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.
Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld 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 1 January 2014).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Phil Taylor 16 2 14
England Eric Bristow 5 5 -
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 5 4 1
England John Lowe 3 3 -
Canada John Part 3 1 2
England Martin Adams 3 3 -
Scotland Jocky Wilson 2 2 -
England Dennis Priestley 2 1 1
England Ted Hankey 2 2 -
England Adrian Lewis 2 - 2
Wales Leighton Rees 1 1 -
England Keith Deller 1 1 -
England Bob Anderson 1 1 -
Wales Richie Burnett 1 1 -
England Steve Beaton 1 1 -
Scotland Les Wallace 1 1 -
England John Walton 1 1 -
Australia Tony David 1 1 -
England Andy Fordham 1 1 -
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 1 1 -
Wales Mark Webster 1 1 -
Netherlands Christian Kist 1 1 -
England Scott Waites 1 1 -
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 1 - 1
England Stephen Bunting 1 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).

Player Total BDO PDC
England Trina Gulliver 9 9 -
Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova 3 3 -
Netherlands Francis Hoenselaar 1 1 -
United States Stacy Bromberg 1 - 1
England Lisa Ashton 1 1 -