Denis Ovens

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Denis Ovens
Personal information
Nickname The Heat
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 57)
Enfield, England
Home town Stevenage
Darts information
Playing darts since 1976
Darts 20g LazerDarts
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1984–2000
PDC 2000–
Current world ranking 76
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 32: 2000
World Masters Quarter-final: 1999
World Darts Trophy First Round: 2007
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Quarter-final: 2005
World Matchplay Last 16: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 2005, 2009, 2011
World Grand Prix Last 16: 2001, 2003, 2011
Grand Slam Last 16: 2008
Ch'ship League Initial groups, Semi-finals 2008
Desert Classic Quarter-final: 2002
European Ch'ship Last 16: 2008
UK Open Semi-final: 2010, 2011, 2012
US Open/WSoD Runner-up: 2010
Players Ch'ship Finals First Round: 2009, 2010, 2011
Other tournament wins
Claims Solutions Classic 2001
Ireland Open Autumn Classic 2007
Irish Masters 2001, 2002
Jersey Festival of Darts 2001
Open Holland 2003
PDC Eastbourne Open 2005
Players Championship Gibraltar 2010
Scottish Open 1999

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

UK Open Regional (SOU) 2005

Denis Ovens (born 1 July 1957 in Enfield) is an English darts player. He is nicknamed The Heat and is now based in Stevenage.[1] Ovens is widely regarded as one of the most consistent players in the circuit, though he has as yet failed to convert his form from the circuit to the big stages on television. His constant second round exits in numerous televised tournaments has led him to be called by commentators as 'The Nearly Man'.


His one good run came in the 2005 PDC World Darts Championship, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to former World Masters champion Mark Dudbridge. He has since suffered six successive second round exits in the World Championship - against Steve Alker in 2006, against Alan Tabern in 2007 (in a thriller that went to a sudden death deciding leg, with Ovens narrowly missing a double 12 for a perfect nine dart finish and a £15,000 bonus), in 2008 against Dutchman Jan van der Rassel, after defeating Colin Monk in the first round in 2009, to Ronnie Baxter having defeated Steve Maish 3-0 in the first round.

He reached the semi-final of the UK Open in three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, and reached the final of the inaugural German Darts Championship in 2007.

Outside of darts Denis is a big Manchester United fan and has a season ticket, he goes to watch games when he is not playing darts.

World Championship results[edit]




  • Ovens is known for his trademark unshaven looks. Ovens stated on ESPN's World Series of Darts that he kept shaving before a darts match and always lost, so he thought "OK, don't shave".
  • Ovens is well known to darts fans as "Captain Hobo", in reference to his unkempt appearance.
  • Ovens is a devoted Manchester United fan and his favourite player is Wayne Rooney.
  • Close friend of bodybuilding fanatic Adam Mead.
  • Denis is known for his patterned darts shirts.
  • Denis is widely regarded as the "Darts Players' Player"
  • Denis currently trains with Andrew Donhou, based out of 'The Duck' public house in Aylesbury
  • Denis likes long walks on the beach and skipping through fields


  1. ^ "Denis Ovens (ENG)". ITV. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

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