Darts is a popular fun game that anyone can play. The game is played professionally and is also a loved pub game. The game’s target is to hit the bull’s eye, and as easy as it may sound, it’s not that easy to do. However, the gratification obtained from hitting the bull’s eye is what makes the game a loved sport.
The game has some of the best players in the world, and if you are wondering who are the best darts players currently, we have you covered. So here’s the countdown of the top 10 best dart players ever.
10. Peter Wright
In our list of best darts players of all time, Peter falls at number 10. Wright is known for his flamboyant personality and his multicolored Mohawk hairstyle. His nickname is Snakebite for his love for snakes.
Peter is now a two-time PDC World Darts Championship winner and ranks No. 2 in the PDC Order of Merit as of March 2023. Peter Wright‘s net worth is estimated to be around $3.6 million.
9. Adrian Lewis
Adrian is a veteran of the darts world and is also known for his moniker Jackpot. He is considered to be one of the best. He still continues to play and has appeared in the 18 World Darts Championship.
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Adrian Lewis won nine TV titles, including his two back-to-back PDC World Championship wins in 2011 and 2012. He has been a mainstay in the PDC World Rankings, and his accolades speak for themselves.
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8. John Part
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, the former professional darts player and current commentator John Part stands at No. 8 among the top 10 best darts players ever. He is nicknamed Darth maple.
John is a three-times World Champion, having won the 1994 BDO World Darts Championship in his debut year and the PDC World Championship in 2003 and 2008. He is known to be the greatest darts player in North America.
7. Dennis Priestley
Next up in our rankings is Dennis Priestley, whose nickname is The Menace. The former coal merchant turned professional darts player when he was 40 years old.
Priestley won the 1991 Embassy World Championship. He became the BDO World Champion in 1991 and won PDC World Champion in 1994. Dennis was the longtime rival to Phil Taylor and was named “darting soulmate” in Taylor’s biography.
6. John Lowe
Despite being one heck of a good player, Lowe stayed away from the spotlight. He was from Tupton, United Kingdom. He was one of only six players to have won the World Championship more than three times.
This is the only time one player had the most BDO and WDF trophies together, I was World Champion and England Captain, this was the Greyhound Hotel Danesmoor, Clay Cross, a wonderful display, and history of the sport. pic.twitter.com/8JtY5N6D0w
— John Lowe M.B.E. (@jloweprodart) March 8, 2023
John Lowe won the World Championship in three different decades, i.e., 1979, 1987, and 1993. He won third place in the 1995 PDC World Championship. Lowe is known to be one of the best players in the darts world.
5. Gary Anderson
The two times back-to-back PDC World Champion, Gary Anderson, is known for his smoothest throws and heavy scoring. His nickname is The Flying Scotsman.
Anderson reached the semifinal of the BDO World Championship in 2003. As of March 2023, he is at No. 22 in the PDC Order of merit.
4. Raymond Van Barneveld
The No.4 of the greatest darts player of all time goes to Raymond Van Barneveld, who is nicknamed Barney. From January to June 2008, Raymond was the world’s number-one ranked player.
As one of the most successful Dutch darts players, Barneveld has a significant role in darts’ rising popularity. He currently stays at No. 31 in the PDC Order of Merit as of March 2023. Furthermore, Raymond Van Barneveld’s net worth is estimated to be $6,075,250.
3. Eric Bristow
The late Eric Bristow was the greatest player during the 70s and 80s. The Crafty Cockney is one unforgettable name in darting history. He was 5 times BDO World Champion in the years 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, and 1986.
Bristow was the semifinalist of the PDC World Championship in 1997. Unfortunately, he died on April 5, 2018, due to a heart attack.
2. Michael Van Gerwen
According to the PDC Order of Merit, Michael Van Gerwen, a dutch professional darts player, currently ranks No. 3 in the world. Recently, in March 2023, Michael won his third Premier League in a row.
Gerwen stands second in our ranking as the greatest darts player who has won three PDC World Championships in 2014, 2017, and 2019. The PDC’s ranking is based on the prize money won over a two-year period in ranking tournaments, but we are looking past that.
No matter where his rankings are in the table, Michael is known as the ‘Darts Prodigy.’ He has been playing darts for over two decades now and had dominated darts and is continuing to do so. Furthermore, Michael Van Gerwen’s net worth is $6 million. Also, learn about Michael’s spouse Daphne Van Gerwen.
1. Phil Taylor
Meet the untouchable god of darts, Philip Douglas Taylor, who is considered to be the best among the best. Few other players have defeated Phil, but none has come close to eclipsing records.
Taylor, who is nicknamed The Power, dominated darts for over two decades and won 214 professional tournaments, including 85 major titles and a record of 16 World Championships.
Not just achievements, if you watch him play, you will understand why Phil is termed the no. 1 player in darts. He can hit the bull’s eye with his eyes closed. Literally.
Phil Taylor’s career achievement isn’t the only thing that makes him the best darts player of all time. His throws, techniques, and craftsmanship are admired by many. He deserves his title as the No. 1 darts player of all time. Talking about his earning, Phil Taylor’s net worth is $10 million.
Though he retired in 2018, Phil appeared in the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship. He is still a much respected yet feared opponent. We wish to see darts receive much greater recognition in the coming future, and with their growing popularity, it is only a matter of time.