|BDO World Darts Championship|
|Venue|| Indigo at The O2, London (2020–)|
Lakeside, Frimley Green (1986–2019)
Jollees, Stoke-on-Trent (1979–1985)
Heart of the Midlands, Nottingham (1978)
|Established||1978 (41st edition)|
|Organisation(s)||BDO category Major / WDF category Major|
|Prize fund||£339,000 (2018)|
The BDO World Darts Championship is a world championship competition in darts, organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO). It began in 1978, and was, alongside the World Darts Federation's World Cup of Darts, one of two world championship tournaments until 1993. Since 1994, following a dispute with the BDO and the subsequent fallout, a breakaway group (originally known as the World Darts Council, and now known as the Professional Darts Corporation) stages its own annual PDC World Championship, generally before the BDO version in late December and early January of each year.
Darts is a sport in which small missiles are thrown at a circular target ("dartboard") fixed to a wall. Though various boards and rules have been used in the past, the term "darts" usually now refers to a standardised game involving a specific board design and set of rules. As well as being a professional competitive game, darts is a traditional pub game, commonly played in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, across the Commonwealth, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, the United States, Australia and elsewhere.
The British Darts Organisation (BDO) is a darts organisation founded on 7 January 1973 by Olly Croft. The BDO is a founder member of the World Darts Federation which was formed in 1976. The BDO is made up of 66 member counties in Britain and organises tournaments for professionals and amateurs.
The 1978 Embassy World Darts Championship was the first World Darts Championships. The tournament was organised by the British Darts Organisation who had already set up the WDF World Cup and Winmau World Masters in its five years since formation. This was the only year that the tournament was played in a matchplay format of legs, rather than sets which came into operation from 1979 onwards. BBC Television covered the event and began a long broadcasting partnership with the BDO. Sid Waddell was the lead commentator on the tournament which he would cover for the BBC until 1994.
The BDO version was first held at the Heart of the Midlands Nightclub in the English city of Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. From 1986 to 2019, it was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey. Beginning in 2020, the tournament will be held at Indigo, part of the O2 entertainment district.
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.
Jollees was a live music and cabaret venue in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. The venue was re-established nearby in March 2016, in West End near to Stoke town centre, after having closed in 1992. The original venue was opened in October 1973 and was the largest capacity cabaret venue in the UK in the 1970s. It also hosted the World Professional Darts Championship from 1979 to 1985.
In 1983, a 23-year-old qualifier from Ipswich, Keith Deller, beat the world's top 3 players including Eric Bristow in a memorable final to produce one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history.
The 1983 Embassy World Darts Championship was staged at Jollees Cabaret Club in Stoke-on-Trent from 1–8 January 1983.
Ipswich is a historic county town in Suffolk, England, located in East Anglia about 66 miles (106 km) north east of London. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history. The modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, likely taken either from an Old Saxon personal name or from an earlier name of the Orwell estuary. It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche.
Keith Kelvin Deller is an English retired professional darts player, who won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1983 and Unipart British Professional Championship in 1987. He was the first qualifier ever to win the championship and remains one of the youngest champions in history. For his world championship win, Deller used 18-gram spring-loaded darts, later banned for tournament play but now legal again. He no longer uses these darts.
In 1990 American player Paul Lim hit the tournament's only ever perfect 9-dart finish in the second round against Irishman Jack McKenna to win a bonus of £52,000 which was more than the eventual champion Phil Taylor received.
The 1990 Embassy World Darts Championship was held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey from 5–13 January 1990. It saw Phil Taylor win the first of sixteen world titles, beating his mentor Eric Bristow 6-1 in sets in the final, with Taylor playing in his first ever World Championship at the age of 29. Taylor beat Russell Stewart, Dennis Hickling, Ronnie Sharp and Cliff Lazarenko en route to the final. Defending champion Jocky Wilson fell at the quarter-final stage, losing to Mike Gregory. The event also saw America's Paul Lim hit the first nine-dart finish at the World Championship in his second round match with Ireland's Jack McKenna, receiving £52,000 for his efforts. It remains to date the only nine-dart finish in the BDO World Championship.
Paul Lim Leong Hwa known simply as Paul Lim is a Singaporean professional darts player. He was the first player to hit a perfect 9-dart finish during the Embassy World Darts Championship, which he achieved in 1990 during his second round match against Jack McKenna. Lim won £52,000 for his 9-darter, which was £28,000 more than Phil Taylor won for winning the tournament. John Lowe achieved the first 9-dart finish on television in a match against Keith Deller at the 1984 World Matchplay, for which Lowe won £102,000. Lim's 9-darter remained the only 9-dart game to have been achieved in either version of the world championships, until Raymond van Barneveld hit one against Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-final of the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship. To date, it remains the only 9-dart finish ever achieved at the BDO World Darts Championship.
Johnny "Jack" McKenna is a professional Irish retired darts player. who played in British Darts Organisation and Professional Darts Corporation tournaments.
The finals of 1992, 1998 and 1999 all went into a deciding set play off, having reached 5 sets all and 2 legs all. In 1992, Phil Taylor defeated Mike Gregory in a sudden death leg, having reached 5 legs apiece. In 1998 Raymond van Barneveld beat Richie Burnett 4–2 in legs in the deciding set. Van Barneveld then repeated the same final set scoreline the following year against Ronnie Baxter.
The 1992 Embassy World Darts Championship was held from 3–11 January 1992 at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey.
The 1998 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 3–11 January 1998 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.
The 1999 Embassy World Professional Darts Championship was held from 2–10 January 1999 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey.
Similarly, the final of 2007 was nailbiting. Martin Adams was 6 sets up, and after the comfort break, Phill Nixon responded by winning the next 6 consecutive sets. Adams held on to take victory in the 13th and deciding set, to win the title that had eluded him for 14 years.
The 2007 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship was the 30th World Championship organised by the British Darts Organisation (BDO), and the 22nd to be held at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey. It ran from 6–14 January 2007.
Martin Adams is an English professional darts player. Nicknamed Wolfie, he is a three-time BDO World Champion and three-time World Masters champion. He represents Cambridgeshire at county darts level and was the captain of England from 1993/94 to 2013, the longest any player has held that role. Adams was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016. He had the all clear near the end of 2016. He also acts as a regular commentator for televised BDO coverage.
Phillip "Phill" Nixon was an English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham. He was the runner up in the 2007 BDO World Darts Championship in his first appearance.
In 2019, Glen Durrant became the second player to win three consecutive BDO Men's World Championhips after Eric Bristow between 1984 and 1986, while Mikuru Suzuki became the first Asian world darts champion in any form.
|1978||92.40||11 – 7 legs||89.40||£10,500||£3,000||£1,700||HotMC, Nottingham||Embassy|
|1979||87.42||5 – 0 sets||76.62||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000|| Jollees,|
|1980||88.10||5 – 3||86.49||£15,000||£4,500||£2,000|
|1981||86.10||5 – 3||81.00||£23,300||£5,500||£2,500|
|1982||88.10||5 – 3||84.30||£28,000||£6,500||£3,000|
|1983||90.00||6 – 5||93.90||£33,050||£8,000||£3,500|
|1984||97.50||7 – 1||90.60||£38,500||£9,000||£4,000|
|1985||97.50||6 – 2||93.12||£43,000||£10,000||£5,000|
|1986||94.47||6 – 0||90.45||£52,500||£12,000||£6,000|| Lakeside Country Club,|
Frimley Green, Surrey
|1987||90.63||6 – 4||94.29||£60,300||£14,000||£7,000|
|1988||92.70||6 – 4||92.07||£71,600||£16,000||£8,000|
|1989||94.32||6 – 4||90.66||£86,900||£20,000||£10,000|
|1990||97.47||6 – 1||93.00||£153,200||£24,000||£12,000|
|1991||92.57||6 – 0||84.15||£110,500||£26,000||£13,000|
|1992||97.58||6 – 5||94.42||£119,500||£28,000||£14,000|
|1993||83.97||6 – 3||82.32||£128,500||£30,000||£15,000|
|1994||82.44||6 – 0||80.31||£136,100||£32,000||£16,000|
|1995||93.63||6 – 3||91.23||£143,000||£34,000||£17,000|
|1996||90.27||6 – 3||88.05||£150,000||£36,000||£18,000|
|1997||92.19||6 – 3||92.01||£158,000||£38,000||£19,000|
|1998||93.96||6 – 5||97.14||£166,000||£40,000||£20,000|
|1999||94.65||6 – 5||94.65||£174,000||£42,000||£21,000|
|2000||92.40||6 – 0||88.35||£182,000||£44,000||£22,000|
|2001||95.55||6 – 2||94.86||£189,000||£46,000||£23,000|
|2002||93.57||6 – 4||89.67||£197,000||£48,000||£24,000|
|2003||94.86||6 – 3||90.66||£205,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2004||97.08||6 – 3||91.02||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000||Lakeside|
|2005||96.78||6 – 2||91.35||£201,000||£50,000||£25,000|
|2006||90.42||7 – 5||93.06||£211,000||£60,000||£25,000|
|2007||90.30||7 – 6||87.09||£226,000||£70,000||£30,000|
|2008||92.07||7 – 5||93.92||£246,000||£85,000||£30,000|
|2009||91.46||7 – 6||90.54||£256,000||£95,000||£30,000|
|2010||95.01||7 – 5||93.42||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2011||92.13||7 – 5||89.08||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2012||90.00||7 – 5||87.78||£258,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2013||86.43||7 – 1||81.90||£261,000||£100,000||£30,000|
|2014||96.18||7 – 4||92.19||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2015||92.61||7 – 6||92.55||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2016||87.54||7 – 1||84.99||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2017||93.48||7 – 3||93.30||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2018||93.97||7 – 6||86.31||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|2019||95.19||7 – 3||91.38||£300,000||£100,000||£35,000|
|1990, 2nd Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||3–2|
Since the breakaway of the PDC players, there has been much debate about the relative merits of the players within each organisation. The debate often focuses on the three-dart averages of players in matches.
Since the BDO Championship started in 1978, there have been 21 occasions where a player has achieved a three-dart average in excess of 100 during a match. Keith Deller was the first player to achieve an average of 100, in the quarter-final of 1985 against John Lowe, although he lost the match. It was not until Phil Taylor's semi-final of 1990 that another player managed a 100 average. Raymond van Barneveld has achieved the feat six times.
|Ten highest BDO World Championship one-match averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|102.63||1993, Last 32||3–0|
|101.55||1998, Last 32||3–0|
|101.40||2001, Last 16||3–1|
|100.92||2005, Last 16||3–1|
|100.83||2002, Last 32||3–1|
|Five highest losing averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|99.57||2015, Last 32||1–3|
|99.45||1999, Last 32||0–3|
|Different players with a 100+ match average - updated 6/5/18|
|Player||Total||Highest Av.||Year (+ Round)|
|2||101.55||1998, Last 32|
|1||102.63||1993, Last 32|
|1||101.40||2001, Last 32|
|1||100.71||2008, Last 16|
|1||100.65||2014, Last 16|
|1||100.62||2001, Last 32|
|1||100.02||2000, Last 32|
|Five highest tournament averages (min 3 matches)|
The women's World Championship started at Lakeside in 2001 and Trina Gulliver has won ten championships. Her seventh title in 2007 took her overall record at the Lakeside to 20 match wins and having only dropped four sets in the history of the championship – one each in the finals of 2001, 2002 and 2007 and one in the quarter final of 2003. She managed a long run of 13 consecutive matches without dropping a single set, which started the semi-final of 2003 and ended in the final of 2007.
In 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova won the World Championship, becoming the first player other than Trina Gulliver to take the title. Following her appearance at the Grand Slam of Darts in November 2008, Anastasia Dobromyslova joined the Professional Darts Corporation, hence leaving the BDO and did not defend her title. 2009 saw five-time runner-up Francis Hoenselaar complete the Masters/World Championship double by beating Gulliver 2–1 in the final. 2012 was the first final without Gulliver, who lost in the semi-final to the eventual champion Dobromyslova.
|Year||Champion (average in final)||Sets||Runner-Up (average in final)||Prizepool|
|2001||2 – 1||£6,000|
|2002||2 – 1||£8,000|
|2003||2 – 0||£10,000|
|2004||2 – 0||£10,000|
|2005||2 – 0||£10,000|
|2006||2 – 0||£12,000|
|2007||2 – 1||£12,000|
|2008||2 – 0||£12,000|
|2009||2 – 1||£12,000|
|2010||2 – 0||£12,000|
|2011||2 – 0||£16,000|
|2012||2 – 1||£16,000|
|2013||2 – 1||£16,000|
|2014||3 – 2||£29,000|
|2015||3 – 1||£29,000|
|2016||3 – 2||£29,000|
|2017||3 – 0||£29,000|
|2018||3 – 1||£29,000|
|2019||3 – 0||£29,000|
|Ten highest BDO Women's World Championship one-match averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|89.67||2019, Last 16||2–0|
|87.06||2017, Last 16||2–0|
|Five highest losing averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|86.46||2017, Last 16||1–2|
|Five highest tournament averages (min 2 matches)|
|Year||Champion (average in final)||Sets||Runner-Up (average in final)|
|1986||3 – 1|
|2015||3 – 0|
|2016||3 – 2|
|2017||3 – 0|
|2018||3 – 1|
|2019||3 – 0|
Since the split in darts two versions of the world championship have existed since 1994, this record section relates specifically to achievements in the BDO version.
The tournament was broadcast in the UK by BBC Sport on television for nearly 40 years, from its inception in 1978 until the decision was made to drop the coverage after the 2016 tournament. The BBC's coverage has been fronted by David Vine (1978), Peter Purves (1979–1983), Tony Gubba (1984–1990), Eamonn Holmes (1991–1992), Dougie Donnelly (1993–1998), John Inverdale (2000) and Ray Stubbs (1999 and 2001–2009). Twice world finalist Bobby George has been a pundit on the BBC's coverage since 1998. Colin Murray succeeded Stubbs as presenter from 2010–2016, as Stubbs had left the BBC at that time. Murray has been assisted by Rob Walker since the 2009 World Masters. Walker is more well known as the MC for the BBC's snooker coverage.
The commentary team has changed over the years with David Vine (1978), Sid Waddell (1978–1994), 1994 BDO world champion John Part (1995–2007) and David Croft who covered the tournament for 10 years on BBC TV and Radio as previous broadcasters until 2012 when he moved to Sky to cover F1. Tony Green is the longest-serving member of the BBC commentary team covering every event from the first championship in 1978, but missed the event for the first time due to illness in 2011. The replacement for Green in 2011 was BBC Radio 5 Live and Chris Evans' Sports newsreader Vassos Alexander who stayed in the commentary box in every year since and Jim Proudfoot of talkSPORT replaced Croft in 2013. Other commentators in 2014 was John Rawling who commentated on darts for ITV and BBC Radio 5 Live and Scott Mitchell who played in the tournament and commentated on the later stages. Bobby George, Martin Adams, Trina Gulliver, Tony O'Shea and other BDO players also handle commentary duties.
Between 1989 and 2001, the Championship was the only tournament shown on terrestrial television in the UK in some years. The BBC covered the Unipart European Masters in 1995, while ITV covered four WDC UK Matchplay tournaments from 1993–1996 on quadro dart boards, as well as the 'Clash of the Titans' one-off encounter between the two world champions, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, in 1999. However it was not until 2005 that viewers were able to see every dart live at the World Championship, when the BBC introduced interactive coverage on its BBC Red Button service.The BBC's contract to cover the tournament ran until 2013, however they have reduced their coverage from the 2012 event and no longer have exclusive coverage in the UK. ESPN now broadcast the evening sessions live, with the BBC still showing the final exclusively live.
On 6 January 2013, it was announced the BBC had signed a 3-year deal to show the Lakeside World Championships from 2014–2016, on 4 December 2013 it was announced the BBC would show the tournament exclusively. This means every dart was shown live on BBC. It was also announced the coverage would still be presented by Colin Murray and Bobby George, which it has been since 2010 despite Colin Murray leaving Match of the Day 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live to move to Talksport. However, in late 2014 it was announced that BT would cover every evening session in the tournament. For 2015 the commentators were John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and for 2016 the commentators were John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley.
The BBC contract expired after the 2016 final and the BBC opted to drop the tournament, instead covering a new PDC tournament: The Champions League of Darts in September 2016. The rights from 2017 were taken up by Channel 4.
The Channel 4 coverage is presented by Rob Walker, who previously worked for the BBC as a presenter and reporter at the Lakeside from 2010–2016 alongside PDC professional Paul Nicholson and BDO Ladies' player Deta Hedman. Bobby George will present features, therefore is still involved in the coverage which he had fronted on the BBC since 2000. Commentary is provided again from Jim Proudfoot, John Rawling & Vassos Alexander. Proudfoot is returning after missing 2016 because of other commitments, while Tony Green has retired after commentating for the BBC for the BDO tournament from 1978–2016, only missing 2011 because of illness.
After being broadcast exclusively on the BBC in the UK for 34 years, ESPN began sharing coverage of the tournament in 2012. Ray Stubbs was confirmed as their host, returning to the Lakeside as a broadcaster, over two years after leaving the BBC.ESPN host Nat Coombs was also part of the presentation team. Both broadcasters used the same commentary team – Tony Green, David Croft and Vassos Alexander for 2012 and Jim Proudfoot replacing Croft for 2013. ESPN broadcast the evening sessions from the opening day until the quarter finals, as well as the second semi-final live. ESPN showed recorded highlights of the final. Following the launch of BT Sport, which acquired all of ESPN's sporting rights, coverage was dropped from ESPN and the entire 2014 Championships was shown exclusively live by the BBC.
In 2014 it was announced that the coverage would be shared between the BBC and BT Sport for the 2015 tournament. BBC will have live coverage of the afternoon sessions, live coverage of the 1st men's semi final and the women's final, while BT Sport will have coverage of every evening session and live coverage of the 2nd men's semi final. Both broadcasters will share coverage of the final. Ray Stubbs will again host the tournament after hosting for the BBC from 2001–2009 and ESPN between 2012–2013, he hosted alongside 2-time champion Ted Hankey who returned to the BDO in 2014 but just missed out on a qualifying spot for Lakeside 2015, while Helen Skelton was roving reporter and both broadcasters shared commentary which was provided by John Rawling, Jim Proudfoot, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley. For 2016 Ray Stubbs presented alongside Ted Hankey, Tony O'Shea or Scott Mitchell with commentary by John Rawling, Vassos Alexander, Tony Green and George Riley and roving reporter was Reshmin Chowdhury. After the 2016 the joint BBC / BT Sport deal expired and BBC Sport dropped their coverage instead deciding to cover the PDC Champions League of Darts in September 2016. BT Sport subsequently decided to continue coverage of the tournament, this time in conjunction with Channel 4. They announced in December 2016 that regular presenter for darts on BT Sport, Ray Stubbs, now at Talksport 2, would be replaced by Matt Smith as presenter with 2-time semi finalist Chris Mason acting as their analyst. Similar to the agreement with BBC Sport, they will share commentators. This will be led by John Rawling with Vassos Alexander and Jim Proudfoot also commentating.
Prior to the 2019 championship, the BDO secured a new 3 year deal with Eurosport with coverage being shown on both the broadcasters main subscription channel and free-to-air on Quest.. As with the previous years the afternoon sessions were shown free to air with Quest simulcasting Eurosport coverage with highlights of the evening sessions also being shown on Quest. Eurosport cover every session with both broadcasters showing the final live. The coverage was presented by Nat Coombs with Georgie Bingham also reporting on the event. Punditry and commentary for the tournament were provided by John Rawling, Chris Mason, Paul Nicholson, Martin Adams and Tony O'Shea.
International coverage of the event has grown through the years. Dutch television station SBS6 broadcast the event since 1998, as Dutch players have become more prominent in the world game. SBS6's contract to cover the event ran until 2008.
UK viewing figures for World Championship final data provided by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board UK.
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