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Darts Stars Go Double-In In Dublin, for the BoyleSports World Grand Prix in darts.
The biggest names in darts make their annual visit to Dublin for this event, presenting a unique challenge as they chase the prestigious title.
Don’t be surprised to see groups in fancy-dress heading to Saggart on the Luas this October, preparing themselves for a night at sport’s greatest party when the BoyleSports World Grand Prix returns to the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre in Dublin.
Thousands from across Ireland join darts fans from around the world in making the annual pilgrimage each year, making the 32-player tournament one of the most popular on the circuit.
Whilst the stars of the sport – headlined by World Champion Michael van Gerwen, Derry’s Daryl Gurney and popular Scots Gary Anderson and Peter Wright – are battling for a £110,000 top prize, the tournament provides a thrilling night out for those attending.
From the razzamatazz of the walk-ons – as players are announced by MC John McDonald to their chosen tunes – to the personalised messages written on the “180 cards” held up by fans and the chance to dance along to the iconic “Chase The Sun”, a visit to the darts really is one to remember.
This year, hundreds of thousands of fans will have attended televised PDC events as far afield as Las Vegas, Australia and New Zealand as well as throughout the UK and Europe before their arrival at the Citywest Hotel on October 6.
However, the World Grand Prix itself has also become known as one of the most unpredictable events in the calendar, being played in the unique double-start format where a player has to begin and end every leg with a double.
For most of us, hitting one double in a leg would be a challenge, so seeing the top players in the sport under the pressure of needing to land two is an even greater challenge which can see the best in the game crumble.
Even the legendary Phil Taylor occasionally struggled to get past the first round, and Van Gerwen himself was knocked out in round one in 2017.
However, the Dutch megastar won his fourth World Grand Prix title last October – continuing his two-year cycle after also being victorious in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Whether he can break that pattern to win this year’s remains to be seen; Rob Cross won the recent World Matchplay, Nathan Aspinall was the UK Open champion and the World Cup was won by Scottish pair Anderson and Wright.
Whatever happens, you’re guaranteed drama, excitement and bags of entertainment from your night at “the arrers”!
The BoyleSports World Grand Prix will be held at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre from October 6-12.
For more information visit the BoyleSports World Grand Prix, courtesy of the PDC.
- PIC 1;LAWRENCE LUSTIG QUARTER FINAL DAVE CHISNALL V MICHAEL VAN GERWEN IN ACTION
- PIC 2; LAWRENCE LUSTIG PETER WRIGHT V MICHAEL VAN GERWEB HEAD TO HEAD
- PIC 3;LAWRENCE LUSTIG FINAL MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V PETER WRIGHT General view IN ACTION