World's best darts players coming to Queensland
HE'S the best darts player the world has seen and now Phil "The Power" Taylor is coming to Queensland.
Taylor, who has dominated darts for the past 30 years, winning a record 16 world titles and 16 world matchplay crowns, will be the main attraction in the inaugural Pro Darts Showdown Series.
Starting in Brisbane on January 10-11 at the Royal International Convention Centre, it will also be contested on the Gold Coast, Townsville and Mackay.
The tickets across the two nights go on sale on Monday.
The 57-year-old Taylor, who recently won the Melbourne Masters at a packed-out Hisense Arena, which was covered on Fox Sports, is one of eight of the best darts players in the world who will take on the top players in Australia in the first domestic series of its kind to be held outside the major metro areas.
Event promoter News Corp has also secured Australian No.1 and former world championship runner-up Simon "The Wizard" Whitlock, Australian No.2 and newly crowned Auckland Masters champion Kyle "The Original" Anderson and former world championship runner-up Andy "The Hammer" Hamilton, from Britain.
Darts is a major spectator event, with thousands filling halls around the world to see Taylor and his colleagues. Many dress in costume and embrace the boozy darts culture.
As well as darts' own "battle for the Ashes" in the regions, there will be an international flavour to the Pro Darts Showdown, with South African No.1 Devon Peterson and America's best player John Kuzcynski also headed for the Sunshine State.
Scotland's Jamie Harvey, a former world championship semi-finalist, will also take part, with Aussie legend Russell Stewart set to show all the talents that won him seven Australian Grand Masters and five Australian Masters crowns.
Those eight players will take on eight of the best players in Australia as the Pro Darts Showdown moves around Queensland in January.
The showdown roadshow rumbles on to the Gold Coast Events Centre at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 17-18 and will move to Townsville Stadium on January 24-25 before finishing off at the Mackay Entertainment Centre on January 27-28.
Taylor loves coming Down Under and cannot wait to return in the new year and hit regional Queensland, even though he is officially retiring from the sport after this year's world championships.
"I love it over here in Australia, the crowds are brilliant and I love every minute of it," he said.
"I've not got many tournaments left in me, so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day.
"I'm so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world. I've been lucky enough to see it all over the years, but we never believed it would get this big.
"I can't wait to get involved in the Pro Darts Showdown Series, so come on Queensland, get your tickets for a great night out at the darts."
Tickets go on sale from Ticketek on Monday from 10am with further details at prodartsshowdownseries.com.au.