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PDC Unibet Premier League 2020, Feb 6 - May 21

PDC Darts PDC: Unibet Premier League, Feb 27 - Night Four Dublin sky sports

William O’Conner will make his debut as the PDC Premier League Challenger at the 3Arena, Dublin. The Irish fans love their darts and will be fully supported of their player as he faces the World No1 and defending Premier League Champions, Michael van Gerwen.  The event may be a near sell-out but check with the PDC event tickets to see if you can obtain one of the last few.

Coverage via Sky Sports in the UK and Various other TV channels around the world

 

Coming soon....

PDC Darts PDC: Ladbrokes UK Open March 6-8, Butlins, Minehead ITV Sport / ITV4

One of the most popular events on the PDC calendar is the UK Open. Featuring the PDC tour card holders and Riley’s amateur qualifiers this event has always thrown-up some shock results. This year, ‘Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock has made it through the gruelling qualifier stage and will play in her first-ever PDC UK Finals. Lisa Ashton who because the first lady to obtain a two-year PDC tour card in January, will also be looking to impress.

Ranking players come to the event at the later stages, and as the FA Cup, each round is drawn blind!
Live on ITV Sport / ITV4 in the UK and Various other TV channels around the world

 

PDC Premier League 2020
  • Dublin Feb 27 (R4) | Exeter Mar 5 (R5) | Liverpool Mar 12 (R6) | Newcastle Mar 19 (R7) | Rotterdam Mar 25 (R8) & 26 (R9) | Belfast Apr 2 (R10) | Sheffield Apr 9 (R11) | Manchester Apr 16 (R12) | Berlin Apr 23 (R13) | Birmingham Apr 30 (R14) | Glasgow May 7 (R15) | Leeds May 14 (R16) | London May 21 (Play-off Finals) ...(Event tickets) sky sports

2020 Premiership Players, Challangers, Schedule, Venues and Results

 

PDC 2020 Unibet Premier League Darts

PDC Unibet Premier League Players 2020

The 2020 Unibet Premier League Darts returns for sixteen weeks tour of arenas across Europe from February 6 – May 21. Following on from last year’s popular format, nine of the sports top players will be joined by nine challengers. A different challenger will feature each week of the first nine weeks before the lowest ranking league player is eliminated.

‘Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock will be one of the nine challengers and will compete on night two at the Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena on February 13.

For 16 weeks the Premier League Players will compete for a first prize £250,000 (TBC) of a total prize fund of TBC and a bonus of £25,000 for topping the league at the end of round 15.

Having won the Premier League for the past four years, Michael van Gerwen will line up as the favourite to retain the title.

Full details will be available on this website including a results table showing the players progress as each week passes. Watch live via Sky Sports

 

PDC Premier League - Buy Tickets

 

Premier League Format

The opening nine weeks will see the ten players (nine league players plus one challenger) face each other once before the bottom league player is eliminated. Point earner against a challenger will be counted, point a challenge may gain will not.

The remaining players then facing off once more before the top four progress to the Play-Offs in London on May 21.

Last year’s format gave a bonus to any challenger that beat a Premier League player. However, the prise fund and bonus rewards have yet to be announced.

 

2020 Premier League Players Line-up

 PDC Order of Merit  PDC (Wild Cards)  PDC (Wild Cards)
 Michael van Gerwen  Michael Smith  Glen Durrant
 Peter Wright  Gary Anderson  
 Gerwyn Price  Daryl Gurney  
 Rob Cross  Nathan Aspinal  

The premiership line is made up of the four highest ranked PDC players and five further wild card players selected by the PDC

 

2020 Premier League Challengers (Plus, Challange Night)

 Premier League Challangers
 John Henderson (Night One)  Luke Humphries (Night Five)  Jermaine Wattimena (Night Nine)
 Fallon Sherrock (Night Two)  Stephen Bunting (Night Six)  
 Jonny Clayton (Night Three)  Chris Dobey (Night Seven)  
 William O'Connor (Night Four)  Jeffery de Zwaan (Night Eight)  

PDC Unibet Premier League Challengers 2020

The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Sky Sports PDCTV-HD

 

2020 Premier League Prize Fund

Winner £250,000 Seventh Place £55,000
Runner-Up £120,000 Eighth Place £50,000
Semi-Finalists £80,000 Ninth Place £35,00
Fifth Place £70,000 Challenger £TBC, Bonus £TBC, (2019 £2,500 plus a bonus for a draw or win)
Sixth Place £60,000 League Leader's Bonus £25,000

Total Prize Fund £825,000


 

PDC Premier League - Buy Tickets

For more information please visit the PDC Website.

 

PDC 2020 PDC Premier League Darts Players Table

 

Night Three - Unibet Premier League Darts Table 2020

Cut

Pos

 Player

P

W

D

L

Legs +/-

Pts

Move

Final Cut

1

 Glen Durrant

3

2

1

0

+7

5

2

 Micahel van Gerwen

3

2

0

1

+6

4

3

 Nathan Aspinall

3

2

0

1

+4

4

4

 Michael Smith

3

1

1

1

+2

3

Drop Zone

5

 Rob Cross

3

1

1

1

0

3

6

 Gerwyn Price

3

0

3

0

0

3

7

 Peter Wright

3

1

1

1

0

3

8

 Gary Anderson

3

1

1

1

-1

3

R

9

 Daryl Gurney

3

0

1

2

-8

1

NA

-

 CONTENDERS (Total)

3

0

1

2

-10

1

NA

Movement from previous week.

R After week 9 the bottom player is eliminated from the league and the remaining eight players battle it out until week 15 when the top four will enter the play-off finals at the O2 Area in London.


RULES

All league fixtures will be the best of 12 legs of 501 to the end of week nine. Once a player reaches seven legs, they have won the game and no further legs will be played.

From week ten league fixtures are best of 14 until the play-off finals.

Two points will be awarded for a win, one point will be awarded for a draw and no points will be awarded for a defeat.

The player named on the left in the fixture list will throws first in the opening leg of each match. This will be reversed in the second meeting (where applicable).

Should players be tied on points in the league table, leg difference will be the first deciding factor. If this is also a tie, then legs won against throw will be the next deciding factor, and any further tie would be split by a comparison of the relevant players' three-dart tournament average at that stage.

The player topping the league after week 15 will receive an additional £25,000 bonus

 

CHALLENGERS TABLE

 Night  Venue  Player W | D | L Leg +/- Results
Night One Aberdeen John Henderson L - 4 3 - 7
Night Two Nottingham Fallon Sherrock D 0 6 - 6
Night Three Cardiff Jonny Clayton L - 6 1 - 7
Night Four Dublin William O'Conner - - 0 - 0
Night Five Exeter Luke Humphries - - 0 - 0
Night Six Liverpool Stephen Bunting - - 0 - 0
Night Seven Newcastle Chris Dobey - - 0 - 0
Night Eight Rotterdam Jeffrey de Zwaan - - 0 - 0
Night Nine Rotterdam Jamaine Wattimena - - 0 - 0

 

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PDC Previous Premier League Darts Champions

2019 Michael van Gerwen beat Rob Cross
11
-
5
2018 Michael van Gerwen beat Michael Smith
11
-
4
2017 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright
11
-
10
2016 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
11
-
3
2015 Gary Anderson beat Michael van Gerwen
11
-
7
2014 Raymond van Barneveld beat Michael van Gerwen
10
-
6
2013 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
10
-
8
2012 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock
10
-
7
2011 Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis
10
-
4
2010 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
10
-
8
2009 James Wade beat Mervyn King
13
-
8
2008 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
16
-
8
2007 Phil Taylor beat Terry Jenkins
16
-
6
2006 Phil Taylor beat Roland Scholten
16
-
6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Colin Lloyd
16
-
4

 

The premier league final best of legs has changed over the years, 2005-2008 best of 31 legs, 2009 best of 25 legs, 2010-2014 best of 19 legs and 2015- Current best of 21 legs


The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Sky Sports PDCTV-HD

For tickets more information please visit the PDC Website

 

PDC 2020 Unibet Premier League Darts Schedules & Match Results

Following the opening nine nights of fixtures, the player placed ninth on the Premier League table following Judgement Night in Rotterdam will be eliminated from the competition, with the remaining eight players battling it out from nights ten to 16 in the race for the Play-Offs at The O2.

Follow the successful format last year NINE CHALLENGERS will take his place on the opening nine nights. The new line-up is shown below

The Challengers include:

John Henderson | Fallon Sherrock | Jonny Clayton | William O'Connor | Luke Humphries | Stephen Bunting | Chris Dobey | Jeffery de Zwaan | Jermaine Wattimena

Schedule of Play

The player named first will throw first.

All league fixtures are best of 12 legs of 501. Once a player reaches seven legs, they have won the game and no further legs are played.

From Night ten to sixteen only eight Premier League Players survive and the format changes to best of 14 legs

 

Night One - Thursday February 6
Aberdeen – P&J Live
Michael Smith 3 - 7 Glen Durrant
Gary Anderson 7 - 5 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 7 - 5 Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall 7 - 3 JOHN HENDERSON
Gerwyn Price 6 - 6 Rob Cross
 
Night Two - Thursday February 13
Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Rob Cross 7 - 5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6 - 6 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 6 - 6 Peter Wright
Glen Durrant 6 - 6 FALLON SHERROCK
Daryl Gurney 1 - 7 Michael van Gerwen
 
Night Three - Thursday February 20
Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Peter Wright 7 - 5 Rob Cross
JONNY CLAYTON 1 - 7 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 5 - 7 Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney 6 - 6 Gerwyn Price
Glen Durrant 7 - 4 Gary Anderson
 
Night Four - Thursday February 27
Dublin – 3Arena
Glen Durrant 0 - 0 Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross 0 - 0 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 0 - 0 Michael Smith
WILLIAM O'CONNOR 0 - 0 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 0 - 0 Peter Wright
 
Night Five - Thursday March 5
Exeter – Westpoint Exeter
Rob Cross 0 - 0 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 0 - 0 Glen Durrant
Nathan Aspinall 0 - 0 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 0 - 0 LUKE HUMPHRIES
Michael Smith 0 - 0 Michael van Gerwen
 
Night Six - Thursday March 12
Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Michael Smith 0 - 0 Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney 0 - 0 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 0 - 0 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 0 - 0 STEPHEN BUNTING
Gary Anderson 0 - 0 Nathan Aspinall
 
Night Seven - Thursday March 19
Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Michael Smith 0 - 0 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 0 - 0 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 0 - 0 Gerwyn Price
CHRIS DOBEY 0 - 0 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 0 - 0 Glen Durrant
 
Night Eight - Wednesday March 25
Rotterdam – Ahoy Rotterdam
Gary Anderson 0 - 0 Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall 0 - 0 Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith 0 - 0 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 0 - 0 Glen Durrant
Peter Wright 0 - 0 JEFFREY DE ZWAAN
 
Judgement Night, Thursday March 26
Rotterdam – Ahoy Rotterdam
Glen Durrant 0 - 0 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 0 - 0 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 0 - 0 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 0 - 0 Gary Anderson
JERMAINE WATTIMENA 0 - 0 Gerwyn Price
 
(Best of 14 Legs from this point)
 
Night Ten - Thursday April 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 11 - Thursday April 9
The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 12 - Thursday April 16
The Manchester Arena, Manchester
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 13 - Thursday April 23
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 14 - Thursday April 30
Arena, Birmingham
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 15 - Thursday May 7
Thee SEE Hydro, Glasgow
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Night 16 - Thursday May 14
First Direct Arena, Leeds
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Play-Offs - Thursday May 21
The O2, London
Semi-Finals
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
TBC 0 - 0 TBC
 
Final
TBC 0 - 0 TBC


The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Sky Sports PDCTV-HD

For ticket information please visit the PDC Website

 

PDC 2020 Unibet Premier League Darts Venues & Dates at a Glance

Premier League

Date

Challenger

Venue

Night One February 6 John Henderson P & J Live, Aberdeen
Night Two February 13 Fallon Sherrock Moterpoint Arena, Nottingham
Night Three February 20 Jonny Clayton Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Night Four February 27 William O'Conner 3Arena, Dublin
Night Five March 5 Luke Humphies Westpoint, Exeter
Night Six March 12 Stephen Bunting M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Night Seven March 19 Chris Dobey Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Night Eight March 25 Jeffery De Zwaan Rotterdam Ahoy
Judgement Night March 26 Jermaine Wattimena Rotterdam Ahoy
Night Ten April 2 - The SSE Arena, Belfast
Night 11 April 9 - The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Night 12 April 16 - The Manchester Arena, Manchester
Night 13 April 23 - Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Night 14 April 30 - Arena, Birmingham
Night 15 May 7 - The SEE Hydro, Glasgow
Night 16 May 14 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
Play-Offs May 21 - The O2, London

 

PDC Premier League - Buy Tickets


The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC’s worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

Sky Sports PDCTV-HD

For more information please visit the PDC Website

PDC & WDF
  • Featured Dart Events: Feb - March 2020

PDC Darts PDC Dart Events - February

 DATE  FEATURED EVENT  LOCATION WATCH VIA
6 Premier League Night One Aberdeen Sky Sport
8 - 9 Players Championship 1,2 Barnsley PDCHD.TV
13 Premier League Night Two Nottingham Sky Sport
15 - 16 Players Championship 3,4 Wigan PDCHD.TV
20 Premier League Night Three Cardiff Sky Sport
22 - 23 Players Championship 5,6 Wigan PDCHD.TV
27 Premier League Night Four Dublin Sky Sport

 

PDC Darts PDC Dart Events - March

 DATE  FEATURED EVENT  LOCATION WATCH VIA
5 Premier League Night Five Exeter Sky Sport
6 - 8 UK Open Minehead ITV4
12 Premier League Night Six Liverpool Sky Sport
13 European Tour Card Holders Qual 3,4 Barnsley
14 - 15 Players Championship 7,8 Barnsley PDCHD.TV
19 Premier League Night Seven Newcastle Sky Sport
20 - 22 European Tour 2 Germany PDCHD.TV
21 - 22 Development Tour 5,6,7,8 Wigan
25 Premier League Night Eight Netherlands Sky Sport
26 Premier League Night Nine Netherlands Sky Sport
27 - 29 European Tour 3 Germany PDCHD.TV

WDF Darts WDF Dart Events - February

 DATE  FEATURED EVENT  LOCATION WATCH VIA
07 - 09 Quebec Open Canada TBC
07 - 09 Camellia Classic USA spacer
14 - 16 Port City Open USA
14 - 16 Scottish Open Scotland TBC
21 - 23 Slovak Masters / Open Slovakia
       
       

 

WDF Darts WDF Dart Events - March

 DATE  FEATURED EVENT  LOCATION WATCH VIA
6 - 8 Halifax / Vancourer Open Canada spacer
7 - 8 United Int Open / Masters  Netherlands
8 Newcastle Classic Australia
13 - 15 Isle of Man Masters Isle of Man LiveYouTube
14 Torshavn Darts Open Faroe Isl's
14 Sylt Open / Masters Germany
14 - 15 Budapest Classic / Masters Hungary
15 West Coast Grand Prix Open Australia
21 Gibraltar Open Gibraltar TBC
27 - 29 Virginia Beach Classic USA
28 Tver Open Russia

 

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Welcome to Darts501

Darts501.com

Many viewers will know I have written several very successful dart websites over the past fifteen years, each with their own spin on the sport. I have also written a few professional players websites that you may also have come across. My love of the game has never diminished and with over forty years of playing the game, I would like to share as much about darts the game, the sport, the history and the development of the game.

This website is new and fresh and I have learned on my experience as player, developer and designer to hopefully bring you a little more to the sport millions love and play every week.

This website contains information regarding the ‘01 game played by all plus the many UK regional dartboard differences of both past and present. Players nicknames, music, dart checkout charts and basic tournament charts are available for you to download and print for your personal use. There will be something on this website for everyone, even if it a quick look at the facts and myths that surround the sport.

As a player, I would rate myself as a good pub league player. I never ventured into major competition except for the first year of PDC UK Open, I won locally but was unable to attend regional knockouts. Today I tend to watch as a keen supporter of the sport and love to see people enjoying the sport, even if it is only over a friendly pint or two.

My thanks go to the major dart organisations, dart manufacturers, suppliers, the darts historian Dr Patrick Chaplin, darts legend Trina Gulliver MBE, Mark McGeeney and the many others that have helped me over the years to develop this website and many other dart websites. More details can be found on my acknowledgement page. See footer.

D.King

Darts501.com – UK Darts Knowledge at it’s best.

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Darts News by David King

David King With Phil Taylor, Trina Gulliver MBE and Mark McGeeney

 

TOURNAMENTS
  • Major Dart Tournament Winners History

PDC Darts Tournament History

PDC History

Tournament Winners

  • World Champions
  • Youth W' Champions
  • Premier League
  • World Matchplay
  • Grand Prix
  • UK Open
  • European Champ'ship
  • Grand Slam
  • Players Champ'ship
  • World Cup
  • The Masters
  • Champions League
  • World Series
  •  

 

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BDO Darts Tournament History

BDO History

Tournament Winners

  • World Champions
  • Youth W' Champions
  • World Masters
  • World Trophy
  • British Internationals
  • Grand Prix
  • British Open
  • British Classic
  • Gold Cup
  • Youth Masters
  • BICC Champions Cup
  •  

 

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England Darts Tournament History

EDO History

Tournament Winners

  • England Open
  • England Masters
  • England Matchplay
  • England Classic
  • National Singles
  •  

 

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Scotland Darts Tournament History

SDA History

Tournament Winners

  • Scottish Open
  • Scottish Masters
  • Scottish Singles
  •  

 

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WDO Darts Tournament History

WDO History

Tournament Winners

  • Welsh Open
  • Welsh Classic
  • Welsh Masters

 

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Northern Ireland Darts Tournament History

NIDO History

Tournament Winners

  • Nr Ireland Open
  • Nr Ireland Matchplay
  •  

 

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Dart Players - Nicknames and Walk-on's

Dart Players Nicknames

Professional Dart Players Nicknames & Walk-on Music

An increased number of visitors have contacted me about players walk-on music and nicknames. Some of you have kindly supplied me with more information; therefore, I have updated both the players' nicknames and walk-on pages on this site. I hope to add a few more in the near future, but in the meantime if you know anymore or if any player has since changed either their Nickname or walk-on, please let me know via my contact page.

The revised nickname and walk-on music pages now include several WDDA players.

I do realise there several missing of missing nicknames and walk-on. However, I add more to the lists all the time.

 

MVG Walking man                                                                                                                        Wheelchair Man

Professional Darts

David King - Darts501.com

Darts the Professional Sport

A Brief Introduction to Professional Darts

The game of darts is played and enjoyed by millions of people in UK pubs and clubs and by millions more across the World. The game has come from the humble roots of the tap and public rooms of the traditional English pub on to the international stage and is regularly televised to millions across the World.

In 1978 the first World Darts Championship was organised by the British Darts Organisation and sponsored by Embassy tobacco. The winner Leighton Rees from Wales received a trophy and a cheque for the sum of £3,000.

Prize money has since increased considerably in the game of darts, and the winner of a major competition can expect to pick up a very attractive amount of money. Take for example the 2019 PDC World Championship, a losing first round player receives £7,500 , the competition winner £500,000. One of the biggest contributors to the rise in prize money in such competitions has been as a result of increased lucrative sponsorship deals.

Since 1978 the game has grown into one of the best-loved and viewed sports on television. It has made many darters into household names here are just a few:

John Lowe three-time world champion, John Part three-time world champion, Martin Adams three-time world champion, Eric Bristow five-time world champion, Raymond van Barneveld five-time world champion & Phil Taylor sixteen-time world champion.

In March 2005 the 'game' of darts was recognized by 'Sports England' as a sporting activity which could pave the way to the sport featuring in future Olympic Games, however, I still feel we are a long way from that day.

Darts is one of the fastest growing sports in Holland, Germany, China and Asia. Over a third of the Dutch population watched Raymond Van Barneveld become the first Dutch player to take the world darts title in 1998; he has since won the title a further four times 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 (PDC World Darts Championship). Raymond beat the reigning champion Phil Taylor 7 sets to 6 and a sudden death leg in the final set. The famous Bull up for the right to throw first will long be remembered as Phil hit an outer Bull Raymond asked for the dart to be left in the board as he used it to push his dart into the centre Bull. Since then the Bulling up procedure in the PDC events has changed. All darts are removed before the opponents throw. Raymond now equals Eric Bristow's achievement but still trails Phil Taylor's staggering sixteen world title victories.

The prize fund over the years has steadily increased, with players playing for £500,000 first prize in 2019 PDC World Darts Championships.  This is a far cry from the first World Championships prize of £3,000. The sports prize money continues to grow making a few of the current player's millionaires.

In December 2007 PDC World Darts Championship moved to the Alexandra Palace. The Alexandra Palace is affectionately known as the 'Ally Pally' and was the stage set for the world renowned 'News of the World Individual Darts Tournaments'.

The New of the World Darts Tournament was probably one of the hardest dart events to win with a best of three legs format throughout the competition, including the final. Legendary dart player Bobby George managed to win this event twice and on one occasion Bobby didn’t lose a single leg throughout the tournament.

In 2001 the BDO introduced a Ladies World Darts Championship which was won by England’s Trina Gulliver MBE. Trina has won this event for seven consecutive years and made the final yet again in 2008 and 2009 but only to lose to a new up and coming star Anastasia Dobromyslova from Russia in 2008 and Francis Hoenselaar from Holland in 2009. In 2010 Trina again regained the title beating Rhian Edwards from Wales 2-0 she then repeated this feat in 2011 again beating Rhain Edwards by the same margin 2-0. In 2016 Trina won the World Darts title yet again making her the most successful ladies darts player in the World, a record-breaking Ten World Titles. Trina has been awarded the MBE for services to darts and charitable fundraising.

Anastasia moved to the PDC late 2008 and played in a preliminary qualifying round for the PDC World Darts Championship 2009. She lost to Dutchman Remco van Eijden 5 legs to 3. She also tried to qualify for the 2010 championship but failed. Anastasia moved back to the BDO late 2010 / early 2011 and in 2012 she won BDO / WDF Ladies Worlds Darts Championship for the second time and then again in 2013.

In 2007 the PDC introduced the first Youth World Championship. This event was won by Arron Monk who beat Michael van Gerwen 6 - 4 in the final. It wasn't until 2015 when the BDO followed suit and introduced its own Youth World Championship. It was sixteen-year-old Colin Roelofs from the Netherlands who became the first victor beating seventeen-year-old Harry Ward from England 3 - 0. Harry, unfortunately, didn't win a single leg in the final however I am sure we will be seeing a lot more from all of these youth players in the future.

Lisa Ashton from Lancashire, has since been a dominate in the ladies game, winning in 2014, 2015, 2017 and again in 2018.However, in 2019 Lisa was sensationally knocked out in the first round by the Japanese soft-tip star, Mikuru Suzuki. Mikuru went on to win the 2019 Lakeside title and followed this up by winning the Dutch Open the following month.

During the 2019 Lakeside World Championships calls for a major review of the ladies’ prize fund and short match format were called into question. The winning prize for women was just £12,000 compared to the men’s £100,000. The chairman of the BDO at the time said this would be addressed.

2019 also witnessed a number of the top BDO players move to the more lucrative PDC. With a £14M prize fund for 2019 and with the BDO restrictions taken off players flocked to win a PDC tour card.

Glen Durrant who had just won his third consecutive BDO World title, and former BDO No.1 Mark McGeeney, were among the thirty successful players to win tour cards. They were joined by a few others that featured the BDO World Championship event, thus depleting the BDO’s main contenders. This left the old ageing guard to re-established the once firm grip the BDO held in World Darts.

In 2019 John Lowe the former three-time World Darts Champion was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list. John became the second male dart player to be awarded the MBE. The late Eric Bristow was the first recipient in 1989. The only other player to date to receive such an award is Trina Gulliver, the ladies ten-time World Darts Champion.

Dart fans may question the above because Phil Taylor was appointed an MBE in 2001. However, he didn’t receive the award medal as this was annulled because he was found guilty on an indecent assault. Taylor denied the charges but had to pay £2,000 as a result of his conviction.

In 2010 Russ Strobel submitted to the Darts Australia a new recommended dartboard height for Wheelchair users. The height Russ has come up with is 137cm to the centre Bull. The height was based on the perceived origins of the standard hanging height of the standard clock dartboard. It is said the average height of a man in the England UK was 5’8” around 1920’s, the height of the centre bullseye of a standard board. Modern adjustments make that 173cm. Russ has taken this analogy and worked out what the height would be should a man of 5’8” (173cm) be sitting in a wheelchair. His exact figure came out to be 136.5cm however as Russ explained the addition of 0.5cm would make the recommended wheelchair dartboard height easy to remember 137cm (wheelchair) - 173cm (Standard). The concept of the new height for Wheelchair uses was accepted by Darts Australia and in 2012 was also accepted by the World Darts Organisation. More about Disability Darts can be found on this website.

Having a bet on the darts is a pass time enjoyed by many. For those looking for a wager, many free spin casinos offer sports betting options along with enticing bonuses. They also represent a good way to check out the various odds from a non-gamblers perspective too.

On this site, you will find a brief history of this intriguing sport along with all the information you will need to set up the dart board and organise darting events. You can also learn how boards are made using sisal (a material used in rope making) and how dart weights, lengths, shafts and flights can alter the flight of the dart.

The site also features traditional games played on today’s standard dartboards and UK city dartboards; The Yorkshire and the Manchester log-end to name just two. You can download rules and many games from here as well as those all-important checkouts.

You will also find Practice routines to improve your accuracy and scoring consistency as well as information about maintaining your dartboard and darts. There are also many dart related links to professional dart organisations, manufacturers, suppliers, professional dart players and other UK local dart leagues. My thanks go to them for their help and support in building this site.

I hope you enjoy the site your feedback is always welcome and if you like the site please inform others.

Darts501 was established in 2004 and from its humble beginnings and a few makeovers the website has had over well in excess of 12.5 Million viewers and the increasing trend continues. In 2018 the website attracted a conservative 1.6 million, however, with more people opting not to have their visit to this website recorded this figure is vastly undervalued. Thanks to all that visit and keep calling back to see regular updates.

 

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