Rob Cross will begin the defence of his PDC World Championship title against either Jeffrey de Zwaan or Nitin Kumar at Alexandra Palace in December.
The biggest William Hill World Championship in PDC history will feature a newly-expanded field of 96 players competing for a record £2.5 million in prize money and the Sid Waddell Trophy from December 13 to January 1.
The First Round draw sees the 32 ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers drawn against the 32 International Qualifiers, with the winners set to take on the top 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit in Round Two.
Cross pulled off a fairy-tale triumph on his debut in the sport’s showpiece event 12 months ago, defeating the legendary 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor 7-2 in the final to become only the eighth different winner of a PDC world title.
Cross, who climbed to world number two following the recent Players Championship Finals, will kick off his title defence at Ally Pally with a clash against either World Matchplay semi-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan or Indian qualifier Nitin Kumar
The tournament schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.
World Darts Championship 2018/19 Draw
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Alan Tabern/Raymond Smith
Rob Cross (2) v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Nitin Kumar
Peter Wright (3) v Toni Alcinas/Craig Ross
Gary Anderson (4) v Paul Nicholson/Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney (5) v Ross Smith/Paul Lim
Gerwyn Price (6) v Nathan Aspinall/Geert Nentjes
Mensur Suljovic (7) v Ryan Searle/Stephen Burton
Simon Whitlock (8) v Ryan Joyce/Anastasia Dobromyslova
James Wade (9) v Krzysztof Ratajski/Seigo Asada
Michael Smith (10) v Ron Meulenkamp/Diogo Portela
Ian White (11) v Wayne Jones/Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall (12) v Josh Payne/Jeff Smith
Darren Webster (13) v Vincent van der Voort/Lourence Ilagan
Joe Cullen (14) v Brendan Dolan/Yuanjun Liu
Jonny Clayton (15) v Dimitri van den Bergh/Chuck Puleo
Adrian Lewis (16) v Simon Stevenson/Ted Evetts
Raymond van Barneveld (17) v Matthew Edgar/Darius Labanauskas
Stephen Bunting (18) v Luke Humphries/Adam Hunt
Mervyn King (19) v Jan Dekker/Lisa Ashton
Steve Beaton (20) v Chris Dobey/Boris Koltsov
Kim Huybrechts (21) v Robert Thornton/Daniel Larsson
Steve West (22) v Richard North/Robert Marijanovic
John Henderson (23) v Gabriel Clemens/Aden Kirk
Jelle Klaasen (24) v Keegan Brown/Karel Sedlacek
Alan Norris (25) v Steve Lennon/James Bailey
James Wilson (26) v William O’Connor/Yordi Meeuwisse
Kyle Anderson (27) v Jeffrey de Graaf/Noel Malicdem
Jamie Lewis (28) v Martin Schindler/Cody Harris
Jermaine Wattimena (29) v Michael Barnard/Jose De Sousa
Benito van de Pas (30) v Mickey Mansell/Jim Long
Cristo Reyes (31) v Ricky Evans/Rowby-John Rodriguez
Max Hopp (32) v Danny Noppert/Royden Lam
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