2023 Betfred World Matchplay draw in full.

Defending Betfred World Matchplay champion Michael van Gerwen will take on Brendan Dolan in round one of the 2023 tournament.

Van Gerwen’s match against Dolan is expected to be part of the opening night at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool, as is tradition.

Elsewhere, standout ties of the first round include:

  • Pre-tournament favourite Michael Smith facing off against Steve Beaton
  • 2018 victor Gary Anderson a non-seed this year with face Dave Chisnall
  • Masters winner Chris Dobey will play Damon James Wade
  • Peter Wright who is defending winners’ money from two years ago will face UK Open champion Andrew Gilding


2023 Betfred World Matchplay draw in full
2023 Betfred World Matchplay draw in full (PDC)

2023 Betfred World Matchplay Draw

Betfred World Matchplay draw in full and the sections of the draw.

Section One

(1) Michael Smith v Steve Beaton

(16) James Wade v Chris Dobey

(8) Danny Noppert v Martin Schindler

(9) Nathan Aspinall v Krzysztof Ratajski

Section Two

(4) Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting

(13) Joe Cullen v Mike De Decker

(5) Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney

(12) Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson

Section Three

(2) Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding

(15) Ryan Searle v Raymond van Barneveled

(7) Jonny Clayton  v Gabriel Clemens

(10) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ross Smith

Section Four

(3) Michael van Gerwen v Brendan Dolan

(14) Damon Heta v Josh Rock

(6) Luke Humphries v Jose De Sousa

(11) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Kim Huybrechts


How does the draw work?

The draw for the 2023 Betfred World Matchplay sees the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit qualify automatically. They make up the 16 seeds for the event.

The top 16 players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit, who are not already on the main Order of Merit, also qualify for round one. They are unseeded, meaning they can play any seed in the first round.

Whoever wins their round one game moves on to round two, where 16 players remain. If all the seeds qualify, then it would be 1 v 16, 2 v 15, and so on. If a non-seeded player beats a seeded player in round one, they effectively take their seed for the remainder of the draw.

The semi-finals will be the winner of section one v the 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 2023 Betfred World Matchplay Champion.

What’s the format?

Round One – First to 10 legs

Round Two – First to 11 legs

Quarter-Finals – First to 16 legs

Semi-Finals – First to 17 legs

Final – First to 18 legs

All games must be won by two clear legs. A game can be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie break leg is needed.

For example, in a first to 10 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12–12 then the 25th leg will be the deciding one.

What’s the schedule?

2023 Betfred World MatchplaySchedule of Play

Saturday July 15 (1900 BST)

4x First Round

Sunday July 16Afternoon Session (1300 BST)

4x First Round

Evening Session (1930 BST)

4x First Round

Monday July 17 (1900 BST)

4x First Round

Tuesday July 18 (1900 BST)

4x Second Round

Wednesday July 19 (1900 BST)

4x Second Round

Thursday July 20 (2000 BST)

2x Quarter-Finals

Friday July 21 (2000 BST)

2x Quarter-Finals

Saturday July 22 (2000 BST)

2x Semi-Finals

Sunday July 23Afternoon Session (1300 BST)

Women’s World Matchplay

Evening Session (2000 BST)


What’s the prize money?

There is an increase in prize money this year, up to £800,000. It’s broken down like this:

Winner – £200,000

Runner Up – £100,000

Semi Finals – £50,000

Quarter Finals – £30,000

Second Round – £15,000

First Round – £10,000

Can I still get tickets?

Yes. There are still limited tickets available for the 2023 Betfred World Matchplay.

Visit the PDC website to find out more.