BDO players are still yet to receive their World Championship prize money despite the 28-day deadline passing.
It is understood all 40 men and 16 women are yet to have been paid their earnings from the BDO’s show-piece event, which took place from January 4-12 at London’s Indigo at The O2.
Players were assured in a contract that ‘any prize money awarded at the World Professionals will be paid out by way of a BACS payment within 28 days of the conclusion of the World Championship.’
That 28-day window came to a close on Sunday February 9.
Several players have since taken to social media to confirm they are yet to receive payment, with Dean Winstanley posting a thread on Facebook to which numerous players have responded.
Breaking news! I've just checked my bank account and you'll never guess…
— Ryan Hogarth (@180headhunter) February 10, 2020
The World Championship prize fund was slashed by almost 60 per cent for the men’s tournament and ten per cent for the ladies event.
Eventual champion Wayne Warren was set to receive £25,000, a £75,000 reduction on the 2019 total, while Mikuru Suzuki was in line to pick up £10,000.
Last month, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn called for the BDO board to “resign en bloc immediately” following its “disgraceful” treatment of players.
However, the BDO Board has since vowed to plough on, penning a letter to its members earlier this month which included assurances over major tournaments and sponsorship deals.
Live Darts understands that one hold-up over the payment of BDO World Championship prize money is the apparent disappearance of the tournament’s official shirt sponsor.
BetBroker, a little-known gambling company, was said to be unlicensed and owed money to several customers.
BetBroker has since deactivated its Twitter account and there is no trace of a website or contact details.
The BDO is yet to comment on the unpaid prize money or its dealings with BetBroker.
The 2020 BDO World Championship enters its business end at Indigo at The O2 on Friday, with the Men’s Quarter-Finals and Ladies Semi-Finals taking centre stage.
The BDO’s show-piece event started out with 40 men and 16 women battling it out for the prestigious titles, now the remaining hopefuls will be determined to move a step closer to glory this weekend.
Perhaps the pick of the men’s Quarter-Finals on current form sees number two seed Jim Williams take on man of the moment Paul Hogan in the evening session.
Williams is bidding to add this title to his World Trophy triumph last year and become the first Welsh winner since Mark Webster in 2008.
The 35-year-old battled his way through a tense last-set decider against Gary Stone in Round One before cruising to a 4-0 whitewash of Ryan Hogarth in the Last 16.
He now faces a formidable test against one of the most experienced ‘amateurs’ in the sport who has won through to his third BDO World Championship Quarter-Final since 1995.
Hogan, who reached the Last 16 of the PDC UK Open in 2017 and 2018, has gone a step further than at Lakeside two years ago when he came within a dart of knocking out eventual champion Glen Durrant.
The 56-year-old registered the highest average of the tournament so far (99.69) in defeating Martijn Kleermaker 4-1 on Thursday night to follow up a First Round rout of Adam Smith-Neale and a Preliminary Round victory over Brian Raman.
Another closely-matched tie sees former champions Scott Waites and Scott Mitchell collide in the final match of the evening.
Both players have tasted success at Lakeside, with Waites lifting the trophy in 2013 and 2016, sandwiching Mitchell’s success in 2015, and both will be keen to become the first player to be crowned champion at the new venue.
Mitchell averted a potential banana skin against 14-year-old Leighton Bennett in Round One before whitewashing two-time semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner 4-0, while Waites edged out three-time champion Martin Adams in a deciding set before battling back to deny top seed Wesley Harms 4-2.
The pair cannot be separated from their 12 previous meetings, having claimed six wins apiece, with this their first encounter in a BDO World Championship.
Wayne Warren, the oldest player left standing in the competition at 57, aims to progress to his first Semi-Final at the fifth attempt when he takes on Dutch ace Chris Landman in the afternoon session.
Warren is appearing in his second Quarter-Final in the space of three years, while Landman has prevailed in two last-set deciders to break new ground in this historic competition and now carries the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.
Two players enjoying dream debuts so far face off in another finely-poised contest as Mario Vandenbogaerde meets David Evans.
Vandenbogaerde has dropped just one set en route to the Last Eight stage and is aiming to become Belgium’s first-ever World Darts Champion, while former PDC Challenge Tour event winner Evans has impressed in dispatching Nick Fullwell and third seed Richard Veenstra – averaging 95.35 in the latter.
The first Women’s Semi-Final sees Lisa Ashton step up her quest for a fifth world title when she takes on Australia’s Corrine Hammond in a repeat of the 2017 final.
The evening session then sees reigning champion Mikuru Suzuki looking to maintain her unbeaten record in the World Championship by ending the dream debut run of 16-year-old Beau Greaves – who is vying to become the youngest-ever senior World Champion.
The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Men’s Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of seven sets, best of five legs per set and Ladies Semi-Finals best of three sets.
A tie-break will be in operation in Men’s matches, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches 5-5, the 11th leg will be sudden-death.
Friday January 10
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Wayne Warren v Chris Landman (QF)
Lisa Ashton v Corrine Hammond (Women’s SF)
Mario Vandenbogaerde v David Evans (QF)
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Jim Williams v Paul Hogan (QF)
Mikuru Suzuki v Beau Greaves (Women’s SF)
Scott Waites v Scott Mitchell (QF)
Former major winner Darryl Fitton has hit out at the current running of the BDO, admitting the organisation has “hit rock bottom”.
Fitton, the 2014 World Trophy winner and three-time Lakeside semi-finalist, believes the BDO has taken a backward step under Chairman Des Jacklin and says he fears for its future.
The BDO has been plagued by problems in recent months including re-draws at the World Masters, loss of official recognition from the WDF, ranking status removed from the Dutch Open and minimal ticket sales.
Fitton, who competed on the BDO circuit from 2002-2018, has called for a new European council to be formed in order to steer the organisation in the right direction.
“It [the BDO] has been falling on its backside for a couple of years and has hit rock bottom,” Fitton told Live Darts.
“It’s ironic how the founder of the BDO has just passed away and it looks like he’s taken his baby with him.
“You can’t blame the present chairman, but he’s not helped.
“I think they can still save it, but what the BDO needs to do is have two separate entities, the BDO enterprises needs to run the tournaments and the BDO as we know it should run the counties.
“They could maybe bring in a European council or something like that, get people in from Holland, Germany and Belgium who know what they’re doing and how to run events because the BDO is going backwards.”
The BDO announced in August it was to take the World Championship away from Lakeside for the first time in 33 years, with London’s O2 Indigo announced as the new venue.
Leaked documents have shown just over 2,000 tickets have been sold across the entire week of the tournament so far, accounting for around ten per cent of the capacity.
Fitton, admits the venue change could be a positive move for the BDO if ticket sales were to drastically rise in the weeks prior to the competition.
He added: “The Indigo O2 is a great venue and it’s a step forward in a way but I think it was all done wrong and probably done at the last minute.
“Bob Potter [Lakeside owner] was great at putting coaches on for people to get to his venue and he sold a lot of the tickets.
“My fondest memory of playing there was playing Andy Fordham the year he won the world title.
“We played in the Quarter-Finals and the atmosphere was electric, it buzzed through your whole body, I even had to step back because of the noise.
“It is a sad day for the BDO but there is still light at the end of the tunnel, it’s not dead yet.”
Former World Champion Scott Mitchell has revealed his “frustration” at the current uncertainty surrounding the British Darts Organisation, including alarming ticket sale figures for the 2020 World Championship.
Mitchell joined us for an exclusive interview at the recent Players Championship Finals in Minehead to give his take on a number of the key issues surrounding the BDO, as well as the move from Lakeside, Grand Slam picks and more.
Mitchell is currently ranked eleventh in the BDO system but has struggled in televised competition this year, bowing out of the World Trophy and World Masters in the early rounds and missing out on a place in November’s Grand Slam.
The World Darts Federation has announced it will no longer recognise British Darts Organisation operated tournaments with immediate effect.
The WDF released a damning letter addressed to its members stating it “will not recognise BDO operated tournaments”, citing a breach of rules and draw changes which occurred at the recent World Masters.
As a result, now the BDO has been downgraded to Associate Member status, meaning it is no longer the governing body for darts in the country.
The letter, dated December 1, states: ‘The WDF Executive has concluded that we cannot be a part of or support such activities and does not endorse the actions of the BDO.
‘With rule changes as well as draw changes during their competition there is opportunity for alleged violations to be construed as match fixing.
‘This situation could place our member country organisations and their players in a compromising position.
‘The WDF refuses to be associated with such actions.’
The letter ends by stating the WDF is in the process of implementing a global circuit which will see WDF major events made through their own ranking systems.
This could potentially jeapoardise the future of major BDO tournaments formerly recognised by the WDF, including the World Championship and World Masters.
BDO Chairman Des Jacklin responded by hastily posting a statement on Facebook which read:
Jacklin has since written a letter to the BDO counties stating December 3 was the first contact he had with the WDF over the issue and that the WDF have ‘acted purely on information gathered from social media and hearsay.’
He then accused the WDF of being ‘unlawful’ and ‘trying to kill the company’ and revealed the matter is now in the hands of a solicitor.
The news comes as another blow to the BDO, which announced earlier this year it was to leave Lakeside after 33 years, as well as losing its entire refereeing team and long-term brand partner Winmau.
Ticket sales are said to have slumped for January’s World Championship at London’s O2 Indigo, with less than 2,000 sold across the entire tournament so far.
The World Darts Federation, formed in 1974, is the official governing body, which encourages the promotion of the sport in an effort to gain international recognition for darts.