Dennis Smith (darts player)

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Dennis Smith
Personal information
Nickname Smiffy
Born (1969-08-02) 2 August 1969 (age 46)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Home town Swindon, Wiltshire
England
Darts information
Darts 22g Nickel Tungsten
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music London Calling by The Clash
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC 1994–
Current world ranking 117
BDO majors - best performances
World Masters Last 128: 2002
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Semi Final: 2000
World Matchplay Quarter Final: 1996, 2001, 2003, 2005
World Grand Prix Semi Final: 2001, 2005
Desert Classic Quarter Final: 2003, 2004, 2007
UK Open Last 32: 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012
US Open/WSoD Last 64: 2007
Other tournament wins
Eastbourne Open 2013
LPKD Find a Pro Day 2010
Sunparks Masters 2001
Vauxhall Autumn Pro 2004
WDC National Pro Dart League 1996
Weoley Castle Open 2010

Dennis Smith (born 2 August 1969 in Reading, Berkshire) is an English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events.[1] He is a stalwart on the PDC circuit, having been playing on the circuit since 1994[1] but has yet to capture a major title to add to his collection of Open wins.[1] Smith is known for finding the extremely hot on-stage conditions very difficult at times and has a very unusual throwing action, turning the dart into a 'flight first' position before returning it to a 'point first' position, then throwing[citation needed]. Smith has a unique, measured action learning his trade under the tutelage of Phil Taylor[citation needed].

PDC Career[edit]

Smith's first major event came in the inaugural World Matchplay in 1994, beating American Dave Kelly in the first round but lost in the second round to Shayne Burgess. Smith then made his PDC World Darts Championship debut in 1995, defeating Alan Warriner and Tom Kirby to win group 4 and reach the quarter finals, losing to John Lowe. Smith then suffered a first round exit in the 1995 World Matchplay and the 1996 PDC World Darts Championship. He reached the quarter finals of the 1996 World Matchplay, beating Eric Bristow in the first round and then beat Lowe in round two before losing to Jamie Harvey. He then suffered a second successive first round exit in the 1997 World Championship.

Smith then went through a poor run of form, reaching the second round in the 1997 World Matchplay, but suffered first round exits in the 1998 World Championship and the 1998 World Matchplay. His next big major run came in the 1999 PDC World Darts Championship, beating Peter Evison and Mick Manning to reach the quarter finals, losing to Peter Manley. Though another first round exit at the World Matchplay followed, Smith achieved his best run in the 2000 PDC World Darts Championship, beating Cliff Lazarenko, John Part and Lowe to reach the semi finals for the very first time, losing 5–0 to Taylor.

Smith then reached the second round of the 2000 World Matchplay and the 2000 World Grand Prix as well as the 2001 PDC World Darts Championship. Smith followed up with a quarter final place in the 2001 World Matchplay and a semi final place in the 2001 World Grand Prix. Another second round exit in the World Championship followed though. Smith played in the very first Las Vegas Desert Classic in 2002, losing in the first round to Simon Whatley. He also lost in the first round of the 2002 World Matchplay but followed up by reaching the semi finals of the Bob Anderson Classic and the quarter finals of the World Grand Prix as well as the 2003 World Championship.

Smith made three quarter final showing in major tournaments in 2003, in the Desert Classic, World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix but lost in the second round of the 2004 World Championship. Another quarter final in the Desert Classic in 2004 was followed up by a spell of poor form as Smith began battling personal problems while going through a divorce. Though he reached the quarter finals of the World Matchplay and the semi finals of the World Grand Prix in 2005, poor performances in floor events saw Smith slide down the rankings. Smith reached the second round in the 2006 PDC World Darts Championship. It would begin a complete loss of form for Smith where poor performances including a second round exit from the 2006 UK Open forced him to qualify for major tournaments. He qualified for the 2006 Las Vegas Desert Classic, losing in the first round to Dennis Priestley. He then suffered a first round defeat in the World Matchplay and failed to qualify for the World Grand Prix and then failed to qualify for the World Championship for the very first time.

Smith qualified once again for the Desert Classic. He was knocked out in the Quarter-Final by Part after beating Priestley and Darin Young. He then qualified again for the Desert Classic in 2008, but lost in the first round to James Wade.

He qualified for the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship, winning four matches at the qualifiers in Telford to take one of the last eight places at the Alexandra Palace. He caused a major surprise by beating number five seed Terry Jenkins in the first round. He then defeated Kevin McDine in the second round, coming from 3 sets to nil down to level the match at three sets all and eventually won the match 4–3. He would go out in round three, losing 4–1 to Mervyn King.

World Championship performances[edit]

PDC[edit]

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
PDC World Championship DNP QF L24G L24G L24G QF SF L16 L16 QF L16 L32 L16 DNP L16 DNP L64 L64 DNP L64 DNP
World Matchplay L16 L32 QF L16 L32 L32 L16 QF L32 QF L16 QF L32 DNP
World Grand Prix Not held L16 SF QF QF L16 SF DNP
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held L16 QF QF DNP L32 QF L32 DNP Not held
UK Open Not held L32 L32 L64 L96 L64 L96 L96 L32 L160 L32 L64 L96 L96
US Open/WSoD Not held L64 L64 L16 L32 Not held
Winmau World Masters DNP L128 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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Darts Database Profile.Retrieved 2010-12-27.

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