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Article: CHAMP IS BACK FOR 2023!


The Worthington Champion of Champions will once again return to the Depot in Cardiff, as the news of the world style competition returns for 2023, with Finals Day taking place on the 26th of August.

The total prize fund is a whopping £34,500 with £10,000 to the Champion and new to this year's tournament is the Pairs Event. 8 Teams from selected venues will battle it out for a £2,000 prize for the first time. Every match at the Champion of Champions is a best of 3 leg format with a bull up at the start to decide who throws first. You don’t throw for the bull again if the score reaches 1-1 in any round.

Alec Small dropped no legs from the Semi Finals onwards in defeating Robert Owen and Scott Bayliss in the Final (2-0) to become the latest winner of the competition, which returned after a 3-year absence in 2022.

Previous winners include former World Champion Gerwyn Price, 2021 Premier League winner Jonny Clayton, BDO World Finalist Jim Williams, Ryan Searle, Paul Hogan and the very first Champion Steve Degville in 2014.

New to this year, the Champion of Champions event will welcome a pair events. 8 teams from selected venues have competed in a Pairs event to qualify for the Finals in Champs. The Final will be played on the stage with the winner picking up a £2,00 winner’s purse.

The concept behind the competition goes back to 1927 when the News of the World Championship became a major organised competition. It went on to become England’s first national darts competition in 1947 before it became a more international tournament as the years went by. The event was discontinued in 1990 but briefly returned during 1996/97.

Anyone can play in the 2023 Red Dragon Champion of Champions, with 256 selected venues set to be announced later in the year. The winners of each competition at the selected venues will make their way to the Depot in Cardiff for Final’s Day, with the qualifiers set to kick start at the beginning of summer.

£10,000 will be up for grabs to the winner in the Welsh capital, with the competition last August including some current PDC Tour card holders. Martin Lukeman who made his debut at the World Matchplay last year lost in the Quarter Finals, with 2022 Challenge Tour No 2 Robert Owen and Connor Scutt also involved.

The tournament will partner with Worthington’s once more this year, with Red Dragon organising the competition. The participation fee will be £5, and you can play as many events as you like with only players over 18 allowed to compete. If you become a Champion at a venue you cannot play in another subsequent event.

More information will be released later in the year about the 2023 Worthington’s Champion of Champions. Good luck to all players who are looking to take part this year!

By Harry Masterson

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