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The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is a professional darts organisation, formed in 1992 - when a group of leading professional players split from the British Darts Organisation to form what was initially called the World Darts Council (WDC). 

Barry Hearn, an experienced sports promoter, is the PDC's current chairman.

The PDC developed and holds several championship competitions including the annual PDC World Darts Championship, the UK Open, World Grand Prix, Premier League and World Matchplay. 

It also runs its own world rankings based on players' performances.

The PDC sought to attract a younger audience of both sexes for darts and market the game as a night out rather than just as a sporting event. Through the years, it was not uncommon to see politicians, musicians, football players, boxers and other sporting personalities attending their events. 

Players enter matches with their own signature theme music whilst flanked by security men and female models down to the oche. A "big-time" atmosphere was also created by using smoke machines and pyrotechnics during these sometimes elaborate entrances, similar to that used in boxing or wrestling.

At the oche, players only drink iced water during matches; with the many lights and tightly-compressed crowds, temperatures have been measured at over 38 degree Celsius (100 degree Fahrenheit) during some games.

Inside the venues, action is relayed via giant video screens for the large crowds.

Phil Taylor is the PDC's most successful star and a global flag-bearer for darts. One of the world's greatest ever sportsmen - he has clinched over 100 titles worldwide, include 16 World Championships and 14 World Matchplays - records unlikely to be ever surpassed.

Since the darting boom in the 2000s, the PDC have introduced a structure to nurture young players and have taken the game to uncharted territory - in regions such as Dubai and Sydney - truly marking the sport as a global phenomenon - which shows little sign of relenting.

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