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PDC World Darts Championship 2023

PDC Darts PDC: Cazoo World darts Championship 15th December – 3rd January 2023 PDCTV

The PDC World Darts Championships returns to the Alexandra Palace London. The biggest prize in darts will feature world qualifiers from around the globe, competing for a £500,000 first prize, the Sid Waddell Trophy and the glory of becoming a World Darts Champion.

The total prize fund is £2.5M, with a first-round loser picking up £7,500. Live coverage of the event can be viewed via Sky Sports, Sky Sports in the UK through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).


Cazoo PDC World Darts Championships 2023 Tournament Details, Schedule of Play & Results

PDC Darts Cazoo World Darts Championship 2023 - Alexandra Palace, London

PDC William Hill World Darts Championships 2023 - Peter Wright


PDC William Hill World Darts Championship 2023

Date: 15th Dec – 3rd Jan 2023

The World Dart Stage is set for another 15 days of World Darts. The PDC William Hill World Championship Dart, live from the Alexandra Palace, London.

Ninety-six players will compete for the Sid Waddell trophy and the first prize of £500,000 with a total prize fund of £2.5M making this event the richest darts event in the World.

At the time of writing, a few tickets are still available. However, these tend to sell out fast so if you want to join the party, I suggest you buy your tickets now or be disappointed.

This year’s event will see three women participating, Lisa Ashton and Beau Greaves, who qualified via the Women’s Order of merit, finishing first and second, respectively. A return to the Place for Fallon Sherrock, who won the PDC Women’s Matchplay title Blackpool earlier in 2022.

With Fallon’s previous success at the PDC World Championships in December 2019, many fans will be having a punt on all the women to do well, and if you haven’t seen Beau Greave’s play, you are in for a treat. The young lady can throw a mean arrow and is the current WDf Women’s World Champion.

The top 32 seeded players enter the competition in the second round of the tournament.

Details of this event, venue, prize fund breakdown can be found on this page. Use the tabs below to reveal more information or the tabs at the top of this section to find out the schedule of play and players line up.

Tickets for this event sell out fast, so book your ticket now. Follow the PDC event ticket Link below to see what is available. However, if you were not lucky enough to purchase a ticket, then you can watch the World Championships on Sky Sports in the UK through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).


Sky Sports   DAZN   Viaplay  PDCTV

2022/23 PDC World Champions Match Schedule

The Alexandra Palace traditionally opens its doors 1 -1 ½ hours before the start of the event. Afternoon matches one hour before play, and Evening matches one and half hours before play. However, please check with the venue before attending if you are lucky enough to have a ticket.


 Date Match Schedule Doors Open Event Start Event Finish
15th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
16th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
16th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
17th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
17th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
18th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
18th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
19th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
19th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
20th December 2022 3x First Round, 1x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
21st December 2022 2x First Round, 2x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
21st December 2022 4x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
22nd December 2022 4x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
22nd December 2022 4x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
23rd December 2022 4x Second Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
23rd December 2022 4x Second Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
Chrismas Break ==== === === ===
27th December 2022 3x Third Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
27th December 2022 3x Third Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
28th December 2022 3x Third Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
28th December 2022 3x Third Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
29th December 2022 3x Third Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
29th December 2022 1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
30th December 2022 3x Fourth Round 11:30 12:30 16:30
30th December 2022 3x Fourth Round 17:30 19:00 23:00
New Years Eve Break ==== === === ===
1st January 2023 2x Quarter-Finals 11:30 12:30 16:30
1st January 2023 2x Quarter-Finals 17:30 19:00 23:00
2nd January 2023 2x Semi-Finals 17:30 19:00 23:00
3rd January 2023 Final 19:00 20.00 22:30

PDC Cazoo World Championship Ticket Information


Alexandra Palace Seating Plan -PDC / William Hill World Darts 2022

Please use this plan as a guide only and not an exact representation of the seating layout at the venue.

Traveling to the Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace is the iconic North London venue that is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful parkland, and grounds that boast a pub & restaurant, boating lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much, much more.

The People’s Palace has great transport links, located just off the M1 and M25 and only 10 minutes from London Kings Cross.

How to find the Alexandra Palace

Situated between Muswell Hill & Wood Green, Alexandra Palace is well served by all forms of public transport and is easy to reach by underground, road, rail & air. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Sat Nav and Parking

Sat Nav Postcode: N22 7AY

The Alexandra Palace East car park is open most days for car parking. On event days and at busy times, they may open other car parks on site. Please follow signs and directions from our staff and do not park your vehicle anywhere except in designated car parks.

The Alexandra Palace requests a suggests of £3 per vehicle to help us cover the costs of looking after the Palace and Park.

Alexandra Palce asks visits to the venue be considerate to their neighbours: do not park illegally on the streets and to leave the area quietly.

Accessible Parking

There are disabled access parking spaces specifically for blue badge holders. There are dedicated accessible bays in the Grove Car park (a short walk up a slight hill) and the East Car Park. There is a drop off point outside the Palm Court Entrance via the west slip road where the Alexandra Staff will assist with directions. Spaces are available on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

By Tube

Wood Green is the nearest underground station on the Piccadilly Line. (journey time is 20 minutes from Piccadilly Circus). Exit Wood Green Station and go to bus stop A to pick up the W3 bus up the hill to Alexandra Palace.

By Rail

Alexandra Palace now has its own train station called Alexandra Palace Station. It is located at the Wood Green entrance to the Park. A regular train service with Great Northern runs directly from Moorgate, through Highbury & Islington or from Kings Cross, changing at Finsbury Park.

By Bus

Take the W3 bus from outside the station to the main Palm Court entrance. Some shows offer a free shuttle bus service from both Wood Green and Alexandra Palace stations check on the page of your event to find out more.

By Air

From Heathrow Airport, take the Piccadilly Line directly to Wood Green Station.

From Gatwick Airport an express takes you direct to Victoria Station, then take the Victoria Line to Finsbury Park station and a direct bus w3 to Alexandra Palace or overground train to Alexandra Palace station

Getting Home

Please note that the last tube from Wood Green Station leaves around midnight and the last train from Alexandra Palace Station leaves around Midnight. It is worth checking the last train times for your event date at

Click here to find out more and plan your route.

2023 PDC Cazoo World Championship Prize Fund

The 2023 PDC Cazoo World Darts Championship player prize fund remains as per 2022. The total prize fund available £2.5M.

The 2023 PDC Cazoo World Darts Champion will receive £500,000 and the Sid Waddell Trophy.

The prize money is allocated as follows:

 Position Players Prize Money Total
Champion 1 £500,000 £500,000
Runner-up 1 £200,000 £200,000
Semi-finalist 2 £100,000 £200,000
Quarter-finalist 4 £50,000 £200000
Fourth Round Loser 8 £35,000 £280,000
Third Round Loser 16 £25,000 £400,000
Second Round Loser 32 £15,000 £480,000
First Round Loser 32 £7,500 £240,000
 Total   £2,500,000

** In past years, the PDC has given a bonus to a player who throws the perfect leg of darts in TV tournaments. However, the standard of play in the PDC is now so high, perfect legs are being achieved more frequently. Hence the bonus rewards have not been on offer.

PDC DartsCazoo World Darts Championship 2023 - Players Draw & Schedule

PDC World Championship 2023 Draw


World Darts Championship Players Qualifiers and Draw

The world’s greatest darts tournament is back with the World’s top 96 players competing to win the Sid Waddell / William Hill PDC World Darts Trophy

The tournament features 96 players made up from the top 32 players on the PDC Order of Merit as per 29th November 2022 (after the Players Championship Finals) are seeded for the tournament. They will be joined by the 32 highest non-qualified players from the Pro Tour Order of Merit, based on the events played on the 2022 PDC Pro Tour.

The remaining 32 players come from international qualifiers and the three ladies’ qualifiers.

Seeded players enter the World Championship in Round Two.


Sky Sports   DAZN   Viaplay  PDCTV



Seeded Players

ProTour Order of Merit

International Qualifiers

1 Gerwyn Price Josh Rock Lisa Ashton
2 Peter Wright Andrew Gilding Danny Baggish
3 Michael van Gerwen Martin Lukeman Sebastian Bialecki
4 Michael Smith Madars Razma David Cameron
5 Luke Humphries Adrian Lewis Mal Cuming
6 Rob Cross Rowby-John Rodriguez Leonard Gates
7 Jonny Clayton Scott Williams Beau Greaves
8 James Wade Jim Williams Xicheng Han
9 Danny Noppert Ryan Meikle Florian Hempel
10 Nathan Aspinall William O'Connor Jimmy Hendriks
11 Gary Anderson Steve Beaton Lourence Ilagan
12 Dave Chisnall Jermaine Wattimena Prakash Jiwa
13 Joe Cullen Simon Whitlock Jose Justicia
14 Dirk van Duijvenbode Keane Barry Darius Labanauskas
15 Dimitri Van den Bergh Keegan Brown Daniel Larsson
16 Ryan Searle Ricky Evans Robert Owen
17 Jose de Sousa Alan Soutar Paolo Nebrida
18 Krzysztof Ratajski Karel Sedlacek Vladyslav Omelchenko
19 Ross Smith Jamie Hughes Christian Perez
20 Damon Heta Matt Campbell Diogo Portela
21 Stephen Bunting Danny Jansen Nathan Rafferty
22 Chris Dobey Mike De Decker Ben Robb
23 Callan Rydz Ritchie Edhouse Grant Sampson
24 Daryl Gurney Boris Krcmar Fallon Sherrock
25 Gabriel Clemens Cameron Menzies Raymond Smith
26 Brendan Dolan Luke Woodhouse Toru Suzuki
27 Mervyn King Mickey Mansell Danny van Trijp
28 Vincent van der Voort Geert Nentjes Lewy Williams
29 Martin Schindler Niels Zonneveld Nobuhiro Yamamoto
30 Mensur Suljovic Martijn Kleermaker Richie Burnett
31 Kim Huybrechts John O'Shea Ryan Joyce
32 Raymond van Barneveld Adam Gawlas Jeff Smith


Cazoo PDC World Darts Championships 2023 Schedule of Play
15th December - 3rd January 2023


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First Round Draw

Fisrt Round Non-Seeded players

First Round

Luke Woodhouse v Vladyslav Omelchenko
Mickey Mansell v Ben Robb
Niels Zonneveld v Lewy Williams
Jermaine Wattimena v Nathan Rafferty
Keegan Brown v Florian Hempel
Scott Williams v Ryan Joyce
Steve Beaton v Danny van Trijp
Jim Williams v Sebastian Bialecki
Ritchie Edhouse v David Cameron
Boris Krcmar v Toru Suzuki
Madars Razma v Prakash Jiwa
Andrew Gilding v Robert Owen
Ricky Evans v Fallon Sherrock
Karel Sedlacek v Raymond Smith
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Lourence Ilagan
Adam Gawlas v Richie Burnett
Simon Whitlock v Christian Perez
Danny Jansen v Paolo Nebrida
John O'Shea v Darius Labanauskas
Adrian Lewis v Daniel Larsson
Geert Nentjes v Leonard Gates
Martijn Kleermaker v Xicheng Han
Josh Rock v Jose Justicia
Alan Soutar v Mal Cuming
William O'Connor v Beau Greaves
Jamie Hughes v Jimmy Hendriks
Matt Campbell v Danny Baggish
Cameron Menzies v Diogo Portela
Martin Lukeman v Nobuhiro Yamamoto
Mike De Decker v Jeff Smith
Keane Barry v Grant Sampson
Ryan Meikle v Lisa Ashton


Second Round Draw

Second Round (Seeded Player) Enters Play



Seeded Player



1 Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse/Vladyslav Omelchenko
2 Peter Wright v Mickey Mansell/Ben Robb
3 Michael van Gerwen v Niels Zonneveld/Lewy Williams
4 Michael Smith v Jermaine Wattimena/Nathan Rafferty
5 Luke Humphries v Keegan Brown/Florian Hempel
6 Rob Cross v Scott Williams/Ryan Joyce
7 Jonny Clayton v Steve Beaton/Danny van Trijp
8 James Wade v Jim Williams/Sebastian Bialecki
9 Danny Noppert v Ritchie Edhouse/David Cameron
10 Nathan Aspinall v Boris Krcmar/Toru Suzuki
11 Gary Anderson v Madars Razma/Prakash Jiwa
12 Dave Chisnall v Andrew Gilding/Robert Owen
13 Joe Cullen v Ricky Evans/Fallon Sherrock
14 Dirk van Duijvenbode v Karel Sedlacek/Raymond Smith
15 Dimitri Van den Bergh v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Lourence Ilagan
16 Ryan Searle v Adam Gawlas/Richie Burnett
17 Jose de Sousa v Simon Whitlock/Christian Perez
18 Krzysztof Ratajski v Danny Jansen/Paolo Nebrida
19 Ross Smith v John O'Shea/Darius Labanauskas
20 Damon Heta v Adrian Lewis/Daniel Larsson
21 Stephen Bunting v Geert Nentjes/Leonard Gates
22 Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker/Xicheng Han
23 Callan Rydz v Josh Rock/Jose Justicia
24 Daryl Gurney v Alan Soutar/Mal Cuming
25 Gabriel Clemens v William O'Connor/Beau Greaves
26 Brendan Dolan v Jamie Hughes/Jimmy Hendriks
27 Mervyn King v Matt Campbell/Danny Baggish
28 Vincent van der Voort v Cameron Menzies/Diogo Portela
29 Martin Schindler v Martin Lukeman/Nobuhiro Yamamoto
30 Mensur Suljovic v Mike De Decker/Jeff Smith
31 Kim Huybrechts v Keane Barry/Grant Sampson
32 Raymond van Barneveld v Ryan Meikle/Lisa Ashton


2023 PDC World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play & Results

Thursday December 15 Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Afternoon Session (No Play) 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
TBC (R1)
TBC (R1)
  TBC (R1)
  TBC (R2)
Friday December 16
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Saturday December 17
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Sunday December 18
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Monday December 19
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x First Round, 1x Second Round 3x First Round, 1x Second Round
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R1) TBC (R1)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Tuesday December 20
Afternoon Session (No Play) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
  3x First Round, 1x Second Round
  TBC (R1)
  TBC (R1)
  TBC (R1)
  TBC (R2)
Wednesday December 21
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
2x First Round, 2x Second Round 4x Second Round
TBC (R1) TBC (R2)
TBC (R1) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Thursday December 22
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
4x Second Round 4x Second Round
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Friday December 23
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
4x Second Round 4x Second Round
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
TBC (R2) TBC (R2)
Tuesday December 27
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Third Round 3x Third Round
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
Wednesday December 28
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Third Round 3x Third Round
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
Thursday December 29
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Third Round
1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round
TBC (R3) TBC (R3)
TBC (R3) TBC (R4)
TBC (R3) TBC (R4)
Friday December 30
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
3x Fourth Round
3x Fourth Round
TBC (R4) TBC (R4)
TBC (R4) TBC (R4)
TBC (R4) TBC (R4)
Sunday January 1
Afternoon Session (1230 GMT) Evening Session (1900 GMT)
2x Quarter-Finals
2x Quarter-Finals
Monday January 2
Afternoon Session (No Play) Evening Session (1930 GMT)
  2x Semi-Finals
Tuesday January 3
Afternoon Session (No Play) Evening Session (2000 GMT)


Tournament Format

First Round - Best of five sets (no tie-break)

Second Round - Best of five sets

Third Round - Best of seven sets

Fourth Round - Best of seven sets

Quarter-Finals - Best of nine sets

Semi-Finals - Best of 11 sets

Final - Best of 13 sets

A tie-break will be in operation from the second round onwards, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches five-all, the 11th leg will be a sudden-death leg.


PDC 2023 Cazoo World Darts Championships - Darts Fans! "Waynes World!"

Waynes World - Wayne Mardel


If the Cazoo-sponsored PDC World Darts Championship has the same fans format, then you may be in for a chance to WIN a Wayne Mardle / Cazoo PDC world Championship ‘T-Shirt!


Audience Prizes – Fancy Dress / Best Sign / Best Dance!

Win a Wayne Mardle / Carzoo World Darts Sky Sports‘T’ Shirt!

One of the biggest spectacles at the PDC Cazoo World Darts, besides the darts, is the fans. Over the last twenty-plus years, the PDC has grown the sport of darts into one of the best-loved events to feature on TV. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a party or two; that is why most dart fans make their way to the World Darts Championships to enjoy the atmosphere and watch great darts from the best dart players in the world. Oh, and of course party!!!

The PDC Cazoo, World Darts Championship, has become an event that all dart fans wish to be part of, and tickets sell out fast. However, if you are not lucky enough to get a ticket the no worries, the full 15 days coverage is shown on Sky Sports, DAZN, and Viaplay.


Sky Sports   DAZN   Viaplay  PDCTV


How to feature on TV!

Fancy Dress is one answer! Many fans dress up for the occasion; the wackier, the better, as you are more likely to be shown on TV. Maybe you and your friends make some moves! Darts moves, of course! Wayne has a keen eye for the weird and wonderful, and you may be rewarded with one of his ‘T’ Shirt prizes! Ooooh!

Send us a ‘T’ Shirt Wayne! or at least give 'Darts501' a mention!


Dart Fans Fancy Dress


Ok fancy dress is not your thing! Then write a witty sign. Dart tournament sponsors William Hill usually provide 180 boards and blanks for you to write your message. A good message will be shown on TV, and again Wayne might reward you with a prize!


Fans Dart Sign


To many of us, Sid Waddell, was one of the most charismatic commentators of our sport. His off the cuff linguist commentary earnt him admiration from both fans, players and other sports commentators. If you would like to reminisce over some of his best one lines that came from this genius then you can. I have put together a list of my favourite Sid Waddell quotations spanning across the years. Who knows these one-liners may give you some inspiration for your next dart sign!

Sid Waddell Quotations


I couldn't agree more! #LOVEDARTS501

PDC World Darts Championships Fans Chant

For those of you that are asking what was the song being sung at the 2022 PDC World Darts Championships by the thousands of dart fans, it is a chant: ‘Please Don’t Take Me Home”

The lyrics!

‘Don't take me home! Please don't take me home! I don't wanna go to work! I wanna stay here, and drink all the beer, Please don't, please don't take me home!...‘

Waynes World - Wayne Mardle

The T-Shirt featured is a concept. The ones that may be given away are not likely to reflect the one illustrated.
Enjoy the 2023 Cazoo PDC World Darts Championships.

PDC Darts PDC: Q-School – 9 - 15 January 2023

Fancy yourself as a top darts thrower? You could be part of the PDC elite by winning one of the PDC Tour cards at the Qualifying school.

Players that have heard a tour card for two years or more and are not in the top 64 by PDC order of merit lose their right to tour in the PDC events and must compete at Q-School to win back their card. However, Q-School is said to be one of the most demanding events to win, and only the best will be awarded.

To compete, you must pay an entry-free current set at £450, which includes £50 DRA Sanction Fee. So if you feel you are good enough, you have until Friday, 6th January 2023, to register your details.

More details


PDC Darts PDC: Cazoo Masters Finals December 27-29 January 2023

UK TV viewers will be treated to an array of Masters events in January which will be shown on ITV Sport, ITV4/3, DAZN and Viaplay. The Barharin Darts Masters 12-13 Jan, Nordic Masters 20-21 Jan, and the main Cazoo Masters 27-29 January 2023


INDO Darts WDF: World Masters Dec 8-12 (TV Coverage Not Confirmed)

All Men and Women will start the tournament in the first-round group stage on Thursday, 8 December. The total number of registered entries will determine group sizes before the draw.

There will be 64-seeded players in both the Men’s and Women’s WDF World Masters. Seedings will be based on the main WDF World Ranking Tables on Monday, 28 November.

The top two players in each group shall progress to the knockout stages


Modus Darts Super Series MODUS: Super Series - Weekly TV Darts Events

The MODUS Super Series continues its exciting new weekly darts competition featuring some of the biggest names in darts. Top international players compete, including Fallon Sherrock, Martin Adams, Robert Thornton, and many more.

Each week's mini-event concludes with a £5K first prize, and the winner then moves on to the Series finals with a chance of winning £20K.


Hosted at a top-spec, purpose-built location in Portsmouth, the MODUS Super Series will see more than 30 hours of matches broadcast LIVE Monday to Saturday every week, currently available on Sporty Stuff TV (SKY 437, Freesat 250, Freeview 264 and online at, with players competing for a share of over £1m on offer per year.


Find Out More ...


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Welcome to Darts501

Many viewers will know I have written several very successful dart websites over the past seventeen 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.

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


  • Major Dart Tournament Winners History

PDC Darts Tournament History

PDC History

Tournament Winners

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


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Scotland Darts Tournament History

SDA History

Tournament Winners

  • Scottish Open
  • Scottish Masters
  • Scottish Singles


More info

WDO Darts Tournament History

WDO History

Tournament Winners

  • Welsh Open
  • Welsh Classic
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More info

Northern Ireland Darts Tournament History

NIDO History

Tournament Winners

  • Nr Ireland Open
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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 -

Darts the Professional Sport

A Brief Introduction to Professional Darts

In 2001, the BDO introduced a Ladies World Darts Championship, which England's Trina Gulliver MBE won. 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, 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.

In 2008, Ladies dart player Anastasia Dobromyslova moved away from the BDO to the PDC. Anastasia played in a preliminary qualifying round for the PDC World Darts Championship 2009 but 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 in late 2010 / early 2011, and in 2012 she won BDO / WDF Ladies Worlds Darts Championship for the second time and then again in January 2013.

In 2007, the PDC introduced the first Youth World Championship. Arron Monk won this event, who beat Michael van Gerwen 6 - 4 in the final. However, until 2015, the BDO followed suit and introduced its own Youth World Championship. It was sixteen-year-old Colin Roelofs from the Netherlands 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 see a lot more from all of these youth players in the future.

Lisa Ashton from Lancashire has since been dominant 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 beating England’s Lorraine Winstanley. Mikuru followed this up by winning the Dutch Open the following month. Mikura retained her title in 2020, gain beating the tournament favourite, Lisa Ashton.

During the 2019 Lakeside World Championships, calls for a significant 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 reviewed.

2019 also witnessed a number of the top BDO players move to the more lucrative PDC. With a £14M annual prize fund and the BDO contract 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 a two-year PDC tour card. They were joined by a few others that featured the BDO World Championship event, thus depleting the BDO's main contenders. With the main BDO stars moving to the PDC, the BDO was left with the old ageing guard to re-establish the once firm grip the BDO held in World Darts.

In 2020, with a new chairman on board, Des Jacklin, the BDO moved their world darts championship away from the Lakeside venue to the O2 Arena. The move was not met with overall approval from the loyal BDO darts fans as they decided to not attend in their thousands. The BDO world championship will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. The change of venue and the recent loss of professional darts referees all added to the BDO misery. The promised prize money was slashed, and the conversation turned away from the players and was directed to the chairman. The poor management left the BDO in debt, and the organisation's future in 2020 looked in doubt. Des Jacklin later resigned as chairman but was reinstated following a narrow county representative vote victory. However, Jacklin could not convince all, and there was a challenge to the BDO dominance in the UK. The BDO had lost its status as it didn’t represent a Country within the World Darts Federation (WDF) and lost its vote. The respective organisation had finally lost its support, and in 2020 several challenges were made to take over the running of the Inter-County Championships. The UK Counties voted for a new organisation UK Darts Association to take over the running of the England and Welsh County Leagues. The 2021 British Inter-County Championships will now be known as the UK National League, Premier League, League One, Two, Three ect. The WDF introduced a World Darts Championship and World Masters, the fisrt World Championships again being staged at the Lakeside Country Club in January 2022. The PDC now firmly run the professional side of darts, with more players competing to join each year.

In 2019, John Lowe, the former three-time World Darts Champion, was awarded an MBE in the UK Queens 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 to receive an MBE in 2001. However, he didn't receive it. The award medal was annulled because he was found guilty of an indecent assault. Taylor denied the charges but had to pay £2,000 as a result of his conviction.

UK Awards given by the Crown are subject to conditions. One condition is a recipient criminal record. Awards issued to others, not necessarily sports stars, that later have been found guilty of a crime also face losing awards and titles issued

In 2010, Russ Strobel submitted to 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 is based on the perceived origins of the standard hanging height of the standard clock dartboard. It said the average height of a man in the England UK was 5'8" around the 1920s, the height of the centre bullseye of a standard board. Modern adjustments make that 173cm. Russ took this analogy and worked out the height of a man of 5'8" (173cm) be sitting in a wheelchair. His exact figure came out to be 136.5cm. However, as Russ explained, adding 0.5cm would make the recommended wheelchair dartboard height easy to remember, 137cm (wheelchair) - 173cm (Standard). Darts Australia accepted the concept of the new height for Wheelchair uses, and in 2012 it was also accepted by the World Darts Federation. Read more about Disability Darts can is featured on this website.

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 dartboard and organise darting events. You can also learn how boards are constructed using sisal (a material used in rope making) and how dart weights, lengths, shafts and flights can alter the dart's flight.

The site also features traditional games played on today's standard dartboards and UK Regional 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. Many dart-related links are also linked to professional dart organisations, manufacturers, suppliers, and professional dart players. My thanks go to them for their help and support in building this site.

I hope you enjoy the website. 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 over 14 million viewers, and the increasing trend continues. In 2019 the website attracted a conservative 1.6 million. However, with more people opting not to have their visit to this website recorded by modern browsers and VPN, this figure is vastly undervalued. Thanks to all that visit, and keep calling back to see regular updates.

Darts501 has received many good references from professional players, commentators and other writers of the sport. It has become a resource website professionals recommend to others.

Further research into the sport continues and includes dartboards used across the UK over the past 100 years. The use of darts in war, including the secrete service in MI9



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