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TAB and Burger King bring the Storm of the PDC World Series of Darts to Auckland

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 29:  Peter Wright in action during the Auckland Darts Masters at The Trusts Arena on August 29, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

Photo: Michael Bradley/Getty Images

From its humble beginnings to the worldwide phenomenon that’s taken the sporting world by storm; the hotly contested Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Series of Darts event, the Auckland Darts Masters presented by TAB and Burger King is set to light up Auckland’s Trusts Arena from June 17-19.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural Auckland Darts Masters, fans are fired up and ready to see the world’s best take on our top Oceanic players in the intensive three day competition.

Two-time World Champion Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis is looking forward to returning to Auckland for this year’s tournament to defend his title, “Auckland was fantastic last year and the crowd was just as vocal as any you’d experience in the UK, Holland or Germany. In any new country or new tournament, you want your name on that trophy straight away and to do that was a brilliant achievement – and I’ll be back fighting to win it again this year.” 

The Auckland event follows on from last month’s Dubai Darts Masters, with further events to be held in Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Perth.  Heading back to defend his 2015 title, Lewis faces a tough battle as he’ll be taking on top international rivals including World Champion Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson, legendary 16-time World Champion Phil “The Power” Taylor and current world number one, “Mighty” Michael van Gerwen

Standout player Peter “Snakebite” Wright, and multiple major winner James “The Machine” Wade, as well as five-time World Champion Raymond “Barney” van Barneveld and the fast-emerging Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall are also set to be in action in Auckland. 

The eight Oceanic qualifiers include top kiwi players Warren Parry, Cody Harris and Rob Szabo, who will also get their chance to compete in Auckland as they rub shoulders with some of the biggest names to ever throw a dart. 

The Auckland Darts Masters presented by TAB and Burger King kicks off on Friday June 17 with the first round, as the eight PDC stars face off against the Oceanic qualifiers.   The quarter-finals take place on Saturday June 18 before the tournament concludes with the semi-finals and final on Sunday June 19 – which was held last year before a packed crowd at the Trusts Arena.

Tickets available now from Eventfinder.co.nz

R18 EVENT - for the safe enjoyment of everyone the venue has elected to make this an R18 event. 

EVENT BUSES – Bus sales stop midday the day prior to the event date. $17.50 will get you a return trip to the venue from the central city and back at the end of the night. You’ll be delivered to the front door of The Trusts Arena avoiding the frustration of finding a park or worrying about who’s driving home. All for $17.50 per person.

International players include

  • Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis
  • Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson
  • Phil “The Power” Taylor
  • “Mighty” Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter “Snakebite” Wright
  • James “The Machine” Wade
  • Raymond “Barney” van Barneveld
  • Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall

Coverage also available on Sky Sport 3 from Friday June 17:

DAY 1 – Friday 17 June, 7pm – SKY Sport 3

DAY 2 – Saturday 18 June, 7pm – SKY Sport 3

DAY 3 – Sunday 19 June, 7pm – SKY Sport 3

See the event video here:

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About the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

Established in 1992, the UK based Professional Darts Corporation is the leading promotional body in the sport, providing a £10 million professional circuit and staging the biggest tournaments in the sport, including the annual PDC World Darts Championship and the Premier League. The World Series of Darts was introduced in 2013 with events in Dubai and Sydney, and will see the six international tournaments staged during 2016 in Dubai, Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Perth followed by a season-ending World Series Finals in Scotland.  

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