£140,000 is the prize pool for the Austrian Darts Championship so it is not a tournament to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Because of that, all the big names you would expect are present with the likes of Adrian Lewis, Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, and of course Michael van Gerwen ready to take to the oche.
However, before they do, there was the small matter of Friday’s action to look back on as a particular dark horse of ours made it through to face the big guns.
Keegan Brown shines through
Our dark horse is of course Englishman Keegan Brown. We have covered his growing career and reputation recently as you can read here and the 26-year-old came through a tough contest against Austrian Hannes Schnier 6-5 to make it through to Saturday’s action.
2014 BDO World Champion Stephen Bunting was disappointed to find himself exiting the tournament early at the hands of Australian Kyle Anderson.
6-4 was the score line as Bunting kept Anderson honest but could not close out when it mattered to ensure he headed home early.
Another Englishman on the rise is James Wilson despite never having really hit the high notes since joining the PDC in 2015.
Gavin Carlin felt the wrath of Wilson as the man known as Jammy Dodger came through 6-2 to set up a tie with Steve Beaton.
Dimitri Van den Bergh impresses
The DreamMaker strolled through his first-round tie with Welshman Mark Webster 6-3 to show everyone that at just 25, he has the talent to mix it with the very best.
De Zwaan de wins
Dutchman Jeffrey De Zwaan took control of his first-round clash with Austrian Christian Goedl to progress to the second-round with a dominate 6-3 victory.
The Black Cobra will now face Darren Webster in round two.
Menzies Steals the show
Scotsman Cameron Menzies put on the show of round one to beat Kevin Munch 6-1.
It means the 30-year-old gets the pleasure of a second-round tie with Michael Smith.
The tournament runs until the 1st September so check back for more updates.