World Matchplay Darts
BetVictor World Matchplay returns to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens this July. Running from 16 to 24, tickets are now on sale.
PDC Darts - 2016 BetVictor World Matchplay
Updated: 25 February 2016
The BetVictor World Matchplay returns to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in July with the first round taking place on 16 July 2016. The BetVictor World Matchplay tournament culminates with the semi-finals on Saturday 23 July and the final on Sunday 24 July.
About Betvictor World Matchplay Darts
BetVictor World Matchplay is a darts tournament, played in a legs format, and is run by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The tournament is sponsored by the betting company, BetVictor.
BetVictor World Matchplay has been played yearly since 1994 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The first ever winner was Larry Butler, who beat Dennis Priestley 16-12. Phil Taylor was the reigning champ for a record-breaking 7 years. This was until Michael Van Gerwen won the title in 2015.
It is regarded as the second biggest PDC Tournament. The difference between this and other darts tournaments is that there is no deciding leg - players must win by two clear legs. The first round is usually played over the first to 10 legs but if the score reaches 9-9, play continues until either player gains a 2 leg lead.