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Taylor looks for Premier League Darts revenge over MvG

Stoke-on-Trent's Phil Taylor takes on Michael van Gerwen in the opening night of the PDC Premier League Darts competition tonight.

Phil Taylor in action as he lost to Michael Smith at the PDC World Championships Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

'The Power' will be looking for revenge over 'Mighty Mike', who beat him in the final of last year's competition, and also took his World Championships crown on New Years Day.

Adrian Lewis, the second Stoke thrower in the competition, faces Australian, Simon Whitlock, in his first match.

Read more: Phil Taylor's shock defeat to Michael Smith

Lewis now second favourite following Phil Taylor's exit

Adrian Lewis is now the second favourite to win the PDC World Darts Championship, following last night's exit of favourite, Phil Taylor.

Adrian Lewis in action in this year's PDC World Championships Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two-time winner Lewis is, like Taylor, from Stoke-on-Trent, and now stands at 15/8 to take the title, just behind Dutchman, Michael van Gerwen.

Andy Hamilton will feel he has a realistic chance of winning the tournament Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAP/Press Association Images

Another two Stoke throwers will now also feel they can benefit from the Power's 4-3 defeat to Michael Smith. 2012 runner-up Andy Hamilton is now at 33/1 for the tournament, but Ian White remains an outsider at 100/1.

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Shock defeat for Taylor in World Darts Championships

Phil Taylor looking dejected during second round match against Michael Smith Credit: PA

Sixteen-time World Darts Champion Phil Taylor has been knocked out of the PDC World Darts Championship in a second-round shock defeat at Alexandra Palace.

Taylor, from Stoke-on-Trent, was beaten 4-3 by world youth champion Michael Smith. Phil 'The Power' Taylor was well below his best, making many errors throughout the match.

World youth champion MIchael Smith celebrating his massive win over 16-time world champion Phil Taylor Credit: PA

Phil Taylor to face Robert Thornton in Darts final

Stoke-on-Trent's Phil Taylor will face Robert Thornton in tonight's PDC Grand Slam of Darts final at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Phil Taylor in action Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Sport

'The Power' came through an epic semi-final with fellow Stoke player, Adrian Lewis, winning 16-9 this afternoon.

The 16-time world champion will be hoping to add a fifth Grand Slam of Darts victory to his collection against Scot, Robert Thornton, who beat Scott Waites 16-9.

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Phil 'The Power' Taylor named as PDC Player of the Year

Phil Taylor lifts the trophy after winning the World Darts Championship Final Credit: PA

Stoke legend Phil Taylor was named the Player of the Year at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner last night.

'The Power', which Phil Taylor is also known as, claimed his 16th World Darts Championship on New Year's Day following a hugely successful 12 months.

The World Champion, said: "It's a wonderful honour to receive this award. With the brilliant performances of so many players in the last year, it means a huge amount to me to be named as the Player of the Year."

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