World Professional Darts Championship

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The World Professional Darts Championship is one of the most important tournaments in the darts calendar. Originally held as an annual event between 1978 and 1993, players then broke off into two separate organisations after a controversial split in the game. Each organisation, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) now organise their own World Championship in January. As a result, there is no longer a unified world champion in the sport.

Darts throwing game

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, and elsewhere.

The split in darts refers to an acrimonious dispute between top professional darts players and the game's governing body, the British Darts Organisation (BDO), in 1993. The players were discontented by the game's big decline in television coverage in 1989 and the early 1990s, and by what they saw as the BDO's inability to reverse that decline, culminating in 16 top ranked players, including every previous world champion who was still active, breaking away from the BDO to form their own organisation, the World Darts Council (WDC).

British Darts Organisation

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.

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The BDO have organised their version dating back to 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands nightclub, Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. Since then it has been held at the Lakeside Leisure Complex at Frimley Green, Surrey.

Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

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.

Stoke-on-Trent City and unitary authority in England

Stoke-on-Trent is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.

The Lakeside Leisure Complex is a hotel, entertainment and leisure complex in the village of Frimley Green near Camberley in west Surrey. It is most famous as being the venue of the BDO World Darts Championship, holding both men's and women's events.

The PDC version started in 1994 after "the split", with a field of players containing all active previous World Champions from the BDO. It was originally staged at Purfleet's Circus Tavern, Essex, before moving to Alexandra Palace, London, for the 2008 World Championship.

Purfleet town in Essex

Purfleet is a small town or large, modern village in the Thurrock unitary authority in Essex, England. It is contained between the A13 road to the north and the River Thames to the south and is within the easterly bounds of the M25 motorway but just outside the Greater London boundary. It was within the traditional Church of England parish of West Thurrock. There is some industry to the south and the area forms part of the Thames Gateway redevelopment area. Purfleet is one of seven conservation areas in Thurrock.

Circus Tavern entertainment venue

The Circus Tavern is an entertainment venue in Purfleet, Essex, England which hosts functions, cabaret acts and is also a nightclub venue. However, it is most famous as having been a long-time venue of the PDC World Darts Championship.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

Men's winners

Englishman Phil Taylor has won a record sixteen World Championships. Philtaylor.jpg
Englishman Phil Taylor has won a record sixteen World Championships.
Englishman Eric Bristow has won five World Championships. Bristow, Eric.jpg
Englishman Eric Bristow has won five World Championships.

By player

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 1 January 2019).

PlayerTotal BDO PDC
Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 16214
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld 541
Flag of England.svg Eric Bristow 55
Flag of England.svg Martin Adams 33
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Michael van Gerwen 33
Flag of England.svg John Lowe 33
Flag of Canada.svg John Part 312
Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Anderson 22
Flag of England.svg Glen Durrant 22
Flag of England.svg Ted Hankey 22
Flag of England.svg Adrian Lewis 22
Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 211
Flag of England.svg Scott Waites 22
Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson 22
Flag of England.svg Bob Anderson 11
Flag of England.svg Steve Beaton 11
Flag of England.svg Stephen Bunting 11
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Richie Burnett 11
Flag of England.svg Rob Cross 11
Flag of Australia.svg Tony David 11
Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 11
Flag of England.svg Andy Fordham 11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Christian Kist 11
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jelle Klaasen 11
Flag of England.svg Scott Mitchell 11
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton Rees 11
Flag of Scotland.svg Les Wallace 11
Flag of England.svg John Walton 11
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Webster 11

Highest average progression

AverageSeedPlayerScoreOpponentStageYear
97.493 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leighton Rees 6–3 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Alan Evans QF 1978
99.005 Flag of England.svg John Lowe 2–0 Flag of England.svg Tony Brown 1st 1984
100.29unseeded Flag of England.svg Keith Deller 2–4 Flag of England.svg John Lowe QF 1985
100.80unseeded Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 5–0 Flag of England.svg Cliff Lazarenko SF 1990
102.631 Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley 3–0 Flag of Scotland.svg Jocky Wilson 1st 1993
103.981 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 6–0 Flag of England.svg Dennis Priestley F 1998
105.033 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 3–0 Flag of England.svg Reg Harding 1st 1999
105.872 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 6–0 Flag of England.svg Alan Warriner QF 2000
107.462 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 7–0 Flag of Canada.svg John Part F 2001
111.212 Flag of England.svg Phil Taylor 6–1 Flag of England.svg Shayne Burgess 2nd 2002
114.051 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Michael van Gerwen 6–2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Raymond van Barneveld SF 2017

Women's winners

By player

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 13 January 2018).

PlayerTotal BDO PDC
Flag of England.svg Trina Gulliver 1010
Flag of England.svg Lisa Ashton 44
Flag of Russia.svg Anastasia Dobromyslova 33
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Francis Hoenselaar 11
Flag of the United States.svg Stacy Bromberg 11

Youth winners

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