Des Jacklin recently spoke to the Weekly Dartscast about the BDO World Championship and revealed some exciting news about next year’s tournament in the process.

Jacklin revealed that from the 2020 BDO World Championship; the ladies prize fund will be doubled in a move sure to please players and fans alike.

The BDO Chairman revealed that it will go from £29,000 to £54,000; with most rounds set to double in prize money as a result. The men’s though will stay the same at £300,000.

“The men’s prize fund will stay the same at £300,000,” Jacklin said. “The ladies’ prize fund will be almost doubled.

“So we’ll be going from £29,000 to £54,000 for the ladies. The way that will be broken down is the first round, second round (quarter-finals), semi-finals and runner-up, the prize money will all double.

“The winner’s prize fund will go from £12,000 to £20,000.”

Format change

The ladies’ game has massively improved in standard and stature; with similar calls being made for a format change meaning the ladies play for best of five sets and while not confirming it will happen; Des Jacklin was very much hopeful it will be extended.

“I certainly hope so,” he said. “It’ll be something I’m pushing for. I think the ladies’ format increasing would be the correct thing to do.

“It’s not just our decision. It’s down to the scheduling, but I think it is most likely that the schedule will allow us to increase how long we see the ladies play for.”

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Author: Samuel Gill