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Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief - Starts 9pm Sunday 1st March 2015

Comedians and Celebrities:  Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer, Liza Tarbuck, Sean Lock, Tim Vine, Roisin Conaty, Richard Osman and Martin Offiah will team up with superstar players including Martin 'Wolfie' Adams, Bobby 'King of Bling' George, Andy 'The Viking' Fordham, Anastasia 'From Russia With Love' Dobromyslova, Ted 'The Count' Hankey, Deta 'The Dark Destroyer' Hedman, Darryl 'The Dazzler' Fitton and Richie 'Rich' George and compete for the coveted title of Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief Champions 2015. 9pm Sunday 1st March BBC Two

There will be seven episodes:

Time / Date Episode Channel
21.00 Sunday 1st March Episode One BBC Two
22.00 Monday 2nd March Episode Two * BBC Two
22.00 Tuesday 3rd March Episode Three BBC Two
22.00 Wednesday 4th March Episode Four * BBC Two
22.00 Thursday 5th March Episode Five BBC Two
22.00 Friday 6th March Episode Six BBC Two

* If you live in Northern Ireland,  Episode Two will be at 23.50 and Episode 4 will be at 23.20.   Please check your local BBC broadcast times in case of further changes.

Episode seven hasn't been announced however it is likely to be on Red Nose Day 13th March however please check the TV listings so you don't miss the final. If you missed an episode don't forget you can still download it and you it on BBC iPlayer.

Further details can be found at the BBC 'Let's Play Darts For Comic Relief' Link

Watch  the promotion video and download the sweepstake chart . Click on the nose!

6th - 8th March PDC - UK Open - The FA Cup of darts

Where the armatures meet the professionals. Visit the PDC website to see the qualifying results. More details will follows after the qualification has finished.

PDC - betway premier league darts 5th Feb - 21st May 2015

The fixtures for the opening nine weeks of the Betway Premier League can be seen below by clicking on the tab below.

PDC - Betway Premier League League Table  open / close

PDC - Betway Premier League Darts League Table

Tournament Format
The ten players will face each other once during the opening nine weeks. Following Week Nine, the bottom two players from the league table will be eliminated. From Weeks Ten-15, the remaining eight players will play each other once again. Following Week 15, the top four players will progress to the Play-Offs.

Week Four -  Betway Premier League Darts Table 2015
Cut Pos Player P W D L +/- Pts Move
1 Michael van Gerwen 4 3 1 0 +11 7
2 Dave Chisnell 4 3 1 0 +11 7
3 Gary Anderson 4 3 0 1 +8 6
4 Phil Taylor 4 2 1 1 +9 4
5 James Wade 4 1 2 1 +2 4
6 Adrian Lewis 4 1 2 1 +1 4
7 Raymond van Barneveld 4 1 1 2 -5 3
8 Peter Wright 4 0 2 2 -12 2
9 Kim Huybrechts 4 0 1 3 -12 1
10 Stephen Bunting 4 0 1 3 -13 1

Movement from previous week
 After week 9 the bottom two players are illuminated from the Premier League

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

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

The player named on the left in the fixture will throw first in the opening leg of each game. 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.

All nights will begin at 7pm and be screened live on Sky Sports HD.

Updated 27th February 2015

PDC - Betway Premier League Darts Fixtures , Venue & Results  open / close

PDC 2015 Premier League Darts Fixtures & Results

Night One, Thursday 5th February (RESULTS)
First Direct Arena, Leeds - Week One

Dave Chisnall 7  v 1 Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld 1 v  7Adrian Lewis
Kim Huybrechts 3  v 7 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 7 v 5 Phil Taylor
Stephen Bunting 6 v 6 James Wade

Night Two, Thursday 12th February
BIC, Bournemouth

Peter Wright 1 v 7 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 7  v 3 Stephen Bunting
Adrian Lewis 2  v 7 Phil Taylor
James Wade 7 v 2 Kim Huybrechts
Dave Chisnall 7 v 5 Raymond van Barneveld

Night Three, Thursday 19th February
Echo Arena, Liverpool

James Wade 6 v 6 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 6 v 6 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor  7 v  1 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen  7 v 4 Gary Anderson
Adrian Lewis 6 v  6 Kim Huybrechts

Night Four, Thursday 26th February
Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Kim Huybrechts 4 v 7 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 7 v 4 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6 v 6 Adrian Lewis
Stephen Bunting 4 v 7 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 6 v 6 Peter Wright

Night Five, Thursday 5th March
Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Raymond van Barneveld v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
Tickets: 08444 99 99 55 or www.ticketzone.co.uk

Night Six, Thursday 12th March
Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

Stephen Bunting v Dave Chisnall
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Kim Huybrechts v Peter Wright
Tickets: 0843 373 3000 or www.capitalfmarena.com

Night Seven, Thursday 19th March
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

James Wade v Adrian Lewis
Peter Wright v Stephen Bunting
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
Kim Huybrechts v Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen
Tickets: 0844 395 4000 or www.ticketSOUP.com

Night Eight, Thursday 26th March
3Arena, Dublin

Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts
Tickets: 0818 719 3000 (Ire), 0844 8472 455 (UK) or www.ticketmaster.ie

Judgement Night, Thursday 2nd April
The Manchester Arena

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Stephen Bunting v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright
Tickets: 0844 847 8000 or www.eventim.co.uk

Following Week Nine, the bottom two players from the league table are eliminated. Revised fixtures for Weeks Ten-15 will be announced following Week Nine at www.pdc.tv , with the remaining eight players facing each other once more during the final six league nights.

Night Ten, Thursday 9th April
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Tickets: 0114 256 5656 or www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk

Night 11, Thursday 16th April
GE Oil & GAs Arena, Aberdeen

Tickets: 08444 77 9000 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/aecc

Night 12, Thursday 23rd April
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Tickets: Sold Out

Night 13, Thursday 30th April
The Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tickets: 0844 338 8000 or www theticketfactory.com

Night 14, Thursday 7th May
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Tickets: 08444 93 6666 or www.eventim.co.uk

Night 15, Thursday 14th May
The Brighton Centre

Tickets: 0844 847 1515 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Play-Offs, Thursday 21st May
The O2, London

Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or www.axs.com

WEEK ONE:  - Match Report   WEEK TWO:   WEEK THREE:

A near nine darter for Kim however he pulled his last dart for double twelve and hit a single nine. If that wasn’t trauma enough he lost his match four legs to seven to Barney and now finds himself in the relegation zone.

Peter Wright earn himself a draw against Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and move up in the league table to eighth. Peter played with yet another new set of darts maybe he has a set for year round… we will have to wait and see but there seems more talk about his constant dart change than his ability on the dartboard.

A needle match between MvG and Lewis gave each player a point as they draw six all. The needle continued after the match as they wanted to be interviewed separately hence to say watch this space.

Gary Anderson probably had the best reception of the night and he didn’t disappoint has he neat James Wade seven legs to four. Gary moves up in the league table to third.

Next week we are in Exeter Arena and there is only a few weeks left before Judgement Night (week Nine) when two of the ten players will be eliminated from the league.

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Updated Pages - Players Nicknames & Walk-on Music

Dart Players Nicknames    

An increased amount 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.

David King - Darts501.comWelcome to the Darts501.com website.

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 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 2014  PDC World Championship, players picked up anything from £6,000 for a first round knockout, to a massive £250,000 for the competition winner. 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 house hold names here are just a few:

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

In March 2005 the 'game' of darts was recently been recognized by 'Sport 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, 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 a outer Bull Ramond 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 as steadily with players playing for £250,000 first prize in some cases. This is a  far cry from the first 'World Championships' of £3,000. The sports prize money continues to grow making a few of the current players millionaires.

In December 2007 PDC World Darts Championship moved to the Alexandra Palace. The Alexandra Palace is affectionately know as the 'Ally Pally' and was the stage setting for the world renowned 'News of the World Darts tournaments' many years ago. This event even was probably one of the hardest to win with with a best of three legs format throughout the competition including the final.

In 2001 the BDO introduced a Ladies World Darts Championship which was won by England’s Trina Gulliver. 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 Dobromyslava 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 Making her the most successful ladies darts player in the World, a record breaking nine World Titles. Trina was awarded the MBE to services to darts and charitable fund raising.

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 a second time and then again title again in 2013.

In 2007 the PDC introduce 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 it's 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.

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 boards; Yorkshire, Manchester etc. You can download rules and many games from here as well as those all important checkouts. Calculate your dart average using the tables and above all learn how to improve your game. You will also find practise 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 in form others.

Darts501 was established in 2004 and has had over 5 Million viewers. I look forward to the next 5 million. Enjoy!

David King

New To Darts501.mobi

Darts501.mobi - Dart Leg ScorerNew to Darts501.mobi - Darts Leg Scorer. I have now added a a leg scorer with prompted checkouts to the mobile version of this site. The .mobi version is a condensed version of Darts501.com. It lists many of the features of this site such as Games, Setup Up, Checkouts, Recourse information, World Champions Listings. Players nick names and Walk-on and now a useful scorer that many will find useful while playing darts in clubs and pubs that don't have a provide electronic score boards.

The new scorer lists previous scores and allows you to undo an impute you can select various games: 1,001, 701, 501 or 301 to play.

Darts501.mobi requires a smart phone with internet connection. Please remember you maybe charged data charges by your phone provider when browsing the internet mobile site.  I hope you will  find this addition useful.

Darts501.mobi - Mobile Darts Website

If you have a smart phone give it a try. For more information about the new mobile site click on the above banner.

Darts501.mobi will work on any iPhone, iPod touch or Android OS touch screen phone. Other smart phones with internet access can also view this new site. For iPhone users that chose to add to home screen there is also a Darts501 iPhone icon making it easier still to link straight back to the site as and when required.

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