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Featuring 16 of the world's best professional darts players, the Unibet Masters is an annual event. The MK Arena in Milton Keynes is used by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) to stage the Masters. Established in 1992, the PDC is a breakaway professional darts organisation that was formed by a number of leading players who were dissatisfied with the sport's governing body, the British Darts Organisation. Since 2015, the total prize money on offer to participants of the Unibet Masters has been £200,000. Television coverage of the event is usually broadcast on ITV4 in the UK, with international rights being awarded to RTL7, a TV company based in the Netherlands.
Unibet Masters' history
In 2013, the inaugural tournament – then simply called the Masters because Unibet's sponsorship deal had yet to come about – was staged at Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh. Located close to the city's airport, this multi-use venue and exhibition centre was home to the Masters until 2015. The first Masters competition was won by Phil Taylor. He defeated Adrian Lewis by 10 legs to one in the final. The other 14 competitors in that tournament were invited to compete according to their rankings in the sport, known by the PDC as Order of Merit.
James Wade, from Aldershot in Hampshire, won the 2014 event when he beat Mervyn King in a closely contested final. After the tournament's organisers moved the event to Milton Keynes, it was also brought forward in the calendar and the event has been staged in either late January or early February ever since. Michael van Gerwen became the third titleholder in the Unibet Masters' history. He defeated the Dutch darts player Raymond van Barneveld by 11 legs to six in the 2015 final. Van Gerwen, also from the Netherlands, went on to win the tournament in 2016 and 2017, beating Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson respectively.
Unibet Masters' format
Each tournament staged under the Unibet Masters title includes the leading darts players according to the PDC's Order of Merit scoring. A fixed draw takes place so that the leading player takes on 16th place, while the second-ranked player takes on the 15th-placed player and so on. The first round is a straight knockout competition that takes place over the course of 19 legs. The subsequent quarterfinals are also competed for, over the best of 19 legs. Once the tournament enters the semi-final stage, ties are played over the best of 21 legs. Since 2015, the top prize has been £60,000, with the runner-up scooping £25,000.
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