Who Wins This Years 2021 PDC World Darts Championship?
2020 has been a very interesting year for darts fans. We have seen some established stars struggle at various points of the year, but bounce back into form and pick up tournament wins and we have also seen the emergence of a number of new stars on the scene, who have picked up their first Major tournament wins of their careers over the course of the year.
All this means that heading into the PDC World Darts Championship 2021, which starts today at the Alexandra Palace (or “Ally Pally”) in London, we have one of the most open and exciting tournaments in prospect ahead of us.
A total of 96 players will compete, 64 in the first round, with the top 32 seeds given a bye through to the second in what is one of the largest fields in the tournament’s history. They will play through from 15th December to the 3rd January (with a short break from December 24th to 26th inclusive) to decide who will be crowned as the successor to current world champion Peter Wright, who won this event for the first time in January 2020.
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Interest in the PDC World Championship is truly global, so before we reveal our pick for the tournament, let’s learn a little more about how it is organised and structured.
PDC World Championship 20201 Tournament Organisation
The World Championship is the longest tournament in darts and stretches from the 15th December, through to the 3rd January, with games on each day apart from the 24th, 25th and 26th December. The first two rounds of the tournament will be completed from the 15th to the 23rd December inclusive, with the Third Round through to the final played from the 27th December through to the 3rd January.
As the tournament progresses, each match is played over a progressively longer format as outlined below:
- First & Second Rounds – Best of 5 Sets
- Third and Fourth Rounds – Best of 7 Sets
- Quarterfinals – Best of 9 Sets
- Semifinals – Best of 11 Sets
- Final – Best of 13 Sets
In total, there is £2,500,000 in prize money up for grabs for the players who will receive the following amounts depending on where they finish in the tournament. The number in brackets is the number of players that will receive the prize stated.
- 1st Round Losers (32) – £7,500 each
- 2nd Round Losers (32) – £15,000 each
- 3rd Round Losers (16) – £25,000 each
- 4th Round Losers (8)- £35,000 each
- Quarterfinal Losers (4)- £50,000 each
- Semi Final Losers (2)- £100,000 each
- Runner Up (1)- £200,000
- Winner (1)- £500,000
Starting from the 15th December, games in the First Round will be played concurrently in each session with one Second Round game. This is the case until the First Round matches are completed on Sunday 20th December, after which the remaining Second Round games will be played on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd December. After a Christmas break, the Third Round will begin on the 27th December and the tournament will then progress through to the final.
PDC First Round Draw
- Steve West (England) v Amit Gilitwala (India)
- Steve Beaton (England) v Diogo Portela (Brazil)
- Jeff Smith (Canada) v Keane Barry (Rep of Ireland)
- Ryan Joyce (England) v Karel Sedlacek (Czech Rep)
- Ross Smith (England) v David Evans (England)
- William O’Connor (Rep of Ireland) v Niels Zonneveld (Holland)
- Max Hopp (Germany) v Gordon Mathers (Australia)
- Callan Rydz (England) v James Bailey (Australia)
- Adam Hunt (England) v Lisa Ashton (England)
- Madars Razma (Latvia) v Toru Suzuki (Japan)
- Mike De Decker (Belgium) v Edward Foulkes (Japan)
- Ryan Murray (Scotland) v Lourence Ilagan (Phillippines)
- Luke Woodhouse (England) v Jamie Lewis (Wales)
- Ron Meulenkamp (Holland) v Boris Krcmar (Croatia)
- Ryan Searle (England) v Danny Lauby (USA)
- Mickey Mansell (England) v Haupai Puha (New Zealand)
- Darius Labanauskas (Lithuania) v Chengan Liu (China)
- Wayne Jones (England) v Ciaran Teehan (Rep of Ireland)
- Dirk van Duijvenbode (Holland) v Bradley Brooks (England)
- John Henderson (Scotland) v Marko Kantele (Finland)
- Luke Humphries (England) v Paul Lim (Singapore)
- Steve Lennon (Rep of Ireland) v Daniel Larsson (Sweden)
- Scott Waites (England) v Matt Campbell (Canada)
- Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) v Di Zhuang (China)
- Andy Hamilton (England) v Nico Kurz (Germany)
- Andy Boulton (England) v Deta Hedman (England)
- Damon Heta (Australia) v Danny Baggish (USA)
- Derk Telnekes (Holland) v Nick Kenny (Wales)
- Jason Lowe (England) v Dmitriy Gorbunov (Russia)
- Maik Kuivenhoven (Holland) v Matthew Edgar (England)
- Martin Kleermaker (Holland) v Cameron Carolissen (South Africa)
- Keegan Brown (England) v Ryan Meikle (England)
The 32 winners from these ties will go on to face on of the 32 seeds outlined below, together with their odds to win the World Title.
PDC World Championship Top 32 Seeds & Their Betting Odds
- Michael van Gerwen (Holland) – 12/5 favourite
- Peter Wright (Scotland) – 6/1
- Gerwyn Price (Wales) – 5/1
- Michael Smith (England) – 12/1
- Rob Cross (England) – 55/1
- Nathan Aspinall (England) – 22/1
- James Wade (England) – 33/1
- Dave Chisnall (England) – 50/1
- Dmitri Van den Bergh (Belgium) – 18/1
- Ian White (England) – 80/1
- Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland) – 100/1
- Glen Durrant (England) – 33/1
- Gary Anderson (Scotland) – 33/1
- Jose de Sousa (Portugal) – 16/1
- Krzysztof Ratajski (Poland) – 40/1
- Joe Cullen (England) – 80/1
- Johnny Clayton (Wales) – 100/1
- Simon Whitlock (Australia) – 50/1
- Mervyn King (England) – 100/1
- Mensur Suljovic (Austria) – 80/1
- Adrian Lewis (England) – 125/1
- Chris Dobey (England) – 150/1
- Jeffrey de Zwaan (Holland) – 100/1
- Jermaine Wattamena (Holland) – 200/1
- Danny Noppert (Holland) – 200/1
- Stephen Bunting (England) – 300/1
- Vincent van der Voort (Holland) – 250/1
- Jamie Hughes (England) – 250/1
- Devon Petersen (South Africa) – 33/1
- Brendan Dolan (Northern Ireland) – 300/1
- Gabriel Clemens (Germany) – 100/1
- Ricky Evans (England) – 300/1
Who Should I Back to Win the Tournament?
2020 has been something of a watershed year for Darts, the likes of Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price and other established names have all won tournaments, but we have seen other names come to the fore to win big events such as Jose de Sousa and Dmitri van den Bergh. As such, I think this year’s tournament could be the most open and the potential for shock results a lot higher than in previous years.
For me, Dmitri van den Bergh is the man to back here at 18/1. The 26-year-old from Antwerp in Belgium, has won the World Matchplay in 2020 already, a tournament perhaps second only to this event, and he has a good record at the Alexandra Palace, reaching the quarterfinals in both 2018 and 2020. He is a two-time former PDC World Youth Champion (2017 and 2018) and I think has shown the qualities needed to become a world champion one day. At 18/1, he is well worth an each way bet.