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Prize fund and broadcast coverage confirmed for 2023 WDF World Championship

Jamie Shaw in WDF Darts 28 Sep 2023
The Lakeside stage (Photo by Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

The prize fund and broadcast details have been confirmed for the 2023 WDF World Championship at Lakeside.

The WDF’s flagship event will take place from December 2-10 at the historic Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green as 48 men and 24 women compete for the respective world titles.

A total prize fund of £257,000 will be on offer across the men’s, women’s, boys and girls competitions, a decrease of £43,000 on last year’s event.

The top prize of £50,000 in the men’s event and £25,000 in the women’s event have been retained from 2022, while the prize money for Semi-Final losers down to Last 32 losers has seen a reduction.

Neil Duff claimed the men’s title after he defeated France’s Thibault Tricole by six sets to five in a dramatic final in April last year, while Beau Greaves whitewashed Kirsty Hutchinson 4-0 to become women’s World Champion for the first time.

Greaves, who has also secured qualification for the PDC World Championship later in December, must decide in which event she intends to play following the recent announcement that the PDC have prevented players from competing in both events.

The WDF has also confirmed a new ‘hybrid strategy’ for broadcasting the event, which will see all matches streamed live on YouTube, while the event will also be available to view on Ayozat TV in the UK, as well as Fubo TV and Swerve Sports in the USA.

The final three days of the tournament, which was shown live on Eurosport and Discovery+ in 2022, are set to be broadcast on further outlets, which are yet to be confirmed by the WDF.

The playing format is to be retained from last year’s staging, with First Round ties to be contested over the best of three sets.

Over 4,000 tickets are believed to have been sold so far for the duration of the event, with the draw taking place on Wednesday November 1.

WDF World Championship 2023 Prize Fund

Winner: £50,000
Runner-up: £20,000
Semi-Final losers: £10,000
Quarter-Final losers: £5,000
Last 16 losers: £2,500
Last 32 losers: £1,500
First Round losers: £1,000

Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Final losers: £5,000
Quarter-Final losers: £2,500
Last 16 losers: £1,500
First Round losers: £1,000

Winner: £5,000
Runner-up: £2,000
Semi-Final losers: £1,000

Winner: £2,000
Runner-up: £1,000