Newly crowned BDO world champion Wayne Warren will receive just £23,000 for his triumph at the Indigo O2 on Sunday – a staggering 77% reduction compared to the prize pot on offer to last year’s champion.
Ahead of the BDO’s flagship competition, chairman Des Jacklin revealed that there would be cuts in prize money due to poor ticket sales and the failure to obtain a title sponsor, although exact figures were not specified, which drew inevitable criticism from players and fans alike.
Reports suggested that the men’s winner would trouser £50,000, although during the tournament there was mounting speculation that the figure had dropped to £23,000 and those worst fears were confirmed after players received an email in the early hours of Wednesday detailing the prize fund.
Warren’s sum of £23,000 is the lowest for a winner of the BDO Men’s World Championship since Jocky Wilson received £20,000 for defeating Eric Bristow in the 1989 final, with Phil Taylor remarkably scooping more than Warren for winning the first of his 16 world titles THIRTY years ago.
In a candid interview with BBC Wales following his success, Warren claimed he had no idea what he would pocket for his exploits, admitting that the fact he wouldn’t scoop the same £100,000 afforded to recent winners – including last year’s champion Glen Durrant, was ‘heartbreaking’.
Fallon Sherrock – who opted to withdraw from last week’s tournament due to the uncertainty surrounding the showpiece, received £2,000 more than 57-year-old Warren for reaching the third round at last month’s PDC World Championship.
Runner-up Jim Williams’ sum of £10,000 is £5,000 less than seeded players at Alexandra Palace accrued for losing their opening matches, whilst the figure of £5,000 for reaching the semi-finals is less than players earn for reaching a final on the PDC Pro Tour.
Men’s quarter-finalists will walk away with £4,000, whilst those who lost out in the last 16, including former PDC World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton, will collect £3,000. Players who were beaten in the last 32 will pick up £2,000, with a paltry £1,500 afforded to first-round losers.
In terms of the women’s prize fund, it was revealed that Mikuru Suzuki will earn £10,000 for retaining her World Championship title, which was better than initially feared. Suzuki pocketed £12,000 for her success last year, although Jacklin had vowed to increase that figure to £20,000 in 2020.
Lisa Ashton receives £4,500 for reaching her sixth World Championship final, whilst 16-year-old Beau Greaves and Australian qualifier Corrine Hammond each pick up £2,000 for reaching the last four. Quarter-finalists will receive £1,000, with first round losers entitled to £500.
In total, the men’s prize fund is down a whopping 57.7% from 2019, with the ladies’ prize money cut by a more slender 8.6%. The total breakdown can be viewed below.
BDO Prize Fund breakdown
Men’s Prize Fund
Runner Up: £10,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 40: £1,500
Women’s Prize Fund
Runner up: £4,500
Last 16: £500