Championship League Darts sees eight eight-player groups face off in a league format at Crondon Park GC in Essex, with the eight Group Winners then playing off for the £10,000 first prize and places in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts.
The tournament is streamed exclusively online through LIVEPDC.TV and a series of bookmakers’ websites.
Each day’s play sees the players face each other once over the best of 11 legs before the top four from the final league table progress to the Play-Offs, where they contest the semi-finals and final.
The champion progresses to the Winners Group, while the bottom two players in the league table are eliminated, with the next three players from the PDC Order of Merit then coming in for the next day’s group.Prize money is paid at £50 per leg on in the league phase, with £100 per leg won in the Play-Offs, with the prize money doubled for the big-money Winners Group on Thursday November 1, where a further £20,000 is paid out to the winner, runner-up and semi-finalists.
Places in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts are also on offer for the eventual winner and runner-up, with a total achievable prize fund in the event of over £200,000 making Championship League Darts one of the richest tournaments in the sport. The groups are based on rankings in the PDC Order of Merit as at September 17 2012, meaning that the world’s top eight players – including reigning champion Phil Taylor, 2010 winner James Wade and World Champion Adrian Lewis will contest in Group One on Tuesday September 25.
Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld has declined his invitation to compete, meaning that Kevin Painter joins Mark Webster and debutant Justin Pipe will be the three players who enter for Group Two.
Another debutant, Dave Chisnall, will come in for Group Three alongside Ronnie Baxter and Mark Walsh, with Paul Nicholson, Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King – a former finalist – entering in Group Four.
Andy Smith, Colin Lloyd and Robert Thornton will come in for Group Five, Wayne Jones, Jamie Caven and John Part enter in Group Six and two players will make their Championship League Darts debuts in Group Seven, with Michael van Gerwen and Brendan Dolan joining 2009 champion Colin Osborne in entering.
Richie Burnett, Denis Ovens and Peter Wright will then come in for Group Eight, which will be held on Wednesday October 31 to precede the Winners Group on November 1.2012 Championship League Darts September 25 Group One – Tuesday 1 Phil Taylor 2 Adrian Lewis 3 James Wade 4 Gary Anderson 5 Wes Newton 6 Andy Hamilton 7 Simon Whitlock 8 Terry Jenkins
September 26 Group Two – Wednesday 9 Mark Webster 11 Justin Pipe 12 Kevin Painter
September 27 Group Three – Thursday 13 Dave Chisnall 14 Ronnie Baxter 15 Mark Walsh
Tuesday October 16 Group Four – 16 Paul Nicholson 17 Vincent van der Voort 18 Mervyn King
Wednesday October 17 Group Five – 19 Andy Smith 20 Colin Lloyd 21 Robert Thornton
Thursday October 18 Group Six – 22 Wayne Jones 23 Jamie Caven 24 John Part
Tuesday October 30 Group Seven – 25 Colin Osborne 26 Michael van Gerwen 27 Brendan Dolan
Wednesday October 31 Group Eight – 28 Richie Burnett 29 Denis Ovens 30 Peter Wright
Thursday November 1 Winners Group - Featuring the eight Group Winners THE 2012 Championship League Darts will kick off on Tuesday September 25 as the world’s top eight players compete in Group One of the internet-streamed tournament.
The £200,000 tournament will see 29 stars of the PDC battling it out across eight days of play in a bid to win spots in the big-money Winners Group on November 1, with a £10,000 first prize and places in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on offer.
With the groups formed in ranking order, next Tuesday’s Group One will feature the world’s current top eight players, headed by reigning Championship League Darts winner Phil Taylor, 2010 champion James Wade and World Champion Adrian Lewis.
Gary Anderson – last year’s Group One winner – is also in the field, alongside Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton, Simon Whitlock and Terry Jenkins.
The players will face each other once in the round-robin league phase over the best of 11 legs, with prize money paid at £50 per leg won.
The top four players from the final league table will then progress to compete in the Play-Offs, where £100 per leg won is paid in the semi-finals and final, which are also played over the best of 11 legs.
|Time||Board One||Board Two|
|10.30am||Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis||Simon Whitlock v Terry Jenkins|
|Wes Newton v Andy Hamilton||James Wade v Gary Anderson|
|Terry Jenkins v Phil Taylor||Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock|
|Gary Anderson v Wes Newton||Andy Hamilton v James Wade|
|Terry Jenkins v James Wade||Phil Taylor v Andy Hamilton|
|Gary Anderson v Simon Whitlock||Adrian Lewis v Wes Newton|
|Not before 2.00pm||James Wade v Phil Taylor||Terry Jenkins v Andy Hamilton|
|Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson||Simon Whitlock v Wes Newton|
|Simon Whitlock v James Wade||Wes Newton v Phil Taylor|
|Andy Hamilton v Adrian Lewis||Gary Anderson v Terry Jenkins|
|Not before 4.15pm||Wes Newton v Terry Jenkins||Adrian Lewis v James Wade|
|Andy Hamilton v Simon Whitlock||Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson|
|Gary Anderson v Andy Hamilton||James Wade v Wes Newton|
|Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor||Terry Jenkins v Adrian Lewis|
|Not before 6.45pm||Semi-Final 1||Semi-Final 2|
|Not before 7.30pm||Final|
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