Hollywood’s Close Up! The Darts World Q&A.

Fresh from his appearance on our ‘Players Lounge’ Facebook Live last night Darts World thought readers might like another shot of Hollywood tittle-tattle:

Chris Dobey gives Darts World his quick fire answers.

FULL NAME: Christopher Dobey.

BIRTHDATE: 31st May 1990.

NICKNAME: Hollywood.

HOBBY:  Family time.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?  First interview after winning my game, didn’t know what to say.

BEST CHAT UP LINE? Never used chat up lines they come to me.

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MOMENT? Christmas as a kid.

FAVOURITE MATCH EVER? Darts? I would have to say Taylor v Lewis was an incredible game to watch I’m sure you can guess what one it was.

FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Nuts.

FAVOURITE SMELLS? Fruity Smells.

LEAST FAVOURITE SMELLS? Other people’s dropped guts.

FAVOURITE SOUND? Voice of my little boy.

WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? Being hungover.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? Food.

Surely a meeting with Big Al cannot be that hard to sort out?

FAVOURITE COLOUR? Blue.

FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? No more kids!

WHAT’S YOUR RINGTONE? iPhone ringtone. 

FAVOURITE FOODS? Chicken Madras/ Spaghetti Bolognese.

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate all day.

DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST? Don’t drive but no I wouldn’t.

DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? Definitely not.

STORMS – COOL OR SCARY? Cool.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION AND WHY? Tenerife as a family holiday it’s just so nice and it’s hot all year round. 

IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR HERO – DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO WOULD IT BE?  (Big Al) Alan Shearer.

FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Sloe Gin. 

FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK? Cherry Coke.

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN? Gemini.

TATTOOS COOL OR NOT COOL & IF YOU HAVE ONE WHAT’S YOUR BEST? Some are cool.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? I would have loved to be a footballer. 

IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE? Would never do it!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE? Football.

FAVOURITE MOVIES? Step Brothers/ Drop Dead Fred/ Happy Gilmour.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED? Trainers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER? I always had 10 as a football number so it was that but now I choose 13 as it’s my boy’s birthday.

FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH? Football/Darts.

IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO BE AN ANIMAL, WHICH ONE AND WHY? I would choose a dog as they are loved by all.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT DARTS? Oooh, there’s a lot of reasons to love the game but it would have to be the enjoyment of playing the game for me. I’ve not even been playing 10 years yet but I enjoy it a lot and so be where I am now is unbelievable.


Pix: Taylor Lanning

A Real Diamond? White’s Humour Shines Through.

Stoke-on-Trent’s Ian ‘Diamond’ White is not often thought to be one of darts’ natural entertainers. But those you know him, and his many twitter followers, often witness a different side to the likable major finalist. .

The crowds can look forward to Ian White’s dab celebration should he be victorious in the Matchplay!

Talking exclusively to Darts World, White revelled in discussing his quirky humour and where it comes from:

My era was Morecambe and Wise and it was like their sketch of Eric walking off at the end of the show

In his earlier days, playing in the BDO, Ian formed a successful partnership with fellow thrower Andy Bolton. Known as ‘A & Ian’ they would entertain as much with ‘madcap antics’ as with their impressive darts.

Ian added:

I’m a good character at exhibitions and on Twitter, everyone sees how much fun I am.

‘Whitey’ tends to show less of this personality on the big stages or during competitive Pro Tour days. As a former factory worker, he is well aware of his privileged position and knows that its his skill with tungsten, rather than his ‘sparkling wit’, that pays the bills.

He remarked:

But when I’m up on stage I’m up there to do a job. I don’t jump around the stage.

I might give it large if I win the game, that’s the extent of it though.“I know people went on about my quarter-final thing but at the end of the day I’ve got the best job in the world….


Pix: L Lustig / PDC

Read Phil Lanning’s full and exclusive conversation with Ian here.

Darts World Exclusive: Klaasen Reveals Secret To Home Tour Success!

EXCLUSIVE: JELLE KLAASEN has admitted he watches FISH to help keep his rhythm for PDC Home Tour glory.

Former BDO World Champion Jelle Klaasen has been showing signs of a return to form in 2020. The Home Tour seems to have have him hooked!

The former BDO World Champion takes on Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker in tonight’s group semi-final.

But The Cobra, 35, reveals that he has a special routine to help keep his glory hopes afloat in the online streaming event. He said: “I want to win and want to do my best. You can’t compare this to a normal tournament like get in the rhythm and play your normal game. 

“Now when someone finishes a leg you have to wait 20 seconds and the rhythm has gone. “I’ve been sometimes having an 11 or 12-dart leg, waiting 20 seconds and then starting the next leg with 45. I think if you can win this tournament but it’s totally different than normal events.

“It doesn’t matter who you play. If you play a fast player or slow player, you just have to play the board or yourself. “The rhythm isn’t a problem when you are playing the leg but in-between legs it’s like ‘what am I going to do now’. I can’t stand still and you lose the focus a little bit.

“I’ve got a big saltwater aquarium and every time between legs, I just sit down and look at the fish until Dan Dawson says ‘game on’ again.

“Normally the big fish is at the end of the leg, not at the beginning!

“I think the most difficult bit is when you listen to the commentator Dan and you are behind and he says ‘you have to win the next four legs’, that can ruin your game because normally we don’t hear that.”

Klaasen was the subject of a cheating storm after his opening group wins with many on social media claiming his winning tops dart wasn’t in the right bed. But the super-quick Dutch ace confirmed it was just a poor picture on his phone and that the dart was in. He added: “It would be nice if I could end the game with that finish, 10, 20, tops. Then I’d get my camera and zoom in to show everyone!

“The social media abuse has been like this for years for everyone. The problem is that people are betting on the games and if you lose a leg or a game and maybe they could have won £100, you get so many bad messages. “You never hear anything nice if you win the game and they win the money. It’s a little bit frustrating but the best thing is don’t reply to them. I really don’t care, if they lose the bet, it’s their fault not mine.

After recent injury troubles, Jelle has limited his practise to prevent a return of tendinitis.

“For me to win the tournament with that finish though, to have the last laugh would be nice.” Klaasen revealed that the coronavirus crisis came at the wrong time for him as he was finding excellent form after injury problems with tendinitis. He said: “I don’t practice that much because it’s a big risk to me because if I do too much I can get tendinitis back again.

“But I have done more practice the last few weeks and the arm feels fine and I’m happy with that, so I can practice a couple of hours a day.

“The good and the bad thing with this virus is when I’m at home I like to try different things. I changed my set-up a lot of times over the past few weeks, trying to find the perfect combination. It’s feeling good so I’m looking forward to the Home Tour semi-final. “I’m a little bit disappointed with the timing of the coronavirus. I was starting to play better and better, making the quarter-finals of the UK Open. I thought I would be doing better and going up the rankings.”


Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen

Nine Dart Nuggets: Who’s Missing? Who Stands Out and Who Dominates?

Since the start of the 2020 season there has been much comment on the regularity of 9-Dart Legs. These perfect moments are one of darts unique features and, as such, they are the source of much discussion. While looking into them we came across a few nuggets of 9-dart news that were too good not to share:

Lewis & Barney Head HappyBet German Darts Masters UK Qualifiers
Lewis & Barney – Twenty Perfect legs between them. Pic: L Lustig

Nine: How many times Nine?

Competitive and authenticated 9-dart legs have been struck by 131 different players between today in 1976 and 2020. Only thirty-six players have done it more than once. fifteen three-plus times and The Power, MVG and Jackpot are alone in the ‘double figures club’.

Eight: Oatcakes are the Key.

Stoke-on-Trent is the ‘official’ home of the nine dart hitter! Potteries natives, and adopted sons, have collected over forty perfect legs between them. Phil Taylor (21) Adrian Lewis (11) Ian White (5) and Andy Hamilton (3) lead the line for ‘The Potters’.

Seven: Nowt for the Count.

A glaring ommission?

Missing from the list are a number of legends both past and present. Ted Hankey, for example, has not recorded a ‘niner’. Less surprising are those who rose to fame before John Lowe’s breaking of the bogey. Martin Adams does not seem to have claimed a perfect moment despite multiple world and major titles.

Six: One Shot John?

Old Stoneface may have fired the starting gun, hitting the his TV nine darter in 1984, but did not register another. Despite playing at the highest level for another twenty years, after picking up £100,000 for being the first, John Lowe only features once. Perhaps the drop in prize money was too big!

Duzza holds a special place in the 9-Dart annals. Pic: Christopher Dean

Five: On a Pair.

Glen Durrant has a unique claim. He and Claire Stainsby hit the 9-Dart doubles leg during the British international Open in 2013. Glen also appears, solo, in our list. Thus Duzza, is the only person to have officially recorded perfect legs as part of a pair and whilst standing alone!

Four: The Iceman Not Yet Cometh.

Gerwyn Price is the highest ranked player not to have made his mark on the 9-Dart bedpost. The Welshman famously hit a ‘unofficial 9-darter’ between sessions during a televised match in 2019 but he has yet to hit one in the heat of battle.

Unicorn Darts is voted Best Darts Brand 2016
Perfect Darts? Unicorn seem to dominate the 9-Dart stats.

Three: Chasing Unicorns.

Unicorn darts can easily claim the greatest success rate, and barrel style, even a casual look at the table reveals that the first TV 9-darter, the first live UK 9 darter, the first Ally Pally and many more were completed by Unicorn men. Taylor, Barney, Jackpot, Wade, Anderson and White have hit many with their Unicorn barrels. A rough count gives them over 50 of darts great moments.

Two: Original & Unique.

Kyle Anderson stands out from other players toward the top of the list. The Australian has hit 6 ‘niners’, in his relatively short career, placing him seventh overall . He is yet to win a major trophy or even reach the final. He has claimed only a single Pro Tour level win and has not troubled the elite rankings in terms of the top ten, or even top sixteen,and is currently ranked outside the top forty. It should be remembered that he is only 32 years old, and may well have more to come.

Even with new arrows MVG hits a perfect note

One: Mighty Impressive!

MVG appears set to blow a hole in most of these stats. He is still only thirty, and at the peak of his powers, but has already hit the youngest TV ‘niner’ and the first World Championship one with a varied the route (he went T19 on his 6th dart). Micheal heads most lists, for total 9-darters hit, and has already added a couple more in recent times. The fact he has hit one, or more, with his new weapons should bode well for those wishing to see records broken and new ground struck.


9 Dart Stats, all events from 1976-2020, courtesy of: http://dartsdatabase.com