The Professional Darts Corporation has delighted fans by launching 32 consecutive nights of live darts to fill the sporting gap created by the coronavirus. The PDC Home Tour – a special home-staged tournament created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – started on Friday 17th April and features darting legends in lockdown!
There was a big upset on night 20 of the PDC Home Tour as Ryan Murray's new bedroom darts sanctuary appeared to pay off. With the Scot's three children kept at a safe distance and concentration on the task at hand at little easier, the rank outside World No. 135 topped the group with a two-win bounce back after losing his first to Joe Cullen.
This long weekend sees headliners World No.4 Rob Cross, No. 10 Ian White, former Auckland Darts Masters champion Kyle Anderson and Polish No. 1 Krzysztof Ratajski. Make sure to tune in.
There have been plenty of upsets along the way so far - the first night already saw World Champion Peter 'Snakebite' Wright fall to Group One winner James Lewis - and there's been controversy down to some less than stellar internet connectivity.
Already the tournament has lost Gary Anderson, through poor wi-fi, and Daryl Gurney whose home wasn't quite built for the challenge. After trying to play with one foot in his bathroom and the other in his hall, all while trying not to disturb his sister working next door, Gurney thought he best pack it in.
With the knockout stages closing in, it's all beginning to heat up nicely.
Want to know how to watch the PDC Home Tour for free? Read on and we'll explain how you can livestream one of the hottest (and also one of the only) live sporting events of 2020.
LET'S... PLAY... DARTS!
PDC Home Tour: results
Group 20 winner - Ryan Murray
Joe Cullen 5-4 Ryan Murray
Jermaine Wattimena 2-5 John Michael
Ryan Murray 5-4 John Michael
Joe Cullen 4-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Jermaine Wattimena 1-5 Ryan Murray
John Michael 3-5 Joe Cullen
What is the PDC Home Tour darts?
The PDC Home Tour brings you 'elite level darts' – live from the the living rooms of the pros. Each night four players battle it out for group glory. Each match is best of nine legs, with a group winner crowned each night.
The action continues for 32 consecutive nights (wi-fi-permitting), after which the knockout stages commence...
When does the PDC Home Tour start?
Each night’s action will commence at 7.30pm BST.
Darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen. Will there be walk-on music? We hope so. Is it even a darts match if someone doesn't walk out to Vanilla Ice?
How to watch PDC Home Tour darts free online
Already a PDCTV subscriber? The action is free for all users – including those members with a paid PDCTV subscription.
The action will also be shown through a number of online betting sites.
Watch live PDC darts events online
Sky has the exclusive rights to broadcast major PDC darts events in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands, meaning that, normally, you can't watch live televised darts through PDC TV in those territories. Instead, you'll need a Sky subscription or a Now TV Sky Sports pass once the COVID-19 lockdown ends.
However, if you're located outside of the UK, Ireland or Netherlands, we have some good news! You can livestream all the major PDC events through PDCTV-HD all the time.
All you need is a 'Rest of the World' subscription, which costs £9.99 per month or £59.99 annually. This includes live, throw-by-throw coverage of all the major PDC events including the PDC World Championships.
Outside your home country during a major tournament? No problem. Simply use a VPN to change your IP address (we generally recommend ExpressVPN as it's proven extremely reliable).
Watch live PDC darts from anywhere in the world using a VPN
If you're working abroad, stuck in another country or just want to access live PDC darts coverage when away from home, it's a good idea to get yourself a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your TV service provider will think that you’re in the correct country – and allow you to watch PDC darts events live.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live PDC darts, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance.
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the action. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
PDC Home Tour darts results and fixtures
Winner - James Lewis
Winner - Luke Woodhouse
Winner - Dave Chisnall
Winner - Geert Nentjes
Winner - Nick Kenny
Winner - Ryan Searle
Winner - Jelle Klaasen
Winner - Jonny Clayton
Winner - Martijn Kleermaker
Winner - Nathan Aspinall
Winner - Alan Tabern
Winner - Max Hopp
Winner - Carl Wilkinson
Winner - Chris Dobey
Winner - Darren Webster
Winner - Jeff Smith
Winner - Damon Heta
Winner - Stephen Bunting
Winner - Glen Durrant
Winner - Ryan Murray
Group 21 - Thursday 7th May
Rob Cross v William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Karel Sedlacek
William Borland v Karel Sedlacek
Rob Cross v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh v William Borland
Karel Sedlacek v Rob Cross
Group 22 - Friday 8th May
Ian White v Jesus Noguera
Danny Noppert v James Wilson
Jesus Noguera v James Wilson
Ian White v Danny Noppert
Danny Noppert v Jesus Noguera
James Wilson v Ian White
Group 23 - Saturday 9th May
Kyle Anderson v Daniel Larsson
Martin Schindler v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Daniel Larsson v Dirk van Duijvenbode
Kyle Anderson v Martin Schindler
Martin Schindler v Daniel Larsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Kyle Anderson
Group 24 - Sunday 10th May
Krzysztof Ratajski v Toni Alcinas
Jamie Hughes v Darius Labanauskas
Toni Alcinas v Darius Labanauskas
Krzysztof Ratajski v Jamie Hughes
Jamie Hughes v Toni Alcinas
Darius Labanauskas v Krzysztof Ratajski
- All matches are the best of nine legs.
- The player listed on the left of the fixture will throw first in odd-numbered legs.
- Two Points awarded for a win.
- Should players finish level on points, the leg difference will be used to decide positions. Should points and leg difference be equal between two players, then the winner of the game between the two players will determine who finishes higher.
Should points and leg difference be equal between three players, the overall average of each player (across the three games on the night) will be used to determine who finishes higher.