Michael Smith has been drawn in what is being dubbed 'the group of death' at the BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts which will be staged in Wolverhampton from November 9-17.
The St Helens ace, who is still awaiting his first major TV title after several near misses, is part of a four-strong Group H, which also includes UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall of Stockport, world youth champion Martin Schindler and three-times Lakeside world champion Glen Durrant.
Smith and Durrant will be first on the oche in their high-profile group match which has all the makings of a classic.
Durrant, who recently moved from the BDO to the PDC, said: ''You're never going to get an easy draw in this competition but my opening game against Michael is going to be massive.''
St Helens will also be represented in Group E by Dave Chisnall who, like 'Bully Boy,' is desperate to bring home a major TV title.
He will lock horns with 2018 world champion Rob Cross, Tipton's Jamie 'Yozza' Hughes. and BDO four-times women's world champion Lisa Ashton of Bolton, in an eight group cross-code tournament.
The top two in their respective sections will advance to the last 16 which will be played on a knockout basis.
World no.1 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen is 11-10 to clinch the crown and pick up a first prize of £125,000
Other pay cheques will go to: Runner-up £65,000, semi-finalists £40,000, quarter finalists £20,000, second round losers £10,000, third in group £7,500, fourth in group £4,000, group winner bonus £3,500. Total: £550,000. And a nine dart finish bonus: £25,000