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Article: Race to the World Championships

Race to the World Championships

With the nights drawing in and the days getting chillier, it’s time to buy a round in and watch the greatest darts players in the world compete to win the top prizes of the season. With the Grand Slam out of the way, the attention of the darts community now turns on the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships at the Alexandra Palace in London, which takes place between December 13th and New Year’s Day – no festive hangovers for the players who do well enough to qualify.

To make it to the Alexandra Palace, players need to rank in the top 32 of the ProTour Order of Merit. To climb the rankings and bag a spot on the roster, players currently lying outside the top 32 will need to put in strong performances at one of the two remaining £50,000 Players Championship events taking place at the Barnsley Metrodome in the coming weeks.

At the moment, Jamie Lewis and Terry Jenkins continue to hang on to the 31st and 32nd spots, but they’ll have to fight to hold their positions and qualify for the championships – the talented Darren Webster and Ronny Huybrechts both lie within just over £1,000 winnings of the pair, with Webster just £100 behind Jenkins. There really is everything to play for!

The runners and riders at the finals

With the championships commencing in just a few weeks time, now’s the time to get in your early bets on your favourites to do well in the competition. Phil Taylor goes into the contest as odds on (11/10) favourite to win the championship and further cement his astounding reputation as ‘the Tiger Woods of golf’. If you’re feeling the need for tastier odds, a number of bookies are offering Lewis at 9/2, whilst sites like have plenty of big payouts for the taking at far longer odds.

Catch the action on TV

You can follow the action at both the Cash Converters Players Finals in Maidenhead and the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships on TV and online. The Cash Converters Players finals will be aired by ITV Sport from 29th November – 1st December, whilst the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships will be aired by Sky Sports HD. Both are available to view at

It’s the most exciting time of the year to be a fan of professional darts. Prepare to have more than a bit of a laugh, place your bets, buy some beers in and alert the relatives that they won’t be seeing very much of you over the next few weeks!

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