Painter Backing Young Talent

Just before Kevin travels to Germany for the next European tour event tomorrow, The Artist has praised the standard of young players emerging in the PDC, after getting involved in his own ‘youth development’ programme!

Kevin Painter with Ipswich Towns Simon Milton courtesy ITFC

Kevin Painter with Ipswich Towns Simon Milton courtesy ITFC

Painter has been amongst darts’ elite stars for the past 15 years, winning the 2011 Players Championship Finals and reaching the 2004 World Championship final.  As one of the sport’s long-serving stars, Painter has been at the forefront of the PDC’s amazing expansion into a £6 million-plus tour over the past decade, and he starred in the 2012 Premier League Darts.

Kevin, ranked 12th in the PDC Order of Merit, has enjoyed many great tussles with darts’ standard-setter Phil Taylor, and believes that the young players looking to emulate the World Champion are helping to raise the standard of top-level darts even higher.

“I’ve been playing pretty well recently, but you can certainly tell that the standards are improving ridiculously year on year,” said Painter.

“More and more younger players are getting involved in the sport, which is great to see, and it’s really improving the standards.”

Painter’s comments come as he announced his support for the Academy Association scheme at his beloved Ipswich Town FC, where he has become a high-profile supporter of the club’s youth development system.

“I thought it was a great initiative by the club and because I’m fortunate to be in a position to help out, I contacted Milts [Academy Sponsorship Manager Simon Milton] and got involved,” added Painter.

“It’s a nice gesture to be able to help the Academy out and I’m delighted to be involved.

“Ipswich have always been regarded as a club that produced top you players and that seems to have died down a bit recently, but hopefully this project will help recover that and we may have more and more top local players progressing through the Academy and into the first team.”

Painter’s support for the Academy Association was recognised when he was introduced on the Portman Road pitch ahead of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Yeovil Town, with the victory making his one of his rare visits to Ipswich especially memorable.

“Even though I know I can’t be there every week, I still buy a season ticket out of loyalty and I’m happy knowing that my money is going to the club,” he said.

“I go whenever I can but I get to around seven home games a season – Saturday fixtures are pretty much a write-off for me and I mainly rely on the midweek games.

“If it was up to me I would be there week in, week out, but unfortunately work commitments take over.”

Kevin Painter is pictured with Ipswich Town Academy Sponsorship Manager Simon Milton. Image courtesy of ITFC.
For further information on the Ipswich Town Academy Association, visit www.itfcacademy.com.

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Back to the Darts; The Artist at German Darts Championships

Back to the Darts; The Artist at German Darts Championships

german darts championshipTHE PDC ProTour returns to action this weekend with the year’s sixth European Tour event, the German Darts Championship at Halle 39 in Hildesheim.

The 64-player, £100,000 tournament will be the first ranking tournament since July’s BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool, and will see play across three days at Halle 39, which is staging its first event.

The first round will be split across two sessions on Friday, with play held on two stages at the venue. The second round will be held on Saturday, with the third round on Sunday afternoon before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place on Sunday evening.

Kevin joins the action as a seed in the first session, Friday afternoon, against fellow pro tour member Kevin Dowling on the main stage in front of probably thousands of German darts fans.  Unfortunately this tournament is NOT on TV, but we will obviously update scores here as they happen.   Kev has been busy on the exhibition circuit and practising to keep his focus on his game – and will be looking to do some damage in this first return to the circuit.

2013 German Darts Championship

September 6-8, Halle 39, Hildesheim

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Kevin Dowling

A close game.. Kevin’s 10×140’s probably being the main difference.  At 5-4 and with the throw Kev starts the leg really well. but leaves 3 .. he gets two goes at the dreaded 1 d1.. and hits second time for the win and to go into round 2.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Wes Newton

At 2-1 with throw, Kev takes out 50 and breaks for an early lead, 3-1, but then a bad start to the next throw sees Wes break back.  It’s a tight game from that point, going with throw.  Then at 5-4, Kev starts 140, 140, 125 on the Wes throw.. and hits 57 c/o to win the game.

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Justin Pipe

The first leg is very nervy, as it can be between two friends.   Justin breaks after 21 darts…  There were no 100’s from the Artist leg 1, then hits 140,100,180 on JP’s throw, but The Force hits 165 then 16 for the 2nd leg.  A second 180 for JP and he leaves 61 on the Painter throw, but Kev takes out 104 to hold.  On Justin’s throw Kev starts 136, 180.. pressuring the JP throw, and it’s a break back to level the game 2-2.  Kevin’s great scoring continues, a 140, then 137 on his throw and a 98 c/o to take the lead for the first time, 3-2.  Justin’s turn for a good leg, 140, 140, 100.. but gets stuck on the horrible 1 d1 left, and Painter breaks.   Justin holds in 12 .. then starts 180, 140, finishing with a 36 c/o to level the match 4-4.  Kevin hits another 180 himself and hits his 8 finish second time of asking to go 5-4 up.   Kevin runs out the winner after taking out 88, Justin missing his doubles to hold throw.

Round 4:  Kevin Painter 5-5 Dave Chisnall 

The first three legs go with throw – although Kevin had a dart to break in the third.  The 4th leg Kev hits 100, 140, 180, and tidies up for a great leg.  2-2.  The game continues with throw – unfortunately Chizzy won the bull so Kevin needs to break… Kevin takes it to the decider, but can he break?  No Chizzy manages to hold on, so Painter’s great run is over.  

Kevin will be playing next Saturday in Barnsley at the next Player Championships weekend.

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The Artist at the 2013 World Matchplay

The Artist at the 2013 World Matchplay

The Artist beats Jamie Lewis in Blackpool

The Artist beats Jamie Lewis in Blackpool (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Kevin took to the big Blackpool Winter Gardens stage in the full heat of the summer, following his friend Justin Pipe who had won his game 10-4 against Mark Webster.

Kevin had the dangerous young Welshman Jamie ‘Rasta’ Lewis to play, the first to 10 legs will reach the 2nd round.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 10-7 Jamie Lewis

Kevin wins, hitting 5x 180’s and 11x140s.  Kev goes into round 2 against the Wizard, Simon Whitlock, who beat Jelle Klaasen in his first round game.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 10-13 Simon Whitlock

The game is already turning into a real battle by the 2nd break, with nothing between the players, 5-5 and all to play for.  A cheeky 96 out shot using two d19’s from Whitlock fires Kev up to break back to level it just before the break.  In the three legs before the third break, Kev can’t buy a triple… and Whitlock takes advantage to take a lead.  Pure class from Painter.. 12-9 down, and he hits a fantastic 122 out, t18, t18, d7.   The Artist leaves 40 to break.. but Whitlock takes out 91 for the game.

Video:  Kevin is interviewed by the PDC after his 1st round win.

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Next TV Competition; World Matchplay

Next TV Competition; World Matchplay

All darts fans will be looking forward to this month’s World Matchplay, probably the 2nd most prestigious darts tournament in the world, when the top 32 players within the PDC play for the title and large prize fund.

The Winter Gardens is an amazing venue for darts, and fans and players alike love this fixture.  The top 16 players in the main order of merit are joined by the top 16 from ‘the floor’, ensuring it’s the very best players on form and class.

Kevin has been drawn against debutant Jamie Lewis, a dangerous young Welsh talent.  His fans will know The Artist plays best on the big stage in front of TV cameras, and they will hope his experience will tell.  Kevin plays his first round game on Sunday afternoon, just after his UKSM stable-mate Justin Pipe takes on Mark Webster.   The tournament is televised live on Sky Sports to hundreds of thousands of darts mad fans.

Tickets, priced from £20-£50 are available now by calling 0844 856 1111 and online via www.blackpoollive.co.uk, and can also be purchased through www.viagogo.co.uk. Hotel & Ticket packages can also be purchased through www.thomascooksport.com.

BetVictor World Matchplay Schedule of Play
Saturday July 20 (7pm-11pm)
First Round

Pdc world matchplay

Kevin plays Jamie ‘Rasta’ Lewis on the Blackpool stage

Terry Jenkins v Andy Smith
Raymond van Barneveld v Mensur Suljovic
James Wade v John Part
Simon Whitlock v Jelle Klaasen

Sunday July 21
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
First Round
Justin Pipe v Mark Webster
Kevin Painter v Jamie Lewis
Kim Huybrechts v Peter Wright
Brendan Dolan v Steve Beaton

BetVictor World Matchplay
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

Phil Taylor (1) v Stuart Kellett
Terry Jenkins (16) v Andy Smith
Raymond van Barneveld (8) v Mensur Suljovic
Justin Pipe (9) v Mark Webster
Simon Whitlock (5) v Jelle Klaasen
Kevin Painter (12) v Jamie Lewis
James Wade (4) v John Part
Mervyn King (13) v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Colin Lloyd
Kim Huybrechts (15) v Peter Wright
Wes Newton (7) v Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall (10) v Paul Nicholson
Andy Hamilton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Robert Thornton (11) v Ian White
Adrian Lewis (3) v Ronny Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan (14) v Steve Beaton

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Darts Results; The Artist at the Euro Championships

Kevin closeup euro champs 2013Kevin Painter tonight plays in the Partypoker European Darts Championships in Germany, and it will be televised live on ITV4.  It’s the last game on, so settle down and enjoy the night of darts – and we’re sure ‘Team Painter’ will be cheering on their man tonight as he takes on the three times world champion John Part.

Kevin has been on his twitter yesterday thanking his fans for their well wishes, and he’s more than up for the game tonight.  Kevin’s UKSM stablemate Justin Pipe also plays tonight, opening the action against the Fin Jani Haavisto.

PartyPoker.net European Championship

Friday July 5 – Kevin on approx 10.30pm

First Round:  Kevin Painter 6-4 John Part

Kevin starts fantastically.. 180, and then another 180 to excite the crowd.  At the first break, The Artist is taking control, 4-1 up with two more legs for the game.  A huge 170 checkout from Part got him back in the game a little against the run of play, but Kevin didn’t let another near 170 c/o put him off his game, and he came out the solid winner.  Kevin’s average of 94.91 was the best of the evening session – the heat was immense and effected all the players to some extent.

“We always seem to have great games and this was another battle, I thought I had it wrapped up at 4-1 but John came back well and had me sweating there – if he’d hit that second 170 I’d have probably walked off stage and gone home!  I had to hold myself together and make sure I didn’t make any mistakes on my throw in the latter stages, and I did that well so I’m delighted to get the win.” – Kevin after their game.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 4-10 Adrian Lewis  

Lewis hardly missed a thing, hitting a 100+ average to beat The Artist tonight.  Kev hit a 90+ ave, and was 40% on his checkouts, but that wasn’t enough against an inspired Lewis throwing his best.  £5,000 won from this event, a good warm-up before the serious business of the world Matchplay later this month.

The sixth European Championship is being held July 4-7 at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany – as 32 players challenge to take the title.  ITV4’s coverage of the tournament will run alongside their broadcasts from the Tour De France, meaning that they are unable to show the whole European Championship live.  As such, the event will now be streamed in its entirety through LIVEPDC.TV, allowing fans inside the UK & Ireland to see the full event.

LIVEPDC.TV Subscriptions cost just £2.99 a month or £24.99 per year for UK & Ireland-based viewers, with International Pass subscriptions for all other areas costing £4.99 per month and £49.99 per year – while Annual Subscriptions also entitle fans to purchase Priority Tickets for major PDC events.

Kevin vs John Part

Kevin vs John Part

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TV Tournaments; The Artist at the European Championships

TV Tournaments; The Artist at the European Championships

The sixth European Championship will be held from July 4-7 at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany – as 32 players challenge to take the title.  ITV4′s coverage of the tournament will run alongside their broadcasts from the Tour De France, meaning that they are unable to show the whole European Championship live.  As such, the event will now be streamed in its entirety through LIVEPDC.TV, allowing fans inside the UK & Ireland to see the full event.

Kevin Painter will have to patiently wait for his chance on the main stage, as he closes off the first round in his game on Friday night, taking on the three time world champion John Part.

Broadcast times within the UK & Ireland will be as follows:

Thursday July 4
8pm-11pm Live on ITV4

Partypoker euro champs 2013

Watch ITV4 Friday night to see Kevin in action against John Part

7pm-11pm Full Session on LIVEPDC.TV

Stuart Kellett v Ronny Huybrechts
Jamie Caven v Dave Chisnall
Colin Lloyd v Peter Wright
Robert Thornton v Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Vincent van der Voort
Raymond van Barneveld v Tomas Seyler
James Wade v Mark Webster

Friday July 5
8pm-11pm Live on ITV4
7pm-11pm Full Session on LIVEPDC.TV

Jani Haavisto v Justin Pipe
Max Hopp v Paul Nicholson
Andy Hamilton v Terry Jenkins
Ronnie Baxter v Mervyn King
Wes Newton v Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen v Kurt Van De Rijck
Adrian Lewis v Mensur Suljovic
Kevin Painter v John Part

LIVEPDC.TV Subscriptions cost just £2.99 a month or £24.99 per year for UK & Ireland-based viewers, with International Pass subscriptions for all other areas costing £4.99 per month and £49.99 per year – while Annual Subscriptions also entitle fans to purchase Priority Tickets for major PDC events.

The tournament is also being screened worldwide through the following broadcasters:

  • RTL7 Netherlands
  • Sport1 Germany
  • Fox Sports Australia
  • Sky New Zealand

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The Artist in Europe; Gibraltar Darts Trophy Results

The Artist in Europe; Gibraltar Darts Trophy Results

Kev vs Wade in Gibraltar

Kev vs Wade in Gibraltar on the live stream

Kevin continued his good form with a win in the first round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.  The £100,000 European Tour event kicks off with play on two stages, with games from the main stage in the Tercentenary Hall being streamed live worldwide

The tournament will also be streamed live online worldwide through LIVEPDC.TV and WilliamHill.com.  Sign up now to LIVEPDC.TV and enjoy the Gibraltar Darts Trophy LIVE this weekend!   

The Artist will be looking forward to tomorrow’s game, and hopefully continuing a run all the way to the final, with £20,000 first prize on offer.
 
Live Scores
Fans can follow live scores from all matches in the event through the Darts, Beers & Cheers live scores page here: http://www.pdc-darts.co.uk/index.php/watch-live/live-scores/

Gibraltar Darts Trophy European Tour Event Five

Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-1  Mensur Suljovic

From Official PDC site; Kevin Painter swept into the Gibraltar Darts Trophy third round with a 6-1 victory over Austria’s Mensur Suljovic. Painter took out 114 to win the opening leg, hit a 180 in the second and added another maximum and a 96 finish to lead 3-0. A pair of tops finishes moved him to the brink of victory at 5-0, although he would miss four match darts in the next as Suljovic avoided a whitewash by landing double two – but the relief was short-lived as Painter hit double 12 for a comfortable win.

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 6-3 James Wade 

From Official PDC site; Kevin took out 130 on the bull to take the opener, before Wade set up a possible nine-darter in the second, landing a 177 and a 180 before hitting the opening treble 20 of a 144 combination, but he missed the eighth dart of the finish, before returning to complete the leg and level. The next two were also shared, and though Wade hit a 180 in the fifth leg, Painter took out 64 to move 3-2 up before securing a key first break in the sixth by taking out 88 after Wade missed a dart at tops. Painter opened the seventh leg with a 180 before finishing double 16 for a 5-2 lead, and though Wade produced a sparkling 14-darter to keep his hopes alive – hitting a 171 and tops – the former Players Championship Finals winner sealed his quarter-final spot with a 117 checkout.

1/4 Finals:  Kevin painter 5-6 Jamie Lewis

Kevin’s run in the tournament ends in the quarter finals against the Welsh sensation Jamie ‘Rasta’ Lewis.

Gibraltar darts stage

Gibraltar darts stage

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Crawley Results and European Championships Draw

Crawley Results and European Championships Draw

Another weekend work for the Artist, as he played in the 5th and 6th PDC Player Championships floor tournaments in Crawley.

Saturday Results

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (27) 6-0 Paul Barham
Round 2:  Kevin Painter 6-5 Paul Amos
Round 3:
 Kevin Painter 6-2 Jamie Caven
Round 4:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Adrian Lewis
1/4 Final:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Terry Temple
Semi Final:  Peter Wright 6-3 Kevin Painter

Sunday Results

Round 1:  Tony West 6-2 Kevin Painter

So the weekend saw Kevin reached his second semi-final on the PDC ProTour in 2013, which included excellent wins over Jamie Caven and Adrian Lewis before losing to Wright in the last four, as the Lowestoft thrower was forced to average over 106 to end his hopes.  Still £2,500 added to the rankings, so not a bad day in the office.

In the coming European Championships – an event held in Germany and televised on ITV4, Kevin has been drawn to face three time world champion, John Part.   The tournament is held at the RWE Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany from July 4-7.

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First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket
Phil Taylor (1) v Vincent van der Voort
Stuart Kellett v Ronny Huybrechts
Raymond van Barneveld (8) v Tomas Seyler
Robert Thornton v Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock (5) v Kim Huybrechts
Colin Lloyd v Peter Wright
James Wade (4) v Gary Anderson
Jamie Caven v Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Kurt Van De Rijck
Ronnie Baxter v Mervyn King
Wes Newton (7) v Jelle Klaasen
Jani Haavisto v Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton (6) v Terry Jenkins
Max Hopp v Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis (3) v Mensur Suljovic
Kevin Painter v John Part

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The Artist in Bolton; UK Open 2013

The Artist in Bolton; UK Open 2013

Kevin Painter beats Gary Anderson at 2013 UK Open

Kevin Painter beats Gary Anderson at 2013 UK Open (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Kevin Painter started his 2013 UK Open finals campaign with a very solid win against qualifier Jason Hogg, who had brought a lot of support along with him for his big night in the third round.

The Artist had of course skipped the first two rounds on Thursday, due to his top 32 qualification during the eight qualifiers on the floor, so he could relax in the Bolton sun Thursday preparing for his game.   That preparation worked wonders, as Kevin confidently too his game 9-1, and put his name into the open draw for the last 32 fourth round.

Round 3:  Kevin Painter 9-1 Jason Hogg

That draw saw Kevin pulled out against Gary Anderson, who had won a tight game on the main stage.   They play on Saturday afternoon, live on Sky Sports in the 3rd game of the day.

Watch Live / Highlights

LIVEPDC.TV International Pass Subscribers (outside of the UK, Ireland & Holland) can also watch live coverage from the whole tournament.

Saturday June 8 Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Fourth Round (Last 32)

Best of 17 legs, played across four boards.

Round 4:  Kevin Painter 9-7 Gary Anderson

What an amazing performance from the Artist, taking on the much fancied Gary Anderson, and beating him when it came right down to the wire.   Kevin was very happy with the outcome of a really tough game, and thanks his fans for the messages of support.

Gary’s up there with MvG and Mr T in my opinion but he gave me chances by missing doubles.  As you know I will NEVER give up! – The Artist after his win this afternoon

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Round 5 (Last 16):  Kevin Painter 6-9 Adrian Lewis

What a draw for the Artist, taking on former world champ Lewis after both of them had epic games already today.  Live on Sky Sports from 7pm onwards…

UPDATE: It wasn’t to be… The double world champ managed to keep his nose ahead through the game, and Kevin, gracious in defeat, wished him all the best on his twitter after the game.

Kevin Painter at 2013 UK Open (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Kevin Painter at 2013 UK Open (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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The Artist at the Austrian Darts Open 2013

The Artist at the Austrian Darts Open 2013

austrian darts openKevin continues a busy time by taking part in another PDC European Tour event this long weekend, kicking off the Austrian Darts Open as the first game on the main stage.

Live Scores
Although there is no live streaming of the Austrian Darts Open, fans can follow live scores from all matches in the event through the PDC Live Scores Website at http://live.dartsdata.com.

Austrian Darts Open European Tour Event Four
Friday May 31
First Round  Afternoon Session (1pm-6pm)

Main Stage
Round 1:  Kevin Painter 6-4 Terry Temple

Kevin makes a winning start, and will play in round 2 Saturday – make sure you bookmark to keep up to date with his results.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 4-6 Raymond van Barneveld

Kevin’s weekend ends Saturday night – he came back against Barney after going behind at the start of the game, but it wasn’t quite enough.

You will next see Kevin play at the UK Open finals in Bolton, which is televised live on Sky Sports!

Kevin Painter in Austria 2013

Kev greeting the Austrian fans during his walk-on (Pic Peter Holczer)

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