Bumper entry for PDC’s Las Vegas return

Three-time World Champion John Part and former World Matchplay winner Larry Butler headline over 160 entries for the Qualifiers at the PDC World Series of Darts Festival in Las Vegas next month.

Over $160,000 in prize money will be on offer as the biggest names in world darts travel to the Tropicana Las Vegas – A Doubletree by Hilton for the five days of action from July 11-15.

Four Qualifiers will be held across two days on July 11-12 as north American players get their chance to win spots in two televised events, the partypoker North American Championship and partypoker U.S. Darts Masters.

Canadian legend Part, the most successful north American player in history after winning three World Championship titles and the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic, headlines a bumper field of entries.

American veteran Butler, who was the winner of the PDC’s first World Matchplay in 1994, leads the American contingent alongside his World Cup of Darts team-mate Darin Young, the nine-time World Championship qualifier.

America’s former UK Open finalist Gary Mawson, Canada’s 2016 Lakeside Championship runner-up Jeff Smith and former PDC World Championship qualifiers Ken MacNeil, Norman Madhoo, Scott Kirchner and David Fatum are also in contention, alongside Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell.

The winner of each Qualifier will automatically qualify for the North American Championship and U.S. Darts Masters, along with the four highest prize money winners from the Qualifiers’ Order of Merit.

Play on Thursday July 13 sees the eight Qualifiers compete in the partypoker North American Championship, with a $10,000 first prize on offer alongside a place in the 2017/2018 World Championship.

Those eight players will then return to the stage for the partypoker U.S. Darts Masters as they take on eight top PDC stars in the main World Series of Darts event.

Former Las Vegas Desert Classic winners Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld are amongst the eight PDC stars in action in the U.S. Darts Masters, alongside World Champion Michael van Gerwen, recent Dubai Darts Masters winner Gary Anderson, 2017 UK Open champion Peter Wright and emerging stars Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney and Max Hopp.

The U.S. Darts Masters will see the first round held on Friday July 14, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final taking place on Saturday July 15.

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