Grand Slam of Darts 2018: Group draw, line-up, schedule, betting odds, results & live Sky Sports TV coverage details

Michael van Gerwen (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Michael van Gerwen (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The full group draw, schedule, results & odds from the Sky Sports-televised Grand Slam of Darts, which features players from both the PDC and BDO at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton from November 10-18.

We're now well into the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts, which all started with a field of 32 players (24 from the PDC and eight from the BDO) being split into eight groups of four in a round-robin phase.

Three-time defending champion and PDC world number one Michael van Gerwen is favourite to lift the trophy for the fourth year in a row but the likes of Gary Anderson and Mensur Suljovic are out to stop him.

Follow the event unfold with the draw, schedule and results, which will be updated with links to the daily reviews while we have details of the line-up, tournament format, TV details, Sky Bet odds, event history and prize money.

Grand Slam of Darts: Group standings

Group A

  1. Jonny Clayton P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +6 Pts 6
  2. (1) Michael van Gerwen P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff +7 Pts 4
  3. Gary Robson (BDO) P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -5 Pts 2
  4. Joe Murnan P 3 W 0 L 3 LegDiff -8 Pts 0

Group B

  1. (8) Michael Smith P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +8 Pts 6
  2. Krzysztof Ratajski P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff +5 Pts 4
  3. Raymond van Barneveld P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -6 Pts 2
  4. Adam Smith-Neale (BDO) P 3 W 0 L 3 LegDiff -7 Pts 0

Group C

  1. (5) James Wade P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +11 Pts 6
  2. Wesley Harms (BDO) P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff -2 Pts 4
  3. Keegan Brown P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -2 Pts 2
  4. Mark Webster P 3 W 0 L 3 LegDiff -7 Pts 0

Group D

  1. (4) Gary Anderson P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +11 Pts 6
  2. Michael Unterbuchner (BDO) P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff +2 Pts 4
  3. Ian White P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -2 Pts 2
  4. Steve Hine P 3 W 0 L 3 LegDiff -11 Pts 0

Group E

  1. (2) Peter Wright P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +5 Pts 6
  2. Josh Payne P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff 0 Pts 2
  3. Max Hopp P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -2 Pts 2
  4. Jim Williams (BDO) P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -3 Pts 2

Group F

  1. Gerwyn Price P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff +3 Pts 4
  2. (7) Simon Whitlock P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff 0 Pts 4
  3. Glen Durrant (BDO) P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff +2 Pts 2
  4. Andrew Gilding P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -5 Pts 2

Group G

  1. Stephen Bunting P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +8 Pts 6
  2. (6) Mensur Suljovic P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff 0 Pts 2
  3. Scott Mitchell (BDO) P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -3 Pts 2
  4. Martin Schindler P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -5 Pts 2

Group H

  1. (3) Rob Cross P 3 W 3 L 0 LegDiff +7 Pts 6
  2. Dimitri Van den Bergh P 3 W 2 L 1 LegDiff +5 Pts 4
  3. Mark McGeeney (BDO) P 3 W 1 L 2 LegDiff -5 Pts 2
  4. Ryan Searle P 3 W 0 L 3 LegDiff -7 Pts 0

Scoring System: Each competitor plays each other once in a best-of-nine legs match, with two points going to the winner. The top two from each group will then progress to the knockout stages. Any two-way points tie in any position, the player with best leg difference will finish higher. If two players are still level then the winner of the match between them will progress. There is the potential for a Nine-Dart Shoot-Out should three or more players be tied for points and leg difference. For more details see the format section further down.

Grand Slam of Darts: Daily Schedule & Results

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Saturday November 10
Afternoon Session (1pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

  • Max Hopp 5-3 Josh Payne (E)
  • Gerwyn Price 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)
  • Stephen Bunting 5-3 Martin Schindler (G)
  • Simon Whitlock 1-5 Glen Durrant (F)
  • Mensur Suljovic 5-2 Scott Mitchell (G)
  • Rob Cross 5-2 Mark McGeeney (H)
  • Peter Wright 5-4 Jim Williams (E)

Evening Session (8pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

  • Keegan Brown 5-4 Mark Webster (C)
  • Jonny Clayton 5-2 Joe Murnan (A)
  • Ian White 5-1 Steve Hine (D)
  • Michael Smith 5-3 Adam Smith-Neale (B)
  • James Wade 5-0 Wesley Harms (C)
  • Raymond van Barneveld 3-5 Krzysztof Ratajski (B)
  • Gary Anderson 5-2 Michael Unterbuchner (D)
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Gary Robson (A)

CLICK HERE FOR DAY ONE REVIEW & STATISTICS

Sunday November 11
Afternoon Session (1pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Groups E-H

  • Max Hopp 2-5 Peter Wright (E)
  • Josh Payne 5-2 Jim Williams (E)
  • Gerwyn Price 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
  • Simon Whitlock 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
  • Stephen Bunting 5-3 Mensur Suljovic (G)
  • Martin Schindler 1-5 Scott Mitchell (G)
  • Rob Cross 5-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh (H)
  • Mark McGeeney 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)

Evening Session (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Groups A-D

  • Michael van Gerwen 4-5 Jonny Clayton (A)
  • Joe Murnan 4-5 Gary Robson (A)
  • Michael Smith 5-4 Krzysztof Ratajski (B)
  • Adam Smith-Neale 4-5 Raymond van Barneveld (B)
  • Wesley Harms 5-3 Mark Webster (C)
  • James Wade 5-3 Keegan Brown (C)
  • Michael Unterbuchner 5-2 Steve Hine (D)
  • Gary Anderson 5-1 Ian White (D)

CLICK HERE FOR DAY TWO REVIEW & STATISTICS

Monday November 12 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Groups E-H

  • Rob Cross 5-2 Ryan Searle (H)
  • Andrew Gilding 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
  • Simon Whitlock 5-4 Gerwyn Price (F)
  • Mensur Suljovic 4-5 Martin Schindler (G)
  • Stephen Bunting 5-1 Scott Mitchell (G)
  • Max Hopp 4-5 Jim Williams (E)
  • Peter Wright 5-4 Josh Payne (E)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Mark McGeeney (H)

CLICK HERE FOR DAY THREE REVIEW & STATISTICS

Tuesday November 13 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

Groups A-D

  • James Wade 5-1 Mark Webster (C)
  • Gary Anderson 5-1 Steve Hine (D)
  • Ian White 3-5 Michael Unterbuchner (D)
  • Keegan Brown 4-5 Wesley Harms (C)
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-1 Joe Murnan (A)
  • Jonny Clayton 5-3 Gary Robson (A)
  • Krzysztof Ratajski 5-1 Adam Smith-Neale (B)
  • Michael Smith 5-0 Raymond van Barneveld (B)

CLICK HERE FOR DAY FOUR REVIEW & STATISTICS

Wednesday November 14 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Stephen Bunting 6-10 Dimitri Van den Bergh (VAN DEN BERGH HITS A NINE-DARTER)
  • Gerwyn Price 10-5 Josh Payne
  • Rob Cross 7-10 Mensur Suljovic
  • Peter Wright 6-10 Simon Whitlock

CLICK HERE FOR DAY FIVE REVIEW & STATISTICS

Thursday November 15 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Jonny Clayton 10-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • James Wade 6-10 Michael Unterbuchner
  • Gary Anderson 10-2 Wesley Harms
  • Michael Smith 8-10 Michael van Gerwen

CLICK HERE FOR DAY SIX REVIEW & STATISTICS

Friday November 16 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 9-16 Mensur Suljovic
  • Gerwyn Price 16-15 Simon Whitlock

CLICK HERE FOR DAY SEVEN REVIEW & STATISTICS

Saturday November 17 (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Quarter-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Gary Anderson v Michael Unterbuchner
  • Jonny Clayton v Michael van Gerwen

Sunday November 17
Afternoon Session (1pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Semi-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Mensur Suljovic v Price/Whitlock
  • Anderson/Unterbuchner v Clayton/MVG

Evening Session (7pm)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports
Final (Best of 31 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

What TV channel is the Grand Slam of Darts on?

Every session of the Grand Slam of Darts will be televised live on Sky Sports.

Grand Slam of Darts: Sky Bet odds

Michael van Gerwen is unsurprisingly favourite at 10/11 to win this tournament for the fourth year in a row - even though he hasn't had things all his way this season.

Gary Anderson, as usual, is next in the running at 5/1, while Peter Wright and Rob Cross come next in the betting at 9/1 and 14/1 respectively.

James Wade may attract punters at 20/1 considering he's won the last two televised titles.

Click here for more darts odds from Sky Bet

Grand Slam of Darts: Tournament format

Group Stage (Potentially complicated!!)

The 32 players are drawn into eight groups of four players during the round-robin stage, and they will play each other once. The opening games are decided by a draw, with the second set of matches seeing the two winners from the first games meeting each other, and the two losers also playing each other. The third set of matches will consist of the pairings which have not previously met.

Two points are awarded for a win and no points will be awarded for a loss. Each game is the best of nine legs.

The top two players in each group will progress to the knockout phase. Should there be a two-way points tie for first place in any group, then the player with the best leg difference will be deemed to have won the group. If both players have the same leg difference, then the player who won the group match between the two players will be deemed to have won the group.

Should Points, Leg Difference, Tournament Average and Legs Won Against Throw not be able to separate three players, then if one player has defeated both of the other two players then this player will be deemed to have finished higher, and the winner of the group match between the remaining two players will be the ‘second’ of the three. Should the three players have secured one win apiece against each other, then a Nine-Dart Shoot-Out will be played between the relevant players to determine final standings, with the highest aggregate score over nine darts being used to separate players.

In the event a “Nine-Dart Shoot-Out” finishes level between two or more players, those players who have tied on the most points will continue to throw three darts each in the same order until one player scores more points than the other player(s) with his three darts.

From the second round onwards, the tournament will be in a knockout format.

Knockout stage (far more simple!)

From the second round onwards, the tournament will be in a knockout format.

There will be no tie-break rule employed in any match.

Grand Slam of Darts: Invited players and qualifiers

PDC Representatives (invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players) 

  • 2017/18 PDC World Champion; ROB CROSS - 1
  • 2017 Grand Slam Champion; MICHAEL VAN GERWEN - 2 
  • 2018 Premier League Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
  • 2018 World Matchplay Champion; GARY ANDERSON - 3
  • 2018 World Grand Prix Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
  • 2017 World Youth Champion; DIMITRI VAN DEN BERGH - 4
  • 2018 Masters Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
  • 2018 UK Open Champion; (Gary Anderson)
  • 2018 European Champion; JAMES WADE - 5
  • 2017 Players Champion; (Michael van Gerwen)
  • 2018 Champions League Champion; (Gary Anderson)
  • 2018 World Series of Darts Finals Champion; 
  • 2018 World Cup winners; (Michael van Gerwen) & RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD - 6
  • 2017/18 PDC World Championship runner-up; (Phil Taylor)
  • 2017 Grand Slam runner-up; PETER WRIGHT - 7
  • 2018 Premier League runner-up; MICHAEL SMITH - 8
  • 2018 World Matchplay runner-up; MENSUR SULJOVIC - 9
  • 2018 World Grand Prix runner-up; (Peter Wright)
  • 2017 World Youth Championship runner-up; JOSH PAYNE - 10
  • 2018 Masters runner-up; (Raymond van Barneveld)
  • 2018 UK Open runner-up; (COREY CADBY - withdrawn)
  • 2018 European Championship runner-up; SIMON WHITLOCK - 11
  • 2017 Players Championship runner-up; JONNY CLAYTON - 12
  • 2018 Champions League runner-up; (Peter Wright)
  • 2018 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up; 
  • 2018 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) (Peter Wright & Gary Anderson) 
  • This list can produce a maximum of 28 players. If it produces more than 16 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically.
    If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:
    2018 European Tour winners: GERWYN PRICE - 13IAN WHITE - 14MAX HOPP - 15
  • 2018 Players Championship winners: KRZYSZTOF RATAJSKI - 16, MERVYN KING, JEFFREY DE ZWAAN, DANNY NOPPERT, MICKEY MANSELL, NATHAN ASPINALL
  • 2018 UK Open Qualifier winners (No non-qualified players)
  • PDC QUALYING EVENT: MARTIN SCHINDLER, STEPHEN BUNTING, ANDREW GILDING, STEVE HINE, MARK WEBSTER, JOE MURNAN, KEEGAN BROWN, RYAN SEARLE

BDO Representatives:

  • 2018 Lakeside Champion - GLEN DURRANT
  • 2018 Lakeside Championship runner-up - MARK MCGEENEY
  • 2018 World Masters Champion - ADAM SMITH-NEALE
  • 2018 BDO World Trophy Champion – (Glen Durrant)
  • Plus top five players from BDO Rankings:
    JIM WILLIAMS
    WESLEY HARMS
    MICHAEL UNTERBUCHNER
    SCOTT MITCHELL
    GARY ROBSON

Grand Slam of Darts tickets information

For ticket information, and details of car parking and shuttle buses, visit www.wolvescivic.co.uk or call 0870 320 7000.

Grand Slam of Darts: Prize money

  • Winner £110,000
  • Runner-Up £55,000
  • Semi-Finalists £28,500
  • Quarter-Finalists £16,000
  • Second Round Losers £10,000
  • Third in Group £5,000
  • Fourth in Group £3,000
  • Group Winner Bonus £2,500
  • Total: £450,000
  • Nine-Dart Finish Bonus: £25,000

Grand Slam of Darts: The History

The Grand Slam of Darts brings together the best players from the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and the British Darts Organisation (BDO) in a unique event which is now in its 11th year and has always been staged in Wolverhampton - although 2018 will be the first time the tournament switches from the Civic Hall to the Aldersley Leisure Village.

Phil Taylor won the first three finals against Andy Hamilton, Terry Jenkins and Scott Waites - averaging over 100 in each one - but he failed at the quarter-final stages to Steve Beaton in 2010.

That year, Waites bounced back from his 16-2 hammering at the hands of 12 months to become the first ever BDO player to win the event by coming from 8-0 down to defeat James Wade. No other BDO player has ever reached the final.

Taylor averaged over 109 in a 16-4 thrashing of Gary Anderson to reclaim the title in 2011 before Raymond van Barneveld edged a thrilling all-Dutch battle to beat Michael van Gerwen in 2012.

Two more titles for The Power followed in 2013 and 2014 to take his overall tally to six when he defeated Robert Thornton and Dave Chisnall but he would lose his first final in 2015 when Michael van Gerwen triumphed 16-13 in a high-quality showdown.

The Dutchman twice successfully defended his crown in 2016 and 2017 with victories over James Wade and Peter Wright respectively.

Grand Slam of Darts Finals

Grand Slam of Darts Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor - 6
  • Michael van Gerwen - 3
  • Scott Waites - 1
  • Raymond van Barneveld - 1

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