The draw for the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship took place on Monday, with the stand-out first-round tie throwing up an all-family affair between Kim and Ronny Huybrechts.
The tournament—held from Friday, Dec. 13 2013 to Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014 at Alexandra Palace—is the premiere event of the darts calendar and will feature prize money of £1 million, per the venue's website.
Monday's first-round draw took place on Sky Sports News, with all the sport's big names drawn out the hat in the 64-strong field.
|Player 1||Player 2||Player 1||Player 2|
|Michael Smith||Vs.||Hashimoto/Lim||Gary Anderson||Vs.||Mark Dudbridge|
|Justin Pipe||Vs.||Arron Monk||Kevin Painter||Vs.||Tomas Seyler|
|Adrian Lewis||Vs.||Dennis Smith||Mark Walsh||Vs.||Jarkko Ko|
|Mark Webster||Vs.||Mensur Suljuvic||John Part||Vs.||Mareno Michels|
|Paul Nicholson||Vs.||Stuart Kellett||Brendan Dolan||Vs.||Lindskjold/Santos|
|Richie Burnett||Vs.||Dean Winstanley||Raymond van Barneveld||Vs.||Jamie Lewis|
|Ronnie Baxter||Vs.||Ricky Evans||Mervyn King||Vs.||Darin Young|
|Ian White||Vs.||Kyle Anderson||Vincent Van Der Voort||Vs.||Matt Clark|
|Colin Lloyd||Vs.||Beau Anderson||Wes Newton||Vs.||Vos/Lam|
|Kim Huybrechts||Vs.||Ronny Huybrechts||Phil Taylor||Vs.||Szabo/Moss|
|Peter Wright||Vs.||Joe Cullen||Andy Smith||Vs.||Steve Brown|
|Andy Hamilton||Vs.||Barbero/Welge||Simon Whitlock||Vs.||Ross Smith|
|Robert Thornton||Vs.||Max Hopp||Dave Chisnall||Vs.||John Henderson|
|Jamie Caven||Vs.||Jelle Klaasen||James Wade||Vs.||Darren Webster|
|Steve Beaton||Vs.||Petersen/Latif Sapup||Michael van Gerwen||Vs.||Lerchbacher/Ward|
|Wayne Jones||Vs.||Kevin McDine||Terry Jenkins||Vs.||McGarry/Laursen|
With the likes of Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor involved, there are sure to be fireworks aplenty.
Taylor will defend his 16th world title at the 2013 event, and there are plenty of talents gunning to take him down come the final this New Year's Day.
In the first round, Taylor will meet either England's Ian Moss or New Zealand national champion Rob Szabo. Main rival Van Gerwen will also meet a preliminary round winner in either Zoran Lerchbacher or Ben Ward.
PDC World Championships: Taylor evens, Van Gerwen 7/2, Lewis 6/1, Raymond van Barneveld 25/1 http://t.co/wyD7iyzV96— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 2, 2013
Van Barneveld and Lewis, meanwhile, face tougher tests in Jamie Lewis and Dennis Smith respectively.
The full schedule for the opening round is set to be released in the coming days, per the Swindon Advertiser.
The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, with the broadcasting schedule also to be announced shortly.
The preliminary, first and second rounds will take place between Dec. 13 and Dec. 23, before a break for Christmas festivities.
Play will then resume on Dec. 27, with four more rounds to complete including the final on Jan. 1.
Full information about timings of play can be found via the Alexandra Palace website, as well as ticketing details.