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PDC Players Championship Benidorm 2012 Preview

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The first PDC ProTour events of 2012 get underway in Benidorm on Saturday, with around 150 players jetting off to compete in the two £35,000 events.

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The events will be held on January 28 & 29 at the Media Hotel Benidorm, with newcomers Ted Hankey, Dean Winstanley, Tony West and James Hubbard among the players making their debuts.

A number of top players will also make their return to Players Championship action, including five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld, multiple major winner James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Justin Pipe.

Many eyes will on former BDO world champion Ted Hankey however, as he sets out to prove he has what it takes to cut it with the big boys.

Former World Masters winner Tony West and 2011 Lakeside finalist Dean Winstanley will also make their PDC debuts, along with other Q School graduates including John Bowles, Jamie Lewis and Gino Vos.

World Youth finalist James Hubbard also begins life as a professional in his first double event, along with numerous other young stars looking to make a big impression on the circuit this year.

Chris Mason and Peter Manley are set to compete despite missing out on Tour Cards, while Spanish World Cup duo Antonio Alcinas and Carlos Rodriguez head a strong Spanish contingent over the weekend.

The field also includes non-PDPA members from across Europe, including 16 qualifiers who won through a local knockout to earn their places in the tournaments. 

Play will be held across 16 boards behind closed doors, however selected games throughout the event will be played on stage in front of a packed crowd.

Play on both days will commence at 12pm, and all games will be the best of 11 legs. The draw will be made at 11am following the close of registration, with the leading 32 players from the rolling order of merit seeded.

Entry List

Abel Alvarez
Adam Smith-Neale
Adrian Gray
Alan Tabern
Alex Roy
Andy Hamilton
Andy Jenkins
Andy Smith
Antonio Alcinas
Antonio Jiminez
Armando Jesus Frias
Arron Monk
Barrie Bates
Bernd Roith
Bernd Schmidt
Boris Krcmar
Brendan Dolan
Brian Woods
Carlos Jiminez
Carlos Rodriguez
Chris Aubrey
Chris Mason
Chris Thompson
Christian Kallinger
Christof Leurs
Co Stompe
Colin Lloyd
Colin Osborne
Darren Johnson
Darren Webster
Darren Whittingham
Dave Chisnall
Dave Smith
David Jiminez
David Ruiz
Dean Winstanley
Denis Ovens
Dennis Smith
Devon Petersen
Diego Rufo
Dylan Duo
Dyson Parody
Eduardo Sales Lopez
Eric Basullas
Gino Vos
Guillermo Corella
Ian White
Ignacio Basullas
Jacinto Nieto
Jairo Galcera
James Hubbard
James Richardson
James Wade
Jamie Caven
Jamie Lewis
Javier Caurel
Jelle Klaasen
Jerry Hendriks
Jesus Gonzalez
Jesus Noguera
Jesus Sanchez
Joe Cullen
Joe Murnan
John Bowles
John Henderson
John Part
Jon Archer
Jose Antonio Alvarez
Jose Antonio Justicia
Jose Garcia Ruiz
Jose Luis Rodriguez
Jose Luis Torres
Jose Maria Fernandez
Jose de Sousa
Juan Carlos Albaladejo
Julio Barbero
Justin Broton
Justin Pipe
Jyhan Artut
Keith Stephen
Kevin McDine
Kevin Munch
Kevin Painter
Kim Huybrechts
Kirk Shepherd
Kurt Van De Rijck
Magnus Caris
Manolo Vilero
Manuel Fernandez Josende
Mareno Michels
Mark Dudbridge
Mark Hylton
Mark Stephenson
Mark Walsh
Mark Webster
Martin Marti
Matt Clark
Matthew Edgar
Mensur Suljovic
Mervyn King
Michael Barnard
Michael Kraemer
Michael Mansell
Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen
Mick Todd
Nick Fullwell
Nigel Heydon
Oleg Schuwalow
Paul Barham
Paul Nicholson
Paul Rowley
Peter Hudson
Peter Manley
Peter Wright
Prakash Jiwa
Rafael Leon
Raymond van Barneveld
Reece Robinson
Richie Burnett
Robert Thornton
Roland Scholten
Ronnie Baxter
Ross Smith
Rudy Van der Zande
Sam Hill
Scott Rand
Sergio Garcia
Shaun Griffiths
Simon Barker-Davies
Simon Craven
Simon Whitlock
Stefan Schaffer
Stefanie Luck
Steve Beaton
Steve Brown
Steve Evans
Steve Grubb
Steve Hine
Steve Maish
Ted Hankey
Terry Jenkins
Terry Temple
Tomas Cristobal
Toni Munoz
Tony West
Toon Greebe
Vincent van der Voort
Wayne Jones
Wes Newton
William O’Connor

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PDC Players Championship Benidorm 2012 Preview

The first PDC ProTour events of 2012 get underway in Benidorm on Saturday, with 150 players jetting off to compete in the two £35,000 events.

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