Sep 03

Kevin Painter sets sights on emphatic European Darts Grand Prix return

Darts ace Kevin Painter intends to start where he left off when he returns to competitive action this weekend at the European Grand Prix in Germany.

The Artist – represented by leading darts firm UK Sports Management – had hit something of a purple patch before the PDC broke for the summer, following the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Although dissatisfied with his first round exit to Simon Whitlock at the Winter Gardens last month, Unicorn Darts-user Painter remains confident in his game and is hopeful of improving further on a run of form that took him to within a leg of the European Darts Open.

Listen to his exclusive audio interview here…

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Sep 02

Kevin Painter still in hunt for Unibet Darts Masters spot

Kevin Painter is still in with a chance of joining stable-mate Ian White and the world’s best at The Unibet Masters in November.

Reigning champion Phil Taylor, 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis and World Champion Michael van Gerwen head a field labelled “the best of the best” by PDC chairman Barry Hearn for the Edinburgh tournament.

Featuring the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit, Scottish trio Gary Anderson, Robert Thornton and 2014 World Championship finalist Peter Wright are also set to appear.

Current world number 14 White has one foot in the door of the ITV-televised knockout tournament at the Royal Highland Centre on November 1-2 and could still be joined by Justin Pipe, Painter and Jamie Caven.


With nine ranking events – including October’s World Grand Prix in Dublin – before the cut-off for The Unibet Masters on October 21, there remains chance for those currently on the cusp of the top 16 to jump up the rankings.

The field will also include Australian star Simon Whitlock, seven-time major winner James Wade, former major finalists Dave Chisnall, Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Brendan Dolan, Mervyn King and Kim Huybrechts and Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Unibet as our new title sponsors for The Unibet Masters, and we look forward to another hugely successful event in Edinburgh in November,” said Mr Hearn.

“The Unibet Masters pits the world’s top 16 players against each other and will prove just who really is the best of the best!”

Unibet Head of Sportsbook Erik Backlund said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the PDC, who have done great work to increase the popularity of darts. This is a great opportunity to grow awareness of our product in in the darts community.”

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Jul 19

The Artist at the Winter Gardens

Kevin joins the 31 other elite darts professionals at the world famous Winter Gardens venue in Blackpool tonight, as he looks to progress against the Aussie Simon Whitlock.

Kev is12/5 with the bookies (bet with William Hill), which is great value as his form is coming back just at the right time, with a great run to the semi final in his last tournament.

Saturday 19th July,  (7pm-11pm)

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-10 Simon Whitlock 

A slow start from Kevin, and he lets Whitlock rush into a 3-0 lead.  A superb 11 dart leg from Painter gets him into the game.  Another leg to Kev and he’s just 1 leg down at the break, both averaging around the 98 mark.  4 legs in a row from The Artist and he’s now 4-3 up, and starts the 8th leg with an 180.  Both players are fighting for their lives, breaks back n forth… 5-5 at the next break.  It seems that the break came at a bad time for The Artist, as he loses his momentum, and it’s Whitlock who wins 3 legs in a row. Kev unfortunately never seems to settle down, and goes out 10-6.

Kevin Painter on the Blackpool stage

Kev showing his frustration on the Blackpool stage (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 19

Win darts tickets with Kevin Painter caption competition

Want to see some of darts’ biggest names in action at close quarters? We’re giving you the chance to be at Lock, Stock and Three Smoking Arrows just by sending us your best caption for a picture!

Stefan Strassenburg’s image of UK Sports Management’s Kevin Painter on the stage at the European Darts Open has created quite a stir online, bringing dozens of likes on Facebook and tens of retweets on Twitter.


Now all you have to do is coming up an amusing caption to stand a chance of winning two tickets for Lock, Stock at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday, September 27.

Either like our Facebook page and leave your caption in a comment or follow us on Twitter and tweet what you think The Artist is thinking in the shot.

Entries must be submitted by the end of the BetVictor World Matchplay final on Sunday, June 27, with Unicorn Darts’ user Painter to be involved in choosing the best. The lucky winner will be notified by message on either Facebook or Twitter.

Painter will go up against two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis and Team UKSM compatriot Justin Pipe at Lock, Stock on a bill that also boasts Premier League ace Dave Chisnall and darts legends Keith Deller, Eric Bristow and Bobby George.

Current professionals Colin Lloyd and Steve Beaton will appear alongside Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle, all introduced by MC Russ Bray.

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Jul 18

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine – we’ve got the World Matchplay covered!

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine – we’ve got every base covered to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of Kevin Painter at the BetVictor World Matchplay!

The Artist’s darts management firm UK Sports Management will be at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool for every dart thrown by the sport’s biggest names.


Follow the action from Saturday evening with exclusive interviews with Kevin and all the action as it unfolds at and, of course, here.

Like UKSM’s Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter at to make sure you don’t miss a second of one of the PDC’s most popular tournaments.

On Instagram? Fire up the app on your phone or tablet and follow uksm_darts to see a host of shots from behind the scenes.

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Jul 17

Come and See The Artist at these Darts Exhibitions

With the World Matchplay coming very soon, Kevin is practicing hard, and his form is currently spot on, so confidence is high.  If you can’t make it to Blackpool, but still want to see some fantastic world class players close up, why not book tickets to one of these HUGE darts exhibitions, where you can get closer to the players than you ever can at any PDC event.  Get photos, autographs, and possibly some special darts memorabilia at these fantastic nights. NOW THERE’S NO EXCUSE NOT TO COME AND SEE THE ARTIST!  

Lock, Stock & 3 Smoking Arrows

Players: Colin lloyd, Kevin Painter, Justin Pipe, Dave Chisnall, Keith Deller, Wayne Mardle, Adrian Lewis, Steve Beaton, Eric Bristow & Bobby George.

Saturday 27th September 2014
Ricoh Arena, Coventry.


Lock stock darts exhibition

Possible the best named darts exhibition ever? Come and see some great darts!

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Jul 16

Kevin Painter ready for Simon Whitlock test in World Matchplay Darts

Ending a rotten run of results versus Simon Whitlock could act as Kevin Painter’s platform for BetVictor World Matchplay success according to the player himself.

The Artist will arrive in Blackpool today as his preparations for the much-loved major at the Winter Gardens up a gear.

The UK Sports Management ace has been drawn against familiar foe Whitlock in Saturday evening’s second game, taking to the stage after Ian White and Terry Jenkins.

The clash will be the third between the pair in six weeks, with Painter having beaten the Australian Premier League favourite just once in eight encounters since October 2012.

Unicorn Darts player Painter said: “There were no easy draws there, anyway, with the world’s top 16 and top 16 qualifiers. Some draws were obviously easier than others, but every game is going to be a hard one, there’s no other way of looking at it.

“Simon Whitlock and I seem to be stuck together like glue at the minute, we can’t get away from each other, but you get periods like that. I’ve had it with Phil Taylor, I had it with Gary Anderson when he first came to the PDC.

“Now it seems to be that I’m playing Simon all the time and I need to stop what’s been a bit of a dodgy run as he’s won our last few games.

“I need to make sure I’m 100 per cent concentrated and ready for the match because I need to get the win to stop the rot.

He continued: “I’m going to go to Blackpool early. When you look at the draw, your name could have come out for the Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I like to come out later in the tournament so you can go to the venue, watch a few games and get a feel for the place.

“Coming out second game on Saturday night certainly didn’t help that. I’m going up to Blackpool on the Wednesday, chill out for a couple of days and get my practice done up there so I can get away from the usual stuff you have to deal with at home.

“I’m looking forward to going up a couple of days earlier to prepare as if I was travelling on the Friday to play on the Monday.”

With a 2010 run to the quarter-finals counting as his best performance in the £450,000 competition, Quantax-supported Painter is ready to earn more joy by the seaside.

“It’s a great tournament, but it’s never been a particularly kind one to me results-wise,” he said. “I’ve usually played well there and been beaten, I’ve regularly played well there and not got any reward for any of my performances.

“It’s a great venue. It’s an unusual place, and like an old theatre. But there’s a great atmosphere because you only get 1,400 or 1,500 people in there and most of those are therefore proper, dedicated darts fans.

“It’s not like the bigger events like the Premier League where a lot of them are just there to try and get on television.

“These are proper darts fans and that means you usually get the best of order and a bit of respect when you are throwing as well.”


Painter will go up against UKSM compatriots Ian White and Justin Pipe when one of last year’s most popular events returns in December.

Co-ordinated by the firm aiming to become the preferred darts management company, Apocalypse 2014 pits the trio against Betway Premier League ace Gary Anderson, Terry Jenkins and Steve Beaton, as well as fans’ favourites Keith Deller, Eric Bristow, Wayne Mardle and John Lowe.

Taking place at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on Saturday 6 December and hosted by PDC MC Russ Bray, tickets are available from our online shop.


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Jul 11

European Darts Open

Kevin Painter in Dusseldorf for Euro Tour Event 6

Kevin Painter

A good weekend from The Artist, his form peaking just days before the World Matchplay Simon Whitlock 2-6 Peter Wright

Kev is back on the PDC tour for hopefully a long weekend of darts, as he qualified for the £100,000 European Tour event in Dusseldorf.

These £100,000 prize money events really offer great prize money, with £20,000 first prize on offer for the winner of the three day tournament. Kevin started his campaign against the very talented young Keegan Brown, so The Artist can’t take him lightly, as he’s many a top player scalp already.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-0 Keegan Brown

A fantastic result for Kev to kick things off, one potential banana-skin avoided without dropping a leg.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Steve Beaton 

Kev produced a very impressive display to oust ninth seed Steve Beaton.  Both players shared the opening two legs before Painter won the next three to lead 4-1 which included an 11-dart-finish and a 126 finish, before going on to take two of the next three legs to close out the game.  Into round 3 the Artist goes Saturday evening.

It’s Kevin’s birthday, and hopefully he will be rewarded with a win into Sunday’s fourth round.  Kevin was one of the players of the tournament on Friday, and he knows his form is bang on at the moment, great timing before next week’s World Matchplay.

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Kim Huybrechts

The average didn’t reflect the dominance in this game – but Kev won’t care has his confidence builds as he goes into Sunday’s quarter final.  Just 4 legs dropped in 3 games – awesome stuff.

Quarter final:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Jamie Caven

Kev continues his great run, confidence building all the time – with another big 6-2 win against his friend Jabba, a 139 checkout to end the game.  What great timing to have a long run, with less than 7 days until the Matchplay!  Come on The Artist!!

Semi Final:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Peter Wright 

Peter Wright starts this game with a break against Kev, and then holds for 2-0.  But then 3 legs on the trot as the Artist finds the form which has been so impressive this weekend.  At 3-3, a fantastic 11 dart leg from the Artist to stay one leg ahead, averaging 106+ at that point.  Quality darts.  5-4 to Kev and he’s still over 104 average, and he’s having to play both Snakebite and the crowd, the Germans always seem to love Snakebite and his hairstyles.  Wright has to take out 121 to stay in the game with Kevin sitting on a finish.   Unfortunately for Kev, Wright then hits 140, 140, 180, 41 to break and win in 11 darts.   

The Artist can hold his head up high though – the level of his game was high throughout, and Peter had to pull a miracle leg out to beat him at the end.

Kev vs Snakebite 2014 stats

Kev vs Snakebite 2014 stats

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Jul 05

Double Delight for the Artist; Euro Tour Qualifiers

Kevin Painter Qualifies for two Euro Tour Events in Double Header Qualifier

european darts grand prix 2014The Artist enjoyed double success as he qualified for the final two PDC European Tour events in Friday’s UK Qualifier double-header.

Former Players Championship Finals winner Painter overcame Arron Monk and Steve West in the Event Seven Qualifier, and then saw off Frankie Ansell and Glenn Spearing to secure his Leipzig spot.   Kevin joins UKSM team mates Andrew Gilding, Justin Pipe, Ian White and Jamie Caven at both of these European events.

European Tour Event Seven will be the European Darts Grand Prix, to be held from September 5-7 at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.  European Tour Event Eight will be the European Darts Trophy, which will take place from September 19-21 at the Kohlrabizirkus in Leipzig.

Tickets for European Tour events can be purchased through the PDC Europe website by clicking here.

euro darts trophy 2014European Tour Event Seven – UK Qualifier
Friday July 7, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Round 1:  Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Arron Monk
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Steve West

European Tour Event Eight – UK Qualifier
Friday July 7, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Round 1:  Bye
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Frankie Ansell
Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Glenn Spearing 

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Jun 30

The Artist Heading to the Matchplay

Kevin Painter Qualifies for the BetVictor Matchplay

Kevin qualifies for the 2014 World Matchplay in Blackpool as one of the top 16 pro tour order of merit players, joining the elite 32 who will play on the famous stage in Blackpool in July.

The draw will see him play in round 1 against 4th seed Simon Whitlock.

The tournament is shown live on Sky Sports, which guarantees The Artist a lot of quality TV exposure, and his management team at UK Sports Management will be happy to speak to any potential sponsors who wish to see their company promoted on prime time TV.

UPDATE:  TV schedule has been drawn up, and Kevin helps kick off the tournament in the first session Saturday evening;

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
First Round
Ian White v Terry Jenkins
Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
James Wade v Andy Smith

2014 BetVictor World Matchplay
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

betvictor matchplayMichael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Beaton
Ian White (16) v Terry Jenkins
Andy Hamilton (8) v Wayne Jones
Dave Chisnall (9) v Dean Winstanley
James Wade (5) v Andy Smith
Brendan Dolan (12) v Richie Burnett
Simon Whitlock (4) v Kevin Painter
Raymond van Barneveld (13) v Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor (2) v Darren Webster
Justin Pipe (15) v Michael Smith
Robert Thornton (7) v Paul Nicholson
Wes Newton (10) v Ronnie Baxter
Peter Wright (6) v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson (11) v Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis (3) v Andrew Gilding
Mervyn King (14) v Kim Huybrechts

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