How to Watch PDC World Darts Championship in U.S.: Live Stream, Schedule and Latest Odds

Michael Van Gerwen is once again the man to beat at the PDC World Darts Championship as he looks to defend the title he won 12 months ago.

The Dutchman made it three world titles in six years at the Alexandra Palace in London a year ago and will be looking to become the first man to win the PDC World Darts Championship back-to-back since Gary Anderson achieved the feat in 2016.

While Van Gerwen arrives at darts' most glamorous event as the favorite, the tournament represents the final act of a glittering career for fellow Dutchman Raymond Van Barneveld.

The winner of the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship and one of the most popular player on the circuit, the 52-year-old announced his retirement with immediate effect after losing 7-1 to Van Gerwen in his final Premier League match in March, before reversing his decision and agreeing to take part in the World Championship for the final time.

World No. 3 Gerwyn Price and 2018 winner Rob Cross are among the players to watch in London, while Danny Baggish and Darin Young will flag the American flag over the next two weeks.

Here's everything you need to know.

When and where is the tournament?

The 27th edition of the PDC World Darts Championship begins on Friday, December 13 and with the final scheduled for January 1, 2020.

As has been the case since 2008, the tournament takes place at the Alexandra Palace in London, England.

How to watch the tournament

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the PDC World Darts Championship either via DAZN or via PDC TV.

Both services require a subscription and a one-month subscription to DAZN costs $19.99, while an annual pass—which gives viewers access to all of the platform's live events—comes in at $99.99.

Live stream will be available via DAZN's website as well as via the DAZN app on Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3.

A live stream will also be available via livepdc.tv.

How does the PDC World Darts Championship work?

Ninety-six players take part in the tournament, with the top 32-ranked players in the world earning a first-round bye.

The 32 highest-ranked players on the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit—who have not gained automatic qualification to the second round—will take on 32 qualifiers in the first round.

The qualifiers include two women—Ireland's Fallon Sherlock and Japan's Mikuru Suzuki—and the only two Americans in the tournament—Danny Baggish and Darin Young.

From the first round onward, the tournament follows a straight knockout format, with the matches being best of five sets in the first two rounds, best of seven sets in the third and fourth round and best of nine sets in the quarterfinals.

The two semifinals are played on a best-of-11 sets basis, while the final follows a best-of-13 sets format.

Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, PDC
Nathan Aspinall, Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Glen Durrant pose with the William Hill World Darts Championship Trophy during a Media Opportunity for the William Hill World Darts Championship on November 25 in London, England. Alex Davidson/Getty

Are there any American darts players in the tournament?

Yes. As mentioned above, Danny Baggish and "Big Daddy" Darin Young will flag the American flag in London.

Baggish earned a ticket to the PDC World Darts Championship this year after triumphing in the North American Darts Championship in July.

Young, meanwhile, makes his 10th appearance at the PDC World Championship and the first since 2016. A former winner of the North American Darts Championship, in his 10 appearances in London, the 46-year-old Pennsylvania native reached the second round only once, in 2010.

Schedule

The first round begins at 7 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) on Friday, with defending world champion Michael Van Gerwen in action later in the day in the first second-round game.

First round

  • Jelle Klaasen (Holland) vs. Kevin Burness (Northern Ireland)
  • Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) vs. Geert Nentjes (Holland)
  • Luke Humphries (England) vs. Devon Petersen (South Africa)

Second round

  • Michael van Gerwen (Holland) vs. Jelle Klaasen/Kevin Burness

Odds

According to BetOnline, defending world champion and reigning world No. 1 Michael Van Gerwen is the favorite to win the tournament for the fourth time.

The Dutchman is a 5/4 favorite to lift the trophy on New Year's Day, followed by Gerwyn Price at 9/2 and Peter Wright at 12/1.

The current world No. 3, Price won the PDC Grand Slam this year and has finished runner-up in the European Championship and in the Players Championship Finals, while reaching the semifinal of the Champions League.

Wright, meanwhile, finished runner-up in the Grand Slam and the Champions League and enters the tournament as the current world No. 7.

Behind the trio, 2018 PDC World Champion Rob Cross and two-time world champion Gary Anderson are 16/1 and 18/1 outsiders respectively.