The DartsMad GDL Open


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The GDL Open is a knockout tournament that any GDL Tour Card Holder can attempt to qualify for. There are 4 qualifying events between January 2nd 2021 and the start of the Open, which is Saturday 27th March. 

The qualifying events give players the chance to either automatically qualify or earn enough Order of Merit (OOM) points to be one of the OOM qualifiers.

The winner of each qualifier will be given an automatic spot in the open and will be seeded 1-4 based on their overall average throughout the 4 qualifiers and the remaining 28 places will be given to the top 28 players on the order of merit.

Players who win an automatic spot to the major are encouraged to play the other qualifiers still, as there are ranking points available for all events that will lead up to the GDL World Championships at the end of the year. 

If an automatically qualified player wins another qualifier, there will be another spot added to the OOM qualifying list.

Ranking Points

Ranking points will be awarded to players who play each event. The points are shown below and apply to all grades in the same way.


Round Points
Losing Semi-Finalists
Losing Quarter-Finalists
Last 16 Losers
Last 32 Losers
Last 64 Losers
Last 128 (prelim) Losers


Round Points
Losing Semi-Finalists
Losing Quarter-Finalists
Last 16 Losers
Last 32 Losers


As you should be aware by now, there are three different grades of ability on the GDL Tour. These are:

64+ avg.

54-63.99 avg.

below 54 avg.

Each grade has its own qualifiers and its own majors. A 48avg. player won’t be facing a 78avg. player.

Find out what grade you’re in

The qualifying event matches are all the same length. These are as follows:

64+ avg. Best of 11 legs of 501.

54-63.99 avg. Best of 9 legs of 501.

below 54 avg. Best of 7 legs of 501.

The Draw

The draws for each qualifying event will be made the day before each event is due to start. Once the draw is made, players can play their games immediately and have up to three days from the start of the event to complete their first game.

When the draw has been made, we will create the competition brackets on the website and you’ll be able to find them via the links below. If there are no links below, then that means the brackets have not been created yet, but will be when the draw has been made.

Deadlines for each round:

Qualifier 2

Prelims/L64: Wednesday 27th January
L32: Friday 29th January
L16: Sunday 31st January
Quarter Finals: Tuesday 2nd February
Semi Finals: Thursday 4th February
Final: Friday 5th February

Players can arrange their games as soon as their next opponent is known and are encouraged to do so, if possible!

Prize Money

Cash prizes are available for reaching the last 8 of the major and beyond. The prize breakdown is as follows:

Quarter finalists: £50

Semi finalists: £100

Runner-up: £200

Winner: £400

This is the same throughout the grades.

When the match is completed, the winner must take a full screenshot of the result, including stats and go to the results page to submit the result

If you are playing on WDA, you must make a note of your first 9 average and email This is because WDA doesn’t provide that data in the match summary.

We would prefer that you do not use dartconnect for your games, purely because it is difficult to obtain the stats from DC games.

Have a question? Check the guidelines and this page first.

We are a very small team. Smaller than you can imagine given the size of the operation (Our stats man is only 5’3″!). So we cannot deal with questions that have answers available on this website. Please search around for the answer before messaging us.

Sponsors' discount codes

Use these discount codes at our GDL Partners to get a discount off their products:

A180 Darts: variable discount amount. Code GDL

Double Trouble Drinks: 10% discount. Code GDL10

CG Sports Wear: 5% off your order. Code GDLShirt


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