World Matchplay Darts
PDC Darts - 2015 Betvictor PDC World Matchplay
Updated: 4 February 2015
The Betvictor World Matchplay returns to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in July with the first round of matches taking place on Saturday 18 July. The Betvictor World Matchplay tournament then culminates with the semi-finals on Saturday 25 and the final on Sunday 26 July.
About Betvictor World Matchplay Darts
The 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.
The 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 is the reigning champ and has been for a record-breaking 7 years.
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.
Last year the Betvictor World Matchplay celebrated its 20th anniversary. Phil Taylor lifted the trophy for the seventh year beating Michael van Gerwen.