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How does The Masters work in darts? Everything you need to know

Who takes part? What is the format? When and where are the matches played? Is it on television? Our tournament guide explains all.

18 Jan | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
How does The Masters work in darts? Everything you need to know

What is The Masters in darts?

The Masters is an annual PDC tournament that was founded in 2013. It is not one of the seven ranked majors, but is one of six non-ranking television tournaments.

When does The Masters start?

The Masters was originally played in November, but now takes place between late January and early February.

Where is The Masters played?

The tournament is played at Arena MK, also known as the Marshall Arena, which is located alongside Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

Who’s in The Masters?

The tournament only includes the top 16 players in the world according to the PDC Order of Merit, which is calculated on prize money won during the previous two seasons.

What is The Masters format?

The 16 players face off in a fixed draw according to their ranking, with 1 playing 16, 2 playing 15, and so on. The first round and quarter-finals are best of 19 legs, with the semis and final best of 21.

Where can I watch The Masters on television?

The tournament is broadcast live on ITV4.

How much is The Masters prize money?

The overall prize pool is £200,000, with £60,000 going to the winner and £25,000 to the runner-up.

Who won The Masters in 2020?

Peter Wright is the reigning champion after lifting the trophy in 2020.

Michael van Gerwen is the Masters’ most successful player having won five in a row between 2015 and 2019.

Phil Taylor won the inaugural tournament in 2013, while James Wade won it in 2014.

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