BDO players who competed in last month’s World Championship have finally started to receive their prize money from the flagship competition, despite the 28-day deadline passing last weekend.
It was revealed just days before the tournament began at the Indigo at the O2 that there would be reductions in prize money due to disappointing ticket sales and the failure to obtain a title sponsor, although the extent of the cuts were not confirmed until after the tournament concluded.
Details of the prize fund were revealed three days after Wayne Warren became the oldest winner of the BDO World Championship, although the Welshman has only received £23,000 for his triumph, which is £77,000 down on the figure Glen Durrant pocketed for his 2019 success.
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, and whilst the men’s prize fund was slashed by almost 60%, the women’s prize fund was cut by around 10%.
However, in a statement released last week, The BDO Board of directors insisted that the circuit will continue despite ‘several setbacks’ over recent months, before adding that they will be holding meetings today (February 11) with venues, broadcasters and other potential commercial partners.
Players were assured in a contract that ‘any prize money awarded at the World Professionals will be paid out by way of a BACS payment within 28 days of the conclusion of the World Championship‘, although that 28-day period elapsed on Sunday February 9.
As a result, several players, including Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth – took to social media to confirm they were yet to receive payment, with Dean Winstanley posting a thread on Facebook asking for clarification regarding the prize money situation.
Nevertheless, news filtered through via social media on Tuesday afternoon that payments were starting to be made, with world champion Warren, former World Master Adam Smith-Neale and Dave Parletti among the players who have received their prize money.
It is believed that the payments are structured and therefore some players will not receive their prize money until Wednesday February 12, although the BDO are yet to provide official confirmation of when all players will be paid in full.