PRO DARTS: 'The Hammer' to kick off series in Queensland
FORMER world championship runner-up Andy Hamilton will kick off the International Pro Darts Showdown Series when the inaugural tournament begins in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Hamilton, known as "The Hammer", will take on Western Australia's Lewis Kirk as the series, hosted by News Corp, starts at the RNA Convention Centre.
The voice of darts, Russ Bray, carried out the draw on Tuesday night for all four tournaments for the month-long series which also heads to Gold Coast, Townsville and Mackay.
Will Evans, the Sports Marketing Manager of UBET, and Key Accounts Manager at CUB Michael Parlby drew the numbers with some intriguing games resulting on the first night of action.
Among the highlights for the opening night include Australia's No.1, Simon Whitlock, playing Lucas Cameron, Kyle Anderson taking on New Zealand qualifier Tahuna Irwin and 16-time world champion Phil "The Power" Taylor ending the night against Raymond Smith.
The games are the best of 11 legs, with the winners moving on to the second night and the quarter-finals.
The full draw for the series was as follows.
Brisbane - Wednesday and Thursday.
1 Andy Hamilton v Lewis Kirk
2 Johnny K v Rhys Mathewson
3 Jamie Harvey v Robbie King
4 Russell Stewart v Tic Bridge
5 Devon Peterson v Raymond O'Donnell
6 Kyle Anderson v Tahuna Irwin
7 Simon Whitlock v Lucas Cameron
8 Phil Taylor v Raymond Smith
Gold Coast - January 17-18
1 Jamie Harvey v Steven Macarthur
2 Russell Stewart v Brad Thorp
3 Johnny K v Robbie King
4 Andy Hamilton v Gg Mathers
5 Devon Peterson v Lucas Cameron
6 Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
7 Simon Whitlock v Stuart Leach
8 Phil Taylor v Tic Bridge
Townsville - January 24-25
1 Jamie Harvey v Jeremy Fagg
2 Dmitri Van Den Bergh v Pat Molloy
3 Johnny K v Lucas Cameron
4 Andy Hamilton v GG Mathers
5 Devon Peterson v Rhys Mathewson
6 Russell Stewart v Tic Bridge
7 Kyle Anderson v Raymond Smith
8 Phil Taylor v Greg Major
Mackay - January 27-28
1 Andy Hamilton v John Bunyard
2 Devon Peterson v Dave Littleboy
3 Johnny K v Tic Bridge
4 Jamie Harvey v Raymond Smith
5 Russell Stewart v GG Mathers
6 Dmitri Van Den Bergh v Lucas Cameron
7 Kyle Anderson v Rhys Mathewson
8 Phil Taylor v Kevin McCarthy