Top 10 Greatest Darts Player
10) Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis is a professional English darts player currently on the PDC. Lewis is a former PDC World Darts Champion who played in 2011 and 2012. He is nicknamed Jackpot because he won a jackpot gambling in Las Vegas in 2005, but because he was 20 years old, he was unable to obtain the money below the legal gambling limit of 21 in the USA.
He was a protege of 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, with whom he trained in their home city of Stoke-on-Trent, in the early part of his career until 2007. He made his TV debut at the UK Open in 2004, aged 19. Lewis has won two other PDC majors, in addition to his two world championships: the 2013 European Championship and the 2014 UK Open. He’s also a four-time PDC Darts World Cup champion, partnering with Phil Taylor.
9) Martin Adams
Martin Adams is a professional English darts player. Nicknamed Wolfie, he is three-time World Champion of BDO and three-time Champion of World Masters. He represents Cambridgeshire at county darts level and was England’s captain from 1993 to 2013, having held that position for the longest player in any one. Adams made a record 25 consecutive appearances in the World Championships from his debut in 1994, before failing to qualify for the first time in 2019. Adams was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016, but he’d been given the all-clear by the end of the year. He also acts as a regular pundit and commentator, as well as playing for televised coverage of BDO events.
8) John Part
John Part, nicknamed Darth Maple, is a Canadian professional darts player and commentator. Part is a three-time World Champion, winning the 1994 BDO World Darts Title, and the 2003 and 2008 PDC World Championship. He is statistically the best darts player in North America to date. He is the first non-UK player to win the World Championship, and the only non-European to win the PDC World Darts Championship so far. His first Championship was the second time he won the BDO World Darts Championship by a non-seeded player, and one of the few occasions a player lost just one set in the entire tournament.
Part, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, was given a dartboard as a Christmas present by his parents in 1987 and has played the sport ever since. Although television coverage of darts is rare in Canada and live coverage is almost non-existent, Part was still able to watch the World Professional Darts Championship and the World Masters, where he would learn his game from some of the sport’s most famous champions, particularly Bob Anderson.
7) Dennis Priestley
Dennis Priestley is a retired professional English darts player. He has won two world championships, and in 1991 and 1994 respectively became the first player to win both the BDO and WDC world championships. After the cartoon character Dennis the Menace, he is nicknamed “The Menace,” reflecting this by wearing red and black flights and using red and black flights.
Originally a coal merchant by trade, Priestley was born in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, and did not pursue professional darts until he was nearly forty. He first caught his eye in 1989 when he reached the final of the World Darts Championship News where he was beaten by Dave Whitcombe, an experienced rider. He then reached the Winmau World Masters semi-finals in 1990, losing to eventual champion Phil Taylor.
6) Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson is a Scottish professional darts player currently in the Professional Darts Corporation, and a number one former BDO and WDF world. He is a two-time PDC World Champion, in 2015 and 2016, having won the title. Its nickname is The Scotsman Flying.
Anderson is renowned for having one of the smoothest throws and heavy scoring in the game. Anderson is a two-time PDC World Champion back-to-back after defeating Adrian Lewis 7–5 in the 2016 final following his 7–6 victory over Phil Taylor in 2015, while also being a finalist in 2011 and 2017.
5) John Lowe
John Lowe MBE is an English retired darts player. He was known for dominating the darts during the 1980s along with Eric Bristow and Jocky Wilson. Three times he was world champion, in 1979, 1987 and 1993. He has also been a two-time Winmau World Masters winner and a two-time singles champion in the World Cup. He gained 15 BDO and WDF majors in total. On four occasions he held the ranking of world number one. He became the first player to hit a nine-dart Televised finish in October 1984.
4) Eric Bristow
The World Darts Federation ranked him World No. 1 a record five times, in 1980, 1981 and 1983-1985. He has been a five-time World Champion, a five-time World Masters Champion and a four-time singles champion of the World Cup. He has won 22 major WDF and BDO titles and a total of 70 career titles. Bristow’s abilities and charisma helped turn darts into a spectator sport worldwide in the 1980s.
Bristow was born in 1957 in Hackney’s London Borough where his father was a plasterer and his mother was employed as a telephone operator. By the age of 14 Bristow left school. In 1980, Bristow won his first world championship, defeating fellow Londoner Bobby George, and thus began a decade of domination, retaining his title in 1981 and winning it again in 1984, 1985 and 1986.
3) Raymond van Barneveld
Raymond van Barneveld is a retired, professional darts player from the Netherlands. Nicknamed Barney is one of the most famous dart players in history, although originally known as The Man. Van Barneveld is a five-time World Darts Champion, a twice UK Open Champion, and a former Las Vegas Desert Classic, Darts’ Grand Slam, and Premier League winner. He is also a two-time World Masters and World Darts Trophy winner, and a three-time International Darts League champion and WDF World Cup Singles event.
Van Barneveld has also won the PDC Darts World Cup four times (once with Co Stompé and three times with Michael van Gerwen) and the WDF World Cup Pairs once (with Vincent van der Voort), all representing the Netherlands. With Roland Scholten he has also shared the PDC World Pairs.
2) Michael van Gerwen
She is a professional Dutch darts player. He is currently ranked number one in the world, having won the 2014, 2017 and 2019 PDC World Darts Championships. He started playing darts at age 13. He won the 2006 World Masters, and at the 2007 Masters of Darts he threw a televised nine-dart finish, becoming the youngest player to do either at 17. However, Van Gerwen has struggled for consistent form until his breakthrough year in 2012 after this initial burst onto the darting scene. Upgrading from world number 38 in early 2012 to number four in early 2013, he captured his first major PDC title at the World Grand Prix and finished in the 2013 World Championship final.
In subsequent years he dominated the darts, winning 18 tournaments in 2015 and 25 in 2016. Van Gerwen is behind Phil Taylor, second most successful player in PDC history. He has won the most events on the PDC Pro Tour, winning 75 as of June 2019. On 16 February 2019, he passed Phil Taylor’s previous record of 70 by winning Players Championship Event 3 in the final beating Ian White 8–5.
1) Phil Taylor
Philip Douglas Taylor, nicknamed The Force, is a retired English professional darts player. For over two decades, Taylor dominated the darts and won 214 professional tournaments including a record 85 major titles and a record 16 World Championships. In 2015, he was rated by the BBC as one of the top ten British sportsmen of the last 35 years.
From 1995 to 2002, Taylor won eight consecutive World Championships, reached 14 consecutive finals from 1994 to 2007, and totalled 21 world finals, all of which are records. For a total of 13 years he held the world’s number one ranking, including eight in a row from 2006–2013. He has won 70 PDC Pro Tour tournaments, a record till it was passed by Michael van Gerwen in February 2019. Taylor has reached a record 11 nine-dart televised finishes (and 22 overall). He was the first person in the same match also to hit two nine-dart finishes.