The opening European Tour event of the season gets underway on Friday, with a marathon double session of first round action at the German Championship in Hildesheim.
The three-day, internet-streamed event features 48 of the world’s top stars battling it out for £115,000 in prize money in front of a bumper crowd in the darting hotbed of Germany.
The event is the first of nine ‘mini majors’ to be held in 2015, with the European Tour featuring a record prize fund this season following its unprecedented success in 2014.
While the top 16 seeds enter the fray on Saturday, 32 hopefuls start their title quest on day one, with an array of tasty ties in the offering over eight hours of unmissable action.
Terry Jenkins is the highest ranked player participating on day one, with the world number 15 up against young Dutchman Ryan De Vreede in the evening session.
The stand-out tie sees quick-fire marksmen Jelle Klaasen and Jamie Caven collide in a repeat of their high quality European Championship encounter last October – which Klaasen won 10-7.
Former BDO number one and Winmua World Master James Wilson makes his eagerly awaited PDC stage debut when he takes on Tyneside thrower Kevin McDine, with both entering the clash in a spell of impressive early form.
James Wilson of England celebrates at Lakeside (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Three-time World Champion John Part returns to playing duties for a show-down against European Tour debutant Ricky Williams – the Portsmouth ace who competed in last month’s Qualifying School.
A tasty all-European clash sees Austria’s number one meet Spain’s number one as Mensur Suljovic and World Championship giant-killer Cristo Reyes lock horns.
Dancing South African Devon Petersen marks his long-awaited stage return with a tie against Dutch starlet Jeffrey De Zwaan – with both having successfully won through Q School in Wigan to earn a two-year PDC Tour Card.
Home hero Sascha Stein looks to pick up from where he left off in a gallant display against Michael van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace when he comes up against Andy Parsons – a man who has hit a nine-darter on the ProTour in recent years.
Andy ‘The Pie Man’ Smith meets another resident German in Bernd Roith, while top 32 star Ronny Huybrechts flies the flag for Belgium in his match against Holland’s Mareno Michels.
Joe Cullen looks to kick-start what he hopes to be a memorable season by overcoming highly-rated Q School qualifier Andy Boulton, while 21-year-old Benito van de Pas hosts Pete Dyos.
The action gets underway from 12pm GMT at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
German Championship 2015 match schedule
All times GMT (local time one hour ahead)
Friday February 13
Kevin Thomas v Ross Smith
Ronny Huybrechts v Mareno Michels
Joe Murnan v Michael Barnard
Joe Cullen v Andy Boulton
John Bowles v Chris Aubrey
James Wilson v Kevin McDine
Daniel Zygla v Stuart Kellett
Pete Dyos v Benito van de Pas
John Scott v Maik Langendorf
Jeffrey De Zwaan v Devon Petersen
Andy Parsons v Sascha Stein
Ricky Williams v John Part
Mensur Suljovic v Cristo Reyes
Jelle Klaasen v Jamie Caven
Terry Jenkins v Ryan De Vreede
Andy Smith v Bernd Roith