The pinnacle for any player is the World Darts Championship, bringing together the 64 best from across the globe. Dutch superstar Michael Van Gerwen is the man to beat after a victory in the Players Championship, beating Dave Chisnall 11-3.
It’s been said that Van Gerwen, better known as “Mighty Mike”, is throwing as good as anyone we have seen in the modern era, and along with the top players from across the world will compete for over $3 Million AUD in prizemoney, and you can enjoy the event on a standard or HD TV, or stream it live to an eligible mobile device with a Free trial.
Darts Championship Preview
The event is staged at Alexandra Palace, in London, England, from December 16, 2016, until January 3rd, 2017. This will be the 8th time that the tournament will be held at the London venue, and it was Van Gerwen who won the event last year, beating Adrian Lewis 11-6 in the final. Phil Taylor holds the record in the event, winning on three occasions, the best of those in 2013 when averaging 103.57.
Dutchman van Gerwen has been in such outstanding form in recent times, and will clearly go into this tournament as the favourite, winning 25 events throughout 2016, the most of any darts player under the PDC era. He was clinical in the Players Championship Final against Dave Chisnall, winning 11-3. He was in complete control of the contest, which was in stark contrast to his Semi Final against Darren Webster when trailing 6-0 early on. He is the man to beat and most experts agree.
The bloke to keep an eye on is the young Australian Corey Gadby, who looks destined to be a future World Champion. He won the Youth Championships and really could have easily been mistaken for a world class pro against the big boys. He gets his chance here against the best of the best and does have a handy draw in early proceedings for the tournament. He throws similar to Van Gerwen- Quick throwing with pace behind it and nails important triples and doubles at crucial stages.
When: December 16-January 3 (AEDT)
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
Live TV Times: See Schedule Below
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Live Australian TV Times: World Darts 2016-17
Day 12 Noon: Friday 30 Dec 12:00 am to 4:00 am (Fox Sports 2)
Mark Webster (25) v Daryl Gurney (24)
Dave Chisnall (7) v Jelle Klaasen (10)
James Wade (6) v Michael Smith (11)
Day 12 Eve: Friday 30 Dec 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Fox Sports 2)
Peter Wright (3) v Ian White (14)
Phil Taylor (4) v Kim Huybrechts (13)
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Darren Webster (17)
Day 13 Noon: Saturday 31 Dec 12:00 am to 4:00 am (Fox Sports 2)
2x Quarter-Finals TBA
Day 13 Eve: Saturday 31 Dec 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Fox Sports 2)
2x Quarter-Finals TBA
Day 14: Monday 2 January 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (Fox Sports 2)
2x Semi-Finals TBA
Day 15: Tuesday 3 January 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Fox Sports 2)
Final match TBA
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Exclusive to Foxtel, the World Darts Championship on Free to Air not available in Australia.
World Darts Replays
Darts Championship replays air later in the evening on the same day of the event, and are shown in two hour increments across Fox Sports 1, 2 or 3.
Free Trial: Watch World Darts Online
You won’t find this year’s Grand Slam of Darts on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports 1 will provide the most complete Live coverage of this much anticipated event, as well as shortened daily replays for those who find them more convenient.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s Free live TV trial, which will telecast this must see tournament and other popular sports online*, as well as offering live Darts World Championship streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within just minutes of getting started.