My thanks to Dr Patrick Chaplin (Darts Historian) for letting me know that a New BBC Scotland documentary will be shown on BBC Scotland on Wednesday 15th May, 9pm.
If you live in the UK but outside Scotland and have a satellite or cable TV you should be able to tune in and watch the show. Channels Freeview & YouView 9 (SD) 115 (HD), Sky 115, Freesat 115, Virgin Media 108
Dr Patrick Chaplin should also make an appearance or two within the broadcast.
One of the most popular events in the PDC calendar returns to Hamburg, Germany. The ninth edition of the World Cup with see 32 teams of two players compete for the World Cup’. Defending champions, the Netherlands will be looking to make it three wins in a row. However, they are unlikely to be top seeds.
Grave violence is caused when groups clash with each other on the questions of ideology, survival, etc. But in seventeenth-century Alaska, a fight was started because a game of darts went awry. Archaeologists have discovered that a group of people were inhumanly murdered in the village of Nunaleq.
Sports has a tendency to unite people not divide them. Therefore it is possible that the game of darts opened the floodgates for a hatred the groups might have had against each other...
Darts has seen a massive increase in its popularity in recent years. Fans love to watch the big tournaments while enjoying a pint while often dressed as a superhero. The growth in the popularity of darts has been reflected in the number of online gambling sites that cover the sport, but what are the 3 rules you should follow when choosing which to join?
The PDC World Series of Darts has come a long way since its inaugural year in 2013. Back then, just two events existed as the PDC dipped their toes in the water of taking darts and its biggest stars into new territories.
Indeed, these tournaments - with the first held in Dubai in May and the second in Sydney in August - were used as testers to gauge what sort of interest outside of the typical strongholds there was for professional darts tournaments.
The Premier League moves to the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff for Round 12 with a clear leader, Rob Cross.
Rob had a problematic 2018 following his maiden World Championship victory. He acknowledged that the pressure from the media other darting commitments took its toll on his game. After losing in the 2019 World Championships, it came as a bit of relief and to quote Rob from one of his interviews; he felt like he had got a monkey off his back and could now concentrate on his game.
Daryl Gurney is one of the new breeds. He quietly goes about his business and is steadily rising up the PDC order of merit and claimed his first European title in March 2019. Daryl beat another of the new breeds, Ricky Evans in the final of the German Darts Championship. Along the way, Daryl beat former World Champions Rob Cross, Stephen Bunting and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.
On the 24th March 2005 darts became a recognised sporting activity by Sports England. Later the same year, on the 3rd June, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland added their unanimous agreement that darts was a sport. To some, darts as a sport is controversial and still call it a game like snooker, while others compare darts to other forms of hand-eye coordination sports such as pistol, rifle and archery shooting.
In recent years the BDO has come under a lot of criticism from the players for not promoting the sport well enough to gain new sponsors and with the broadcasters. In 2018, the BDO appointed a new chairman, Des Jacklin and he inherited a lot of big challenges to turn the fortunes of the BDO around.
Following a crushing 7-1 defeat to compatriot Michael Van Gerwen in Rotterdam last week, an emotional Raymond Van Barneveld announced his immediate retirement from the sport, bringing forward his decision to withdraw from competitive darts after originally planning to bow out at the end of this year.
From its humble beginning of the taproom in the local pub, darts has become one of the most-watched TV sports on British TV, second only to the nation’s number one sport football.
Following a disappointing World Championship, Barney now finds himself outside the automatic selection for the big majors of 2019. Raymond currently lies at the bottom of the 2019 Premier League table and with only a few rounds to go before Judgement Night, Raymond could find he is relegated out of the remaining weeks.
Nathan Aspinall will be the Premier League contender at the Nottingham Arena. Nathan, unlike the other contenders, has had the best few months of his darting career and made the world of professional darts look at his chances of a victory in the sixth round of the Premier League.
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Round five of the PDC Premier league comes from Aberdeen, Scotland and will feature the gentle giant John Henderson as the Gary Anderson replacement contender.
John had a great run at the 2019 PDC World Championships and will surely be a crowd pleaser in his native home city of Aberdeen. To date, no contender has won their match. Chris Dobey and Luke Humphries both managed draws while Glen Durrant the three-time back-to-back BDO World Champion lost 7-3. Steve Lennon managed a little better at losing 7-5. However, John is facing the current defending league champion and World Champion Michael van Gerwen.
The year 2018 saw the overturning of PASPA which paved the way for legal sports betting in the US. Now many US states are trying to legalize sports betting in their respective states. Sports betting in NJ has only been legal since June 2018 but in that short time, it has become very popular. With such positive changes, you are sure to benefit a great deal if you are a player living in the US. However, you would do great if you remember the following golden rules for all your betting.
Darts is a major sport and the top professionals play in million-pound tournaments broadcast on television channels around the world. These are major events and Williamcode gives fans the chance to learn about the players and follow the action. Unlike sports like football, rugby, or basketball, many amateur players may not know how to become a professional darter. Moreover, youngsters interested in playing darts as a profession may be unaware of development programs to teach them the finer points of the game.
All eyes will be on Michael van Gerwen once again when the best players in the PDC descend on Butlin’s resort in Minehead between 1-3rd March. Will the Dutchman to continue his domination of darts or will there be another winner to add to the title list?
The world number one and current PDC World Champions has not won the UK Open since 2016 and will again be aiming to claim the title back next month. With is recent World Championship victory and three wins in the first three rounds of the Premier League, ‘Mighty Mike’ will be a favourite to reclaim the UK Open title.
Professional darts has ascended in recent years to become a favourite betting sport among European sports gamblers. Much of the credit for this phenomenon goes to the marketing brilliance from the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), formally the World Darts Council (WDC). The Corporation has been able to successfully capture a significant brand built around Darts superstars like Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson and the incomparable Peter Wright with his signature Mohawk of brilliant colours.
The third round of the 2019 PDC Premier League comes from the 3Arena Dublin and is always a venue packed to the brim with dart fans.
Michael van Gerwen heads up the leader board having won both of his past two matches. The reigning Premier League Champion and current World Champion looks like he is in curse control, however, his opponent in Dublin is the former 2018 World Champion, Rob Cross. Cross is currently equal in second place with one win, one draw, plus a three-leg difference. A win for Cross could see him heading up the Premier League Table come the fourth round.
Darts has been a popular game played in the public houses in the UK for over a hundred years. The early wooden boards had to be soaked to allow the dart punctures to heal before the next day’s play. Some still find it hard to imagine how anyone can have a steady hand after long binges of alcohol, however, the competitive nature of the sport has lived on to this day.
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Round two of the 2019 Premier Darts comes from the SSE Hydro Glasgow. With Gary Anderson pulling out of this year’s event due to a back injury, this week his place will be taken by Glen Durrant, the current and three-time back-to-back BDO World Champion. Glen has already made his mark on the PDC since winning his tour card last month. In the second round of the Players Championship, Glen reached the final, however, it was an on-form Dave Chisnell who took the honours.
Changes to the 2019 Premier League of darts have been made before a dart has been thrown. The former 2015 Premier League Champion and two-time World Darts Champion, Gary Anderson, has pulled out of the event due to an ongoing injury to his back. Gary also missed the PDC Masters, an event he was highly tipped to win.
Nine players will replace replace Gary. Reviewer the players and more.. ...
The 2019 Premier League Darts is bigger than ever. Ten of the top PDC players compete in a round robin phase to gain points. After round nine, known as the ‘Judgement Night’, the bottom two players in the league table are eliminated. The remaining eight players then continue the round-robin quest until round-fifteen. At this stage, the top four players then progress to the knockout week or knockout finals.
The rules are pretty simple. Every week the players play a best of 14 leg match. If a player wins 8 legs, he gains two points the loser nothing. If the match is drawn 7-7 both players are awarded a point. Players on equal points are then sorted by wins against the throw. i.e. if they have won more legs against the throw, they appear higher on the league board.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Mensur Suljović | Gary Anderson | Raymond van Barneveld | Gerwyn Price | James Wade
Des Jacklin states he will review the ladies game and prize money following the overwhelming social media feedback the BDO received at this year’s Lakeside World Championship.
While the men’s winner ‘Glen Durrant’ picked up a cheque for £100,000, the ladies’ winner only received £12,000. Des only took over the chair of the BDO late 2018 and if it wasn’t for his immediate impute the BDO World Championships didn’t look on the cards. Lakeside hadn’t confirmed they were hosting the championship nor had any TV broadcaster. Both were addressed as a matter of urgency. Des managed to sign a three-year deal with Eurosport to bring live BDO darts to our screens for three of the BDO major events. The World Championships, The BDO World Trophy and the Winmau Masters.
The BDO then announce the World Championships would again be held at Lakeside, however further coverage from this venue hasn’t been confirmed.
However, despite Des’s best efforts and relaxing the rules to allow BDO players to compete in Q school without any penalisation, the BDO have lost a number of high-ranking players to the PDC.
After four days at PDC Q School, Current and three times BDO World Champions Glen Durrant won a PDC tour card and won’t be defending the BDO World Championships. Joining him Mark McGeeney, Jamie Hughes, Scott Baker, Conan Whitehead to name but a few that obtained one of the thirty tour cards that became available.
2019 will see a new look PDC and a new look BDO. However, with a £14M prize fund in the PDC it isn’t surprising that nearly 400 dart players competed for PDC tour cards. Even top-ranked ladies tied with Lisa Ashton having the best run on day three of 106 in one her rounds.
The next big TV Darts Tournament is the non-ranking event ‘The PDC MASTERS’. Sixteen of the worlds best professional players compete in a straight matchplay style knockout.
Michael van Gerwen recently pocketed the £500,000 first prize for winning the PDC World Darts Championships in a highly entertaining final against the ‘Bully Boy’ Michael Smith.
Michael van Gerwen | Michael Smith | Peter Wright | Rob Cross | Daryl Gurney | Dave Chisnall | Mensur Suljović | Simon Whitlock | Gary Anderson | Darren Webster | Jonny Clayton | Gerwyn Price | James Wade | Joe Cullen | Ian White | Adrian Lewis
This event is prior to the eagerly awaited PDC Darts Premier league.
The Premier League plays to sell out crowds across the UK, Northern Ireland, Rep Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands over a seventeen week period which starts on February 7 at the Newcastle Metro Arena and concludes at the London O2 Arena on May 23.
The players line up include the top four players by PDC Order of merit and a further six wild cards entries. Four of these are chosen by the PDC directors and the remain two via Sky TV team. Notably, Raymond van Barneveld will be making his last appearance in the Premier League as he has announced his retirement from competitive darts at the end of the 2020 World Darts Championships.
With the announcement of a bigger prize pot by the chairman of the PDC, 2019 will make more dart millionaires, a total of £14M is up for grabs making this one of the top TV sports which everyone wants to be involved with.
The Japan darts seen has just had a major boost with Mikuru Suzuki winning the Lakeside Ladies World Darts Champions at her first attempt. Mikuru lived up to her nickname ‘Miricle’ and throw fantastic darts to take out the 2018 champion in her first round and the rest was history. The soft-tip superstar just put the steel-tip game on the map in Japan.
hree major events in the BDO calendar will be shown on Eurosport with more expected to be announced in the near future. The World Championship, The World Darts Trophy and the Winmau Masters and been snapped up by Eurosport in a three-year deal which will help players competing in this division of the sport.
The PDC Q School will be bigger than ever this year. Des Jacklin has lifted the constraints imposed on BDO players allowing them to compete in the PDC Q School.
Players will compete behind closed doors to obtain a PDC Tour card and compete in some of the biggest dart tournaments in the world. Barry Hearn, the Chairman of the PDC announce the prize fund for the darts tournaments in 2019 has again increased to £14M hence to say the top BDO players are for the first time trying to gain a PDC Tour Card and change the darting lives.
Top BDO players that will be competing include six – Ex-World Champions and the current BDO World Champion Glen Durrant. Joining him will be former Ladies world champions Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Dobromyslova, plus Richie Burnett, John Part, Scott Waites. A total of 15 Lakeside competitors including Mark McGeeney the 2018 BDO World Champion runner-up will also be competing for a tour card and a total of 36 top ranked BDO players will also compete.
Should these players achieve their dreams the dynamic of the PDC regularly seen players is likely to change over the course of the year! Dart fans will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of this closed event which takes place 17-20 January.
Thirty tour cards are up for grabs, however, there are hundreds of competitors so make these cards hard to obtain.
Six nine-dart legs have been thrown in this event over the past ten years and seven ladies in total have registered to play so far. Closing date for this event is today 15 January.
Although this is a closed event i.e. not shown on TV and ranking is not applicable it is followed by thousands of dart fans with the hope their player can make it though.
If we’re being honest, following the PDC World Darts Championship with the BDO version is akin to attending the World Cup final on a Saturday before catching your local pub team play on the Sunday morning.
That’s not to suggest the BDO is lacking in star quality – far from it in fact, but their amateur status means that the players simply can’t dedicate as much time to Practice as their PDC counterparts; hence the gap in class.
The PDC 2019 World Darts Championships has been full of surprises and upsets. The biggest field in World Darts history gathered at the Alexandra Palace, London to compete for a total prize fund of £2.5M with £500,000 going to the eventual winner.
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