Scotland’s Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his PDC World Championship title against qualifier Mark Frost.
Anderson beat England’s Adrian Lewis in the 2016 final and is aiming to win the event for the third year in succession.
World number one Michael van Gerwen will play Ross Snook or Kim Viljanen in the first round, while 16-time world champion Phil Taylor is up against either John Bowles or David Platt.
The tournament runs from 15 December to 2 January at London’s Alexandra Palace.
It is the 10th time the PDC’s showpiece event will be staged at the venue, following its move from the Circus Tavern in Purfleet for the 2008 competition.
Seventy-two players will compete for a record first prize of £350,000.
Stoke’s Frost was one of four players to secure their spots at the World Championship at the final qualifying event in Wigan on Monday.
Anderson, 45, could become only the third player in darts history to achieve three consecutive World Championship wins.
Eric Bristow (1984-86) did so before the sport split into two governing bodies, after which Taylor (1995-2002) and (2004-2006) twice achieved the feat in the Professional Darts Corporation version of the World Championship.
First-round draw (seedings in brackets)
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Ross Snook or Kim Viljanen
Cristo Reyes (32) v Dimitri van den Bergh
Stephen Bunting (16) v Darren Webster
Simon Whitlock (17) v Boris Koltsov or Dragutin Horvat
Mensur Suljovic (8) v Ron Meulenkamp
Mark Webster (25) v Joe Murnan
Robert Thornton (9) v Zoran Lerchbacher or Simon Stevenson
Daryl Gurney (24) v Jermaine Wattimena
Adrian Lewis (5) v Magnus Caris
Joe Cullen (28) v Qiang Sun or Corey Cadby
Raymond van Barneveld (12) v Robbie Green
Alan Norris (21) v John Michael
Phil Taylor (4) v John Bowles or David Platt
Jamie Caven (29) v Kevin Painter
Kim Huybrechts (13) v James Wilson
Vincent van der Voort (20) v Max Hopp
Gary Anderson (2) v Mark Frost
John Henderson (31) v Andrew Gilding
Benito van de Pas (15) v Tengku Shah or Masumi Chino
Terry Jenkins (18) v Josh Payne
Dave Chisnall (7) v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Justin Pipe (26) v Chris Dobey
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Jeffrey de Graaf
Brendan Dolan (23) v Christian Kist
James Wade (6) v Ronny Huybrechts
Steve Beaton (27) v Devon Petersen
Michael Smith (11) v Ricky Evans
Mervyn King (22) v Steve West
Peter Wright (3) v Jerry Hendriks or Warren Parry
Jamie Lewis (30) v Mick McGowan
Ian White (14) v Kevin Simm or Gilbert Ulang
Gerwyn Price (19) v Jonny Clayton
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/38129333