The World Darts
Championship Tour, any dart player, fan or enthusiast should be
familiar with this one.
This is the one big thing that
should not be missed and should be properly marked red in the
Playing darts has become so popular through the ages. Before the
inception of the World Championship for darts, it is first an
ordinary game played back in the Middle Ages, as another form of
archery that was explored in an open field. This became a common
indoor game in the British Islands and later on gained more
popularity as a source of leisure and fun in the pubs.
Nowadays, many ordinary households and dormitories have their own
dart boards to play with. Many people are now aiming for the bull’s
eye, just for the fun of it. However, any serious dart player will
aim for the real bull’s eye, that is, aim high.
It is fine to have some leisurely moments in playing the game, but
one’s level must not be simply maintained. It must be advanced. That
is why in joining other enthusiasts and continuing the aim to
improve dart playing skills, the player must endeavor to proceed in
professional dart tournaments and even the World Darts Championship
What is the World Darts Championship Tour?
The highlight of the calendar of any darts enthusiast is the World
Professional Darts Championship. This event is held yearly. The
World Darts Championship is considered a special event. It is one of
the traditional happenings that any professional or amateur dart
player or even a mere enthusiast would not dare miss.
The tradition started back in 1978. Back then, the event is
conducted in Nottingham. In 1979, the venue was moved to Stoke, in a
nightclub called Jollees. Stoke became a host to the Championship
for 7 years. Then in 1986, the event was moved to Frimley Green,
Surrey at the Lakeside Country Club. This had regularly been the
venue since then.
There are actually 2 organizations that hold the World Darts
Championship Tournament, the Professional Darts Corporation and
the older British Darts Organization – Lakeside World Darts
Championship, also known previously as ’The Embassy.’
It was in 1993 when two bodies took different paths. There are
different reasons given out although the most common explanation
given is the dispute over television coverage. The rebels then in
the BDO came up with a breakaway group, the PDC, and engaged with
its own TV coverage deal.
The BDO, with quite a long history in its name, enjoys a more
prestigious standing in the dart community. The BBC covers this
event and brings the excitement to different households. In almost
30 years of its existence, there are 3 champions recognized for
winning the title: John Lowe of England – 3 titles, Raymond van
Barneveld of Netherlands – with 4 titles, and Eric Bristow of
England – with 5 titles in his name.
It is actually worth mentioning the details of Lowe for he is one of
the more interesting personalities in the history of darts as a
sport. He was there when the BDO started and he endured for a good
period of 1978-1993 and winning a title for each decade (1979, 1987,
The PDC has been around for a decade already. It is not as prominent
as the BDO but it is very well recognized for giving high prizes to
its winners. This organization’s champion which garnered the most
number of titles is Phil Taylor of England.
The competition between the two championship tournaments hinges on
the prominence to the audience. BDO has the reputation of being the
traditional dart tournament, but PDC also enjoys also the respect
and patronage of the dart enthusiasts.
It was mentioned that there is no probability in the near future for
the two to merge. Fortunately, the division did not affect the dart
field badly. Enthusiasts and fans even enjoy the fact of having to
await 2 championships in a year, and still getting a good game.
Despite the many controversies that happened in the past, one cannot
simply miss this championship. To be filled in, there are dart
sports magazine that will provide news and updates on the latest
developments on the championship. This aspect can even be checked
online. There are results and schedules provided to keep the viewers
informed. One cannot simply miss this world championship tour. It is
more than a showcase of two different championship tournaments, it
actually allows great talents and skills unfold before your very