The Premier League was first played in 2005. After the main sponsor it was called 888.com League in the first year, 2006 and 2007 it was Holsten
Premier League and since 2008 it is Whyte & Mackay Premier League. 2011 the first sponsor returned and so was called 888.com League again. in 2012 Mc Coys is the
main sponsor. The betting company betway followed as main sponsor. By now it is the betting company unibet.
2005 and 2006 seven players took part, since 2007 it has got eight participants. All players will meet two times one time in the first half of
the season and one time in the second half. The four players who after all the matches are on the places one to four of the league table then
play in the play-offs for the win. Not necessarily the table leader is the winner of the league.
On a normal league day all matches are over 14 legs of 501. Winner is the player who has got eight legs first. Draws are possible - never are
played more then 14 legs a match.
In the semi-finals the format is best of 21 legs, in the final best 0f 31.
Because of the high price money the Premier League is very attractive though the price money is not included in the Order of Merit.
Who is invited to take part till now changed almost every year. The Top four players of the Order of Merit till now always were invited, often it
were the Top 6, the other places are Wild Cards for which often achievements during the World Championship are decisive.
During the first four years of the Premiere League Phil Taylor was the dominant player and the winner. In the fifth year he a little bit surprising
was defeated by Mervyn King in his first Premier League who then in the final lost to James Wade. But already one year later Phil Taylor was back.
In 2013 the Premier League was extended to 10 players. The format changed slightly - ober the first nine league days ech placher will play the other nine players once. Then the last two of the league table will
be eliminated from the tournament. The other eight player will play their return matches over the following five league days and then the top four of the table will progress into the Play-Offs
to play for the tournament win.
2021 the PDC returned to ten participants. The two players sitting in the last places of the table after the Judgement Night will be eliminated while the other eight will play the tournament to the end.
Change of Format 2022
The PDC changes after seventeen seasons of the tournament this year the format completely. Instead of the so far used league format with home and away matches, a Judgement night in which two players are eliminated from the tournament and the Play-Offs in which the top four of the league ranking take part, this year on each of the sixteen league nights an event with quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played. In this format as well the eight players taking part will face each other twice in the quarterfinals while on days eight and sixteen the players will face off again in a draw bracket based on the league table following Night Seven and Night 15 respectively.
According to the results the players will be awarded with ranking points: the night's winners will get five points and a 10 000-pound bonus, the runner-ups will get three points and the semi-finalists two points each. As before the top four of the ranking will take part in the Play-Offs.
: Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Michael Smith, Gary Anderson, Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen
: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Jose de Sousa, Jonny Clayton, Dimitri van den Bergh, Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant
: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant
: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson - had to withdraw, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price, James Wade
: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price, Simon Whitlock
: Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Phil Taylor, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen, Raymond van Barneveld and Kim Huybrechts
: Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, James Wade, Robert Thornton, Michael Smith, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall
: Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting, Kim Huybrechts
: Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Robert Thornton, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock, Wes Newton, Dave Chisnall
: Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Michael van Gerwen, Simon Whitlock, Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson, Robert Thornton
: Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Kevin Painter, Andy Hamilton
: Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Terry Jenkins, Mark Webster.
: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Terry Jenkins, Mervyn King, Ronnie Baxter, Simon Whitlock,
Raymond van Barneveld throws a Nine-Darter against Terry Jenkins, Phil Taylor in the final against James Wade throws two!
: James Wade, Mervyn King, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Terry Jenkins, John Part, Jelle Klassen, Wayne Mardle
(had to withdrew due to illness after week nine)
: Phil Taylor, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Wayne Mardle, Peter Manley, Terry Jenkins, John Part
: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Terry Jenkins, Dennis Priestley, Colin Lloyd, Peter Manley, Adrian Lewis,
: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Roland Scholten, Colin Lloyd, Ronnie Baxter, Peter Manley, Wayne Mardle.
Raymond van Barneveld throws a Nine-Darter against Peter Manley.
: Phil Taylor, Colin Lloyd, Peter Manley, Roland Scholten, Mark Dudbridge, John Part, Wayne Mardle
|2005||Phil Taylor||16:4||Colin Lloyd|
|2006||Phil Taylor||16:6||Roland Scholten|
|2007||Phil Taylor||16:6||Terry Jenkins|
|2008||Phil Taylor||16:8||James Wade|
|2009||James Wade||13:8||Mervyn King|
|2010||Phil Taylor||10:8||James Wade|
|2011||Gary Anderson||10:4||Adrian Lewis|
|2012||Phil Taylor||10:7||Simon Whitlock|
|2013||Michael van Gerwen||10:8||Phil Taylor|
|2014||Raymond van Barneveld||10:6||Michael van Gerwen|
|2015||Gary Anderson||11:7||Michael van Gerwen|
|2016||Michael van Gerwen||11:3||Phil Taylor|
|2017||Michael van Gerwen||11:10||Peter Wright|
|2018||Michael van Gerwen||11:4||Michael Smith|
|2019||Michael van Gerwen||11:5||Rob Cross|
|2020||Glen Durrant||11:8||Nathan Aspinall|
|2021||Jonny Clayton||11:5||Jose de Sousa|
|2022||Michael van Gerwen||11:10||Joe Cullen|
|2022||275 000 Pound||125 000 Pound||85 000 Pound||75 000 Pound||70 000 Pound||65 000 Pound||60 000 Pound||10 000 Pound|
|2012||150 000 Pound||70 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||40 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||-||-|
|2012||150 000 Pound||75 000 Pound||55 000 Pound||45 000 Pound||40 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||20 000 Pound||5 000 Pound|
|2014||150 000 Pound||75 000 Pound||60 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||45 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||20 000 Pound|
|2015, 2016||200 000 Pound||100 000 Pound||75 000 Pound||60 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||45 000 Pound||40 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||25 000 Pound|
|2017, 2018||250 000 Pound||120 000 Pound||80 000 Pound||65 000 Pound||55 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||45 000 Pound||30 000 Pound||25 000 Pound|
|2019/21||250 000 Pound||120 000 Pound||80 000 Pound||70 000 Pound||60 000 Pound||55 000 Pound||50 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||30 000 Pound|
From 2016 additional to the price money a 25 000 bonus for the league leader was introduced.