Devastated Wayne Warren Wins BDO World Championships

Devastated Wayne Warren Wins BDO World Championships

Wayne Warren BDO World Championship 2020

Welshman Wayne Warren became the oldest BDO champion of all time when he lifted the BDO World Championship trophy on Sunday night but was left devastated when he found out about the prize fund cut. Warren, 57, claims he hasn’t yet been paid and had no prior knowledge about the cut funds or what his final figure will be.

Before the tournament, the BDO had informed players that the prize monies were going to be ‘somewhat reduced’ but, at the time of writing, such numbers are still waiting to be disclosed. All we know is that it will not be an equal figure to the sum that Glen Durrant took home for winning the same event in 2019.

Former PDC World Championship finalist and current BDO star, Andy Hamilton called on the BDO chairman, Des Jacklin, to resign over the fiasco and named, as many have, Martin Adams as his potential successor as the chairman of the organisation. This was a request to which Wolfie responded positively, even proposing to move the BDO World Championships to Easter to avoid a clash with PDC event.

Recapping the action

In the final, Warren beat fellow Welshman Jim Williams 7-4 at The Indigo at The O2 in East London. Williams got off to a fast start, hitting a 102 checkout in the second leg before taking the opening set in just 13 darts. Williams then took the second not long after, landing enough maximums to punish Warren for missing three darts that would have put him level.

Warren did draw level soon after, taking out the following two sets to bring the match to 2-2 before sealing the fifth set after fighting back from two legs down. Warren then dropped off the boil completely in the next to allow Williams to produce a whitewash in the next.

Warren responded to take the seventh set, only to lose the eighth in a decider before moving ahead completely and rounding off a sensational victory with his second match dart on double top. The veteran Welshman had performed strongly over the week and deservedly got his hands on the BDO’s top prize and reward, whatever that is.

In the Women’s Championships, Mikuru Suzuki successfully defended her women’s BDO World Darts Championship title by beating four-time winner Lisa Ashton 3-0 in the final.

2020 PDC TOURNAMENT Schedule

2020 PDC Tournament Schedule

With three weeks passing since Peter Wright lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy, all eyes are turning towards the new PDC season. Everything gets started all over again on the 31st of this month when the Darts Masters gets our 2020 calendar underway.

This year we will be heading to new venues in new towns in new countries globally including Prague, Budapest and New York, to name but three of the new stops along the way.

As ever, we will be looking forward to the majors such as the World Cup of Darts, Grand Slam of Darts and Champions League of Darts plus, of course, the World Darts Matchplay in Blackpool come July. Plus, eleven months from now, the Ally Pally will once more roar into life for the 2021 Darts World Championships all over again where Snakebite will seek to defend his trophy.

Of course, come February, the Darts Premier League gets going and, once again, each fixture will have a one-off challenger, all of which have been confirmed already. Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Nathan Aspinall, Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney and Glen Durrant will all be competing each week and, following the success of the challengers last year when they stepped in for the injured Gary Anderson, they will be back as part of a reformed league.

The history-making 25-year-old Fallon Sherrock will be representing her home town of Nottingham on February 13, while the Highlander John Henderson will perform on the opening night in Aberdeen on February 6. Sherrock made history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship, before beating number 11 seed Mensur Suljovic on her way to the third round, while Henderson also went out of the same tourney in the third round when he was beaten by Gerwyn Price.

In Cardiff, Jonny Clayton will perform just as William O’Connor will in Dublin on Night Four. Night Five in Exeter sees Luke Humphries chuck, one week before Stephen Bunting throws in Liverpool.

Newcastle’s local hero will be Chris Dobey while Jeffrey de Zwaan will represent in Rotterdam on Night Eight as will Jermaine Wattimena, also in Rotterdam one night later.

Any points collected by the challengers will not be applied to the league table, but players will receive financial rewards for avoiding defeat.

In the wise words of the Peter Wright walk-on theme, “it’s time to party!

Roll on 2020.

JANUARY

  • 31- Feb 2 (Milton Keynes) The Darts Masters

FEBRUARY

  • 6 (P&J Live, Aberdeen) Premier League Darts Night 1
  • 13 (Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham) Premier League Darts Night 2
  • 20 (Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff) Premier League Darts Night 3
  • 27 (Motorpoint Arena, Dublin) Premier League Darts Night 4
  • 28- Mar 1 (Ethias Arena, Hasselt) Belgian Darts Championship European Tour

MARCH

  • 5 (Westpoint Arena, Exeter) Premier League Darts Night 5
  • 6-8 (Minehead) UK Open Finals
  • 12 (M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool) Premier League Darts Night 6
  • 19 (Utilita Arena, Newcastle) Premier League Darts Night 7
  • 20-22 (Glaspalast, Sindelfingen) European Darts Grand Prix European Tour
  • 25 (Rotterdam Ahoy) Premier League Darts Night 8
  • 26 (Rotterdam Ahoy) Premier League Darts Judgement Night
  • 27-29 (Ostermann Arena, Leverkusen) European Darts Open European Tour

APRIL

  • 2 (The SSE Arena, Belfast) Premier League Darts Night 10
  • 9 (FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield) Premier League Darts Night 11
  • 11-13 (Zenith, Munich) German Darts Grand Prix European Tour
  • 16 (The Manchester Arena, Manchester) Premier League Darts Night 12
  • 23 (Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin) Premier League Darts Night 13
  • 30 (Arena Birmingham) Premier League Darts Night 14

MAY

  • 1-3 (Premstattner Halle, Premstatten) Austrian Darts Open European Tour
  • 7 (The SSE Hydro, Glasgow) Premier League Darts Night 15
  • 8-10 (ERD Arena, Budapest Hungarian) Darts Open European Tour
  • 14 (First Direct Arena, Leeds) Premier League Darts Night 16
  • 21 (The O2, London) Premier League Darts Play-Offs
  • 22-24 (Sachsenarena, Riesa) International Darts Open European Tour

JUNE

  • 5-6 (Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York) US Masters World Series of Darts
  • 12-13 (Forum Copenhagen) Nordic Darts Masters World Series of Darts
  • 18-21 (Hamburg) World Cup of Darts
  • 26-28 (Trier Arena, Trier) European Darts Matchplay European Tour

JULY

  • July 3-5 (Halle 39, Hildesheim) German Darts Championship European Tour
  • 10-12 (Sparkassen-Arena, Jena) German Darts Open European Tour
  • 18-26 (Winter Gardens, Blackpool) World Matchplay of Darts

AUGUST

  • 21-22 (Claudelands Arena, Hamilton) New Zealand Darts Masters World Series of Darts

SEPTEMBER

  • 5-6 (Morningside Arena, Leicester) Champions League of Darts
  • 11-13 (WTC Expo, Leeuwarden) Dutch Darts Masters European Tour
  • 18-20 (Venue TBC) World Series of Darts Finals
  • 25-27 (Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar) Gibraltar Darts Trophy European Tour

OCTOBER

  • 4-10 (Citiwest Hotel, Dublin) World Grand Prix
  • 16-18 (Kralovka Arena, Prague) Czech Darts Open European Tour
  • 29-Nov 1 (Dortmund) European Championship

NOVEMBER

  • 14-22 (Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton) Grand Slam of Darts
  • 27-29 (Butlin’s, Minehead) Players Championship Finals

DECEMBER

  • TBC (Alexandra Palace, London) 2021 PDC Darts World Championship
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2020 BDO World Championships Week One Update

2020 BDO World Championships Week One Update

2020 BDO World Championships Week 1

The 2020 BDO World Darts Championship got underway over the weekend hot on the heels of the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship. Sadly, despite being moved from its iconic Lakeside home to the more accessible Indigo Rooms at the O2, a tough few months for the struggling organisation has taken its toll on the event as dwindling crowds has led to a ferociously slashed prize pool.

The change in venue from the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey, which has hosted the competition since 1985, hasn’t gone down as well as hoped and, as a result, ticket sales for the 2020 tournament, which ends on Sunday, only reached an estimated 15% of total capacity. As a result, the prize money for the 2020 competition has been slashed by around 60% by the under fire organisers.

This led to one internet joker updating the 2020 BDO Wiki page with his own prizing structure, inspired by 80’s TV classic Bullseye, including Bus Fare Home (BFH). All the same, the darts have been good and here’s how week one has been going so far.

BDO Prize Structure 2020

A look at Week 1 action

Monday saw both sides of the BDO World Championship, men and women, set new benchmarks as Paul Hogan and Mikuru Suzuki both threw the best averages of their respective tournaments. In 12/1 hopeful Hogan’s case, he came agonisingly close to landing the first BDO World Darts Championship’s first nine-darter in 30 years since Paul Lim struck gold in 1990. Although he was denied his slice of history, it was still enough to send Adam Smith-Neale packing.

9/4 Suzuki, who competed in the PDC event at the Ally Pally last month, kept her recent good form going with an 84.92 average to fight back from a set down against Maria O’Brien to win and move into the next round. David Cameron – not that one – was also eliminated in the first round, in his case at the hands of Nick Fullwell, who has since been sent packing by 20/1 hopeful Dave Evans.

Betway’s 4/1 favourite, Jim Williams defeated Gary Stone but had to come through a tough contest, only winning his first match of the tournament in the final set. Williams could have been 2-0 up early on but missed set darts, which allowed Stone back into the match to take it the distance. Thibault Tricole was also taken all the way after scoring an unexpected but impressive 2-1 win over Ross Montgomery. On Tuesday, Tricole met with Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth in what proved to be a match too far, losing 3-1. Hogarth will now play tournament favourite Jim Williams.

Justin Hood averaged 90 in an excellent opening 3-1 win on Monday against Gabriel Pascaru before taking on and losing to third seed Richard Veenstra, who Betway have priced at 10/1. On Saturday, Andreas Harrysson lost 3-2 to 8/1 shot Wesley Harms, while Andy ‘The Viking’ Hamilton, 25/1, took care of Darren Herewini 3-1. 11/1 chance Michael Unterbuchner navigated his way into the next round by beating Willem Mandigers 3-1 but Martin Adams’ tournament is over after he was shot down 3-2 by 8/1 second favourite Scott Waites.

Three-time world champion ‘Wolfie’ Adams, an open critic of the move to London’s Docklands, suffered difficulty with his doubles, despite outscoring 16th seed Waites. Wolfie, 63, is now the players’ choice to take charge of the BDO and get the organisation back on track.

On the ladies’ side of the draw, 17-year-old 4/1 shot Beau Greaves won 2-0 against Tori Kewish to move into the next round. This was the same scoreline that cost Vicky Pruim, in for the absent Fallon Sherrock, her participation thanks to 25/1 chance Corrine Hammond.

On Tuesday, 14-year-old darting prodigy Leighton Bennett’s dreams were crushed after he lost 3-1 to Scott Mitchell, a returning former winner here and 10/1 2020 title hopeful. Elsewhere, Lisa Ashton won every leg in a brutal 2-0 victory against Paula Jacklin and Anastasia Dobromyslova beat Sharon Prins 2-0.

BDO World Darts Championship 2020 preview

Wednesday, January 8

  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Lorraine Winstanley v Casey Gallagher
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match

Thursday, January 9

  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match

Friday, January 10

  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Semi-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Semi-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match

Saturday, January 11

  • Men’s Semi-Final Match
  • Ladies 2020 World Championship Final
  • Men’s Semi-Final Match

Sunday, January 12

  • Men’s 2020 World Championship Final

QUICK GLANCE AT THE BDO WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Venue: Indigo Room, 02 Arena
Dates: Saturday 04.01.2020
Format: Best of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 sets
Current Champion: Glen Durrant (Men’s), Mikuru Suzuki (Women’s)
Where To Watch: Eurosport, Quest
When To Watch: (1300, 1900 GMT)

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Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright Wins PDC World Championships 

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright Wins PDC World Championships 

Peter Wright PDC World Champion 2020

After quite a poor season overall, Peter Wright claimed darts’ biggest prize on New Year’s Day 2020 when he was crowned world champion at London’s Alexandra Palace. The 2018 UK Open winner, whose sole other major PDC honour is the Darts World Cup, won jointly with Gary Anderson, beat Michael van Gerwen, in a repeat of the 2014 final in which he lost.

This time he banked a 3-7 win to become only the ninth ever winner of the Sid Waddell trophy. Snakebite, who turns 50 in March, played the match of his life to claim his first PDC World Darts title and become the oldest first-time world champion in PDC history.

Two nights earlier, after he came through an angry affair with Gerwyn Price, he promised lessons had been learned from prior defeats and that things would be different this time around, not least because he had finally settled on a set of darts that he felt comfortable with in his hand. And, although 2019 had offered no such signs of a mentally tougher approach, he came good on his promise on the highest stage his profession has to offer to delight the raucous Ally Pally crowd.

Wright wins a televised final

In finally winning here, Wright has at last broken free of one of the longest-running ‘choker’ tags in sport. Of his 13 previous major televised finals, Wright had lost 12, seven of which came against Michael van Gerwen. Indeed, in the build-up, van Gerwen, who once labeled Wright a clown, accused him of blowing up whenever they met. This time around, however, there was added backbone to the guy with the spiky hair and silly trousers, a look that has, at times, made him a target for abuse and mockery.

Playing his fifth final in eight years, four-time champion MVG had an off night, indeed an off tourney in which he was haphazardly shooting – and missing – double after double. Rarely was Mighty Mike been at his best in this tournament and the number of crucial missed doubles, including set darts at 4-3 and 5-3 down in the final, ended up costing him dear. This sloppiness allowed Snakey to open up a two-set lead early on. Sets three and four went the way of the Dutchman however, allowing him to draw level before Snakebite struck once again.

BDO Championship 2020

At the point where punters were expecting Wright’s head to wobble having let slip a two-set lead, it was the Dutchman that conspired to miss seven consecutive darts at a double, and Wright pounced with a 96 to edge ahead once more. This was followed by four consecutive breaks, with which Wright regained his two-set lead at 4-2.

At this point, it was van Gerwen’s head on the wobble as he went to walk off the stage when he was 6-3 down, wrongly thinking there was a break. After composing himself, MVG took the seventh and looked likely to take the eight but once against missed tops instead with his final dart letting Wright back in for the steal, before Snakebite reeled off the next set too.

In the final set, Snakey had three championship darts to finish with a double 10, and after missing the first two, he finally nailed it with his third shot to seal a big win. For a guy who spent the best part of a decade in his 20s and 30s unemployed and barely playing serious darts at all, it was all too much and the tears began to flow just as the pyrotechnics and the crowd exploded.

Over the past two and a half weeks, Wright has come through a ferociously tough draw which peaked with wins over the top two players in the world, MVG in the final and before that in a bad-tempered semi against Gerwyn Price. The two known friends riled and goaded each other in a series of mind games that resulted in The Iceman losing his cool and Wright displaying a new and tougher mental edge that would drive him on to become world champion.

2020 BDO World Championship Darts Betting Tips

Leaving Lakeside for the first time since 1985, the 2020 BDO World Darts Championship will this year take place at the O2 Arena complex in London, home to the PDC’s Darts Premier League Play-Offs, albeit in the Indigo nightclub, from January 4th-12th.

While admittedly still living in the shadow of the PDC event which finished on Wednesday and saw Peter Wright crowned world champion for the 1st time, this is still prime winter viewing and helps to get over our post-Dartsmas blues, not to mention offering some great betting opportunities too.

The BDO event has been running since 1978 making it one of the oldest darts tournaments in the world, but this year faces a threat to its future after losing the support of the sport’s governing body, the World Darts Federation, who have said that they will no longer recognise BDO operated tournaments.

The damming decision followed October’s calamitous BDO World Masters at the Circus Tavern, when officials were forced into a redraw after a problem with international player registrations and the advertised format being all wrong. Ticket sales are also well down on expectations which has resulted in a sharp drop to prize money. Ironically, the organisers only took the decision to move to the O2 from Lakeside to improve attendance.

This will also be the first year that the tournament will not be shown live on terrestrial TV. For 40 years, the BBC stuck loyally by the event, peaking with an audience of 4,000,000 in 1999, but following budget cuts and a declining TV audience, ended their association in 2016. Channel 4 and BT Sport originally picked up the coverage but both stations have also since ended their association with the competition. This year, the tournament will be aired across Quest and Eurosport, after Eurosport signed a three-year, nine competition deal with the BDO last year.

That said, with a month off from PDC action, darts fans will still be tucking into the action to get their tungsten fix. Despite its issues, this year promises to provide another exciting championship, perhaps made all the more exciting thanks to three-time men’s winner Glen Durrant, switching to the PDC tour which should open up the field considerably.

In total there are 32 players taking part, made up of 24 ranked players plus eight qualifiers. As for the tourney, round one starts as a best of 5, before becoming best of 7 in the second, best of 9 in the quarter-finals, best of 11 in the semi-finals and best of 13 in the final.

Sizing up the 2020 BDO Championship field

BDO number one Wesley Harms is also the event’s number one seed and will face either Andreas Harrysson or World Masters champion John O’Shea in the first round. Harms, a 10/1 shot, will need to contend with the likes of Scott Waites, Scott Mitchell (12/1) and former PDC world championship finalist Andy ‘The Viking’ Hamilton (28/1) if we are to see a Dutchman win a world championship this January after all.

Number two seed and BDO World Trophy winner Jim Williams enters as the 7/2 favourite to win his first world title. He takes on Gary Stone (66/1) in his opener, while Richard Veenstra has been installed as the second favourite at 8/1.

Other eye-catching games in the opening round include three-time world champion and 40/1 outsider Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams, returning to the BDO and immediately clashing with two-time champion Scott Waites, who once again reached this final last year. Betway have placed a 10/1 price on Waites, a player you can never rule out.

Another long shot is 31-year-old German Michael Unterbuchner, who has a 18/1 price on his head. Look out too for Scott Mitchell facing Leighton Bennett, some 14 years old. Betway recognise his potential and rank him at 14/1 which, given his talent, might be worth a punt, even if world domination might be some years off just yet.

Back in June, the schoolboy, nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, made a name for himself, when at the SAP Darts Slam in Frankfurt, he amazingly stunned 16-time world darts champion and all-round darts legend Phil Taylor by beating the retired great 4-1. Former World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale (40/1), Dave Parletti (20/1) and Martijn Kleermaker (25/1) are all also in the field, priced here by Betway.

In the ladies event, Ally Pally heroine Fallon Sherrock will not be back in action at the BDO Women’s World Championship, for which she had been the fourth seed. Citing “unexpected changes to the event,” the 25-year-old’s withdrawal comes after the BDO confirmed that prize money for the event was to be cut following poor ticket sales.

Sherrock had been the odds-on favourite following her run at the Ally Pally and was set to take on close friend, 14/1 shot, Corrine Hammond. The next player on the BDO ranking table, former World Championships semi-finalist and 2017 World Cup Singles Champion, Vicky Pruim from Sweden, will take Sherrock’s place and Betway have quickly installed her as a 50/1 chance.

The number two ladies seed is defending champion Mikuru Suzuki, who was also present at the PDC equivalent. Defending champion Suzuki, 9/4, will meet 50/1 outsider Maria O’Brien in the first round, while the ladies’ 2/1 favourite Lisa Ashton will face off against Paula Jacklin (100/1) and Anastasia Dobromyslova (8/1) plays 66/1 shot Sharon Prins. Elsewhere, the 15-year-old debutant Beau Greaves is available at 9/2 and takes her bow against Trina Gulliver. 2019 runner-up Lorraine Winstanley (16/1) and England Captain Deta Hedman (20/1) Aileen de Graaf (14/1) will all also be in the running.

2020 BDO World Championships Schedule

Saturday, January 4

  • Mario Vandenbogaerde v Sebastian Steyer (R2)
  • Justin Thompson v Scott Williams (R1)
  • Vicky Pruim v Corrine Hammond (R1 women)
  • Dave Parletti v Chris Landman (R2)
  • Darren Herewini v Simon Stainton (R1)
  • Beau Greaves v Trina Gulliver (R1 women)
  • Thibault Tricole v Ross Montgomery (R1)
  • Jim Williams v Gary Stone (R2)

Sunday January 5

  • Wayne Warren v Thompson/Williams (R2)
  • Joe Chaney v Ben Hazel (R1)
  • Aileen de Graaf v Kirsty Hutchinson (R1 women)
  • Willem Mandigers v Michael Unterbuchner (R2)
  • Andreas Harrysson v John O’Shea (R1)
  • Deta Hedman v Laura Turner (R1 women)
  • Paul Hogan v Brian Raman (R1)
  • Martijn Kleermaker v Gino Vos (R2)

Monday, January 6

  • Afternoon session (from 1pm)
  • Gabriel Pascaru v Justin Hood (R1)
  • David Cameron v Nick Fullwell (R1)
  • Wesley Harms v Harrysson/O’Shea (R2)
  • Andy Hamilton v Herewini/Stainton (R2)
  • Mikuru Suzuki v Maria O’Brien (R1 women)
  • Scott Waites v Martin Adams (R2)
  • Adam Smith-Neale v Hogan/Raman (R2)

Tuesday, January 7

  • David Evans v Cameron/Fullwell (R2)
  • Nick Kenny v Dennie Olde Kalter (R2)
  • Anastasia Dobromyslova v Sharon Prins (R1 women)
  • Richard Veenstra v Pascaru / Hood (R2)
  • Gary Robson v Chaney/Hazel (R2)
  • Lisa Ashton v Paula Jacklin (R1)
  • Scott Mitchell v Leighton Bennett (R2)
  • Ryan Hogarth v Tricole/Montgomery (R2)

Wednesday, January 8

  • Lorraine Winstanley v Casey Gallagher
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match

Thursday, January 9

  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match
  • Ladies Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Round Three Match

Friday, January 10

  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Semi-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Ladies Semi-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match
  • Men’s Quarter-Final Match

Saturday, January 11

  • Men’s Semi-Final Match
  • Ladies 2020 World Championship Final
  • Men’s Semi-Final Match

Sunday, January 12

  • Men’s 2020 World Championship Final

QUICK GLANCE AT THE BDO WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Venue: Indigo Room, 02 Arena
Dates: Saturday 04.01.2020
Format: Best of 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 sets
Current Champion: Glen Durrant (Men’s), Mikuru Suzuki (Women’s)
Where To Watch: Eurosport, Quest
When To Watch: (1300, 1900 GMT)

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