The opportunity to pick up a PDC tour card comes around next week at Q School, and there is going to be an awful lot of competition in Wigan.
The PDC has confirmed that there will be no cap on the number of entries for the four-day event at Robin Park Tennis Centre.
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With the removal of restrictions on BDO players entering Q School, and the announcement of a huge increase in PDC prize money in 2019 a mammoth amount of entrants are expected.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that over 250 players had already registered and with five days to go to confirm entry, there could be many more to come.
Previously, BDO players were put off attending Q School as they may have had to relinquish any prize money won at the previous BDO World Championship.
However, new chairman of the BDO, Des Jacklin, has changed the rules and the stars of the Lakeside can head to Wigan knowing they can compete without fear of reprisal.
Current BDO world champion Glen Durrant is competing in the event and told Metro.co.uk in December: ‘The good news about the new contract is that I can go and have a go at it [Q School], but the bad news is that everybody I’m speaking to is going to go to Q School.
‘It’s going to be by far the toughest year ever.
‘I expect a very, very busy competitive Q School, it won’t be easy, it’ll probably be even tougher than winning Lakeside. It’ll be survival of the fittest.’
Two-time Lakeside champion Scott Waites is also heading to Q School, as are other BDO stars including Jim Williams, Mark McGeeney and Deta Hedman.
‘It’s a good opportunity for everybody now they’ve opened it up,’ said Waites. ‘But there’s going to be a hell of a lot of entries, there’s going to be a lot of players.
‘I don’t know what the final numbers will be, I would have capped it at something like 512.
‘Q School will be harder than Lakeside this year. It will be difficult, it will be a long day to keep your focus and concentration for the whole day, then potentially you’ve got four of them to do. I think it’s going to be mad.’
Q School runs from 17-20 January in Wigan with two players on each day guaranteed a Tour Card with further Tour Cards available at the end of the four days, but with the amount is unconfirmed, as yet.