While some people write darts off as a silly pub game, the winner of the PDC World Championship 2022 will have more than enough in their wallet to get the drinks in.
Yep, the arrows is a lucrative sport these days, with the festive revelry of the near three weeks of action at Ally Pally being a highlight on the Christmas calendar.
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Defending champion Gerwyn Price is among the 96 hopefuls descending on the iconic north London venue for their shot at darting immortality and, most importantly, the chance to become considerably richer.
PDC World Darts Championship 2022 Prize Money
A total purse worth a tasty £2.5m is set to be distributed by PDC bigwigs over the coming weeks – and the winner will head home from Ally Pally with a cool £500,000, hopefully in novelty cheque form.
It’s a decent pay day for the first-round losers as they’ll earn £7,500 for their troubles, while a spot in the second round is worth double.
Round Four: £35,000
Round Three: £25,000
Round Two: £15,000
Round One: £7,500
The 32 highest-ranked players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit that have not already qualified and 32 international qualifiers are involved in the first round, before the leading 32 on the Order of Merit join the fun in round two.
Matches in the first and second round are the best-of-five sets, although there are no tie-breaks in the opening stage of the tournament. The number of sets gradually increases throughout the tournament until a best-of-13 blowout in the showpiece.
Round One: Best-of-five sets (no tie-break)
Round Two: Best-of-five sets
Round Three & Four: Best-of-seven sets
Quarter-Finals: Best-of-nine sets
Semi-Finals: Best-of-11 sets
Final: Best-of-13 sets
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