The BDO's show-piece event returns for its 38th staging as a host of international darters descend on the Lakeside Country Club, with selected matches also available to watch live on desktop or mobile devices.
Darts' alternative World Championship sees the BDO's big names battle it out for £300,000 in prize money across nine days of action, with both men's and women's world titles up for grabs.
Scott Waites returns to Lakeside as defending and two-time champion after a 7-1 victory over Canada's Jeff Smith in last year's final.
Seeded number six, Waites is joined by a host of in-form hopefuls, including runaway BDO number one and World Masters Champion - Glen Durrant - who starts out as the considerable favourite for glory.
Number two seed Scott Mitchell is targeting his second Lakeside crown in three years, while Dutch ace Danny Noppert - who impressed during his run to the Last 16 of the 2016 Grand Slam, is making his debut as the third seed.
Martin Adams resumes his quest for a fourth Lakeside triumph, while the likes of Jamie Hughes, Dean Reynolds and Wesley Harms will also look to stake a claim for the prestigious trophy.
Reigning Ladies World Champion Trina Gulliver sets out in pursuit of an eleventh Lakeside success, but is likely to face tough competition from the likes of Deta Hedman, Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova.
The tournament runs from January 7-15 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, with selected matches also being streamed live online in selected regions throughout the week.