World Masters History
THE BDO Winmau World Masters is the oldest established major darts tournament in the world and second only in importance to the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships.
It was first played in 1974, and the 2012 Masters will celebrate thirty-nine consecutive years of Winmau World Masters darts.
The live ESPN televised Men's Masters features the top sixteen ranked players in the BDO Invitation tables – guaranteeing the top players being on stage as an attraction to both venue and TV audiences.
Players from seventy-two countries are invited, including Champions from over 300 national and international singles events worldwide.
An estimated 5,000 darts fans, players and officials are expected to attend the 2012 World Masters.
There will be exclusive, live ESPN TV coverage of the Men's and Women's Masters over the weekend of Friday 12th October until Sunday 14th October.
The World Masters is unique in being the only official Singles Championships in world darts that has four separate stand-alone World titles in one weekend:
- Men’s Masters
- Women’s Masters
- Boys Masters
- Girls Masters.
This ensures the seamless link between the two BDO televised majors and clearly illustrates their importance to World darts and to the top men and women players around the globe.
An additional highlight of the world-class darts on offer at the City Hall will be the International Play-Offs for the Lakeside World Professional Championships (Men and Women) when an estimated three hundred players will compete for the remaining places in the 2013 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships (televised by BBC Sport and ESPN).