PDC World Darts Championship 2020: Draw, schedule, betting odds, results & live Sky Sports TV coverage

The Alexandra Palace hosts the PDC World Darts Championship
The Alexandra Palace hosts the PDC World Darts Championship

The full draw, schedule, odds and results from the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship, which takes place at the Alexandrea Palace from December 13 to January 1.

The biggest event in darts is fast approaching, with three-time champion Michael van Gerwen favourite to defend the title he reclaimed by defeating Michael Smith 7-3 on New Year's Day.

Although an unsurprising winner lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy, it will be remembered as a tournament of shocks and this year's staging, again featuring 96 players, will no doubt throw up many more huge stories.

You can follow the drama at the Ally Pally unfold right here with the full draw, schedule, results and round-ps while we also have details of how players qualify, the Sky Bet odds, TV guide and a bumper history section including past winners and tournament statistics.

PDC World Darts Championship 2020: Draw & Tournament bracket

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PDC World Darts Championship 2019: Daily Schedule & Results

Friday December 13
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Saturday December 14
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Sunday December 15
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Monday December 16
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Tuesday December 17
Evening Session
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Wednesday December 18
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Thursday December 19
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Friday December 20
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Saturday December 21
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Second Round (Best of 5 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Four Matches

Sunday December 22
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Monday December 23
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Friday December 27
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Third Round (Best of 7 sets)
Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Saturday December 28
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Three Matches

Sunday December 29
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Two Matches

Evening Session (1900)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts

  • Two Matches

Monday December 30
Evening Session
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts
Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)

  • Two Matches

Wednesday January 1
Evening Session (2000)
TV Coverage: Sky Sports Darts
Final (Best of 13 sets)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

2020 World Championship: Sky Bet odds

A full odds section will appear here soon but in the time being, you can head to Sky Bet's darts page.

World Championship Darts: How to watch on television

Every throw of every session will be broadcast live on a dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel. As well as live coverage of every dart thrown there are highlights of great games of years gone by, memorable rivalries and our legends profiles.

World Darts Championship: Prize Fund

  • Winner: £500,000
  • Runner-Up: £200,000
  • Semi-Final: £100,000
  • Quarter-Final: £50,000
  • Fourth Round: £35,000
  • Third Round: £25,000
  • Second Round: £15,000
  • First Round: £7,500
  • TOTAL: £2,500,000

World Darts Championship: Format

  • Final: Best of 13 sets
  • Semi-Final: Best of 11 sets
  • Quarter-Final: Best of nine sets
  • Fourth Round: Best of seven sets
  • Third Round: Best of seven sets
  • Second Round: Best of five sets
  • First Round: Best of five sets

A tie-break would be in operation in all matches other than the Preliminary Round. Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

Are tickets still available for the World Darts Championships

Yes, there are! Click here to head to the PDC's official ticket information page for full details

World Darts Championship qualifying criteria

The world's top 32 from the PDC Order of Merit will automatically advance to round two, where they will meet the winners of matches involving the top 32 from the 2018 ProTour Order of Merit (who haven't already qualified by the main PDC Order of Merit) and 32 international qualifiers.

The latter group of 32 will again include two female players, who have the chance to qualify in a UK or a Rest of the World qualifier to book their places at Alexandra Palace.

Also among this 32 include the top four players from the 2018 PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit, the top two from the PDC Unicorn Development Tour, PDC Nordic & Baltic rankings and the Order of Merit winners from the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour and DartPlayers Australia and EuroAsian Darts Corporation circuits.

In addition, the top ranked American player and top-ranked Canadian player from the Championship Darts Corporation will join the 2018 North American Championship winner in earning a spot at Alexandra Palace.

The World Youth Championship and DPA Oceanic Masters will join knockout events to be held in China, Japan, India, Africa, New Zealand, South America, Germany, Ireland and four qualifiers across Europe ahead of November’s PDPA Qualifier, which is the last chance for professionals to secure one of two places in the World Championship.

The full list of qualifiers are:

  • Top 32 from PDC Order of Merit
  • Top 32 from ProTour Order of Merit (not already in the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit)
  • Plus 32 International Qualifiers:
  • Two PDPA Qualifiers
  • 2018 PDC Asian Tour Top Four
  • 2018 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion
  • 2018 PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit top two
  • 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit winner
  • PDC Nordic & Baltic Top Two
  • EADC Champion
  • Oceanic Masters Champion
  • DPA Order of Merit Winner
  • DPNZ Qualifier
  • German Superleague Champion
  • Central Europe Qualifier
  • South Europe Qualifier
  • West Europe Qualifier
  • East Europe Qualifier
  • PDC China Qualifier
  • Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Champion
  • North American Championship Winner
  • CDC Top Ranked American Player
  • CDC Top Ranked Canadian Player
  • PDJ Japanese Qualifier
  • African Qualifier
  • South American Qualifier
  • UK Ladies Qualifier
  • Rest of the World Ladies Qualifier
  • Indian Qualifier

PDC World Championship: History & Stats

The World Darts Championship is the highlight of the PDC calendar and takes place over Christmas and New Year at the Alexandra Palace in London.

Since it was first held at the Circus Tavern in 1994 following the much-publicised breakaway from the British Darts Organisation, only seven different players have lifted the world title thanks largely to darts legend Phil Taylor winning it no fewer than 14 times during his astonishing career. He also won the BDO version twice before the split to make it 16 times in total.

Dennis Priestley beat Phil Taylor 6-1 in the first final before The Power's era of dominance began with eight straight world championships before Canada's John Part famously defeated him 7-6 in a classic in 2003 - much to the bookmakers' relief!

Three more crowns followed for perennial odds-on favourite Taylor before Raymond van Barneveld triumphed 7-6 in another unforgettable final, while John Part's victory over Kirk Shepherd in 2008 was the first time the Stoke thrower failed to reach the final in the tournament's history.

It was also the year the event switched to the Alexandra Palace. A resurgent Taylor claimed back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010 before Adrian 'Jackpot' Lewis emerged on the world stage by beating Gary Anderson in the 2011 final before repeating the trick against Andy Hamilton 12 months later.

The Power reassured the doubters he could still win world titles by clinching his 14th crown against Michael van Gerwen, who bounced back to lift the trophy in 2014 with victory over Peter Wright. Mighty Mike was the hot bookies favourite to win again a year later but didn't even make the final as Gary Anderson held his nerve to sink Taylor 7-6 for his first world championship title before repeating the trick in 2016 when defeating Lewis.

Van Gerwen regained his status as world champion at the start of 2017 when defeating the Flying Scotsman but suffered one of the great all-time shocks in the follow year's semi-finals, at the hands of debutant Rob Cross.

Voltage went on to complete an incredible fairytale by defeating Phil Taylor in the Power's final match before retirement.

A popular market to bet on is whether there will be a nine-dart finish although the world championship had to wait until Raymond van Barneveld's effort in 2009 for its first. There have been eight since then, although four of those have been in vain during defeats, while Taylor has interestingly never hit one in this tournament.

PDC World Darts Championship Finals

Final scores in sets

  • 1994 - Dennis Priestley 6-1 Phil Taylor
  • 1995 - Phil Taylor 6-2 Rod Harrington
  • 1996 - Phil Taylor 6-4 Dennis Priestley
  • 1997 - Phil Taylor 6-3 Dennis Priestley
  • 1998 - Phil Taylor 6-0 Dennis Priestley
  • 1999 - Phil Taylor 6-2 Peter Manley
  • 2000 - Phil Taylor 7-3 Dennis Priestley
  • 2001 - Phil Taylor 7-0 John Part
  • 2002 - Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
  • 2003 - John Part 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2004 - Phil Taylor 7-6 Kevin Painter
  • 2005 - Phil Taylor 7-4 Mark Dudbridge
  • 2006 - Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
  • 2007 - Raymond van Barneveld 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2008 - John Part 7-2 Kirk Shepherd
  • 2009 - Phil Taylor 7-1 Raymond van Barneveld
  • 2010 - Phil Taylor 7-3 Simon Whitlock
  • 2011 - Adrian Lewis 7-5 Gary Anderson
  • 2012 - Adrian Lewis 7-3 Andy Hamilton
  • 2013 - Phil Taylor 7-4 Michael van Gerwen
  • 2014 - Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Peter Wright
  • 2015 - Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor
  • 2016 - Gary Anderson 7-5 Adrian Lewis
  • 2017 - Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson
  • 2018 - Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
  • 2018 - Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Michael Smith

PDC World Darts Championship Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor - 14
  • Michael van Gerwen - 3
  • John Part - 2
  • Adrian Lewis - 2
  • Gary Anderson - 2
  • Rob Cross - 1
  • Dennis Priestly - 1
  • Raymond van Barneveld - 1

PDC World Darts Championship Nine-Dart Finishes

  • Raymond van Barneveld - 2009 (QF win v Jelle Klaasen)
  • Raymond van Barneveld - 2010 (2nd Rd win v Brendan Dolan)
  • Adrian Lewis - 2011 (Final win v Gary Anderson)
  • Dean Winstanley - 2013 (2nd Rd loss v Vincent van der Voort)
  • Michael van Gerwen - 2013 (SF win v James Wade)
  • Terry Jenkins - 2014 (1st Rd loss v Per Laursen)
  • Kyle Anderson - 2014 (1st Rd loss v Ian White)
  • Adrian Lewis - 2015 (3rd Rd loss v Raymond van Barneveld)
  • Gary Anderson - 2016 (SF win v Jelle Klaasen)

Top 10 highest three-dart averages

There's been over 150 three-dart match averages of 100 or more since the PDC World Championship began while averages of over 105 are becoming more common than ever. Here, are the highest 10 three-dart averages achieved by a player in a single match:

  • 114.05 - Michael van Gerwen (2017 SF, 6-2 v Raymond van Barneveld)
  • 111.21 - Phil Taylor (2002 2nd rd, 6-1 v Shayne Burgess)
  • 110.94 - Phil Taylor (2009 final, 7-1 v van Barneveld)
  • 109.34 - Raymond van Barneveld (2017 SF, 2-6 v Michael van Gerwen)
  • 109.23 - Michael van Gerwen (2016 2nd rd, 4-0 v Darren Webster)
  • 109.00 - Phil Taylor (2007 2nd rd, 4-1 v Mick McGovern)
  • 108.80 - Phil Taylor (2009 QF, 5-0 v Co Stompe)
  • 108.65 - Michael van Gerwen (2018, 2nd rd, 4-0 v James Wilson)
  • 108.39 - Gary Anderson (2011, 3rd rd, 4-0 v Andy Smith)
  • 108.31 - Raymond van Barneveld (2013, 1st rd, 3-0 v Michael Smith)
  • 108.30 - Phil Taylor (2006 3rd rd, 4-0 v Andy Hamilton)

Five highest losing averages

  • 109.34 - Raymond van Barneveld (2017 SF, 2-6 v van Gerwen)
  • 106.09 - Jeffrey de Zwaan (2019 2nd Round, 1-3 v Rob Cross)
  • 106.07 - Cristo Reyes (2017 2nd rd, 2-4 v van Gerwen)
  • 105.78 - Michael van Gerwen (2016 3rd rd, 3-4 v van Barneveld)
  • 104.93 - Gary Anderson (2017 final, 3-7 v van Gerwen)
  • 104.63 - Dave Chisnall (2017 QF, 3-5 v Gary Anderson)

Players with the most 100+ averages

  • Phil Taylor - 56, highest 111.21 (2002)
  • Michael van Gerwen - 28, highest 114.05 (2017)
  • Gary Anderson - 20, highest 108.39 (2011)
  • Adrian Lewis - 15, highest 106.51 (2010)
  • Raymond van Barneveld - 13, highest 109.34 (2017)
  • Peter Wright - 10, highest 105.07 (2014)
  • Michael Smith - 7, highest 105.22 (2019, SF)
  • Rob Cross - 6, highest 107.67 (2018 Final)
  • Simon Whitlock - 6, highest 105.37 (2010)
  • Dave Chisnall - 3, highest 104.63 (2017)
  • Jelle Klaasen - 3, highest 102.54 (2016)
  • Jamie Lewis - 2, highest 107.27 (2018)
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh - 2, 104.45 (2019)
  • Terry Jenkins - 2, highest 102.64 (2012)
  • Andy Hamilton - 2, highest 102.04 (2011)
  • Daryl Gurney - 2, highest 100.51 (2018)
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan - 1, highest 106.09 (2019)
  • Cristo Reyes - 1, highest 106.07 (2017)
  • Darren Webster - 1, highest 104.64 (2017)
  • Richie Burnett - 1, highest 103.38 (2001)
  • Corey Cadby - 1, highest 102.48 (2017)
  • Co Stompe - 1, highest 102.42 (2010)
  • Stephen Bunting - 1, highest 102.34 (2015)
  • Benito van de Pas - 1, highest 102.30 (2017)
  • Mick McGowan - 1, highest 101.82 (2007)
  • Gerwyn Price - 1, highest 101.55 (2018)
  • Robert Thornton - 1, highest 101.49 (2015)
  • Dennis Priestley - 1, highest 101.48 (1996)
  • Vincent van der Voort - 1, highest 101.17 (2018)
  • Joe Cullen - 1, highest 100.88 (2017)
  • Chris Dobey - 1, highest 100.83 (2019)
  • Nathan Aspinall - 1, highest 100.53 (2019, SF)
  • Christian Kist - 1, highest 100.23 (2018)

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