Peter Wright will start the defence of his PDC World Darts Championship against either Mickey Mansell or Ben Robb.

The two time defending champion is expected to headline the opening night of Wednesday 15 December. The first round match between Mansell and Robb will be the opening match of the tournament, with the winner to face Snakebite later in the evening.

World number one Gerwyn Price will face the victor of the match between Luke Woodhouse / Vladyslav Omelchenko. Niels Zonneveld and Lewy Williams also square off in round one, with the winner to play three time World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Elsewhere, stand out ties of the first round include:

  • William O’Connor facing Beau Greaves with the winner facing Gabriel Clemens
  • Ricky Evans playing Fallon Sherrock. Joe Cullen will take on the winner in round two
  • Ryan Meikle squaring off against Lisa Ashton, with Raymond van Barneveld facing the victor
  • Rob Cross playing the winner of Scott Williams and Ryan Joyce
  • Josh Rock and Jose Justicia squaring off. The winner earns the right to play Callan Rydz


World Darts Championship
Peter Wright will be looking to win the PDC World Darts Championship for a third time. Credit: PDC

2022/23 PDC World Darts Championship Draw

Section One

(1) Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse / Vladyslav Omelchenko

(32) Raymond van Barneveld v Ryan Meikle / Lisa Ashton

(16) Ryan Searle v Adam Gawlas / Richie Burnett

(17) Jose de Sousa v Simon Whitlock / Christian Perez

(8) James Wade v Jim Williams / Sebastian Bialecki

(25) Gabriel Clemens v William O’ Connor / Beau Greaves

(9) Danny Noppert v Richie Edhouse / David Cameron

(24) Daryl Gurney v Alan Soutar / Mal Cumming

Section Two

(4) Michael Smith v Jermaine Wattimena / Nathan Rafferty

(29) Martin Schindler v Martin Lukeman / Nobuhiro Yamamoto

(13) Joe Cullen v Ricky Evans / Fallon Sherrock

(20) Damon Heta v Adrian Lewis / Daniel Larsson

(5) Luke Humphries v Keegan Brown / Florian Hempel

(28)Vincent van der Voort v Cameron Menzies / Diogo Portela

(12) Dave Chisnall v Andrew Gilding / Robert Owen

(21) Stephen Bunting v Geert Nentjes / Leonard Gates

Section Three

(2) Peter Wright v Mickey Mansell / Ben Robb

(31) Kim Huybrechts v Keane Barry / Grant Sampson

(15) Dimitri van den Bergh v Rowby-John Rodriguez / Lourence Illagan

(18) Krzysztof Ratajski v Danny Jansen / Paolo Nebrida

(7) Jonny Clayton v Steve Beaton / Danny Van Trijp

(26) Brendan Dolan v Jamie Hughes / Jimmy Hendriks

(10) Nathan Aspinall v Boris Krcmar / Toru Suzuki

(23) Callan Rydz v Josh Rock / Jose Justicia

Section Four

(3) Michael van Gerwen v Niels Zonneveld / Lewy Williams

(30) Mensur Suljovic v Mike De Decker / Jeff Smith

(14) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Karel Sedlacek / Raymond Smith

(19) Ross Smith v John O’Shea / Darius Labanauskas

(6) Rob Cross v Scott Williams / Ryan Joyce

(27) Mervyn King v Matt Campbell / Danny Baggish

(11) Gary Anderson v Madars Razma / Prakash Jiwa

(22) Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker / Xicheng Han

How does the World Darts Championship draw work?

The draw for the 2021/22 PDC World Darts Championship sees the top 32 players on the PDC Order of Merit qualify for round two automatically. They make up the 32 seeds for the event.

The top 32 players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit, who are not already on the main Order of Merit, qualify for round one, as do 32 international qualifiers. The Pro Tour players and the qualifiers play each other to take on a seed in round two.

The seeded player then faces the winner of a round one game. Whoever wins that moves onto round three, where 32 players remain. If all the seeds qualify, then it would be 1 v 32, 2 v 31, and so on.

The first semi final will be the winner of section one v winner of section two. The winners of sections three and four will play in the other semi final.

The two semi final winners will play in the final, with the victor being crowned the World Darts Champion.

What’s the schedule?

The schedule will be confirmed in due course.

What’s the prize money?

Once again, there will be £2.5 million in prize money up for grabs. Here’s how it’s broken down:

Winner – £500,000

Runner Up – £200,000

Semi Finals – £100,000

Quarter Finals – £50,000

Fourth Round – £35,000

Third Round – £25,000

Second Round – £15,000

First Round – £7,500