International Darts Open: When is it, who's playing and how can I watch it?

Later this week, the 2022 PDC European Tour begins in Riesa, Germany, and Joe Cullen is looking to defend the title he won in 2020.

Joe Cullen returns to defend his International Darts Open title and will be looking to create even more history after his 2020 victory over three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen in the final.

Cullen is currently in the form of his life having won three tournaments in 2022 so far. The Bradford ace won the Masters followed by the Players Championship 3 and 4.

Speaking about his form, Cullen said: "I'm playing well at the minute and even when I'm not playing well I can just turn it on. I've got that fear factor about me at the minute and things are going well. The best thing about it is, I'm not questioning myself anymore. It just seems to be working.

"Things are going well but it doesn't last forever it doesn't matter who you are," Cullen added. "While it's going well I'm going to take it as it comes.

"A few maybe questioned myself with the Premier League selection but I played decent in the Premier League and won back-to-back here on the weekend so I think I justified my selection."

Joe Cullen

MvG is also set to compete in the tournament which is being held in Riesa, Germany.

The tournament also includes world number one and 2019 champion Gerwyn Price - who recently hit two nine-darters in a televised match - as well as two-time and reigning world champion Peter Wright.

Below, we tell you everything you need to know about the 2022 International Darts Open.

When and where is the tournament?

The 2022 event is taking place in Riesa, Germany at the Sachsen Arena. It is scheduled to happen from February 25 to 27 on the PDC calendar.

How can I watch it?

Fans will be able to watch every minute of the competition via PDC's live stream. To watch it, you will have to sign up and become a member. The subscription fee is £4.99 per month while an annual subscription is £49.99.

In Germany and Austria, you can watch the tournament on DAZN.

What's the prize money?

Every qualifier taking part in the competition is guaranteed a check of £1,000 while the top 16 seeds will receive a minimum of £2,000.

The winner will walk away with £25,000 while the runner-up can expect to earn £10,000.

Prize money breakdown:

Winner: £25,000

Runner-up: £10,000

Semi-finalists: £6,500

Quarter-finalists: £5,000

Who is taking part at the 2022 International Darts Open?

Michael van Gerwen at the 2022 World Darts Championship

Sixteen of the PDC Order of Merit's top players will participate in the tournament and play against 32 players from six qualifying events. It includes 24 players from July's Tour Card Holder Qualifier.

Below is a list of the names in action:

Joe Cullen

Jose de Sousa

Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen

Gerwyn Price

Michael Smith

Jonny Clayton

James Wade

Devon Petersen

Krzysztof Ratajski

Dirk van Duijvenbode

Damon Heta

Danny Noppert

Brendan Dolan

Mensur Suljovic

Nathan Aspinall

Read more: Five times Michael van Gerwen made darting history

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