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World Matchplay

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World Matchplay Live Streams are now available to watch for free online.

The Skybet World Matchplay is a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) darts tournament played in a legs format since 1994. The tournament was sponsored by British bookmaker Stan James for 10 consecutive years from 2000 until 2010 until Skybet, who had previously sponsored the UK Open and the World Grand Prix, took over as sponsor in 2011 forcing a name change.

The World Matchplay has been played yearly since 1994 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The first ever winner was Larry Butler, who beat Dennis Priestley 16-12, and in 2011 Phil "the Power" Taylor secured the prestigious title of the second biggest PDC Tournament on the annual darts calendar. In 2011 it took a mere 3 days for the entire tournament to sell out after the tickets went on sale.

The 1995 World Matchplay turned out to be Jocky Wilson's last appearance in a major televised event. Wilson had reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural tournament in 1994 and he beat Rod Harrington in the 1st round in 1995, but a 2nd round defeat against Nigel Justice was effectively the end of his career.

The difference between the World Matchplay and other darts tournaments is that there is no deciding leg - players must win by two clear legs. The first round is usually played over the first to 10 legs, but if the score reaches 9-9, play continues until either player gains a 2 leg lead.

Check out the Live Streaming Sport Calendar to find officially licensed live streaming of the Skybet World Matchplay on bet365 > Live Streaming > Darts.

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