Dave Chisnall has a tough opening to his partypoker.com World Grand Prix campaign in Dublin on Tuesday night.
The Morecambe ace, who lost 6-0 in last year’s final to Phil “The Power” Taylor, faces Dutch great Raymond van Barneveld at the Citywest Hotel.
Chisnall is the number eight seed but in van Barneveld he faces a two-time Grand Prix runner-up and this year’s Premier League Darts champion.
Tuesday night’s evening session begins at 7pm with the Chisnall-van Barneveld clash the penultimate game of the night.
The winner will move onto round two on Thursday night when they will face the victor of Mervyn King and Wes Newton.
The event in Ireland runs until Sunday.
Chisnall warmed up for the event with two Players’ Championship events at the Citywest Hotel on Saturday and Sunday.
He reached the last eight of the first of the double header on October 4, beating Tony Newell 6-1, Steve West 6-3, Jamie Cave 6-5 and Jamie Bain 6-3 before losing 6-2 to Adrian Lewis in the last eight.
It was a different story on Sunday however as Chisnall crashed out in first round, losing 6-3 to Joe Cullen.
Saturday’s 15th Players Championship event of the season was won by Justin Pipe with Brendan Dolan coming out on top the following day.