The world's best darts players are in Auckland for a tournament that kicks off today.

Playing among those stars that are set to earn millions in prize money are three Māori players.

The 29-year-old Dutch maestro Michael van Gerwen has earned over $1.3 million already this year for the sport.

However, for 32-year-old Ōtārā man Cody Harris, also known as The Codestar he's up for the challenge.

"I see myself as one of the best dart players because these guys have beaten me and I've beaten them so I just put us all on the same level and I don't like looking down on people as well." 

21-year-old debutant Tahuna Irwin also keen to get in on the action against number two seated player Peter Wright.

Irwin's family will travel up from Gisborne today for support and Irwin's hopes his grandfather will also be fit to travel up. 

"Hopefully he can come up. He's a bit sick at the moment but yeah he's the one that really got me into playing darts you know and without him you know I wouldn't be here right now. So I have to thank him a lot." 

Haupai Puha is the other debutant in the three-day tournament which kicks off today at Auckland's Trusts Arena. 

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