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PDC Major Tournament Cut-Off Dates and Criteria

All roads lead to Alexandra Palace for the World Championship in December (credit: Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
The darts season may be in the midst of a month-long break, but there are six televised/ live streamed tournaments still to come in 2012. 

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The season reaches its' business end, with coveted places in the World Grand Prix, Grand Slam and most importantly of all - the World Championship - firmly up for grabs.

The next cut-off date for a major tournament will come following the fourth European Tour event in Stuttgart in September, when the 32 players for the European Championship are confirmed.

The PDC road show heads to Germany, Essex, Dublin, Wolverhampton, Minehead and London as well as numerous other locations for European and Pro Tour events which play a huge role in determining the qualifiers for major tournaments.

Exclusive internet-only event - the Championship League - follows the European Championship in September, before 32 of the world's top stars head to the Emerald Isle for the unique 'double in, double out' event - the World Grand Prix.

Darts' rival codes will then come together for the popular Grand Slam in November, a highly anticipated event which has seen record ticket sales this year.

The successful stars on the ProTour throughout the year will be rewarded with a place in the finals later that month, a tournament now referred to as the 'World Championship warm-up' as it moves to pastures new in Minehead.

The greatest show on planet darts will then commence in mid-December as the world's best head to Ally Pally for the ultimate festive feast of darts where the new World Champion will be crowned in the new year. 

The full cut-off dates and information for the remaining 2012 televised events are: European Championship
Cut-Off Date - following European Tour Event 4
Top 16 players from PDC Order of Merit
Top eight players from ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
Top eight players from European Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

Championship League Darts
Cut-Off Date - following Players Championships in Barnsley on September 15 & 16
Players selected from main PDC Order of Merit in ranking order World Grand Prix 
Cut-Off Date - following European Championship
Top 16 players from PDC Order of Merit
Top 14 players from ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
Top two nationals of Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland from the ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

William Hill Grand Slam of Darts
Invitations for finalists from major tournaments (PDC and BDO) over a two-year period, subject to acceptance
A series of wildcard qualifiers following qualifier in Crawley on November 2

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Cut-Off Date - following Players Championships in Barnsley on November 24 & 25
Top 32 players from final 2012 ProTour Order of Merit

2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
Cut-Off Date - following Players Championships in Barnsley on November 24 & 25
Top 32 players from PDC Order of Merit
Top 16 players in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
Top four players in European Order of Merit
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PDC Major Tournament Cut-Off Dates and Criteria

The darts season may be in the midst of a month-long break, but there are six televised/ live streamed tournaments still to come in 2012. 

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