The World Matchplay will be the 24th annual staging of the World Matchplay, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from 22–30 July Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion after defeating Phil Taylor 18–10 in the final. The prize fund increased from £, to £,, with the winner's. The World Matchplay, also known as the BetVictor World Matchplay for sponsorship purposes, The first ever winner was Larry Butler, who beat Dennis Priestley , and the current holder is Michael van Gerwen. It is regarded as the. All World Matchplay tickets are covered by the viagogo Ticket guarantee! BetVictor World Matchplay - Semi Finals Winter Gardens Blackpool Blackpool, Tickets · Tickets for World Series of Darts · Champions League of Darts Tickets Sa., Juli.