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Over the years there have been hundreds of darts players to switch from the BDO to the PDC system, with a minority entering themselves directly into the premiere darting arena through the challenge tour. Today we going to look at those players that enjoyed successful debut years in the PDC. Whether it was a sensational run in major events of consistency on the ProTour.

It was a little difficult to define debut year with players competing in the UK Open and Grand Slam of Darts, so for the purpose of this list, it’s a players first full year on the tour. So without further ado, here are seven of the best to enjoy successful debut years in the PDC.


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For many the BDO World Trophy signalled a new beginning at the organisation, the departure of Glen Durrant following his World Championship victory and the incoming of several new tournament officials meant there was a fresh feel around the walls of the King Georges Hall.

Having worked at the Lakeside World Championships in 2019, there was a vast difference in production and overall organisation. The ticket sales on Saturday and Sunday were sensational, and with a three-year-deal in place this will only improve.



The BDO World Trophy returns to Eurosport this Friday as one of the British Darts Organisations’ premiere events comes to the King George’s Hall in Blackburn.

A field of 32 men and 16 women will take the Lancashire stage over three days of action as the champion are crowned on Sunday evening.

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The BDO World Trophy is one of the premiere events in the British Darts Organization and this year’s event is no exception. Hosted at Blackburn’s King George Hall for the first time, the BDO will be crowning a new champion in Lancashire, as reigning champion Glen Durrant departed earlier in the year. Having said that there are many reasons to look forward to the tournament, so here are five reasons not to miss the BDO World Trophy 2019.

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Gerwyn Price is known as one of the most explosive players in the sport, exciting crowds up and down the country. After a duo of incidents at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts Price was fined a record high of £21,500 for counts of Gamesmanship and Bringing the sport into disrepute. Josh Green has compiled a handy timeline of events leading up to the reduction of his fine on the 5th August. 

Brendan Dolan reflected on his return to PDC winning circle following his victory over Jermaine Wattimena on Sunday afternoon. The Northern Irishman hadn’t won a PDC event since his Player Championship triumphs in 2015. Four years on and the ‘History Maker’ is surging back into the top 32.

Following his victory over Wattimena, Dolan said: “I just can’t believe it. It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant,



The BDO World Professional Darts Championship will no longer take place at the historic home of worlds darts after the BDO signed a deal with The 02 in London to stage the event.

Lakeside County Club has been the home of the BDO World Championships since its 1986 where Eric Bristow was crowned champion. The move signifies a new start for the BDO as they look to capitalize on the hype around the sport in it’s current era.



The World Matchplay returns for its 26th iteration on the 20nd July, as 32 of the worlds elite darting stars take to the Blackpool stage over nine days of action at the Winter Gardens.

The PDC will combine the top 16 in the two-year rolling order of merit, with the top 16 players in the 2019 Pro Tour order of merit, making up a 32-man field.

No 1 seed Glen Durrant is bracing himself for the toughest match of his career when he starts the defence of his BDO Lakeside World championship on Sunday lunchtime. The record books show Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld are the only first-time winners of the BDO championship to retain the trophy – and that’s the challenge facing Durrant this year.

Lakeside legends Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and Lisa Ashton both toe the oche on the opening day of the 41st BDO World Championship. Adams makes his 25th consecutive appearance at the championship – he lifted the trophy in 2007, 2010 and 2011 – and Ashton also starts her bid for a fourth women’s title in five years. The match between Adams and Mark McGeeney launches the championship on Saturday afternoon – and it’s a tough start for ‘Wolfie.’ McGeeney heads to the Lakeside as the BDO’s No 2 having been there or thereabouts throughout 2017, winning four titles, including the Dutch Open and English Classic, and reaching the World Masters final.