor 7-1 Adrian Lewis
Dave Chisnall 4-7 James Wade
Robert Thornton 4-7 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 7-5 Raymond van Barneveld
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Night Six, Thursday March 10
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Michael Smith 3-7 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 3-7 Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 5-7 James Wade
Robert Thornton 0-7 Phil Taylor
Dave Chisnall 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
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Night Seven, Thursday March 17
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Gary Anderson 7-4 Adrian Lewis
James Wade 7-4 Robert Thornton
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson* 7-5 Peter Wright
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* Gary Anderson plays twice this week after being absent in week one due to illness. Michael Smith, who played twice on that night, now has a rest night

Night Eight, Thursday March 24
Echo Arena, Liverpool
Michael Smith 5-7 Robert Thornton
Gary Anderson 7-4 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 7-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 6-6 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Robert Thornton*
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* Robert Thornton plays twice this week after being absent in week two due to illness. James Wade, who played twice on that night, now has a rest night

Judgement Night, Thursday March 31
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
James Wade 6-6 Gary Anderson
Michael Smith 5-7 Phil Taylor
Dave Chisnall 5-7 Peter Wright
Robert Thornton 4-7 Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
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Night 10, Thursday April 7
Sheffield Arena
James Wade 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 3-7 Phil Taylor
Robert Thornton 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
Adrian Lewis 6-6 Peter Wright
Phil Taylor 7-4 James Wade
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Night 11, Thursday April 14
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Robert Thornton 7-2 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 5-7 Phil Taylor
James Wade 5-7 Adrian Lewis (Lewis hits nine-dart finish)
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Gary Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 Robert Thornton
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Night 12, Thursday April 21
Bournemouth International Centre
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 6-6 James Wade
Phil Taylor 7-2 Robert Thornton
Adrian Lewis 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
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Night 13, Thursday April 28
The Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Peter Wright 7-4 Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld 5-7 Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis 7-2 Robert Thornton
James Wade 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-6 Gary Anderson
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Night 14, Thursday May 5
Manchester Arena
James Wade 1-7 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 7-1 Robert Thornton
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 2-7 Phil Taylor
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Night 15, Thursday May 12
Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam
Robert Thornton 3-7 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 7-2 Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor 5-7 Michael van Gerwen
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Finals Night, Thursday May 19
The O2, London

Semi-finals
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor 10-7 Gary Anderson

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Phil Taylor
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John Part's Betting Tips

Three-time world darts champion John Part joined Sportinglife.com every week to preview each match in his 'Part's Picks' column and selected his best bets for the night.

You can look back on all his verdicts here:

Week 16: No stopping MVG
Week 15: Wade in to treble
Week 14: Back 50/1 Barney
Week 13: Barney to shock Anderson
Week 12: Lewis to stun MVG
Week 11: Wade In
Week 10: It's Taylor's time
Week Nine: Chizzy can survive
Week Eight: Big three to impress
Week Seven: MVG to cut Power
Week Six: MVG & Barney to shine
Week Five: Smith to end wait
Week Four: Anderson to lift off
Week Three: MVG to shine 
Week Two: Time to bounce back
Week One: Lewis eyes revenge

Premier League Darts 2016 Line-Up

PDC Order of Merit Top Four 
Michael van Gerwen - 2013 Premier League champion
Gary Anderson - 2011 & 2015 Premier League champion
Adrian Lewis - 2011 Premier League finalist
Phil Taylor - Six-time Premier League champion

Wildcard Selections 
Peter Wright - 2015 UK Open finalist
James Wade - 2009 Premier League champion
Robert Thornton - 2015 World Grand Prix champion
Michael Smith - Premier League debutant, former World Youth Champion
Raymond van Barneveld - 2014 Premier League champion
Dave Chisnall - 2015 Premier League semi-finalist

Premier League Darts 2016 Format

The 10 competing players will face each other once in a league phase over the opening nine Thursday nights but the bottom two throwers in the table following Judgement Night (held in Cardiff on Thursday April 31) will be eliminated.

Six more league nights follow, with the remaining eight players facing each other once more before the top four then progress to the play-offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 19.

Each league match is played over a maximum of 12 legs, with players earning two points for a win (by reaching seven legs) and one point for a draw. The player named on the left in the fixture will throw first in the opening leg but this will be reversed should they meet again.

If players are tied on points in the league table, leg difference will be the first deciding factor. If this is also a tie, then legs won against throw will be the next deciding factor, and any further tie would be split by a comparison of the relevant players' three-dart tournament average at that stage.

The play-offs consist of two semi-finals (best of 19 legs) and then the final (best of 21 legs), which will see the tournament's champion crowned.

Premier League Darts History

The Premier League, a much-loved event for all darts fans and punters, was launched by Sky Sports in 2005 and takes the sport's biggest names all over the UK and Ireland as they compete in a round robin format in a bid to reach the play-offs, when the title is ultimately decided.

The world's top four automatically qualify for the event and are joined by six wildcard selections made by the PDC and Sky Sports to complete a final field.

Unsurprisingly Phil Taylor is the most successful Premier League player of all time having topped the table eight times and going on to lift the trophy on six occasions, while he also went a record 44 games unbeaten from 2005-2008.

James Wade first broke his dominance in 2009 when defeating Taylor's conqueror Mervyn King 13-8 and The Power has only won it twice since then, with Gary Anderson (2011 & 2015), Michael van Gerwen (2013) and Raymond van Barneveld (2014) being the other champions.

Below we have details of the past finals, a selection of records, the final table of each previous season and a look at which players have ever featured in the event.

Premier League Darts Past Finals & Winners

2005 - Phil Taylor 16-4 Colin Lloyd
2006 - Phil Taylor 16-6 Roland Scholten
2007 - Phil Taylor 16-8 Terry Jenkins
2008 - Phil Taylor 16-8 James Wade
​2009 - James Wade 13-8 Mervyn King
2010 - Phil Taylor 10-8 James Wade
​2011 - Gary Anderson 10-4 Adrian Lewis
2012 - Phil Taylor 10-7 Simon Whitlock
​2013 - Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Phil Taylor
2014 - Raymond van Barneveld 10-6 Michael van Gerwen
2015 - Gary Anderson 11-7 Michael van Gerwen

Premier League Darts Records

Most Titles: Phil Taylor - 6
Longest Unbeaten Run: Phil Taylor - 44 (2005-2008)
Biggest League Victory: Phil Taylor 11-1 Wayne Mardle (2005) & Phil Taylor 11-1 Peter Manley (2005) 
Biggest Play-Off Victory: Phil Taylor 16-4 Colin Lloyd (2005 Final)
Whitewashes (since dead legs removed in 2006): Colin Lloyd 8-0 Terry Jenkins (2007), Phil Taylor 8-0 Wayne Mardle (2008), James Wade 8-0 Simon Whitlock (2012), Michael van Gerwen 7-0 Phil Taylor (2014), Michael van Gerwen 7-0 James Wade (2015)
Most 180s in a Match: Gary Anderson - 11 v Simon Whitlock (2011)
Highest Average: Phil Taylor - 117.35 (2012)
Nine-Dart Finishes: Raymond van Barneveld (2006, 2010), Phil Taylor (2010x2 - twice in the final - 2012), Simon Whitlock (2012) 

Premier League Darts Past Season Standings

  • Winner in caps & bold, runner-up in bold.
  • Top four each year made the play-offs (Top would play fourth)
  • Points in brackets

Season 2005
PHIL TAYLOR (23)
Colin Lloyd (16)
Peter Manley (12)
Roland Scholten (9)
Mark Dudbridge (8)
John Part (8)
Wayne Mardle (8)

Season 2006
PHIL TAYLOR (23)
Raymond van Barneveld (21)
Roland Scholten (10)
Colin Lloyd (9)
Ronnie Baxter (8)
Peter Manley (8)
Wayne Mardle (5)

Season 2007
PHIL TAYLOR (25)
Raymond van Barneveld (17)
Terry Jenkins (15)
Dennis Priestley (13)
Colin Lloyd (12)
Peter Manley (11)
Adrian Lewis (10)
Roland Scholten (9)

Season 2008
PHIL TAYLOR (21)
James Wade (20)
Raymond van Barneveld (18)
Adrian Lewis (12)
Wayne Mardle (12)
Peter Manley (11)
Terry Jenkins (9)
John Part (9)

Season 2009
Phil Taylor (18)
JAMES WADE (17)
Raymond van Barneveld (13)
Mervyn King (12)
Terry Jenkins (9)
John Part (9)
Jelle Klaasen (6)

Season 2010
PHIL TAYLOR (26)
Simon Whitlock (16)
James Wade (14)
Mervyn King (13)
Ronnie Baxter (13)
Raymond van Barneveld (11)
Adrian Lewis (11)
Terry Jenkins (8)

Season 2011
Phil Taylor (26)
Raymond van Barneveld (18)
GARY ANDERSON (17)
Adrian Lewis (14)
James Wade (13)
Simon Whitlock (11)
Terry Jenkins (8)
Mark Webster (5)

Season 2012
PHIL TAYLOR (24)
Simon Whitlock (16)

Andy Hamilton (13)
James Wade (13)
Raymond van Barneveld (13)
Adrian Lewis (12)
Kevin Painter (11)
Gary Anderson (10)

Season 2013
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN (24)
Raymond van Barneveld (23)
Phil Taylor (20)
James Wade (17)
Robert Thornton (15)
Simon Whitlock (15)
Andy Hamilton (12)
Adrian Lewis (10)
Wes Newton (5)
Gary Anderson (5)

Season 2014
Michael van Gerwen (24)

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD (20)
Phil Taylor (20)
Gary Anderson (20)
Peter Wright (17)
Adrian Lewis (15)
Dave Chisnall (10)
Robert Thornton (9)
Wes Newton (6)
Simon Whitlock (5)

Season 2015
Michael van Gerwen (23)

Dave Chisnall (22)
GARY ANDERSON (20)
Raymond van Barneveld (19)
Phil Taylor (15)
Adrian Lewis (14)
James Wade (12)
Stephen Bunting (11)
Peter Wright (6)
Kim Huybrechts (4)

Players Who Have Played Premier League Darts

Phil Taylor - 12 Seasons (2005-present)
Raymond van Barneveld - 11 Seasons (2006-present)
Adrian Lewis - 9 Seasons (2007-08, 2010-present)
James Wade - 8 Seasons (2008-13, 2015-present)
Gary Anderson - 6 Seasons (2011-present)
Terry Jenkins - 5 Seasons (2007-11)
Simon Whitlock - 5 Seasons (2010-14)
Peter Manley - 4 Seasons (2005-08)
Wayne Mardle - 4 Seasons (2005-06, 2008-09)
Michael van Gerwen - 4 Seasons (2013-present)
Colin Lloyd - 3 Seasons (2005-07)
Ronald Scholten - 3 Seasons (2005-07)
John Part - 3 Seasons (2005, 2008-09)
Robert Thornton - 3 Seasons (2013-14, 2016)
Dave Chisnall - 3 Seasons (2014-present)
Peter Wright - 3 Seasons (2014-present)
Ronnie Baxter - 2 Seasons (2006, 2010)
Mervyn King - 2 Seasons (2009-10)
Andy Hamilton - 2 Seasons (2012-13)
Wes Newton - 2 Seasons (2013-14)
Mark Dudbridge - 1 Season (2005)
Dennis Priestley - 1 Season (2007)
Jelle Klaasen - 1 Season (2009)
Mark Webster - 1 Season (2011)
Kevin Painter - 1 Season (2012)
Stephen Bunting - 1 Season (2015)
Kim Huybrechts - 1 Season (2015)
Michael Smith - 1 Season (2016)