World Series of Darts Finals – Draw, Schedule and Preview.

The draw for the Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals has been made, with James Wade to open his title defence in Amsterdam against Wayne Jones or Jonny Clayton.

The season-ending tournament sees 24 players competing for a £70,000 top prize across three days, as the PDC stages a televised event in Amsterdam for the first time.

The leading eight players from the year’s World Series Order of Merit, following five international events, qualified by right and are seeded through to the second round on Saturday night.

The remaining 16 players compete in Friday’s first round – which is set to be headlined by the clash between Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price, in a repeat of Sunday’s European Championship semi-final, before the winner progresses to play World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Wayne Jones and Jonny Clayton will play off for the right to meet reigning champion Wade, who took the title 12 months ago in Austria by edging out Smith in the final.

US Darts Masters champion Nathan Aspinall – a World Series winner in Las Vegas in July – will play Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in another tasty first round tie, with the winner to face Daryl Gurney.

German Darts Masters finalist Gabriel Clemens will come up against Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena, with five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld awaiting the winner as the veteran begins his final televised event in the Netherlands ahead of retirement.

World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall drew Simon Whitlock, while Mensur Suljovic will play Kyle Anderson, Ian White plays Ricky Evans and an all-Dutch tie sees Danny Noppert play Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Melbourne Darts Masters champion Damon Heta, the fifth seed, could meet former schoolmate Kyle Anderson in round two, while German Darts Masters winner Peter Wright plays Evans or White in the last 16.

Following Saturday’s second round, the tournament concludes across two sessions on Sunday, with the afternoon’s quarter-finals following in the decisive evening session by the semi-finals and final.

The Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 1-3 at AFAS Live in Amsterdam. Tickets are available through PDC Europe at www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

Jack’s Casino World Series of Darts Finals

Draw Bracket

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price

(8) James Wade v Jones/Clayton

(5) Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic

(4) Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall

(2) Peter Wright v Evans/White

(7) Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan

(6) Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens

(3) Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

First Round Draw

Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price

Wayne Jones v Jonny Clayton

Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic

Krzysztof Ratajski v Nathan Aspinall

Ricky Evans v Ian White

Danny Noppert v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Jermaine Wattimena v Gabriel Clemens

Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock

Schedule of Play

Friday November 1 (1945 local time, 1845 GMT)

First Round x8

Wayne Jones v Jonny Clayton

Ricky Evans v Ian White

Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic

Krzysztof Ratajski v Nathan Aspinall

Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price

Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock

Danny Noppert v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Jermaine Wattimena v Gabriel Clemens

Saturday November 2 (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)

Second Round x8

James Wade v Jones/Clayton

Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic

Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall

Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price

Peter Wright v Evans/White

Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan

Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens

Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

Sunday November 3

Afternoon Session (1345 local time, 1245 GMT)

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 GMT)

Semi-Finals & Final