BDO World Championship

The BDO World Championship is played since 1978 and was till the split in darts the only darts World Championship.
It is always played at the beginning of January so that now the early rounds overlap with the final days of the PDC World Championship.

Since 1985 it is hold in the Lakeside County Club in Frimley Green in Surrey and when Embassy stopped to sponsor the World Championship in 2003 the Lakeside Country Club took over the sponsoring. So one often hears "Embassy" for the early days of the tournament while now it is called "Lakeside".

From the beginning the tournament was televised by the BBC on terrestrial TV. Betweeen 1988 and 2001 it was the only dart tournament on TV but the BBC didnŽt start to televise it complete since 2005. Often one hears the quality of the transmission is not as good as that from Sky Sports. But the BDO World Championship nevertheless has much more TV spectaors then the PDC World Championship. Parts of the tournament are televised in other European countries by Eurosport.
Till today many people think of the BDO World Championship as the "real" World Championship and many of those players - including all World Champions to this time - who founded the PDC in 1992 had been successful BDO players.

Like in the PDC World Championship the format of the BDO World Championship is sets, in the first round best of five, second round best of seven, quarterfinals best of 9, semifinals best of 11 and final best of 13.
While in the PDC World Championship 64 players take part ind the BDO World Championship it are only 32 and there are none preliminary round matches. The participants come over the BDO invitation table, sometimes a player gets a wild card and the free places are filled with qualifiers from a qualification played during the World Masters.
The price money is far less then in the BDO though over the last few years it increased.

In all those years since the first World Championship never a player was so dominant as Phil Taylor is in the PDC. In the 1980's Eric Bristow won the title five times, but only he and Raymond van Barneveld were able to defend their titles.
Raymond van Barneveld won four times and John Lowe three times.
Jelle Klaasen in 2006 was the youngest winner, Martin Adams with almost 54 years in 2010 the oldest. Raymond van Barneveld, John Part, Tony David and Jelle Klaasen were the non British champions and Martin Adams was the player who with 17 times most often took part.
Though Bobby George never managed to win the title, only two times stood in the finale, he certainly is one of the most enigmatic players of the BDO World Championship. Ted Hankey is the "bad" boy and hands out plastic bats to the crowd during his walk-ons. Les Wallace was a winner wearing a kilt.
The only nine-darter so far threw Paul Lim in 1990.
Well-known and with a lot of influence in the BDO and th IDPA is the MC Martin Fitzmaurice who opens the tournament session with "Let's play darts!"
Only recently the BDO modernised the stage in Lakeside though the rather garish coulours are not to everybody's liking. On the Lakeside stage youŽll not find any chalkers any more - they were replaced by a screen only visible for the players and the MC.
In 2013 the BDO announced that the field of participants in the tournament would be enlarged to 40 players from 2014 onwards. The eight additional players will come from national qualifications in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia, Baltic and Scandinavia and the USA.




BDO World Champions

1978Leighton Rees11:7John Lowe
1979John Lowe5:0Leighton Rees
1980Eric Bristow5:3Bobby George
1981Eric Bristow5:3John Lowe
1982Jocky Wilson5:3John Lowe
1983Keith Deller6:5Eric Bristow
1984Eric Bristow7:1Dave Whitcombe
1985Eric Bristow6:2John Lowe
1986Eric Bristow6:0Dave Whitcombe
1987John Lowe6:4Eric Bristow
1988Bob Anderson6:4John Lowe
1989Jocky Wilson6:4Eric Bristow
1990Phil Taylor6:1Eric Bristow
1991Dennis Priestley6:0Eric Bristow
1992Phil Taylor<6:5Mike Gregory
1993John Lowe6:3Alan Warriner
1994John Part6:0Bobby George
1995Richie Burnett6:3Raymond van Barneveld
1996Steve Beaton6:3Richie Burnett
1997Les Wallace6:3Marshall James
1998Raymond van Barneveld6:5Richie Burnett
1999Raymond van Barneveld6:5Ronnie Baxter
2000Ted Hankey6:0Ronnie Baxter
2001John Walton6:2Ted Hankey
2002Tony David6:4Mervyn King
2003Raymond van Barneveld6:3Ritchie Davis
2004Andy Fordham6:2Mervyn King
2005Raymond van Barneveld6:2Martin Adams
2006 Jelle Klaasen7:5Raymond van Barneveld
2007Martin Adams7:6Phill Nixon
2008Mark Webster7:5Simon Whitlock
2009Ted Hankey7:6Tony O'Shea
2010Martin Adams7:5Dave Chisnall
2011Martin Adams7:5Dean Winstanley<
2012Christian Kist7:5Tony O'Shea
2013Scott Waites7:1Tony O'Shea
2014Stephen Bunting7:4Alan Norris
2015Scott Mitchell7:6Martin Adams
2016Scott Waites7:1Jeff Smith






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