Brisbane and Vienna to host two of the seven World Series of Darts events in 2018

Michael van Gerwen won the US Darts Masters last season (Picture: PDC)
Michael van Gerwen won the US Darts Masters last season (Picture: PDC)

Brisbane and Vienna are to host the PDC's World Series of Darts for the first time in 2018 while Rob Cross, Jamie Lewis and Dimitri Van den Bergh will also step onto the global stage.

The ongoing global expansion of the World Series of Darts will see six worldwide events followed by the end-of-season Finals, which will move to Austria in November.

The year's events will begin with the second staging of the German Darts Masters, with a one-day spectacular being held on Friday May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

The stars of the sport will then return to Las Vegas, with the North American Championship to be followed by the second U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held at Mandalay Bay from July 5-7.

July's double-header will then see the third Shanghai Darts Masters held on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, before the action heads Down Under for an August treble-header.

The Auckland Darts Masters takes place from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena, with the sport's top names returning to New Zealand for the fourth staging of the popular event.

The action then moves to Australia, with the second Melbourne Darts Masters taking place from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena before the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters, from August 17-19 at the BCEC, sees the World Series visit Queensland for the first time.

The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will then be held from November 2-4 at the Multiversum Schwechat in Vienna, as Austria hosts the 24-player event.

The world's current top four players - Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, World Champion Rob Cross and Gary Anderson - will compete in each of the six international events.

They will be joined in the German Darts Masters by Austrian star Mensur Suljovic – the reigning Champions League of Darts winner - five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, reigning World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis.

The top two German players from the PDC Order of Merit at April 30 will also qualify alongside six players from the German Superleague.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney and Premier League star Gerwyn Price will compete in the U.S. Darts Masters - where the Northern Irish ace was runner-up in 2017 - and Shanghai Darts Masters in July, with the final two PDC players to be confirmed in due course.

The U.S. Darts Masters will also feature the eight players from the USA or Canada who qualify to compete in the 2018 North American Championship - with four winners from qualifiers to be held on July 3-4 joined by four players from a Qualifiers Order of Merit.

The Shanghai Darts Masters will see the eight PDC stars up against eight regional competitors, with the top three players from the PDC Asian Tour, following Event Six, joined by five Chinese qualifiers.

August's three events will see Van Gerwen, Wright, Cross and Anderson joined by Australian trio Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson - the reigning Auckland Darts Masters champion – and recent UK Open finalist Corey Cadby plus one other player.

A series of qualifying events will be held during July for players to win spots in the three events, to be held in Invercargill from July 2-8 and in Warilla from July 22-25.

The Auckland Darts Masters will feature the top two players from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus one player from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus four players from the Auckland Darts Masters, with one place to be confirmed.

The events in Melbourne and Brisbane will both feature the top two players from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, one player from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table and four qualifiers, with one place to be confirmed.

The World Series of Darts Finals will then see the top eight players from the final World Series of Darts Order of Merit joined by 16 invited players and qualifiers to compete in Vienna.

Tickets for the German Darts Masters are available now through www.eventim.de, while tickets for the North American Championship and U.S. Darts Masters are available via www.axs.com.

Ticket information for other events will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets in due course.

2018 PDC World Series of Darts

German Darts Masters

When and where: May 25, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Jamie Lewis, Dimitri Van den Bergh.

German Representatives: Top two German players from PDC Order of Merit at April 30, plus top five players from German Superleague. One place TBC.

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U.S. Darts Masters (preceded by North American Championship)

When and where: July 5-7, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, America

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, plus two players TBC

North American Representatives: 8x Qualifiers for North American Championship; 4x winners of qualifiers on July 3-4 plus four players from Qualifiers' Order of Merit.

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Shanghai Darts Masters

When and where: July 13-14, Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, China

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, plus two players TBC

Asian Representatives: Top three players from PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit following Event Six plus five Chinese Qualifiers.

Auckland Darts Masters

When and where: August 3-5, Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC

Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

Melbourne Darts Masters

When and where: August 10-12, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC

Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

Brisbane Darts Masters

When and where: August 17-19, BCEC, Brisbane, Australia

Competing Players

PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby plus one player TBC

Oceanic Representatives: Top two players from DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, top player from DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, four Qualifiers plus one place TBC

World Series of Darts Finals

When and where: November 2-4, Multiversum Schwechat, Vienna, Austria

Competing Players

Top eight players from World Series of Darts Order of Merit

Top four players from PDC Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

Between four and eight invited players at discretion of PDC Board of Directors.

Between four and eight Qualifiers.

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