Nathan Aspinall won the tournament 12 months ago but isn't part of the invitational event this year to defend his title.
Despite announcing this week that he is set to miss this year's World Cup of Darts due to a long standing issue which has left him requiring an operation, Michael van Gerwen is joint 4/1 favourite to win in New York, alongside Jonny Clayton.
The winner of last week's Premier League event in Newcastle, last weekend's Euro Tour in Zwolle and runner-up here last year Michael Smith is available at 5/1 but if you fancy backing an outsider, Fallon Sherrock is 70/1 and Matt Campbell is out at 100/1.
For me, this is the most exciting leg of the World Series tour this year. The quality of players coming from North America is improving constantly and it's a fantastic opportunity to see some really promising players that we don't get to week in, week out. With the sheer quantity of darts being played, there's something incredibly refreshing and exciting about that.
Ninja to get the better of The Flying Scotsman
Matt Campbell, the world number 85 takes on an out of form Gary Anderson on Friday night. Anyone who has seen the Online Darts League or some of his Players Championship performances will know what the Canadian is capable of, as we've regularly seen him average in excess of a ton with some sublime finishing along the way.
He's already beaten Rob Cross with an average over 103 this year and is more than capable of putting a run of results together. I expect the Ginja Ninja to show more desire, to be on the front foot from the outset and to come out on top in this one, he's 2/1 to do so.
I'm also backing Campbell to hit +1.5 match 180s at 13/8.
The PDC representatives will come up against the eight players from North America and while Campbell, Danny Baggish and Jeff Smith can beat anyone on their day, I think American Danny Lauby's career is also worth keeping an eye on. He's another player who has benefitted from regular action in the Online Darts Live League, has impressed on the WDF circuit and I for one would love to see him earn a Tour Card in the near future.
The Ferret will have too much for Danny
Lauby is one of the four players to book himself a spot in the tournament as a CDC Qualifier but despite being one of the players I was most excited about seeing in action, he has the unenviable challenge of taking on Jonny Clayton in the opening round.
I'm putting The Ferret in a match treble along with Sherrock and Price to win at 11/10, but if you do fancy the American to come through the last match of the night, he is 6/1 to progress.
I do, however, like the look of Lauby to hit +1.5 match 180s at 11/10.