The 2020 William Hill World Darts Championship is the 27th time that the PDC is hosting a world championship. It will be held at the Alexandra Palace in London from December 13, 2019, to New Year’s day in 2020. The winner of the tournament will be awarded the Sid Waddell trophy in honor of the darts commentator who died in 2012.
It is one of two separate Darts World Championships annually with the other being the BDO World Darts Championship. The PDC World Darts Championship traces its roots to the WDC World Darts Championship which began in 1994 when the WDC split with the BDO. After the WBC settled with the PDC, it was renamed as the PDC World Darts Championship. For 2020, William Hill is sponsoring the event, hence it is named after the bet maker.
World #1 Michael Van Gerwen won the latest installment of this event after he beat Michael Smith 7-3 on New Year’s Day 2019. For 2020, Van Gerwen is the current dart betting favorite to win his second straight world championship.
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Michael Van Gerwen is the #1 ranked player in the Professional Darts Corporation rankings. The 30-year old Dutchman from Boxtel in the Netherlands is the defending PDC World Darts Champion. Van Gerwen’s victory on New Year’s Day 2019 was his third world championship win, putting him next to the legendary Phil Taylor on the All-time list. Taylor won 14 titles in 25 appearances. Van Gerwen also won his 5th consecutive Masters last February and Players Championship 1 & 3 to break Phil Taylor’s Pro Tour title record.
Gary Anderson is currently ranked #3 by the PDC. Known as the Flying Scotsman, the 48-year-old Anderson is a two-time winner of the PDC World Championship. Anderson won back to back in 2015 and 2016, defeating the great Phil Taylor for his first win. Anderson skipped the Masters and Premier League early in the season while dealing with back injuries. Anderson is coming off a win at the PDC World Cup of Darts last month.
Rob Cross is the current world #2 in the PDC rankings. The 28-year old from Kent, England won the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship eleven months after turning professional. After so-so performances in the 2019 PDC World Darts Championships and the 2019 Masters, Cross finished runner-up in both the 2019 UK Oken and the 2019 Premier Darts League, losing to Micheal Van Gerwen in the latter.
Michael Smith is the 6th ranked professional darts player in the world today. The 28-year old from Merseyside, England has never won the PDC World Darts Championship before
But he finished as runner-up to Michael Van Gerwen in the last edition of this tournament. It was Smith’s best finish in the competition as he had never made it out of the quarterfinals in his first seven tries. Smith was a semifinalist at the 2019 UK Open.
Peter Wright is ranked 5th in the world according to the PDC. Like Michael Smith above, Wright has never won the PDC Darts World Championship but he finished second to Michael Van Gerwen in 2014. Wright and Gary Anderson won 2019 World Cup of Darts last month.
2020 is still a long way to go and this is still a wide-open race. We’ve seen Michael Van Gerwen dominate darts in the last couple of years and he just broke Phil Taylor’s record for most PDC Pro Tour Tournaments with 75 as of June 2019. If there is such thing as an early favorite here, it should be Van Gerwen who is off to a great start to the year.
It’s also worth noting that Van Gerwen is the second most winningest player in the tournament with three victories in the PDC World Darts Championship. His three wins have come in the last six years so this is a tournament that he likes to play in. That said, if you want to make an early bet, then there is no reason why you won’t go with the top dog here. Prediction: Michael Van Gerwen