Mar 30

Kevin ‘the artist’ Painter, Official Site

Welcome to the Official Website of Kevin ‘the artist’ Painter!

Kev Painter wins Player champsHere you will find all the news, results, exhibition details, and all the info a fan of the Artist could ask for. Kevin Painter is one of the worlds most recognisable darts players and characters on the oche, with a huge experience playing elite darts for many years.  His famous 2004 world championship final against Phil Taylor is seen as one of the greatest televised games of all time.

The Artist won his first TV Tournament; The 2011 Players Championships at the Doncaster Dome, which lead on to him appearing in the 2012 Premier League darts on Sky Sports, in front of huge live crowds of up to 9,000, and hundreds of thousands on live TV. Known for not only his skill with the tungsten, but also his ‘true grit’ on the oche, and also being a dedicated Ipswich Town supporter. Kevin also had 25 England International Appearances before he joined the PDC, which of course he’s very proud of.

Check on Kevin’s results here, or if you wish to get in touch, be you a potential sponsor, looking to book an exhibition, or just a well-wisher, use the contact form here.

If you are on twitter, you can interact with Kevin on his official account here -> @OfficialKP180, as after a short break he is back on twitter with inside news, his personal views, and probably some Ipswich town thoughts.  Kevin’s management team at BW9 Sports management are on twitter too; @bw9sports

Buy the new Kevin Painter ShirtBuy Kevin’s Official Playing Shirt

Want to look the business on the oche or when you watch the darts?  Kevin’s brand new design official playing shirt is now available, and Kevin is selling them direct to you signed specially for you!

If you want one of these collectors items, just get in touch using the contact form and say you wish to buy a shirt – and Kevin will personally get back to you to sort it out.  Make sure you let him have your name, e-mail address, and rough size (M/L/XL etc).


Kevin is a regular on Sky Sports and ITV4, taking part in most of the televised PDC darts tournaments, and that’s a massive opportunity for any company or business to gain huge exposure of their brand on prime time Sky Sports (and the associated photos will will appear in national newspapers and websites).

Kevin always represents his sponsors with pride, ensuring he helps bring you value for money when you join his team.  Get in contact ASAP as The Artist has space available on his shirt currently for a prime sponsor.

Get in touch here – or read more about sponsoring an elite darts professional like Kevin here.

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Oct 03

Player Championships in Dublin

The PDC tour has headed to the home of Guiness – as the Dublin proTour events 17 and 18 see the elite of world darts play at the Citywest hotel.

Players Championship 17
Saturday October 2, Citywest Hotel Dublin

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Benito van de Pas (16)
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Round 3:  Darren Webster 6-5 Kevin Painter

Kevin takes out 16th seed Dutch youngster in round 1, then beats an old friend and adversary Jaws, before just losing in a very close game to the demolition man.  £750 pocketed, and onto Saturday’s tournament…

Players Championship 18
Saturday October 3, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jason Wilson
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 0-6 Stephen Bunting


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Sep 13

2015 European Darts Trophy

Kevin Painter euro darts 2015

THE European Darts Trophy started on Friday 11th Sept with the first round of the PDC European Tour event in Muelheim, Germany. The three-day £115,000 tournament saw 48 players competing at the RWE Sporthalle, with the event streamed LIVE ONLINE throughout.

It’s been what feels a LONG time since the PDC tour’s last event, and Kevin is itching to get back on it, so it’s now time to concentrate again, as the PDC events will come thick and fast again from now till the end of the year.

The Artist starts in round 1 on Friday against a very experienced former BDO no. 1, Alan Norris.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Alan Norris

Competing in his first PDC event for over two months, Kevin looked as if he had never been away as he impressively saw off former Lakeside runner-up Alan Norris 6-3, landing four 180s in the process.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Vincent van der Voort

Another good win against the 15th seed sees Kevin progress to Sunday’s finals day.

Round 3:   Kevin Painter 4-6 Michael Smith (2)



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Jul 18

Kevin Painter Joins Team Winmau

winmau logoWinmau, the world’s leading darts brand, are delighted to announce a new 3 year contract with Kevin Painter.
Kevin, a legend on the PDC tour, has been playing professional darts for over 20 years and his unique style has seen him become a firm fan favourite.

Kevin said “Having the team at Winmau behind me is like having a new lease of life. I cannot believe the difference in approach and passion that they have for darts and for making genuinely amazing darts equipment. I was astounded when being custom fit at their technical darts knowledge and the level of detail they cover, even down to my eye-dominance. No tweak or subtle change was too much trouble, and it’s an amazing feeling to have that much skill and support behind me”.

Ian Flack, Winmau’s Sales and Marketing Director, said “Kevin has been part of the professional darts fabric for over 2 decades and there isn’t anyone in darts who doesn’t know who he is and what a tough opponent he can be. Kevin is determined to get back to his best, and now he’s got the Winmau team behind him we fully expect to see him flying high and ruffling a few feathers again!”
Kevin’s darts will be available as part of the new 2016 Winmau Collection later in the year.

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Jul 14

The Artist Signs with BW9 Sports Management

Kevin has signed a new deal, joining forces with a relatively new sports management team, BW9 Sports management.  They also look after Matt Edgar, someone who Kevin is very familiar with on the darts circuit.

After a disappointing run of results, Kevin feels he is at a turning point, as his form returns and he’s qualified for back to back European Tour events, which come with £115,000 each in prize money to be won.

Signing up with BW9 has come at a great time for me, just as my form has started to pick up again.  Having Wayne and Becky behind me will help me keep my focus on the things that matter; winning my games of darts!

Kevin will proudly represent BW9 in his next PDC events, and in his many upcoming darts exhibitions.

Kevin have been participating in the Midlands Invitational Elite Singles Darts League held in Coventry, run by BW9 Sports Management, over the past few weeks with Painter topping the table ahead of Nigel Heydon in second.

We are delighted to announce the signing of Kevin Painter and look forward to exciting times ahead – Wayne Niner of BW9

Kevin Painter signs with BW9

Kevin Painter signs with Wayne and Becky Niner of BW9

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Jul 07

2015 Half Year Review

It’s early July, about half way through the PDC season, so it’s a good time to have a look at where The Artist is.  Kevin’s form in 2015 has been patchy, and you just know that Kevin will be practicing harder and looking to come back with a bang in the second half of 2015. Kev is currently ranked 24th in the world, with £131,500 won over two years.  A good run in Sept/Oct could easily see him move quickly back up that ranking table.

It’s on the floor where Kevin needs some better luck, as his ranking of 35th with £17,000 won is really not reflective of his talent.  Being in that top 32 is very important, ensuring you’re a seed in floor events and getting into certain TV tournaments.  Just £750 separates The Artist from that 32nd spot, so that will be first on the list of targets.

The good news is that Kev qualified for both of the September Euro tour events, winning through in both qualifiers in Wigan, so that guarantees him at least £1000 in each event, which goes onto both the main ranking plus the pro tour order of merit.

Recent Results + Guarenteed Winnings from coming Euro Tour events

Date Tournament Category Round Prize
20/09/2015 PDC European Matchplay PDC ET Last 48 £1,000
13/09/2015 PDC European Darts Trophy PDC ET Last 48 £1,000
05/07/2015 PDPA Players Championship Wigan 2 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
04/07/2015 PDPA Players Championship Wigan 1 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
03/07/2015 PDC European Darts Trophy UK Qualifier PDC QU Qualifier £0
03/07/2015 PDC European Matchplay UK Qualifier PDC QU Qualifier £0
24/05/2015 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley 7 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
23/05/2015 PDPA Players Championship Barnsley 6 PDC Pro Tour Last 32 £750
17/05/2015 PDPA Players Championship Crawley 2 PDC Pro Tour Last 128 £0
16/05/2015 PDPA Players Championship Crawley 1 PDC Pro Tour Last 32 £750

PDC European Darts Trophy UK Qualifier

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-0 Josh Payne
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Johnny Haynes

Kevin qualifies

PDC European Matchplay UK Qualifier

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Jason Wilson
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jamie Bain

Kevin qualifies

See Kevin In Exhibition

If you can’t wait to see Kevin play, you can actually meet him at one of his many upcoming darts exhibitions, check out this page to find out where he will be appearing.

Coming PDC Events

There’s a lot of darts coming up – but August is the traditional month holiday for most of the darts pros, at time for rest and also exhibitions!

3 ET7 & ET8 UKQ (6pm Start) Wigan
4 Players Championship 13 Wigan
5 Players Championship 14 Wigan
9 ET6 HNQ & EQ Dusseldorf, Germany
10-12 European Tour Event 6 Dusseldorf, Germany Ticket Info
11 Challenge Tour 9, 10 Wigan
12 Challenge Tour 11, 12 Wigan
18-26 BetVictor World Matchplay Blackpool Ticket Info
14-16 TABtouch Perth Darts Masters Perth, Australia Ticket Info
20-22 Sydney Darts Masters Sydney, Australia Ticket Info
28-30 Auckland Darts Masters Auckland, New Zealand Ticket Info
10 ET7 HNQ & EQ Muelheim, Germany
11-13 European Tour Event 7 Muelheim, Germany Ticket Info
12 Development Tour 9, 10 Coventry
13 Development Tour 11, 12 Coventry
17 ET8 HNQ & EQ Innsbruck, Austria
18-20 European Tour Event 8 Innsbruck, Austria Ticket Info
19 Challenge Tour 13, 14 Coventry
20 Challenge Tour 15, 16 Coventry
25 ET9 UKQ Barnsley
26 Players Championship 15 Barnsley
27 Players Championship 16 Barnsley

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May 02

Player Championships 6-8 in Coventry

The PDC Pro tour moves to Coventry for three days of Player Championship floor tournament events, and with £10,000 first prizes up on offer each day, there’s a LOT to be playing for.  While there’s no Phil Taylor, the rest of the world’s top players are taking part, including world number 1 MvG, and World Champion Gary Anderson.  As often said these days, “There are no easy games”.

Kevin enters the three days as 29th seed.

Players Championship Six
Friday May 1, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Round 1:  Ross Smith 6-5 Kevin Painter (29)

Players Championship Seven
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Saturday May 2

Round 1:  Cristo Reyes 6-2 Kevin Painter (30)

Players Championship Eight
Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Sunday May 3

Round 1:  Max Hopp 6-3 Kevin Painter (29)

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Mar 21

Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Kevin joined the other elite PDC players this weekend in Gibraltar, at the second PDC European darts tour event of the year.  These events have huge £25,000 winning prizes, and a total of £115,000 prize money on offer, so they are VERY important for the rankings.

As a qualifier, Kevin joins the tournament in the first round on the Friday, in the always tricky games before the top 16 ranked players join in.

Saturday March 21
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm GMT)

First Round:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Kev beats the talented Rodriguez, who has already had quite a bit of TV experience – so a potential banana skin well handled.  At least £1,500 won…

Last 16:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Michael van Gerwen

Kev battles back to take the game to a deciding leg, but just misses out to the world number 1.

gibraltar darts trophy 2015

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Mar 08

2015 UK Open Finals

Not a tournament Kevin will wish to remember – with him facing a rampant Andrew Gilding in his second game in Minehead.  While it wasn’t on TV, the guesses on Goldfinger’s average range between 108 and 118.  Kevin didn’t play badly, but he just never got any chances to get into the game at all,  and he left the tournament early.

Kev will be looking to put that behind him quickly, as it’s back to the pro tour next weekend in Barnsley, with player championship qualification now the aim.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 5-2 Jamie Bain
Round 3:
 Andrew Gilding 9-0 Kevin Painter

Kevin Painter 3rd round UK Open

Kevin Painter 3rd round UK Open (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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Feb 21

Final Three 2015 UK Open Qualifiers

UK Open qualifiers again in Wigan, and each of the three £50,000 PDC ProTour event features over 200 players, with PDC Tour Card Holders joined by PDPA Associate Members as the second day of the weekend’s treble-header.

Another three day ‘weekend’ of darts for The Artist, as he continues with the second half of the UK Open Qualifiers.  After the first three days and £1,000 won, Kevin will be safe for the TV finals in Minehead.  The next part of the plan is to do at least the same again, as the top 32 qualified players skip through to round 3 in the TV finals, getting past the short format dangerous rounds.

As a top 32 seed Kevin gets a bye in round 1 each day.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Four
Friday February 20, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:   Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Dave Ladley
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-4 John Bowles
Round 4:  Jelle Klaasen 6-0 Kevin Painter

£500 won on day 1, taking Kevin to £1,500 and joint 24th in the order of Merit.  Keep that up and The Artist will def make the top 32 seeds.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Five
Saturday February 21, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  Kevin Painter Bye
Round 2:  Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Kevin Painter

A bad day today – onto the last qualifier.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Six
Saturday February 22, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Round 1:  Kevin Painter Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Nathan Derry
Round 3:  Terry Temple 6-3 Kevin Painter

£250 won in the last qualifier, and £1,750 in total, makes Kevin 40th seed in the televised finals in Minehead.

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Feb 08

2015 PDC UK Open; Three Days in Wigan

The PDC have concentrated the UK Open qualifiers into two long weekends of three events, each being a £50,000 tournament, featuring over 200 players!  PDC Tour Card Holders are joined by PDPA Associate Members in bidding to qualify for March’s Coral UK Open Televised Finals.

The first three day qualifier had the players gather in a packed hall in Wigan…

UK Open Qualifier 1

Round 1:  Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Jason Hogg
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Max Hopp

£250 won towards qualification on day 1.

UK Open Qualifier 2

Round 1:  Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Josh Payne
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Terry Temple
Round 4:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Joe Cullen

£500 won towards qualification on day 2.

UK Open Qualifier 3

Round 1:  Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Paul Anthony
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 3-6 Andrew Gilding

£250 won towards qualification on day 3, with £1000 in total, which should be enough to see Kevin at Minehead in the finals, with 3 more days to come.

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