Ted Hankey, Terry Jenkins and Michael van Gerwen turned on the style to win through to the knockout stages of the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on Tuesday night.
Hankey entered his clash with fellow Stoke-born ace White knowing that the winner would progress to the second round from Group B alongside Dean Winstanley.
And Hankey responded in superb fashion with a 5-3 triumph which included a 161 checkout amongst two bullseye finishes as he averaged over 100 to move into the last 16, where he will play van Gerwen on Thursday night.
"Ian's a great player and he played well but I was delighted with my finishing, which was brilliant," said Hankey. "The 161 was sweet and the other bullseye was a big shot, and I felt great.
"I'm looking forward to playing Michael - it will be an interesting game because he's playing very well this year."
Van Gerwen won through another elimination clash against Tony O'Shea with a 5-2 victory, which the young Dutchman sealed with a superb 144 checkout.
He topped Group A on leg difference ahead of Mark Walsh, who had won his first two matches but lost to reigning champion Scott Waites as the Yorkshireman bowed out with a 5-2 triumph for his only win of the group phase.
"This is my fourth time in Wolverhampton and it's the first time I've got past the group stages so it's a big achievement - but I don't want to stop here," said van Gerwen. "I'm playing well and enjoying myself."
There was drama in Group D as Terry Jenkins took a 5-3 win over James Wade to join the left-hander in qualifying at the expense of Justin Pipe.
Pipe went down 5-4 to Dave Chisnall in a dramatic deciding-leg clash, with the Taunton ace missing the single one which would have left him double eight for the match to allow his opponent in for victory on double ten.
Jenkins then took to the stage against Wade knowing that he had to take victory to knock Pipe out of the event.
Wade, who was already assured of a last 16 place, led 3-1 before Jenkins took three successive legs to move ahead and he then finished 100 with two double tops for a victory which saw him not only progress but take victory in Group D.
"Dave beating Justin earlier gave me the chance to concentrate on just trying to beat James and not think about other scorelines, and that definitely helped me," said Jenkins.
"Since losing my opening game I've relaxed and played some good darts. The format's longer in the secnod round and I'll hope to do well."
Premier League Darts champion Gary Anderson and Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones won through from Group C, with the Scot taking a 5-1 victory in their meeting to deny Nigel Heydon and Brendan Dolan.
Heydon had defeated Anderson in Saturday's opener but lost 5-3 to Dolan in their final game to see his hopes of a spot in the last 16 ended, with Anderson now facing Wade on Thursday and Jenkins meeting Jones.
The group stage concludes on Wednesday night when Groups E-H complete their round-robin contests.
Phil Taylor enters his clash with Mervyn King on the back of two victories in Group E, with Steve Beaton facing James Hubbard in their other game.
Group F sees Wes Newton play Barrie Bates and Paul Nicholson face Magnus Caris, while John Part takes on Arron Monk and Mark Webster meets Jan Dekker in Group G.
Adrian Lewis is guaranteed qualification from Group H ahead of his clash with Vincent van der Voort, while Co Stompe and Martin Phillips are battling to join him in the last 16.
William Hill Grand Slam of Darts results for Tuesday November 15
Groups A-D Final Games
Raymond van Barneveld 2-5 Dean Winstanley
Scott Waites 5-2 Mark Walsh
Brendan Dolan 5-3 Nigel Heydon
Justin Pipe 4-5 Dave Chisnall
Tony O'Shea 2-5 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 3-5 Terry Jenkins
Ted Hankey 5-2 Ian White
Gary Anderson 5-1 Wayne Jones
Wednesday November 16 fixtures (7pm)
Groups E-H Final Games
Adrian Lewis v Vincent van der Voort
Wes Newton v Barrie Bates
Steve Beaton v James Hubbard
John Part v Arron Monk
Co Stompe v Martin Phillips
Phil Taylor v Mervyn King
Mark Webster v Jan Dekker
Paul Nicholson v Magnus Caris
Thursday November 17 (7pm)
Dean Winstanley v Mark Walsh
Michael van Gerwen v Ted Hankey
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Terry Jenkins v Wayne Jones
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