The PDC World Professional Darts Championship can be considered the most important darts tournament of the year and has the largest prize money of any darts tournament.
This popular darts tournament is organized by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and is staged at Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom. 72 players from all over the world are competing for the first prize of 250,000 British Pounds and the Sid Waddell Trophy, named after a famous British darts commentator.
For many years, the Circus Tavern in Purfleet was the venue for the championship, but to accommodate all interested fans, Alexandra Palace in the British capital London became the stage for the PDC World Cup Darts.
The Professional Darts Corporation World Championship was held for the first time in 1994 and the first event was won by Dennis Priestley. Since then, darts legend Phil Taylor won the PDC Championship fourteen times. Many darts fans consider Phil Taylor the best player ever.
Darts World Championships
The PDC is not the only darts organization in the world: the British Darts Organisation (BDO) also have their own world championship, which is always being held at the start of January at the Lakeside in Frimley Green. Because of the two separate darts federations, there is no unified world champion darts, but the PDC is considered to be the federation with the better darts players.
In the United Kingdom only, there are already more than 2 million people watching the PDC World Cup, but this prestigious tournament is also popular in other countries, like Germany , The Netherlands, Australia, United States of America, South Africa and Japan.
Winners of the PDC World Professional Darts Championship
- Dennis Priestley (United Kingdom): 1994
- Phil Taylor (United Kindom): 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 205, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013
- John Part (Canada): 2003, 2008
- Raymond van Barneveld (The Netherlands): 2007
- Adrian Lewis (United Kingdom): 2011, 2012
- Michael van Gerwen (The Netherlands): 2014
Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)
The Professional Darts Corporation was founded in 1992 by a number of players and managers that split from the BDO. This new corporation started originally as the World Darts Council (WDC), but that name changed after a number of cases in court to Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in 1997.
(Sources: WikiPedia, PDC)