The 2022 darts UK Open gets underway this week as the very best players in the world compete for the third major title of the year.
The Butlin’s Resort in Minehead will once again host the competition with James Wade returning to defend the title he won in 2021.
Over 100 players will take part from the UK, Europe and beyond with the tournament featuring the top ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit.
Here is everything you need to know about the event including who is taking part and how to watch it on TV:
When is the 2022 darts UK Open?
The 2022 darts UK Open gets underway on Friday, March 4 and the final will be played on Sunday, March 6.
The Butlin’s Resort in Minehead will once again host the event which was played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes last year.
What channel is 2022 darts UK Open on?
ITV4 will have live converge of the event all weekend and will be showing the biggest matches from the main stage.
Who is taking part at the darts UK Open?
A total of 128 Tour Card holders will be taking part and will be joined by the top four players from each of the 2021 UK & European Challenge & Development Tour Orders of Merit, and by the winners of 16 Amateur Qualification events.
The format of the competition is staggered, meaning the biggest names will not enter until later in the bracket with the 32 top ranked players entering in round five.
World number four Jame Wade is the defending champion, he beat Luke Humphries in the 2021 final and both players are back this year.
The likes of Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen will all also take part.
However, just because the big guns have a delayed start, does not mean their is a shortage of talent in the earlier stages.
Round three will see darts legend Raymond van Barneveld taking on Scottish up and comer Willie Borland - who hit a memorable nine dart finish at the 2022 World Darts Championship.
What is the prize money for the darts UK Open?
The UK Open has a total prize-fund of £450,000 with £100,000 of that going to the winner.
Competitors will have to make it to the latter stages of the competition before they see any significant sums coming their way with those eliminated in rounds one and two going home with nothing.
The prize-money break down for the UK Open is:
- Winner - £100,000
- Runner-up - £40,000
- Semi-finalists - £20,000
- Quarter-finalists - £12,500
- Last 16 - £7,500
- Last 32 - £4,000
- Last 64 - £2,000
- Last 96 - £1,000
UK Open darts outright odds
Current world number one Gerwyn Price is the pre-tournament favourite at a price of 4/1 which would be considered short odds in such a crowded field.
Peter Wright is second favourite at 6/1 while the in-form Jonny Clayton is 13/2 and Michael van Gerwen is 7/1.
Reigning champion James Wade starts at a whopping 40/1 while 2021 runner-up Luke Humphries is the same price.
*All odds correct at time of publication.
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