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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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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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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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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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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The Artist Qualifies for Gibraltar

Kevin took part in the first two European Tour qualifiers at the weekend in Wigan, and had a good second bite at the cherry as he qualified for the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.  

Kevin was disappointed with his performance in the early afternoon German darts champs qualifier, but he got his head back together and put on a much better show in the 2nd event of a LONG day.  Kevin’s qualifying game was against recent BDO switcher Alan Norris, who had already hit a 9 darter that day, so was in great form himself.

German Darts Championship – ET1
UK Qualifier

First Round:  Kevin Painter Bye
Second  Round:  John Scott 6-3 Kevin Painter

Gibraltar Darts Trophy – ET2
UK Qualifier

First Round:  Kevin Painter Bye
Second  Round:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Richie Howson
Third Round:  Kevin Painter 6-2 Alan Norris

The Euro tour events come with an increased prize fund in 2015;


European Tour Events

Winner £25,000
Runner-Up £10,000
Semi-Finalists £5,000
Quarter-Finalists £3,500
Third Round Losers £2,000
Second Round Losers £1,500
First Round Losers £1,000
Total £115,000 per event

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Darts Shop Open

Kevin Painter is pleased to announce his new darts shop is open, where you can browse and buy from thousands of darts equipment items.

Exclusive merchandise will be added soon, but you can already buy a huge range of Unicorn and other brand darts, boards, flights, stems, and other essentials.  Obviously Kevin’s own Unicorn darts are available too.

It’s all powered by the trusted Darts Shop Network, and shipping is fast (same day possible).

Kevin Painter's darts shop

Kevin Painter’s darts shop

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William Hill 2015 World Championships

The  world championships are here – the BIGGEST and best darts tournament in the world, and Kevin goes into the tournament as 20th seed, with many happy memories of playing on the world stage.  With a huge £250,000 first prize, and £1.25 Million on offer as the prize fund, it’s the biggest pot of cash in darts EVER.

Kevin starts the tournament drawn against the winner of a foreign qualifier prelim.

Round 1:  Kevin Painter (20) 3-1 Boris Koltsov

(3-0, 0-3, 3-0, 3-0)

Painter made a comfortable start to his game with the Russian – who had earlier won his preliminary round match against Haruki Muramatsu 4-2 – taking the first three legs, including a 110 finish in the second leg and a 52 outshot to clinch it.  Koltsov then produced an inspired second set, with the Russian taking the first leg, before breaking the throw with a double 16 after Painter had missed doubles himself.

In his best leg of the match, Koltsov then hit two 180s and managed to land a double nine to claim a 3-0 set and level the match.  Painter, though, responded by taking the next six legs on the spin, including a double 16 and a brilliant 138 outshot that claimed the third set.

The fourth set went the same way, with Painter back on song with his finishing when taking out 78 and 110 before completing the job for a second round tie with another international qualifier, Cristo Reyes from Spain.

Match Information
First Set 3-0 –
Easy start for Painter as he would have hoped for. Takes out 110 in the second and 52 in the third.
Second Set 0-3 – Big surprise from the Russian and Koltsov sweeps the set, breaking a wasteful Painter in the second leg, before hitting two 180s in the final leg.
Third Set 3-0 – Painter recovers in good fashion with a clean the set – taking out 57 before a brilliant 138 to wrap it up.
Fourth Set 3-0 – Painter clinches it with another sweeped set. More good finishing, this time a 78 and a 110 before easing over the line in comfort.

Round 2:  Kevin Painter 3-4 Cristo Reyes

Kevin Painter 2015 World Championships

Kevin wins his first round game at the worlds (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)


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The Artist to play International Qualifier at the World Champs

THE draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship first round was made at 12.30pm today (Tues 2nd Dec).

The 72 player tournament will be held from December 18-January 4 at London’s Alexandra Palace, with play spanning the festive period live on the Sky Sports Darts channel.  The preliminary round draw was made in advance of the first round draw, pitting the International Qualifiers against each other as they bid to win through to the first round proper.

Kevin was drawn against the winner of a prelim between two international qualifiers, Boris Koltsov (Russia) v Haruki Muramatsu (Japan), and the game will take place on Sunday 21st Dec, last game in the afternoon session.  The Artist will of course be the favourite whoever he plays, but he’ll be practicing hard and take nothing for granted.

Sunday December 21
Afternoon Session

12.40pm Paul Nicholson (25) v Benito van de Pas
2.15pm Boris Koltsov v Haruki Muramatsu (P)
3.00pm Mark Webster (31) v Ron Meulenkamp
4.00pm Dean Winstanley (26) v Wayne Jones
5.00pm Kevin Painter (20) v Boris Koltsov/Haruki Muramatsu

William Hill World Darts Championship
First Round Draw

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Joe Cullen
Stuart Kellett (32) v Viljanen/Stein
Terry Jenkins (16) v John Weber
Justin Pipe (17) v Lawrence Ryder
Dave Chisnall (8) v Ryan De Vreede
Paul Nicholson (25) v Benito van de Pas
Robert Thornton (9) v Andrew Gilding
Ronnie Baxter (24) v Mackenzie/Gurney
Peter Wright (5) v Gerwen Price
Andy Smith (28) v Ronny Huybrechts
Andy Hamilton (12) v Dave Richardson
Steve Beaton (21) v Kyle Anderson
Gary Anderson (4) v McGrath/Kirchner
Jelle Klaasen (29) v Christian Kist
Wes Newton (13) v Perez/Reyes
Kevin Painter (20) v Koltsov/Muramatsu
Phil Taylor (2) v Jyhan Artut
Mark Webster (31) v Ron Meulenkamp
Ian White (15) v Haavisto/Michael
Kim Huybrechts (18) v Mickey Mansell
Simon Whitlock (7) v Darren Webster
Dean Winstanley (26) v Wayne Jones
Mervyn King (10) v Max Hopp
Vincent van der Voort (23) v John Henderson
James Wade (6) v Jamie Lewis
Stephen Bunting (27) v Wattimena/Marijanovic
Brendan Dolan (11) v Arendse/Hon
Michael Smith (22) v Mensur Suljovic
Adrian Lewis (3) v David Pallett
John Part (30) v Keegan Brown
Raymond van Barneveld (14) v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jamie Caven (19) v Jason Hogg

Preliminary Round Draw
Christian Perez (Philippines) v Cristo Reyes (Spain)
Jani Haavisto (Finland) v John Michael (Greece)
Nolan Arendse (South Africa) v Alex Hon (Hong Kong)
Boris Koltsov (Russia) v Haruki Muramatsu (Japan)
Kim Viljanen (Finland) v Sascha Stein (Germany)
Mark McGrath (New Zealand) v Scott Kirchner (USA)
Jermaine Wattimena (Netherlands) v Robert Marijanovic (Croatia)
Scott Mackenzie (Hong Kong) v Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland)

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The Artist in Minehead; Player Champs Finals

Get the TV on ITV4 this Friday/Weekend, as it’s the Player Championship finals in Minehead, and Kevin is looking to repeat his win of three years ago.

The £300,000 tournament features the top 32 players from the 2014 PDC ProTour Order of Merit, based on prize money won in Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events this year.

The first round sees eight matches in the afternoon session and eight games in the evening session, all live on ITV4.  Kevin plays 3rd in the afternoon, after his UKSM team-mates Ian White, Jabba, and Justin Pipe play.

Cash Converters Players Championship Finals
Friday November 28, Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

First Round:  Kevin Painter 5-6 Brendan Dolan

0-1: Slow start to the game from both players before Painter takes out 108 on tops to break in the opening leg.
0-2: Dolan misses the bull for a second straight leg and Painter punishes by taking out 85 on double ten.
1-2: Painter misses double ten for a 91 finish and Dolan returns to hit double eight with his final dart to take his first leg of the match.
1-3: Painter regains his two leg advantage as he takes out 41.
2-3: Dolan misses three darts at double 18 before Painter misses the same amount at double 16. Dolan returns to hit double nine and seal his second leg of the game.
3-3: Painter misses the bull for an 81 checkout and Dolan returns to take out 106 on tops.
4-3: Third straight leg for Dolan as he takes out 75 on double 12 to take the lead for the first time in the match.
5-3: Painter misses the bullseye for a 167 and Dolan punishes again as he takes out 121, brilliant darts!
5-4: Dolan misses three darts at double 12 and Painter returns to take out 110, the fourth ton-plus checkout of the match!
5-5: Painter takes out 55 on tops to take the game into a deciding leg.
6-5: Painter misses double 16 and Dolan returns to take out 48 on double eight to seal the win in a dramatic deciding leg.

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships

Kevin at the 2014 Player Championships (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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