PDC / BDO Major Events
4th – 10th October PDC World Grand Prix, Citywest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland. Live on Sky Sports. Read More
9th – 11th October BDO Winmau Masters 2015 City Hall Hull. Final stagaes live on EuroSport
PDC Major November Events
7th - 15th Novemer PDC Grand Slam of darts featuring the top PDC and BDO players live on Sky Sports
21st - 22nd November PDC World Series Finals features the Top Eight PDC ranking players plus invited players and four qualifies
- Top Eight
Mivhael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld and Stephen Bunting
- Invited Players
Michael Smith, Keegan Brown, Devon Petersen, Kyle Anderson,
Jamie Lewis, Rowby-John Rodriguez,
Benito van de Pas,
Ian White, Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock
Four players to come from a Qualifier to be held on Friday 23rd October in Coventry open to PDC Tour Card Holders and players who competed in the five international World Series events during 2015.
27th - 30th November PDC, Cash Converters Players Championship Finals from Butlin’s Minehead live on ITV4 Sport
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
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
And Welcome 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!
The NEW Darts501 Website
The New Darts501 website has been totally redesigned. The purpose of the change is to make the site user friendly for all viewing devices. PC users will see the site has got bigger making it easier to read and hopefully navigate. The navigation has also changed with most pages now accessible directly from a dropdown menu however the quick page navigation at the bottom and site search have remained. A new Bing page translation has also been added making the site available in 50 languages. Also the translation will now carry over to other pages you may read.
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Darts: Skills - Tactics - Techniques by Patrick Chaplin
Dr Patrick Chaplin’s latest instalment to the darts world is a fully colour illustrated book about Skills, tactics and techniques.
Darts – Crowood Sports Guides include:
• A history of darts
• Rules of the game
• Choosing the right equipment
• Basic skills explained clearly with full-colour photographs
• How to improve your throwing technique
• Lots of great suggestions for making your practice more interesting
Darts Skills, Tactics and Techniques published by Crowood Press and is now available in paperback format in all good bookshops. It is also available online and in eBook format.
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