The 2015 Betway Premier League Darts was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation; the eleventh edition of the tournament. The event began at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday 4 February, and ended at The O2 Arena, London on Thursday 21 May. The tournament was shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. This was the second year that the tournament was sponsored by Betway.

Raymond van Barneveld was the defending champion, but he lost to Michael van Gerwen 10–8 in the semi-finals. Gary Anderson won his second Premier League Darts title by beating van Gerwen 11–7 in the final.

Format

The tournament format is identical to that since 2013. During the first nine weeks (phase 1) each player plays the other nine players once. The bottom two players are eliminated from the competition. In the next six weeks (phase 2) each player plays the other seven players once. Phase 2 consists of four weeks where five matches are played followed by two weeks where four matches are played. At the end of phase 2 the top four players contest the two semi-finals and the final in the play-off week.

Players

The competitors who competed at this year's tournament were announced following the 2015 PDC World Darts Championship final on 4 January 2015, with the top four of the PDC Order of Merit joined by six Wildcards.

Robert Thornton (world number 8), Wes Newton (number 16), and Simon Whitlock (number 7) did not return from last year. James Wade returned this year following his absence from the 2014 Premier League, along with two debutants, Kim Huybrechts, the first Belgian to compete in the league, and Stephen Bunting, the 2014 BDO world champion who had a successful first year with the PDC.[2]

PlayerAppearance in
Premier League
Consecutive
Streak
Order of Merit
rank
Previous best performanceQualification
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen3rd311Winner (2013)Order of Merit
England Phil Taylorb11th1121Winner (2005–2008, 2010, 2012)Order of Merit
Scotland Gary Anderson5th531Winner (2011)Order of Merit
England Adrian Lewis8th642Runner-up (2011)Order of Merit
Scotland Peter Wright2nd255th (2014)PDC Wildcard
England James Wade7th161Winner (2009)PDC Wildcard
England Dave Chisnall2nd297th (2014)PDC Wildcard
Belgium Kim Huybrechts1st1179DebutPDC Wildcard
Netherlands Raymond van Barnevelda10th10101Winner (2014)Sky Sports Wildcard
England Stephen Bunting1st1249DebutSky Sports Wildcard

Venues

Prize money

The prize-money was increased to £700,000 from £550,000 in 2014.

StagePrize Money
Winner£200,000
Runner Up£100,000
Semi-finalists£75,000
5th Place£60,000
6th Place£50,000
7th Place£45,000
8th Place£40,000
9th Place£30,000
10th Place£25,000
Total£700,000

Results

League stage

Play-Offs (21 May)

England The O2, London

Score
[2]
Semi-Finals (best of 19 legs)
Dave Chisnall England
98.34
9–10Scotland Gary Anderson
98.40
Michael van Gerwen Netherlands
106.44
10–8Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
100.44
Final (best of 21 legs)
Michael van Gerwen Netherlands
105.81
7–11Scotland Gary Anderson
104.85
Night's Average: 102.38
Highest Checkout: England Dave Chisnall 152

Table and streaks

Table

After the first nine weeks (phase 1), the bottom two in the table are eliminated. Each remaining player plays a further seven matches (phase 2). The top four players then participate in the playoffs.

When players are tied on points, leg difference is used first as a tie-breaker, after that legs won against throw and then tournament average.

#NamePtsPldWDLLFLA+/-LWAT100+140+180sA[2]HCC%[2]
1Netherlands van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen2316103310171+303818315358105.1516047.87%
2England Chisnall, DaveDave Chisnall221610249767+303819112162101.3916142.17%
3Scotland Anderson, GaryGary Anderson20169259080+10282121265799.8315238.14%
4Netherlands van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld19168359082+8312271204897.6416141.86%
5England Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor15166378783+43024612443102.9515139.55%
6England Lewis, AdrianAdrian Lewis14165477689–13231891195198.6314738.04%
7England Wade, JamesJames Wade12163677693–17262361442397.1217041.14%
8England Bunting, StephenStephen Bunting11163587593−18261811124694.3716432.86%
9Scotland Wright, PeterPeter Wright691444057–1710144711893.7717036.96%
10Belgium Huybrechts, KimKim Huybrechts491264259−177116712797.8317034.15%

Last updated: 15 May 2015
Source: Match reports from the .

Top four qualified for the Play-Offs after Week 15.
NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. A = Average C% = Checkout Percentage HC = High Checkout.

Streaks

PlayerLeague StagePlay-Offs
1st Phase2nd Phase
123456789101112131415SFF
Netherlands van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van GerwenWWWDDWWWWWLWLWLDWL
England Chisnall, DaveDave ChisnallWWDWWLLWWWWLLWWDLEliminated
Scotland Anderson, GaryGary AndersonWWLWLWWWDLDLWLWWWW
Netherlands van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van BarneveldLLDWLLWLDWWWWWDWLEliminated
England Taylor, PhilPhil TaylorLWWDWLLWLLWDDLLWEliminated
England Lewis, AdrianAdrian LewisWLDDLLDLWWWDLLWL
England Wade, JamesJames WadeDWDLLWDWLLLDLDDL
England Bunting, StephenStephen BuntingDLLLWWDLDLLDWDLL
Scotland Wright, PeterPeter WrightLLDDDWDLLEliminated
Belgium Huybrechts, KimKim HuybrechtsLLDLWLLLD

Positions by round

PlayerRound
12345678910111213141516
Netherlands van Gerwen, MichaelMichael van Gerwen3111211111111111
England Chisnall, DaveDave Chisnall2222123322222222
Scotland Anderson, GaryGary Anderson4353432233334333
Netherlands van Barneveld, RaymondRaymond van Barneveld10877798887753444
England Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor7534344554445655
England Lewis, AdrianAdrian Lewis1666689976566566
England Wade, JamesJames Wade5445555445688777
England Bunting, StephenStephen Bunting67910866668877888
Scotland Wright, PeterPeter Wright910108107779Eliminated
Belgium Huybrechts, KimKim Huybrechts8989910101010