Not many sports have managed to find a way around the coronavirus crisis, but Barry Hearn and the PDC look like they’ve hit the bullseye courtesy of the inaugural PDC Home Tour.
Granted, it’s not quite the Premier League, and while there won’t be 10,000 fans packed into Peter Wright’s living room, it does mean we can enjoy elite sport at a time when there’s not much live action going on at all.
Here’s what to expect over the next 32 nights of live Darts action and beyond…
What is the PDC Home Tour?
Hearn has always been an innovative character. So, it should be no real surprise that he’s come up with an imaginative format that will see elite players face-off against each other from their own homes.
All matches will be broadcast via a video call and filmed via a mobile phone or a tripod. These will then be streamed live to the whole world on the PDC’s own TV channel.
How does it work?
The PDC Home Tour will make use of a classic tournament format. There will be 32 groups comprising of four players each, with all four competitors in those groups facing off against each other in a nightly league format.
All of these group matches will be played over the best-of-nine legs, with the group winner from each night advancing through to round two of the competition.
And with 32 initial groups, that means there are 32 consecutive nights of live Darts to look forward to.
Who’s taking part?
There’s no shortage of big names getting involved in the action. All 128 PDC Tour Card holders have received an invite to take part in the event, with 2020 world champion Peter Wright the most high-profile participant.
Snakebite has already made his history once this year. Who would back against him doing it again? He’ll face an array of exciting challengers, though, including Dave Chisnall, Scott Waites and Lisa Ashton amongst others.
One name who won’t be getting involved is world number one Michael van Gerwen. The Green Machine declined an invitation to the tournament, which means Wright is the one they’re all looking to beat.
Where can I watch it?
Good question! If you weren’t paying attention earlier on, the PDC Home Tour is available to watch completely free to registered members on the PDC’s own TV channel, PDCTV.
All matches will be broadcast on the service, with each night’s action taking place at 19:30. Dan Dawson will be your guide through the action, while there’ll also be live score graphics on screen, so you won’t miss a beat.
Can I bet on it?
Our traders are pricing up the odds in advance of the action each day. There are four groups every night, which means we’ll have six match markets live on our Sportsbook complete with Correct Score betting and more.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication