The 2017 Unibet Masters
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN will open his bid for a fourth successive Unibet Masters title against Kim Huybrechts in Milton Keynes, while Rob Cross begins his first tournament as World Champion against Ian White.
The world's top 16 players will compete in the Unibet Masters from January 26-28 at Arena MK in Milton Keynes, live on ITV4. World number one Van Gerwen has claimed the title for the past three years - defeating Gary Anderson in a brilliant final 12 months ago - and will be aiming to retain the trophy and claim the £60,000 top prize.
Top seed Van Gerwen will open his challenge against Belgium's Kim Huybrechts on Saturday January 27, as the top half of the draw take to the Arena MK stage. Anderson, the number four seed, will play Dutch ace Benito van de Pas, while World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney makes his Masters debut against Gerwyn Price and Simon Whitlock plays 2014 champion James Wade.
New World Champion Rob Cross makes his Masters debut in Friday's opening night as the number three seed plays Ian White in their first round tie. World number two Peter Wright takes on Alan Norris, Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic comes up against Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall plays 2015 finalist Raymond van Barneveld.
The tournament concludes on Sunday January 28, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session and the semi-finals and final in the evening session at Arena MK. Tickets for the 2018 Unibet Masters are available now, either online via SeeTickets or by calling 0844 871 8807.
2018 Unibet Masters
(1) Michael van Gerwen v (16) Kim Huybrechts
(8) Simon Whitlock v (9) James Wade
(5) Daryl Gurney v (12) Gerwyn Price
(4) Gary Anderson v (13) Benito van de Pas
(2) Peter Wright v (15) Alan Norris
(7) Dave Chisnall v (10) Raymond van Barneveld
(6) Mensur Suljovic v (11) Michael Smith
(3) Rob Cross v (14) Ian White
Schedule of Play
Friday January 26th (7pm)
First Round x4
Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith
Rob Cross v Ian White
Peter Wright v Alan Norris
Saturday January 27th (7pm)
First Round x4
Simon Whitlock v James Wade
Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson v Benito van de Pas
Michael van Gerwen v Kim Huybrechts
Sunday January 28th
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)
Peter Wright/Alan Norris v Dave Chisnall/Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic/Michael Smith v Rob Cross/Ian White
Daryl Gurney/Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson/Benito van de Pas
Michael van Gerwen/Kim Huybrechts v Simon Whitlock/James Wade
Evening Session (7pm)
First Round - Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals - Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals - Best of 21 legs
Final - Best of 21 legs
First Round Losers £5,000
- 2017 Michael van Gerwen (109.42) 11-7 Gary Anderson (103.58)
- 2016 Michael van Gerwen (98.94) 11-6 Dave Chisnall (96.71)
- 2015 Michael van Gerwen (112.49) 11-6 Raymond van Barneveld (96.13)
- 2014 James Wade (91.39) 11-10 Mervyn King (92.15)
- 2013 Phil Taylor (108.50) 10-1 Adrian Lewis (100.03)
Official PDC Hotel:
Double Tree by Hilton (On Site)
The PDC will inform all qualifiers of the official PDC rate and how to book.
Hotel Website: Click Here
Travel to the ArenaMK, MILTON KEYNES
ArenaMK, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
ArenaMK is Located in the heart of the UK:
Milton Keynes is the centre point between London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge. It is just 35 minutes by train from Central London. If you are visiting by car, its a ten minute drive from junction 14 or seven minutes from junction 13 on the M1.
Milton Keynes benefits from three railway stations, Milton Keynes Central (Main Line), Bletchley and Fenny Stratford; all just five minutes away by taxi.
The ArenaMK and the DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes are located within Stadium MK. Stadium MK is also the home to MK Dons FC.
Stadium MK has 1,600 car parking spaces. For some events overflow and park and ride facilities may also be available.
The car park now has rapid car charging stations to power your electric vehicle. The rapid charges we have onsite now extend the range of electric vehicles by recharging them less than 40 minutes.
London Luton is just 35 minutes away from ArenaMK, a taxi or lift only takes 45 minutes which is easiest route dependant on traffic, you can get a train from Luton Airport to Milton Keynes which run 3-4 times an hour in peak periods and takes 1 Hour 53 Minutes, due to 3 changes via London.
For your security and safety please use the PDPA official Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements, Katie French and Tina Tomlinson at Travel Counsellors are here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.