The £125,000 tournament begins on Friday May 16 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, with the 258-player field being whittled down to the last 16 on day one before the action shifts to the televised stage in the Cabaret Theatre.

The last 16 will be screened live on NutsTV on Saturday May 17 from 7pm-12pm (BST), with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final screened on Sunday May 18 from 7pm-12pm (BST).

The leading players will have to win four matches on Friday to book their place in the last 16, with Wayne Mardle facing a tough opener against top Boston player Tom Curtin, who qualified for the 2006 World Series of Darts.

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