Darts Hall of Fame

The Best Dart Players of All Time

The most important darts tournament on the planet is the World Professional Darts Championship. It was originally held as an annual event between 1978 and 1993, but after the controversial split in 1994, when a group of players decided to breakaway, two separate organizations came about, namely the Professional Darts Corporation(PDC) and the British Darts Organization(BDO).

Both these organizations now organize their own World Championship Tournaments, as a result there is no longer a unified World Champion in the game.

The BDO championship dates back to 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands nightclub, Nottingham. The year after that it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. Since then it has been held at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green, Surrey.

The PDC championship started in 1994 after “the split”, with players previously active as World Champions from the BDO. The first championships were originally held at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern, Essex before moving to Alexandra Palace in 2008.


Below is a list of all THE BEST DART PLAYERS EVER competing and winning in either the BDO or PDC World Darts Championships, from 1978 to date.

PDC – World Darts Championship
Year Winner Flag Winnings Score Runner-Up Flag Winnings
2017 Michael Van Gerwen Scotland £350 000 7-3 Gary Anderson Scotland £160 000
2016 Gary Anderson Scotland £300 000 7-5 Adrian Lewis Scotland £150 000
2015 Gary Anderson Scotland £250 000 7-6 Phil Taylor Scotland £120 000
2014 Michael van Gerwen Netherland £250 000 7-4 Peter Wright Scotland £100 000
2013 Phil Taylor England £200 000 7-4 Michael van Gerwen Netherland £100 000
2012 Adrian Lewis England £200 000 7-3 Andy Hamilton Scotland £100 000
2011 Adrian Lewis England £200 000 7-5 Gary Anderson Scotland £100 000
2010 Phil Taylor England £200 000 7-3 Simon Whitlock Australia £100 000
2009 Phil Taylor England £125 000 7-1 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £60 000
2008 John Part Canada £100 000 7-2 Kirk Shepherd England £50 000
2007 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £100 000 7-6 Phil Taylor England £50 000
2006 Phil Taylor England £100 000 7-0 Peter Manley England £50 000
2005 Phil Taylor England £60 000 7-4 Mark Dudbridge England £30 000
2004 Phil Taylor England £50 000 7-6 Kevin Painter England £25 000
2003 John Part Canada £50 000 7-6 Phil Taylor England £25 000
2002 Phil Taylor England £50 000 7-0 Peter Manley England £25 000
2001 Phil Taylor England £33 000 7-0 John Part Canada £18 000
2000 Phil Taylor England £31 000 7-3 Dennis Priestley England £16 400
1999 Phil Taylor England £30 000 6-2 Peter Manley England £16 000
1998 Phil Taylor England £20 000 6-0 Dennis Priestley England £10 000
1997 Phil Taylor England £45 000 6-3 Dennis Priestley England £10 000
1996 Phil Taylor England £14 000 6-4 Dennis Priestley England £7 000
1995 Phil Taylor England £12 000 6-2 Rod Harrington England £6 000
1994 Dennis Priestley England £16 000 6-1 Phil Taylor England £8 000
PDC – Professional Darts Corporation


BDO – World Darts Championship
Year Winner Flag Winnings Score Runner-Up Flag Winnings
2017 Glen Durrant England £100 000 7-3 Danny Noppert England £35 000
2016 Scott Waites England £100 000 7-1 Jeff Smith England £35 000
2015 Scott Mitchell England £100 000 7-6 Martin Adams England £35 000
2014 Stephen Bunting England £100 000 7-4 Alan Norris England £35 000
2013 Scott Waites England £100 000 7-1 Tony O’Shea England £30 000
2012 Christian Kist Netherlands £100 000 7-5 Tony O’Shea England £30 000
2011 Martin Adams England £100 000 7-5 Dean Winstanley England £30 000
2010 Martin Adams England £100 000 7-5 Dave Chisnall England £30 000
2009 Ted Hankey England £95 000 7-6 Tony O´Shea England £30 000
2008 Mark Webster Wales £85 000 7-5 Simon Whitlock Australia £30 000
2007 Martin Adams England £70 000 7-6 Phill Nixon England £30 000
2006 Jelle Klaasen Netherlands £60 000 7-5 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands N/A
2005 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £50 000 6-2 Martin Adams England N/A
2004 Andy Fordham England £50 000 6-3 Mervin King England £25 000
2003 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £50 000 6-3 Ritchie Davies Wales N/A
2002 Tony David Australia £48 000 6-4 Mervin King England N/A
2001 John Walton England £46 000 6-2 Ted Hankey England N/A
2000 Ted Hankey England £44 000 6-0 Ronnie Baxter England N/A
1999 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £42 000 6-5 Ronnie Baxter England N/A
1998 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands £40 000 6-5 Richie Burnett Wales N/A
1997 Les Wallace Scotland £38 000 6-3 Marshall James Wales N/A
1996 Steve Beaton England £36 000 6-3 Richie Burnett Wales N/A
1995 Richie Burnett Wales £34 000 6-3 Raymond v Barneveld Netherlands N/A
1994 John Part Canada £32 000 6-0 Bobby George England £16 000
BDO – British Darts Organisation


BDO – World Darts Championship 1978 – 1993
Year Winner Flag Winnings Score Runner-Up Flag Winnings
1993 John Lowe England £30 000 6-3 Alan Warriner England £15 000
1992 Phil Taylor England £28 000 6-5 Mike Gregory England N/A
1991 Dennis Priestley England £26 000 6-0 Eric Bristow England N/A
1990 Phil Taylor England £24 000 6-1 Eric Bristow England N/A
1989 Jocky Wilson Scotland £20 000 6-4 Eric Bristow England N/A
1988 Bob Anderson England £16 000 6-4 John Lowe England N/A
1987 John Lowe England £14 000 6-4 Eric Bristow England N/A
1986 Eric Bristow England £12 000 6-0 Dave Whitcombe England £6 000
1985 Eric Bristow England £10 000 6-2 John Lowe England £5 000
1984 Eric Bristow England £9 000 7-1 Dave Whitcombe England N/A
1983 Keith Deller England £8 000 6-5 Eric Bristow England N/A
1982 Jocky Wilson Scotland £6 500 5-3 John Lowe England N/A
1981 Eric Bristow England £5 500 5-3 John Lowe England N/A
1980 Eric Bristow England £4 500 5-3 Bobby George England £2 000
1979 John Lowe England £4 500 5-0 Leighton Rees Wales £2 000
1978 Leighton Rees Wales £3 000 11-7 Eric Bristow England £1 700
BDO – British Darts Organisation


Flags of Countries Playing in PDC & BDO Tournaments
Australia
Australia
Austria
Austria
Belgium
Belgium
Canada
Canada
China
China
Denmark
Denmark
England
England
Finland
Finland
Guyana
Guyana
Hungary
Hungary
Ireland
Ireland
Japan
Japan
Netherlands
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Norway
Norway
Philippines
Philippines
Russia
Russia
Scotland
Scotland
Singapore
Singapore
South_Africa
South Africa
Spain
Spain
Sweden
Sweden
USA
USA
Wales
Wales