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Adrian Lewis, Alan Tabern to be in PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts

Lewis’ run to the final of the PartyPoker.net European Championship on Sunday saw him earn automatic qualification for the tournament, held from November 15-23 at the Wolverhampton Civic.

Lewis’ run to the final of the PartyPoker.net European Championship on Sunday saw him earn automatic qualification for the tournament, held from November 15-23 at the Wolverhampton Civic.

The European Championship was the final tournament where players could win a place in the Grand Slam of Darts outright, with Phil Taylor’s run to the final, where he defeated Lewis, meaning that Alan Tabern, the third placed player in the ITV Wildcard Qualifier, comes into the field.

“I’m delighted to have qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts and I can’t wait to play in Wolverhampton,” said Lewis.

“I really enjoyed last year’s tournament and hopefully I can have a good run this year.

“I’m really pleased with my form at the moment, and reaching the final of the European Championship shows I’m playing well.”

Tabern’s qualification sweetened the blow of his quarter-final exit in the European Championship at the hands of Peter Manley – who missed out on a Grand Slam spot when he suffered a semi-final defeat to Lewis.

Tabern had won the third-fourth place play-off at the ITV Wildcard Qualifier in Scotland last month against Jamie Caven, with Lewis’ qualification means that the Leicester player misses out on a Grand Slam spot.

“Obviously it was disappointing to lose to Peter Manley in Frankfurt, but if you’d said to me before the European Championship that I’d reach the quarter-finals and qualify for the Grand Slam of Darts anyway then I’d have snapped your hand off,” said Tabern.

“You want to be in competitions like this and hopefully I can make an impact like Kevin McDine did last year as an ITV Wildcard Qualifier.

“It’s a great tournament and I’m looking forward to experiencing it first-hand.

“ITV did a brilliant job with their coverage of the European Championship and it will be great exposure for me and more experience on the big stage.”

The 32-player field includes the finalists of major televised darts tournaments over a two-year period, alongside the leading players from north America and Australia and Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova, the Women’s World Champion.

The draw for the 2008 PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts will be made on Wednesday at the Wolverhampton Civic, with the 32 players drawn into eight four-man groups for the first round.

One player from each of the four pools below will be drawn into the eight groups for the round-robin phase of the tournament from Saturday-Tuesday, with the top two qualifying for the knockout second round.

* Tickets for the PartyPoker.com Pro-Celebrity Challenge on Friday November 14 and the PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts from November 15-23 at the Wolverhampton Civic are still available on 0870 320 7000 or via wolvescivic.co.uk.

PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts Draw Groups
Pool One
Phil Taylor (Seeded 1)
Raymond Van Barneveld (2)
James Wade (3)
Mark Webster (4)
John Part (5)
Gary Anderson (6)
Terry Jenkins (7)
Andy Hamilton (8)

Pool Two
Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis
Colin Lloyd
Wayne Mardle
Kevin Painter
Alan Tabern
Robert Thornton
Vincent van der Voort

Pool Three
Darryl Fitton
Andy Jenkins
Gary Mawson
Kevin McDine
Wes Newton
Denis Ovens
Michael van Gerwen
Simon Whitlock

Pool Four
Niels de Ruiter
Anastasia Dobromyslova
Colin McGarry
Paul Nicholson
Phill Nixon
Kirk Shepherd
Brian Woods
Darin Young

2008 PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts – Final Competitors
2007 Grand Slam of Darts
Winner: Phil Taylor
Runner-Up: Andy Hamilton
Semi-Finalists: Kevin McDine, Gary Anderson

PDC Tournaments
2007 World Championship
Winner: Raymond van Barneveld
Runner-Up: (Phil Taylor)
Semi-Finalists: Andy Jenkins, (Andy Hamilton)

2008 World Championship
Winner: John Part
Runner-Up: Kirk Shepherd
Semi-Finalists: Kevin Painter, Wayne Mardle

2007 World Matchplay
Winner: James Wade
Runner-Up: Terry Jenkins

2008 World Matchplay
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (James Wade)

2007 World Grand Prix
Winner: (James Wade)
Runner-Up: (Terry Jenkins)

2008 World Grand Prix
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (Raymond van Barneveld)

2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic
Winner: (Raymond van Barneveld)
Runner-Up: (Terry Jenkins)

2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (James Wade)

2007 UK Open
Winner: (Raymond van Barneveld)
Runner-Up: Vincent van der Voort

2008 UK Open
Winner: (James Wade)
Runner-Up: Gary Mawson

2007 US Open
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (Raymond van Barneveld)

2008 US Open
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: Colin Lloyd

2007 Premier League Darts
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (Terry Jenkins)

2008 Premier League Darts
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: (James Wade)

2007 German Darts Championship
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: Denis Ovens

2008 Championship League Darts
Winner: (Phil Taylor)

2008 European Championship
Winner: (Phil Taylor)
Runner-Up: Adrian Lewis

BDO Tournaments
2007 World Championship
Winner: Martin Adams (Declined Invitation)
Runner-Up: Phill Nixon
Semi-Finalists: Niels de Ruiter, Mervyn King

2008 World Championship
Winner: Mark Webster
Runner-Up: Simon Whitlock
Semi-Finalists: (Martin Adams), Brian Woods

2006 World Masters
Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Runner-Up: (Martin Adams)

2007 World Masters
Winner: Robert Thornton
Runner-Up: Darryl Fitton

2007 International Darts League
Winner: (Gary Anderson)
Runner-Up: (Mark Webster)

2007 World Darts Trophy
Winner: (Gary Anderson)
Runner-Up: (Phil Taylor)

Further Qualifiers
Winner of William Cross Pro-Am Order of Merit – Paul Nicholson
Number one in 2008 PDC North American Order of Merit – Darin Young
ITV Wildcard Qualifier Winner – Wes Newton
Womens World Champion – Anastasia Dobromyslova
ITV Wildcard Qualifier Second Place – Colin McGarry
ITV Wildcard Qualifier Third Place – Alan Tabern

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