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The draw bracket for the Players Championship Finals, which takes place next weekend in Minehead, has been confirmed after the 32 player field was finalised.

Simon Whitlock, the number two seed for the £250,000 tournament, faces Jamie Caven in the first round.

Third seed Michael van Gerwen, who has picked up seven Pro Tour titles in 2012, takes on defending champion Kevin Painter.

Recently crowned Grand Slam Champion Raymond van Barneveld meets Steve Beaton, while world number three James Wade is up against Brendan Dolan.

UK Open champion Robert Thornton will face Mark Walsh, while Mark Webster has been handed a tough first round tie against world number one Phil Taylor.

Paul Nicholson, who won the £60,000 title in 2010, takes on Ronnie Baxter in the opening round, where Vincent van der Voort will meet Kim Huybrechts and Mervyn King meets Terry Jenkins.

The 2012  Players Championship Finals take place at Butlins resort, Minehead from November 30 to December 2.

The schedule of play will be released in due course.

By Chris Murphy
2012 Players Championship Finals – First round draw and draw bracket

Dave Chisnall (1) v Wayne Jones (32)
Colin Lloyd (16) v Peter Wright (17)
Ian White (8) v Michael Smith (25)
Kim Huybrechts (9) v Vincent van der Voort (24)
Justin Pipe (5) v Colin Osborne (28)
James Wade (12) v Brendan Dolan (21)
Raymond van Barneveld (4) v Steve Beaton (29)
Terry Jenkins (13) v Mervyn King (20)
Simon Whitlock (2) v Jamie Caven (31)
Ronnie Baxter (15) v Paul Nicholson (18)
Wes Newton (7) v Gary Anderson (26)
Robert Thornton (10) v Mark Walsh (23)
Phil Taylor (6) v Mark Webster (27)
Adrian Lewis (11) v Richie Burnett (22)
Michael van Gerwen (3) v Kevin Painter (30)
Andy Hamilton (14) v Andy Smith (19)

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