You may well recall that we previewed the start of the PDC World Darts Championship 2023 back at the start of December, giving you a look at how the first and second round of the tournament would shape up.

Well, now we know the results of those games and also how the Round 3 of the tournament looks as we move from the best of five, to the longer format best of seven legs.

Unusually for the tournament, it has been one that has largely been devoid of shocks as 29 of the 32 seeds have made it through into the third round.

However, that doesn’t mean that it has been a tournament devoid of drama.

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Let’s first take a look at how the games went in both the First and Second Round of action at the tournament, before we move on to the third round and give you our top tips for the sixteen matches set to take place from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th December.

PDC World Darts Championship – First Round Results (Best Of 5 Sets)

  1. Mickey Mansell 3-1 Ben Robb
  2. Keane Barry 1-3 Grant Simpson
  3. Jermaine Wattimena 2-3 Nathan Rafferty
  4. Alan Soutar 3-0 Mal Cuming
  5. Boris Krcmar 3-0 Toru Suzuki
  6. Adrian Lewis 3-0 Daniel Larsson
  7. Rowby-John Rodriguez 2-3 Lourence Ilagan
  8. William O’Connor 3-0 Beau Greaves
  9. Keegan Brown 2-3 Florian Hempel
  10. Martin Lukeman 3-0 Nobuhiro Yamamoto
  11. Simon Whitlock 3-2 Christian Perez
  12. Adam Gawlas 3-2 Richie Burnett
  13. Ryan Meikle 3-2 Lisa Ashton
  14. Cameron Menzies 3-1 Diogo Portela
  15. Josh Rock 3-1 Jose Justicia
  16. Madars Razma 3-1 Prakash Jiwa
  17. Karel Sedlacek 3-0 Raymond Smith
  18. Luke Woodhouse 3-0 Vyadyslav Omelchenko
  19. Mike De Decker 3-1 Jeff Smith
  20. Scott Williams 3-1 Ryan Joyce
  21. Matt Campbell 0-3 Danny Baggish
  22. Andrew Gilding 3-2 Robert Owen
  23. Danny Jansen 3-2 Paolo Nebrida
  24. Niels Zonneveld 0-3 Lewy Williams
  25. Geert Nentjes 1-3 Leonard Gates
  26. Ritchie Edhouse 2-3 David Cameron
  27. Steve Beaton 0-3 Danny van Trijp
  28. Jim Williams 3-2 Sebastian Bialecki
  29. Jamie Hughes 1-3 Jimmy Hendriks
  30. Ricky Evans 3-1 Fallon Sherrock
  31. John O’Shea 2-3 Darius Labanauskas
  32. Martijn Kleermaker 3-0 Xicheng Han

The first round matches went pretty much with the form book with just a small number of surprising wins at this early stage of the tournament.

Former PDC Champion Adrian Lewis progressed, as did former BDO World Champions Simon Whitlock and Steve Beaton, but another, Ritchie Burnett, was eliminated at this stage.

So too were the three female darts players that qualified with Beau Greaves, Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton all defeated by their opponents.

The talented Josh Rock made it through comfortably from his opening game in the tournament.

PDC World Darts Championship Second Round Results (Best of Five Sets)

  1. Peter Wright 3-0 Mickey Mansell
  2. Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Grant Simpson
  3. Michael Smith 3-0 Nathan Rafferty
  4. Daryl Gurney 0-3 Alan Soutar
  5. Dmitri Van den Bergh 3-0 Lourence Ilagan
  6. Damon Heta 3-0 Adrian Lewis
  7. Nathan Aspinall 3-1 Boris Krcmar
  8. Jose de Sousa 3-2 Simon Whitlock
  9. Gerwyn Price 3-1 Luke Woodhouse
  10. Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Ryan Meikle
  11. Callan Rydz 0-3 Josh Rock
  12. Dave Chisnall 3-1 Andrew Gilding
  13. Mervyn King 3-2 Danny Baggish
  14. Gabriel Clemens 3-0 William O’Connor
  15. Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Lewy Williams
  16. Stephen Bunting 3-1 Leonard Gates
  17. Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 Danny Jansen
  18. Ryan Searle 3-0 Adam Gawlas
  19. Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Mike De Decker
  20. Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-2 Karol Sedlacek
  21. Gary Anderson 3-1 Madars Razma
  22. James Wade 2-3 Jim Williams
  23. Luke Humphries 3-2 Florian Hempel
  24. Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Cameron Menzies
  25. Brendan Dolan 3-1 Jimmy Hendriks
  26. Chris Dobey 3-0 Martijn Kleermaker
  27. Ross Smith 3-1 Darius Labanauskas
  28. Rob Cross 3-1 Scott Williams
  29. Martin Schindler 3-1 Martin Lukeman
  30. Danny Noppert 3-1 David Cameron
  31. Jonny Clayton 3-0 Danny van Trijp
  32. Joe Cullen 3-1 Ricky Evans

As was the case with the first round of matches, the second round of games also saw most matches go the way of the favourite and the seeded player.

In fact, there were only three seeds knocked out at this phase of the tournament. Alan Soutar got the better of Daryl Gurney (24), Josh Rock continued his great form with a win over Callan Rydz (23) but the biggest shock saw Wales’ Jim Williams earn a 3-2 victory over a former finalist here in James Wade (8).

Michael van Gerwen posted the highest three dart average of the tournament so far, hitting 101.84 in his victory over Lewy Williams. Only one other player, Ross Smith, recorded an average of over 100 in their second round game.

PDC World Darts Championship Third Round Results (Best of Seven Sets)

Tuesday 27th December

  • Dmitri Van den Bergh (15) v Krzystof Ratajski (18)
  • Nathan Aspinall (10) v Josh Rock
  • Jonny Clayton (7) v Brendan Dolan (26)
  • Jim Williams v Gabriel Clemens (25)
  • Gerwyn Price (1) v Raymond van Barneveld (32)
  • Peter Wright (2) v Kim Huybrechts (31)

Preview & Acca Tip

The first day of action sees a number of cracking games with Price v van Barneveld really catching the eye. The World Number 1 will have the Ally Pally magic working against him when he takes on the popular Dutchman in what should be a fantastic match.

Aspinall v Rock should also be a brilliant game between two of the younger players on the scene and Rock is actually the favourite to win this one given his outstanding form of late.

I’ve backed van den Bergh, Rock, Clayton, Williams, Price and Wright to win the six games today, which offers odds of 9.32/1 with bet365 Sport at the time of writing.

Wednesday 28th December

  • Ryan Searle (16) v Jose de Sousa (17)
  • Danny Noppert (9) v Alan Soutar
  • Gary Anderson (11) v Chris Dobey (22)
  • Joe Cullen (13) v Damon Heta (20)
  • Michael van Gerwen (3) v Mensur Suljovic (30)
  • Michael Smith (4) v Martin Schindler (29)

Preview & Acca Tip

The second day of action sees a real range of matches, some should be very close with little between the two players, while others see one of the lower seeds heavily favoured.

I think the first four games of the night are the most likely to be closest and I do feel we will see at least one upset in these games, I think Alan Soutar is in great form, while Gary Anderson’s hit and miss form will see Chris Dobey fancy his chances, as will Damon Heta against Joe Cullen.

For my acca for Thursday I have gone for de Sousa, Soutar, Anderson, Cullen, van Gerwen and Smith to win their games which offers odds of 26.64/1 with bet365 at the time of writing.

Thursday 29th December

  • Dirk van Duijvenbode (14) v Ross Smith (19)
  • Rob Cross (6) v Mervyn King (27)
  • Dave Chisnall (12) v Stephen Bunting (21)
  • Luke Humphries (5) v Vincent van der Voort (28)

Preview & Acca Tip

Thursday’s acca tip isn’t the longest odds bet as these are four games where I think the favourites to win, should win their match.

I think Ross Smith will push van Duijvenbode hard and that may well be the game with the biggest potential of an upset, but I think Cross, Chisnall and Humphries look very good bets to win their games.

Backing van Duijvenbode with Cross, Chisnall and Humphries offers odds of just 2.88/1, so you aren’t going to get rich from this acca, but it is one that I think stands an excellent chance of coming in as a winner.

We’ll check back on the action from the Alexandra Palace later on this week ahead of the New Year when the tournament starts to get down to the nitty gritty, so keep your eyes peeled for that article coming in a few days’ time!