BRISBANE and Vienna are to host the PDC's World Series of Darts for the first time in 2018 following confirmation of the year's seven events, while Rob Cross, Jamie Lewis and Dimitri Van den Bergh will also step onto the global stage.
The ongoing global expansion of the World Series of Darts will see six worldwide events followed by the end-of-season Finals, which will move to Austria in November.
The year's events will begin with the second staging of the German Darts Masters, with a one-day spectacular being held on Friday May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
The stars of the sport will then return to Las Vegas, with the North American Championship to be followed by the second U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held at Mandalay Bay from July 5-7.
July's double-header will then see the third Shanghai Darts Masters held on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, before the action heads Down Under for an August treble-header.
The Auckland Darts Masters takes place from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena, with the sport's top names returning to New Zealand for the fourth staging of the popular event.
The action then moves to Australia, with the second Melbourne Darts Masters taking place from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena before the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters, from August 17-19 at the BCEC, sees the World Series visit Queensland for the first time.
The season-ending World Series of Darts Finals will then be held from November 2-4 at the Multiversum Schwechat in Vienna, as Austria hosts the 24-player event.
The world's current top four players - Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, World Champion Rob Cross and Gary Anderson - will compete in each of the six international events.
They will be joined in the German Darts Masters by Austrian star Mensur Suljovic – the reigning Champions League of Darts winner - five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, reigning World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis.
The top two German players from the PDC Order of Merit at April 30 will also qualify alongside six players from the German Superleague.
World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney and Premier League star Gerwyn Price will compete in the U.S. Darts Masters - where the Northern Irish ace was runner-up in 2017 - and Shanghai Darts Masters in July, with the final two PDC players to be confirmed in due course.
The U.S. Darts Masters will also feature the eight players from the USA or Canada who qualify to compete in the 2018 North American Championship - with four winners from qualifiers to be held on July 3-4 joined by four players from a Qualifiers Order of Merit.
The Shanghai Darts Masters will see the eight PDC stars up against eight regional competitors, with the top three players from the PDC Asian Tour, following Event Six, joined by five Chinese qualifiers.
August's three events will see Van Gerwen, Wright, Cross and Anderson joined by Australian trio Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson - the reigning Auckland Darts Masters champion – and recent UK Open finalist Corey Cadby plus one other player
A series of qualifying events will be held during July for players to win spots in the three events, to be held in Invercargill from July 2-8 and in Warilla from July 22-25.
The Auckland Darts Masters will feature the top two players from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus one player from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, plus four players from the Auckland Darts Masters, with one place to be confirmed.
The events in Melbourne and Brisbane will both feature the top two players from the DPA World Series Qualifiers Merit Table, one player from the DPNZ World Series Qualifiers Merit Table and four qualifiers, with one place to be confirmed.
The World Series of Darts Finals will then see the top eight players from the final World Series of Darts Order of Merit joined by 16 invited players and qualifiers to compete in Vienna.
Ticket information for other events will be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets in due course.
2018 PDC World Series of Darts
German Darts Masters
May 25, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic, Raymond van Barneveld, Jamie Lewis, Dimitri Van den Bergh.
German Representatives: Top two German players from PDC Order of Merit at April 30, plus top five players from German Superleague. One place TBC