It's finally time! The Jennings Bet World Seniors Darts Championship kicks off tonight with some of darts most iconic talents all battling it out in a one-of-a-kind event at the renowned Circus Tavern arena in a bid to be crowned the first world seniors' champion.
One man who is no stranger to a world title is 16x world champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor who will be headlining a lineup that is jam-packed with the games most celebrated players. When speaking to Phil ahead of his trip to Purfleet he told us "I really cannot wait to get started, it is going to be a great event."
Not many darts players have stepped onto a World Championship stage more times than Taylor and his opening match against Peter Manley or Deta Hedman tomorrow night will mark his 30th appearance at a World Championship. In his career Phil has won an unprecedented 55% of World Championship he has competed in, making him the bookies clear favourite to lift the title this weekend.
The Power's statistics at the Circus Tavern are even more outrageous as he has never failed to either win or make the final of the PDC World Championship when it was held there between 1994 - 2007 (11 titles & 3 finals). Phil is very fond of the iconic venue in Purfleet where he produced a bulk of his record-breaking career and told us "I love the Circus Tavern, I think one of my career highlights was winning my 6th world title there as that meant I had overtaken the great Eric Bristow's record of 5, I cannot wait to go back."
Phil may be the player to beat this weekend and there will be a whole host of players looking to get the better of darts most decorated star. However, Phil will not be taking this weekend lightly and plans to fend off any title contenders, when asked what who he is looking forward to playing the most he replied "Whoever is in the final, because that means I am there, I have been practising a lot over the past few weeks so I am quietly confident that I will come away with something this weekend."
It is going to be one of the darting moments of the year watching The Power back up on stage, we cant wait to see him in action again - good luck Phil!