With just a one week of the 2023 Premier League Darts season completed, now is a great opportunity to take a look at this hugely popular tournament that takes place each Thursday from February until May.

It has already been something of a controversial tournament after the announcement of the players that would compete in this event, and moreover, the players that were overlooked for a place in the tournament.

However, eight stars are going head-to-head every week in venues across the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands all hoping to earn a place in the Finals which will take place at the 02 Arena in May.

Bet365 Sport offers a wealth of different bets on each of the games taking place in any given week and this exciting new format for the tournament, first introduced last year, means that there are plenty of great games to enjoy each evening.

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Let’s now take a look at the tournament in greater detail, together with how the Week One matches finished and who was the first weekly Champion of the tournament.

Premier League Darts 2023 – Overview

  • Structure

This year’s tournament will follow the new knockout format first introduced in the event last year. The eight players will play in four pre-drawn quarter final games with the winners moving on to two semi-finals and then the two semi-final winners battling it out in the final.

Each weekly winner will claim a bonus prize of £10,000 for their win on the night.

Points for the Premier League are awarded as follows:

  • Losing Quarter Finalists – 0 points
  • Losing Semi Finalists – 2 points
  • Runner Up – 3 points
  • Winner – 5 points

The players will compete over 16 nights of action and at the end of those 16 nights of action, the final Premier League Darts table will be complete.

The top four players in this table then move on to the Play-Offs on the 25th May at the 02 Arena, where they will play two best of 19 semifinals with the winners then battling it out in a best of 21 final to be crowned the new Premier League Champion of 2023.

  • Prize Money

A total of £1,000,000 is up for grabs in the Premier League this year, divided as follows:

  • Premier League 2023 Winner – £275,000
  • Runner Up – £125,000
  • Losing Semi Finalists (x2) – £85,000 each
  • 5th Place – £75,000
  • 6th Place – £70,000
  • 7th Place – £65,000
  • 8th Place – £60,000

In addition, each weekly winner of the Premier League tournament for that week will win an additional £10,000 to add to the total won above.

  • Venues
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Part of the great appeal of the Premier League of Darts is that the fixtures are taken on tour around England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany across the 17 weeks of action, with each week being hosted at a different venue as outlined below:

  • Week 1 – The SSE Arena, Belfast (2nd Feb)
  • Week 2 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (9th Feb)
  • Week 3 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow (16th Feb)
  • Week 4 – 3Arena, Dublin (23rd Feb)
  • Week 5 – Westpoint Arena, Exeter (2nd Mar)
  • Week 6 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (9th Mar)
  • Week 7 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham (16th Mar)
  • Week 8 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle (23rd Mar)
  • Week 9 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (30th Mar)
  • Week 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham (6th Apr)
  • Week 11 – Brighton Centre, Brighton (13th Apr)
  • Week 12 – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam (20th Apr)
  • Week 13 – First Direct Arena, Leeds (27th Apr)
  • Week 14 – AO Arena, Manchester (4th May)
  • Week 15 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield (11th May)
  • Week 16 – P&J Live, Aberdeen (18th May)
  • Playoffs – The 02 Arena, London (25th May)

The first 16 weeks will see all 8 players in action in the tournament, but the Playoffs will see just the top four from the Premier League table compete to become the Champion.

  • Competitors

As always, the selection process for the Premier League of Darts was a very competitive one and there were always going to be players disappointed at missing out, while others may be surprised that they were selected to participate.

The top four players in the PDC Order of Merit – Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwen Price all qualified through their rankings, meaning the selection panel had four vacancies to fill in the tournament.

In the end, the selectors went with the 2021 winner of this event, Welshman Jonny Clayton, the runner up in 2020 Nathan Aspinall, Belgian star Dimitri Van den Bergh and the newly-crowned Masters Champion, Chris Dobey.

Dobey’s inclusion was perhaps the most contentious, with him only ranking 21st on the PDC Order of Merit by the start of January 2023.

This meant that players such as Luke Humphries (5th), Rob Cross (6th), Danny Noppert (8th), James Wade (10th) and last year’s beaten finalist Joe Cullen (12th) all missed out.

2023 Premier League of Darts – Week One – Belfast


The first week of action took place in Belfast last Thursday and saw the following results:

  • Quarterfinals
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Jonny Clayton
  • Michael Smith 3-6 Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright 3-6 Chris Dobey
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Gerwyn Price
  • Semifinals
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-6 Michael van Gerwen
  • Chris Dobey 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
  • Final
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Chris Dobey

The opening night of action in the Premier League saw a number of players, whose inclusion was questioned, show precisely why they were selected to play in the event as three of the four picked up points on the opening week of action.

In fact, the lowest ranked player on the Order of Merit, Chris Dobey, continued his great form by winning the first night of the tournament by beating Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in a final leg showdown.

  • Night’s Total Average – 97.88
  • Highest Checkout – 170 by Chris Dobey
  • Most 180s in one match – 6 by Chris Dobey
  • Number of 180s on the night – 38

The results from Week 1 leave the current table looking like this:

  • Premier League of Darts Standings After Week 1

Table shows points won and total legs won and lost.

  1. Chris Dobey – 5pts (18-12)
  2. Michael van Gerwen – 3pts (17-13)
  3. Dmitri Van den Bergh – 2pts (10-8)
  4. Nathan Aspinall – 2pts (10-10)
  5. Gerwyn Price – 0pts (4-6)
  6. Peter Wright – 0pts (3-6)
  7. Michael Smith – 0pts (3-6)
  8. Jonny Clayton – 0pts (2-6)

Premier League Week 2 Preview

This week the action moves on to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales and the eight players have been paired in the following Quarter Final ties for the opening round of action.

Week 2 Matches & Tips

The odds for each player to win are courtesy of bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.

  • Michael Smith (8/15) v Jonny Clayton (6/4)

The current World Champion has had his struggles in this event in the past and he got off to a losing start last week when beaten by Michael van Gerwen in the opening round. Jonny Clayton also got off to a losing start when defeated by Dmitri van den Bergh in his opening game. I expect both to play better here but I think Smith will likely pick up his first win of the 2023 event here.

  • Nathan Aspinall (11/8) v Peter Wright (4/7)

I don’t think there is a player whose form can be so up and down in this event than Peter Wright. More than capable of winning the whole tournament, Wright can rattle off a string of wins in no time at all, but equally has also suffered a run of early defeats in his time. Aspinall is perhaps more consistent and I think that may be the key here as I am backing Aspinall to land the first shock of the night with a win here.

  • Gerwyn Price (8/15) v Chris Dobey (6/4)

Gerwyn Price hasn’t shown a great deal of enjoyment when participating in this tournament over the years and he began with a defeat last week, while Chris Dobey followed up his Masters win with a win in the first week of the tournament to claim the maximum 5 points and a £10,000 prize. Dobey’s form is great at the moment and if he is ever going to beat Price, then now is the time. I am backing Dobey to land the win here.

Michael van Gerwen (3/10) v Dimitri Van den Bergh (5/2)

Michael van Gerwen almost won last week’s event, just losing out in the final to Chris Dobey. On his way to that win, he defeated Dimitri Van den Bergh in the semifinal and the Belgian won’t be too pleased to have to face the in-form Dutchman once again here. I think Van Gerwen lands this one too, but it will be a close one I feel.

Week 2 Overall Winner?

This will be a close one, but I am backing Michael van Gerwen to land the win that eluded him last week.

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