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 & Darts

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, or maybe his new Winmau signature darts, available in 22g and 24g weights, visit his new official merchandise shop.


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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Mar 27

German Darts Masters; PDC Euro Tour

Another big European tour event this weekend, which Kevin qualifier for in his return to form in 2016.  Kevin goes into the tournament full of confidence, and these big stage and big crowd events really suit his game.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-1 Stuart Kellett

Arguably the performance of the day came from former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter, who posted a 101.7 average in a 6-1 victory over Stuart Kellett, despite the Northwich ace agonizingly wiring double 12 for a nine-dart finish earlier on in the contest.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Justin Pipe (16)

Kevin knocks out his friend and 16th Seed Justin Pipe in round 2, pushing Kev’s run into the final day, and his winnings up!

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 2-6 Michael van Gerwen

European Tour Prize Fund

Winner £25,000
Runner-Up £10,000
Semi-Finalists £5,000
Quarter-Finalists £3,500
Last 16 £2,000
Last 32 £1,500
Last 48 £1,000
Total £115,000
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Kevin during his walk-on in Germany (Pic PDC Europe)

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Mar 20

Kevin in Exhibition; Peterborough Masters 2016

Kevin joins five fellow pro’s in one of the east of England’s biggest darts exhibitions of the year, the Peterborough Masters.  Should be a great night, and tickets are on-sale now.

The Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 is Cambridgeshire’s premier head to head professional darts event held in Peterborough, bringing six of the World’s biggest PDC and BDO darts stars to Peterborough to play three head to head matches in one evening for the very first time. This is an event that will capture the imagination of all Darts enthusiasts in the UK – a Darts spectacular for Cambridgeshire that will hopefully become a Peterborough landmark Darts Masters sports event for years to come.

The Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 is sponsored by Amber Dew Events Ltd who are based in Norwich and organised and promoted by Lord Russell Baker of Little Moulton.
The three head to head darts events have been specially selected to ensure huge interest and include the two times back-to-back PDC World Champion and runner-up in 2016 Adrian Lewis and the current 2016 BDO World Champion Scott Waites. The line-up is as follows:

1st Match – Steve Beaton v Kevin Painter (Best of 15 legs)
2nd Match – Dave Chisnall v Scott Waites (Best of 17 legs)
3rd Match – Adrian Lewis v James Wade (Best of 19 legs)

Quite simply not an event to be missed and early purchase of tickets is advised as this event is expected to be a sell-out. So don’t delay and purchase your tickets for the Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 today.  The Cresset box office here.

peterborough mastersThe doors to The Cresset Theatre open at 18:00 and there will be a dedicated VIP room for VIP guests to enjoy meeting and greeting the players and officials on the night with a light finger buffet. The bars in The Cresset Theatre will be open for all other guests at 18:00, with the Darts tournament set to start at around 19:30.
There will also be tickets sold with the prospect of four lucky winners to create two doubles teams to play both Eric Bristow and Keith Deller at doubles on stage in front of an audience exceeding 850 noisy and rapturous darts fans. Make sure someone brings a camera to ensure you are captured ‘in lights’ and able to show your family, friends and work colleagues for years to come. Simply amazing!

A ‘live’ auction will take place on the night with some remarkable memorabilia on offer from the World of sport, plus raffle cards available to win some outstanding darts products from the some of the biggest names in the World of darts – sensational.
The players signed up to play at the Peterborough Masters Darts 2016 evening at The Cresset on Thursday 10th November 2016 are as follows:

Scott Waites – an English darts player who plays in tournaments organised by the British Darts Organisation. Waites is a two time BDO World Darts Champion having won the 2013 tournament and 2016 tournament. He is also a former Winmau World Masters champion, WDF World Cup singles’ champion, Zuiderduin Masters champion, and the only BDO representative to ever win the Professional Darts Corporation Grand Slam of Darts.

Steve Beaton – is an English professional darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). He won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) version of the World Professional Darts Championship in 1996. Beaton made his World Championship debut in 1992, at a time when the world darts championship was still a unified tournament. He lost in the first round to Chris Johns, but he was encouraged by his performance in the same tournament in 1993 when he achieved a huge upset win over the tournament favourite and former world champion, Dennis Priestley, and he also beat another former world champion in Bob Anderson, before losing in the semi-final to Alan Warriner. He became a full-time professional later in 1993 at a time after the split, which saw the WDC players banned from all BDO tournaments – and Beaton went on to win the prestigious Winmau World Masters, beating Les Wallace in the final. When he defended his world title in 1997, Beaton was within the width of the Double 10 wire of reaching the final, but he lost to Marshall James in a tight semi-final match.

Kevin Painter – an English professional darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation tournaments, where he is known as “The Artist”. He is arguably most famous for finishing runner up to Phil Taylor in the 2004 PDC World Championship final, now widely credited as one of the greatest televised matches in the history of the game. He was also the winner of the Players Championship Finals in 2011.

Eric Bristow MBE – (“The Crafty Cockney”) is a former professional English darts player. He was ranked World No. 1 from 1980–81, 1983–85 and 1990, and won five World Championships and five World Masters titles. In the 1980s, Bristow’s skill and personality helped turn darts into a worldwide spectator sport. In 1993, Bristow was one of sixteen top players who broke away from the British Darts Organisation to form their own organisation, which became the Professional Darts Corporation. He retired from competitive darts in 2007 and now works as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports’ darts coverage.

Keith Deller – an English darts player who won the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship in 1983. He was the first qualifier ever to win the championship and remains one of the youngest champions in history. For his world championship win, Deller used 18-gram spring-loaded darts, later banned for tournament play but now legal again. He no longer uses these darts. Deller is the manager of two-time PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis. Keith is also the reigning Norwich Charity Darts Masters 2015 Champion.

No big stage darts match play tournament would be without the following officials who will be the referee and MC on the night.

Russ Bray – a darts referee who works for the Professional Darts Corporation. He is considered by most to be the best darts referee in the world. He is also known as The Voice, due to his unique style of calling and his raspy voice.

Paul Booth – Paul has appeared as MC on Channel 5 for all the LIVE Boxing events this year, the only UK Boxing MC on terrestrial TV, and established himself as one of the UK’s top all round MC’s, involved in both radio and TV for over 20 years.

Quite simply not an event to be missed and early purchase of tickets is advised as this event is expected to be a sell-out. So don’t delay and purchase your tickets for the Peterborough Masters Darts Tournament 2016 today.  The Cresset box office here.

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Feb 27

The Artist Signs with New Sponsor

Great news a week before Kevin appears in the UK Open at Minehead (Live on ITV4), as he has signed with a new sponsor, who has joined team artist to help Kev push on in 2016, as he sees a return to form.

His new sponsor, Reisser ltd, is an International supplier of hihg quality, high performance woodscrews and power tool accessories, aimed specifically at the professional trade.   Check out their website here.  Kevin will wear their sponsorship with pride next weekend, when he plays on the main stage in the UK Open.

I am very pleased to say i have signed a sponsorship deal with @ReisserLtd and looking forward to working with them.   – Kevin Painter


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Feb 22

UK Open Qualification 2016

THE field of professional qualifiers for the 2016 Coral UK Open has been confirmed following the conclusion of the six UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan.  The Coral UK Open Televised Finals will be held from March 4-6 at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with coverage live on ITV4 as 128 players do battle for the title.

Professional players have competed in six UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan this month, with each being worth £60,000 in prize money.

The top 96 players from the final UK Open Order of Merit progress to compete in the Coral UK Open, alongside 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers who have won through knockouts held in Rileys Sports Bars.

Kevin qualified 44th with £1,750 in price money won.  Friday afternoon’s first round sees the players ranked from 65-96 in the UK Open Order of Merit joined by the 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers, with the players ranked from 33-64 (including the Artist) coming in for the second round.

The draw has seen KP drawn against the winner of the round 1 game between John Scott and Dean Winstanley.  They will play on the main stage – so live on TV.

So remember to tune in to watch the afternoon of Friday 4th March, live on ITV4!

2016 Coral UK Open
Friday March 4
Afternoon Session (11.45am-5pm)

Main Stage – Second Round
Jeffrey de Graaf v William O’Connor/Mark Jodrill
Lee Evans v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Arron Monk/Stewart Rattray v Robert Thornton
Kevin Painter v John Scott/Dean Winstanley

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Jan 17

2016 Starts With Double Euro Qualification

Kevin starts the 2016 season showing the improved form continues to build this weekend, with a double qualification for the first two European tour events.  Those Euro events are big money tournaments, so that’s already a good start to the year, with good money already guaranteed.

The year will continue with long weekends of UK Open qualifiers – here’s to a strong qualification for the artist for the Minehead televised event, the first of which starts 5th Feb.


Dutch Darts Masters – 2016 ET1
UK Qualifier

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (18) bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Gary Stone
Final Round:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Mick McGowan
German Darts Masters – 2016 ET2
UK Qualifier

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (18) bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Stephen Willard
Final Round:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Paul Milford

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Dec 18

2016 World Darts Championships

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Kevin Painter throwing at the 2016 worlds (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Artist takes part in the worlds biggest darts tournament this weekend, as he takes his place in the PDC 2016 World Darts Championships.  With a £300,000 first prize, and £10,000 on offer to first round losers, this is the greatest ever prize in darts.

It’s all being shown live on Sky Sports, which has it’s own 24/7 darts channel during the three weeks of the tournament.

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Kevin’s first game at the worlds is Saturday afternoon, against the winner of a prelim game.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 3-0 Kim Viljanen

A good solid job against the pre-lim player, 47% on doubles, “If you’re going to do damage, you’ve got to hit your doubles” Kev says in his post match interview.  

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 1-4 Phil Taylor

A great start from the Artist, taking the first set 3-1 with a break, then a hold, and a ‘cheeky’ d12, d14 checkout on 52.  That’s one way to go out!  Kevin has a chance in set 2, as he takes it to 2-2, but Phil just holds him off on his own throw to even the game up.  A hugely frustrating 3rd set for Kevin, as both he and Phil miss loads of attempts at their doubles, and it’s Phil who managed to hit his d2.  Phil starts hitting more doubles (and a 170 c/o) as his confidence grows unfortunately for Kev.  

Buy a special signed Painter match shirt, or his signature Winmau darts

If you want to buy one of Kevin’s match shirts, or a set of his new Winmau signature darts (available in in 22g or 24g), visit his new shop here.


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Kevin Painter fans at the worlds (Jen and Sally darts super fans on the right)

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Dec 17

Kevin Painter Signature Winmau Darts Available Now!

Kevin’s brand new Winmau darts are now available to buy, and he is selling them direct to his fans from this website, in the new shop section here.

Kevin Painter Steel Tip Tungsten Darts

Designed by the multiple tournament champion The Artist himself – These  match weighed darts contain Winmau Prism Shafts with springs, and a set of his Winmau Flights.

Packaging signed by Kevin to make your purchase unique to this website!

Available in two weights; 22 and 24g.

NOTE:  Please be patient with your order.  Kevin is often on tour (PDC or exhibitions), so it may take a few weeks to send out to you at times.

Length 50.80 mm
Width 6.35 mm
Material Tungsten 90%
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Kevin Painter Winmau darts available 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

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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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