van Gerwen made light work of the Belgian in front of 11,200 fans at the First Direct Arena, averaging over 107 in a 7-3 success.
“To win 7-3 in my first game of the Premier League is very good and I played quite well,” said van Gerwen, who sealed the victory with a fabulous 145 finish.
“I didn’t expect to play this well but I’m very happy with my form, and I finished well at the right time,
“It was Kim’s debut and it was difficult for him, but when you’re on this stage you need to be prepared for everything. He’s a good player and he’ll be back.
“The crowd were amazing and I had goosebumps. That makes you feel incredible and it means a lot to me, and I think it made me play better.
“I want to keep this form for the rest of the Premier League. I hope I can win this tournament again, but there’s a long way to go in the season, and you just need to try and play well every week – but I’m enjoying myself.”
The 2013 champion continues his campaign for a third successive table-topping season next week in Bournemouth after this weekend’s UK Open qualifiers in Wigan.