Gary Anderson

Anderson is the reigning PDC World Champion and has picked up numerous trophies on both the BDO and PDC circuits since going pro back in 2001. Despite never getting past the quarter finals stage of the BDO World Championship it was big news when he moved to the PDC in 2009, and since then he has continued his winning ways. Currently Anderson is one of the biggest names in world darts and this nine-time major winner is one of the favourites for every tournament he enters these days.

Nickname The Flying Scotsman
Nationality Scottish
Date of Birth 22 Dec 1970
Premier League Winner 2011, 2015
PDC World Championships Winner 2015,2016; Runner Up 2011

Peter Wright

Known for his cockatoo-like hairstyle, Peter Wright has proved to be more than just a flashy haircut. After appearing in the 1995 BDO World Championships, Wright spent the next 10 years playing in local leagues in England before resuming his professional career in 2005 under the PDC umbrella. Slow and steady progress has seen the Scotsman rise up the rankings and between 2014 and 2016 he finished runner-up in three PDC premier event finals, losing out to Michael van Gerwen in two UK Open finals as well as the 2014 World Championship.

Nickname Snakebite
Nationality Scottish
Date of Birth 10 Mar 1970
Premier League played 2014 to present
PDC World Championships Runner Up 2014

Phil Taylor

The undoubted king of the game of darts, Taylor is a legend in his own life-time. Even though he may not instill fear in others as he did during his pomp, he is still a formidable foe on the oche. He has won more than 200 pro tournaments over the course of his career including an astonishing 16 World Championship finals. Taylor was one of the group of 16 ‘rebels’ who founded the organization which became the PDC in 1994 and he has dominated the sport ever since, creating a string of records which may never be broken.

Nickname The Power
Nationality English
Date of Birth 13 Aug 1960
Premier League Winner 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2012; RU 2013
PDC World Championships Winner 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999;2000;2001;2002;2003;2004; 2005; 2006; 2009; 2010; 2013

Michael Van Gerwen

A highly ranked BDO player even in his teens, van Gerwen switched to PDC in 2007 but it was not until 2012 that he finally made a real impact on the world of darts. At age 24 the Dutchman became the youngest ever winner of the PDC World Championships in 2014 and his average of 123.40 during a Premier League match in 2016 was the highest ever recorded during a televised match.

Nickname Mighty Mike
Nationality Dutch
Date of Birth 25 Apr 1989
Premier League Winner 2013; RU 2014; 2015
PDC World Championships Winner 2014; RU 2013

Adrian Lewis

A protégé of the legendary Phil Taylor, this Stoke native has risen through the ranks and despite some patchy periods of form has twice won the PDC World Championships. Lewis’ career has been punctuated by some controversial incidents on the oche when on occasion he has been involved in disputes with other players, but in 2016 he returned to his best form to reach the final of the PDC World Championships again.

Nickname Jackpot
Nationality English
Date of Birth 21 Jan 1985
Premier League Runner Up 2011
PDC World Championships Winner 2011 & 2012; RU 2016

James Wade

One of the most successful players in the history of the PDC, Wade became a full-time pro in 2007 and has enjoyed considerable success on the circuit since then which includes winning 8 premier PDC events. While the PDC World Championship has eluded him to date Wade did write his name in the record books by becoming the first player to hit a nine-darter in a televised event back in 2008 in the Grand Slam of Darts.

Nickname The Machine
Nationality English
Date of Birth 6 Apr 1983
Premier League Winner 2009; RU 2008 & 2010
PDC World Championships Semi-Finals 2009; 2012; 2013

Michael Smith

Smith is still waiting for his first premier event win on the PDC tour, although he already has a number of other tournament wins to his name and in 2016 gained entry to the prestigious Premier League of Darts when he was awarded a wild-card spot.

Nickname Bully Boy
Nationality English
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1990
Premier League debut in 2016
PDC World Championships QF 2016

Robert Thornton

Robert Thornton’s unusual road to the top tier of world darts featured a 20 year lay-off between 1982 and 2002 when he gave up the game to focus on bringing up his children. Since returning to pro darts the Scotsman has won three major titles: the World Masters in 2007, the UK Open in 2012, and the 2015 World Grand Prix.

Nickname The Thorn
Nationality Scottish
Date of Birth 17 Jul 1967
Premier League played 2009; 2013; 2014; 2016
World Championships QF 2015

Martin Adams

Wolfie has been a fixture on the darting circuit for many years now and is a rare case of a multiple BDO World Championship winner who did not make the switch over to the PDC. Adams was the longest ever serving England team captain, as he held the position from 1993 to 2011.

Nickname Wolfie
Nationality English
Date of Birth 04 Jun 1956
World Masters Winner 2008; 2009; 2010
BDO World Championships Winner 2007; 2010; 2011

Glen Durrant

Durrant has enjoyed an upsurge in fortunes on the tour in recent years, picking up a number of regional trophies. However despite entering the 2016 BDO World Championship as favourite he was knocked out at the quarter final stage.

Nickname Duzza
Nationality English
Date of Birth 24 Nov 1970
World Masters Winner 2015
BDO World Championships Semi-Final 2015

Scott Mitchell

2014 was a breakthrough year for Mitchell during which he won a number of tournaments, and his position as one of the most highly ranked BDO players was cemented when he won the World Championship in 2015.

Nickname Scotty Dog
Nationality English
Date of Birth 5 Jun 1970
World Masters Quarter-Final 2014
World Championships Winner 2015

(Source of information: PDC website, dartsdatabase.co.uk & wikipedia)