- What: PDC Cazoo World Darts Championship 2023
- Date: December 15, 2022 through January 3, 2023
- Location: Alexandra Palace in London, England
- How to Watch: DAZN
The 30th edition of the PDC World Darts Championship takes place between December 15, 2022, and January 3, 2023, at Alexandra Palace in London, England. The event, which streams on DAZN, has a total prize pool of £2,500,000. The winner takes home £500,000, while the runner-up pockets £200,000. Last year, Peter Wright won the event for the second time. The runner-up was Michael Smith. It was Smith’s second time finishing in that spot. Gerwyn Price, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals in 2022 and won the event in 2021, is the top seed in the 2023 PFC World Darts Championship.
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2023 PDC World Darts Championship picks
|To Win 2023 PDC World Championship|
|Michael Van Gerwen||+275||+275|
|Dimitri Van den Bergh||+2800||+2500|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode||+4000||+3300|
|Raymond van Barneveld||+8000||+8000|
|Jose de Sousa||+10000||+10000|
Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen has something to prove. He was the third seed in the 2022 PDC World Championship behind Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright, but he was forced to withdraw from the tournament after a positive COVID-19 test before the third round.
Van Gerwen is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the world. He is in second place on the PDC ProTour Order of Merit (rolling 12 months) with £135,250 and third on the PDC Order of Merit (past two years) at £900,750.
Van Gerwen has won three PDC ranking events in 2022: World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, and Players Championship Finals. He also has one non-ranking win, capturing the Premier League Darts title.
The 33-year-old is a three-time World Champion, winning that title in 2014, 2017 and 2019.
The 37-year-old Gerwyn Price enters this year’s event as the No. 1 seeded player. He has one previous victory at the World Championship. That win came in 2021. In 2022, Price was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Price is the No. 1 ranked player in the world. He is in the No. 11 position in the PDC ProTour Order of Merit with £89,250, but he is in the top spot in the PDC Order of Merit at £1,176,750.
Price made one PDC ranking tournament final at the World Matchplay event, but he finished as runner-up to Van Gerwen in that event. He has one 2022 non-ranking event win, capturing first place at the World Series of Darts Finals.
With previous wins in 2020 and 2022, the 52-year-old Peter Wright looks to win his third World Championship in London in 2023.
Wright is the No. 5 player in the PDC ProTour Order of Merit with £115,250. As for the PDC Order of Merit, Wright is No. 2 there with winnings of £1,144,500.
Following his win at the 2022 PDC World Championship, Wright did not have the best year of his career. His best tournament finish came at the World Grand Prix, where he made it to the semi-final round, where eventual winner Van Gerwen eliminated him.
Michael Smith has one ranking tournament win in 2022. He captured the Grand Slam of Darts championship. Besides that, Smith has finished as the runner-up at the UK Open and European Championship. He lost to Danny Noppert at the UK Open and fell to Ross Smith in the European Championship.
The 32-year-old Smith has never won a World Championship, but he has finished in second place in 2019 and 2022.
Smith is the No. 9 player in the PDC ProTour Order of Merit with winnings of £106,750. He is No. 4 in the PDC Order of Merit at £758,500.
If you want to go with a sentimental pick, two-time World Darts Championship runner-up Michael Smith is the pick for the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship. However, if you want to go with the hot hand, then the best bet to win the 2023 PDC Cazoo World Darts Championship is Michael van Gerwen.
Pick: Michael van Gerwen to win the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship.
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