Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Steve Bull pitted World Champions John Part and Anastasia Dobromyslova together as he performed the draw for the 2008 PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts.
PDC World Champion Part and Women’s World Champion Dobromyslova were drawn alongside Wayne Mardle and 2007 Grand Slam semi-finalist Kevin McDine in Group D for this year’s £356,000 tournament, which begins on Saturday November 15 at the Wolverhampton Civic.
BDO World Champion Mark Webster takes on former World Masters winners Mervyn King and Michael van Gerwen and ITV Wildcard Qualifier Colin McGarry in Group C.
Reigning champion Phil Taylor, who will again be chasing the £100,000 winner’s cheque, drew Holland’s Vincent van der Voort, Andy Jenkins and former Lakeside finalist Phill Nixon.
Three of the top young players to emerge in darts in recent years, James Wade, Adrian Lewis and Holland’s Niels de Ruiter, clash in Group G, while last year’s Grand Slam of Darts runner-up Andy Hamilton has drawn Australia’s Simon Whitlock, Alan Tabern and Brian Woods.
Kirk Shepherd, who came from nowhere to reach the PDC World Championship final in January, meets five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, reigning World Masters champion Robert Thornton and UK Open runner-up Gary Mawson.
Wes Newton, who won the ITV Wildcard Qualifier last month, was drawn with number seven seed Terry Jenkins, Colin Lloyd and Darin Young.
* 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.
First Round – Group Stage Draw
Phil Taylor (1)
Vincent van der Voort
Andy Hamilton (8)
Mark Webster (4)
Michael van Gerwen
John Part (5)
Raymond van Barneveld (2)
Terry Jenkins (7)
James Wade (3)
Niels de Ruiter
Gary Anderson (6)