The top four in the PDC rankings have automatic starting rights: they are World Champion Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwen Price, in that order.
Van den Bergh didn’t play well last season, but his semi-finals and previous World Cup matches, which propelled him to 11th in the world, were the deciding factor. He also won two world championships with the Nordic Masters and Ducht Masters. The fact that darts is very popular in our country also played its role.
The other lucky ones are Johnny Clayton (PDC-7), Nathan Aspinall (PDC-9) and Chris Dobie (PDC-21), who surprisingly won the Masters last weekend.
For Van den Berg, this is his second participation in the Premier League, in 2021 he narrowly missed out on the play-offs with a top 4.
The 16 match days are based on a knockout system. This Thursday, Belfast is the starting point, and the other host cities are Cardiff, Glasgow, Dublin, Exeter, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Rotterdam, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Aberdeen. The Final Four is located in London.
The prize pool is one million Egyptian pounds (1.14 million euros). The winner gets 275 thousand pounds (more than 310 thousand euros), and the eighth place is still good for 60 thousand pounds (68 thousand euros). In addition, there is a weekly prize for the winner of 10,000 pounds (more than 11,000 euros).
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