World Professional Darts Championship

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The World Professional Darts Championship is one of the most important tournaments in the darts calendar. Originally held as an annual event between 1978 and 1993, players then broke off into two separate organisations after a controversial split in the game. Each organisation, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) now organise their own World Championship in January. As a result there is no longer a unified World Champion in the game. Phil Taylor has won 16 world titles, 2 in the BDO and 14 in the PDC version, and is widely considered the greatest player ever.

The BDO have organised their version dating back to 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands nightclub, Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. Since then it has been held at the Lakeside Leisure Complex at Frimley Green, Surrey.

The PDC version started in 1994 after "the split", with a field of players containing all active previous World Champions from the BDO. It was originally staged at Purfleet's Circus Tavern, Essex before moving to Alexandra Palace for the 2008 World Championship.

Men's winners[edit]

Englishman Eric Bristow has won five World Championships.

By player[edit]

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 4 January 2015).

England Phil Taylor16214
England Eric Bristow55-
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld541
England John Lowe33-
Canada John Part312
England Martin Adams33-
Scotland Jocky Wilson22-
England Dennis Priestley211
England Ted Hankey22-
England Adrian Lewis2-2
Wales Leighton Rees11-
England Keith Deller11-
England Bob Anderson11-
Wales Richie Burnett11-
England Steve Beaton11-
Scotland Les Wallace11-
England John Walton11-
Australia Tony David11-
England Andy Fordham11-
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen11-
Wales Mark Webster11-
Netherlands Christian Kist11-
England Scott Waites11-
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen1-1
England Stephen Bunting11-
Scotland Gary Anderson1-1

Women's winners[edit]

By player[edit]

The following sortable table lists all winners of both versions of the World Championship (correct as of 1 January 2014).

England Trina Gulliver99-
Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova33-
Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar11-
United States Stacy Bromberg1-1
England Lisa Ashton11-