Denis Ovens

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Denis Ovens
Personal information
Nickname The Heat
Born (1957-07-01) 1 July 1957 (age 59)
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 2000–2015
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
Scottish Open 1999

Players Championships

Players Championship (GIB) 2010

UK Open Regionals/Qualifiers

UK Open Regional (SOU) 2005

Denis Ovens (born 1 July 1957 in Enfield) is an English former 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.

World Championship results[edit]



Career finals[edit]

PDC premier event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2010 US Open England Phil Taylor 3–6 (s)
  1. ^ (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
BDO World Championship DNP L32 No longer a BDO Member
Winmau World Masters L16 DNP L32 DNP QF L64 DNP No longer a BDO Member
World Darts Trophy Not held DNP L32 Not held
PDC World Championship NYF DNP L32 L16 L16 L32 QF L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 L64 L32
World Matchplay NYF DNP L16 L32 L16 L16 L16 L16 L32 L32 L32 L16 L32 L16 DNP
World Grand Prix Not held DNP L16 L32 L16 L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 L32 L16 DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held QF RR L16 L32 L32 DNP Not held
UK Open Not held L32 L16 L64 L16 L32 L64 L64 SF SF SF DNP
US Open/WSoD Not held QF L64 L32 L16 RU Not held
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNP L16 RR DNP
European Championship Not held L16 DNP L32 DNP
Championship League Not held RR RR RR RR DNP
Players Championship Finals Not held L32 L32 L32 L32 DNP
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament


  • 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.


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

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