2014 BDO World Darts Championship: Dates, Schedule, Draw, Prize Money and More

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

FRIMLEY ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Jan Dekker of The Netherlands in action during his first round match against Jeffrey De Graaf of The Netherlands on day two of the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at Lakeside Country Club on January 06, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Darts audiences won't be left wanting after the high-octane start to 2014, with the BDO World Darts Championship commencing this weekend at the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey.

Just a few days after Michael van Gerwen succeeded in winning the PDC World Darts Championship, attention now switches to the sport's other batch of big names.

The field has grown to include an all-time high of 40 male players, with the women's ranks doubling from last year to a record 16 participants.

Saturday's action will begin with the best-of-five-sets first round, where those competing will be swiftly whittled down as we set off toward next week's final.

BDO World Darts Championship First Round Schedule (Saturday, Jan. 4)
SeedPlayer 1vs.Player 2
16Jim Williamsvs.Jeroen Geerdink/David Prins
10Glen Durrantvs.New Zealand Reg (TBA)/WM Champ/Sam Head
1Stephen Buntingvs.Jim Widmayer/Garry Thompson
7Scot Waitesvs.Alan Norris
9Remco van Eijdenvs.Rick Hofstra
11Geert de Vosvs.Madars Razma/John Michael
8Jeffrey de Graafvs.Martin Atkins
6Jan Dekkervs.Benito van de Pas
12Wesley Harmsvs.Paul Jennings
14Ross Montgomeryvs.Harley Kemp/Michael Meaney
5Darryl Fittonvs.Tony Eccles
3Tony O'Sheavs.David Cameron/Martin Adams
13Gary Robsonvs.Ron Meulenkamp
4Robbie Greenvs.Richie George
15Scott Mitchellvs.Karel Sedlacek/Paul Hogan
2James Wilsonvs.Shimizu Hiroaki/Christian Kist
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Date(s): Jan. 4 - Jan. 12

Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey

Prize Money: £300,000 (Men), £29,000 (Women)

 

Key First-Round Matchups

Scott Waites vs. Alan Norris

FRIMLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Scott Waites of England celebrates with the trophy after defeating Tony O'Shea of England in the final of the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at the Lakeside Country Club on January 13, 2013 in Frimley, E
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The reigning BDO world champion Scott Waites comes to Surrey this week with a lot more pressure to perform than last time around.

Having breezed his way to the 2013 championship with a 7-1 demolition of Tony O'Shea in the final, the Yorkshire native shoulders a lot more expectation a year later.

The difference between BDO and PDC standard is clear in the fact that Waites can become a world champion in his trade and only practice for an hour a day, as the Telegraph's Jonathan Liew attests:

Nonetheless, Waites' standard throughout last year's tournament was exemplary.

The coming encounter with world No. 27 Alan Norris should provide Scotty "Too Hotty" with an appropriate opening test. Norris is talented enough to provide the title holder with a challenge, but not so tough that the champion should fall at the first hurdle.

 

Robbie Green vs. Richie George

FRIMLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Robbie Green of England in action against Dean Winstanley of England against on Day 5 of the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships on January 5, 2011 in Frimley, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Image
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Fourth seed Robbie Green will meet Richie George for the first time in their careers this weekend, when "Kong" faces a stiff test of his talents against one of the sport's emerging faces.

At just 24 years of age, George hasn't been on the circuit for long, but has already climbed to BDO world No. 18 and was something of a surprise semifinalist in last year's tournament.

That's one stage further than Green managed, the 39-year-old forced out by eventual runner-up O'Shea 12 months ago.

Although it's the elder of the two who'll be tipped as favourite for this clash, there's a lot to be said for the often undeniable enthusiasm that comes as a result of youth, which "Richie Rich" possesses in spades.

 

Stephen Bunting vs. Jim Widmayer/Garry Thompson

FRIMLEY ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Stephen Bunting of England in action during his first round match against James Wilson of England on day two of the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships at Lakeside Country Club on January 06, 2013 in London, E
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The No. 1 overall seed for this year's championship hasn't yet found out who will line up opposite him in his first examination, with qualifiers Jim Widmayer and Garry Thompson set to duke it out for a pop at the tournament favourite.

Of the two contenders, Bunting would undoubtedly rather see world No. 166 Widmayer triumph over the heavy favourite and world No. 23 Thompson, but the American underdog will head into his opener with a nothing-to-lose attitude in the hopes of advancing.

That being said, Thompson's progress would certainly be the preferred route for the neutral viewer, with Bunting hoping to move further than the shock second-round exit to Darryl Fitton that was suffered this time last year.