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For Grant and fellow lovers of the BDO star.

PDC Q School:
Day 1 - 1/4 final - Jim Walker 5-4 Jan Dekker
Day 2 - 1/4 final - Eddie Dootson 5-4 Jan Dekker
Day 3 - Last 64 - Simon Preston 5-3 Jan Dekker
Day 4 -  Last 16 - Lee Palfreyman 5-2 Jan Dekker

German Darts Championship European Qualifier - Lost in final qualifying round - Ronny Huybrechts 6-4 Jan Dekker
Gibraltar Darts Trophy European Qualifier - Lost semi final of qualifying round - Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Jan Dekker

Next events:
Feb 6 UK Open Qualifier 1 Wigan              
Feb 7 UK Open Qualifier 2 Wigan              
Feb 8 UK Open Qualifier 3 Wigan
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Report pandora1963 January 25, 2015 12:30 AM GMT
not doing too well is he
Report GRANTCKING January 26, 2015 9:57 PM GMT
lol at this thread GrinLove
Report Toto82 January 30, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
This thread doesn't show his wins!
Report DartsnBooze February 21, 2015 9:24 AM GMT
Dekker qualifies for the UK Open! Cool

Posision 44 - Jan Dekker £1,000

Top 96 players (plus ties) qualify
Report alun2005 February 21, 2015 4:04 PM GMT
This promises to be a mouth-watering thread. I look forward to seeing the Great Man's progress throughout what I'm sure will be a record-breaking year.
Report DartsnBooze March 7, 2015 8:24 AM GMT
UK Open

Second round - Jan Dekker (@ ?/?) 5-3 Mike De Decker
Third round - Jan Dekker (@ 7/4) 9-5 Justin Pipe

4th round - 13:20 Jan Dekker 19/20 v Ronnie Baxter 1/1 - Board Three 3rd Grin
Report wockey jilson March 7, 2015 12:00 PM GMT
Be thread of the year if he gets anywhere near winning this
Report DartsnBooze March 7, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
Round Four - Jan Dekker 9-4 Baxter Cool
Report DartsnBooze March 7, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
UK Open Last 16 - Best of 17 Legs

Jan Dekker 11/8 v Devon Peterson
Report alun2005 March 8, 2015 10:55 AM GMT
As we move into UK Open Finals Day, let me state this clearly and unequivocabamally. The Great Jan Dekker will not only win this tournament very easily, whitewashing each opponent, but also do it with a World Record 92.25 average.

Make no mistake, this tournament will end so early tonight that ITV4 will have to rejig the schedules to fit in a few extra episodes of 'The Professionals" so get Cowley, Haskins, Mrs Bridges and Doyle on standby please.   

You mark my words. Quite honestly, I'd stake my professional reputation on it.
Report DartsnBooze March 8, 2015 11:10 AM GMT
Grin alun.

Meanwhile, Last 16 result - Mensur Suljovic 9-7 Jan Dekker
Report GRANTCKING March 8, 2015 11:46 AM GMT
another epic fail by mr jacket, oh dear
Report alun2005 March 8, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
NOOOOOOOOOO. This can't happen.

To quote Joe Orton on Brian Epstein,  The King of Coats has made me look like "an amateur and a fool".  Again.
Report DartsnBooze March 18, 2015 7:54 PM GMT
Pro Tour Players Championship - 20 events.

March 14, Players Championship 1:
First round: Justin Pipe 6-2 Jan Dekker

March 15, Players Championship 2:
First round: Jyhan Artut 6-2 Jan Dekker

Ranking: £0 = Joint last
Report DartsnBooze March 21, 2015 10:36 PM GMT
Wigan, Saturday March 21 - PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Event 1:
1st round - Jan Dekker 5-3 Will Harwood
2nd round - Peter Mitchell 5-3 Jan Dekker
Money won £0

Event 2:
1st round - Jan Dekker 5-0 Martin Homer
2nd round - Jan Dekker 5-3 Michael Baynham
Last 64 - Jan Dekker 5-0 Ben Davies
Last 32 - John Crossley 5-3 Jan Dekker
Money won £100
Report alun2005 March 22, 2015 1:11 PM GMT
Money won £100

Make no mistake folks, we will look back and see this as the defining moment from which history changed.

Just look back in time to all those far-seeing gentlemen who started companies with £100 or less, the sort of businesses that are now multinationals. The great Bernard Matthews himself started with 20 shillings, and the rest is history and a lot of turkey that I wouldn't personally have in the house. Another famous Bernard, I think his second name is Ecclescake or something like it, he started with a few bob and traded his way to umpteen billions, some of which admittedly was shelled out to make some trifling German courtroom inconvenience go away.

Whatever. I can see one of the great business oaks starting from this £100 acorn. I reckon it will be the manufacture of Diesel-Powered Nuns myself, and that every home will have one by 2019 tops.

Bravo for the Great Dutchman who will surely transform all our lives for the better. He will be like car-maker Henry Ford, light-bulb inventor Thomas Edison and washing machine makers Jimmy The Hoover all rolled into one. A tantalising prospect indeed.
Report DartsnBooze March 22, 2015 9:27 PM GMT
Alun, your posts deserve many a reply. Maybe the world champs posters will reply in full once alerted over christmas?

Wigan, Sunday March 22 - PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 3 & 4

Event 3
1st round - Jan Dekker 5-1 Rod Kinzett
2nd round - Mark Hylton 5-1 Jan Dekker
Money won £0

Event 4
1st round - Jan Dekker 5-3 Jonathan Worsley
2nd round - Jan Dekker 5-2 Kirk Shepherd
Last 64 - Jan Dekker 5-2 Scott Dale
Last 32 - Jan Dekker 5-2 Ryan Palmer
Last 16 - Shaun Griffiths 5-3 Jan Dekker
Money won £200

Jan's Challenge tour pot stands at £300 - Ranking position = mid to low.
Mr Coat is showing some progress.
Report olddesperado March 23, 2015 7:52 PM GMT
Is he not up to 70 something in the world taking his UK open money into account.
Two and a half months into his pdc career against players who have 22 months prize money start on him.
Has to start somewhere and is level with his mire illustrious bdo buddy Norris .

Its a hard enough career and took mvg sometime to find his feet.
Report olddesperado March 23, 2015 7:59 PM GMT
Mire = more.

And no im not Jan deckerLaugh
Report alun2005 March 24, 2015 12:02 PM GMT
Money won £100

Money won £200

This is EXACTLY how the great Warren "Jimmy" Buffett, The Oracle of Omaha, himself started. Buffett famously compared his relentless upward trading and compounding to the rolling of a giant snowball.  In his words “Life is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill".

Well look at Warren now. Just about the world's richest man, and they even named the lunchtime buffet after him. Life doesn't get better the that. 

I'll have 5 quid at an over-generous 12/1 that this new darting whizz kid will easily outstrip Warren Buffett's bank balance by the end of 2016 tops.
Report DartsnBooze April 4, 2015 11:41 AM BST
Friday 3rd April - German Masters European Qualifier:

First Round - Jan Dekker 6-2 Daniele Petri
Second round - Jan Dekker 6-5 Mike Zuydwijk
Third Round - Jan Dekker 6-2 Christian Kist

Jan 6/5 qualifies and plays Benito van de Pas 4/6 this evening.
Took two good fellow Dutch scalps last's to a 3rd? Cool
Report DartsnBooze April 4, 2015 12:02 PM BST
Be quick...Jan 250/1 coral to win today (as short as 100/1 elsewhere)...e/w 1/2
Report DartsnBooze April 4, 2015 8:46 PM BST
Jan Dekker 2-6 Benito van De Pas

Jan banks £1,000 for his gallant effort
Report alun2005 April 5, 2015 10:55 AM BST
Money won £100

Money won £200

£1,000 for his gallant effort

Here's a piece of mathematics for you that will be seen as timeless as E = MC squared, or even The Wonder Stuff's 'No For The Thirteenth Time".  I give you : 

The Coatmeister = Warren

Make no mistake folks, The Snowball is Rolling. Relentless. Very. (And a few other Pet Shop Geniuses albums as well). 

You are watching another Berkshire Hathaway Inc happening right in front of your mortal eyes. The smartest guys in the room have already got in on the ground floor.
Report DartsnBooze April 10, 2015 9:27 AM BST
Jan Dekker watch will be on red alert today and over the weekend for the Players Championships 3/4/5.

Jan can be backed @ 200/1 coral for each event prior to today's draw at 11am.

Report alun2005 April 10, 2015 11:43 AM BST
Please be more careful with these admittedly laudable 'red alerts' please DnB. I almost drowned in my own drool when I read that.
Report DartsnBooze April 10, 2015 2:43 PM BST
I was unfortunate to miss the tense last leg decider as I was out watching my daughter having a one v one coaching session with England's No1 player. Cool  First round - Robert Thornton 6-5 Jan Dekker. Money won £0. Roll on tomorrow/saturday...
Report DartsnBooze April 11, 2015 12:06 PM BST
Board Seven
Robert Thornton v Nigel Heydon Love
John Part v Jay Foreman
Wes Newton v Jan Dekker
Andy Jenkins v Adam Hunt
Report DartsnBooze April 11, 2015 1:28 PM BST
Amazing scenes from the Metrodome as Jan beats Wesley 6-2 in the opening round.
Report alun2005 April 11, 2015 1:38 PM BST
That 200/1 is like money in the bank.
Report DartsnBooze April 11, 2015 2:34 PM BST
Jan Dekker 6-2 Adam Hunt

Board final/Last 32: Jan v Thornton
Report DartsnBooze April 11, 2015 3:05 PM BST
Players Championship 4, Barnsley. 11th April

Jan 6-2 Wes Newton
Jan 6-2 Adam Hunt
Jan 3-6 Robert Thornton

Last 32: £750 banked.

PC 5 tomorrow...
Report olddesperado April 11, 2015 3:38 PM BST
Decent run today,

Unlucky to run into an in form thorn.
Report DartsnBooze April 12, 2015 1:45 PM BST
Not bad going for a tour challenge player.

Board 15
Peter Wright 6-0 Ben Ward
Nathan Derry 6-3 Darren Webster
Jamie Lewis v Jay Foreman
Kevin Voornhout v Jan Dekker

Jan's in the money again. Cool

Kevin Voornhout    4 v 6 Jan Dekker
Report DartsnBooze April 12, 2015 2:35 PM BST
Last 128: Jan Dekker 6-4 Kevin Voornhout
Last 64: Jamie Lewis 6-3 Jan Dekker

Jan wins £250, making it £1,000 banked over the triple header weekend.
Report GRANTCKING April 13, 2015 2:10 PM BST
Report DartsnBooze May 1, 2015 7:16 PM BST
Players Championship 6, Friday May 1st, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
First Round

Andy Smith 6-3 Jan Dekker
Report olddesperado May 2, 2015 10:16 PM BST
Gets to 3rd round 750 pounds .

Keeps him moving up the rankings nicely.
Report DartsnBooze May 3, 2015 1:29 PM BST
Jan currently averaging 101.32 in his opening round match v Joe Murnan 2-2
Report DartsnBooze May 3, 2015 1:43 PM BST
Yes! Jan wins 6-5 1st round
Report DartsnBooze May 3, 2015 2:31 PM BST
Jan averaging 114 2nd match Cool
Report DartsnBooze May 3, 2015 2:53 PM BST
Jan in the money...wins 6-5
Report wisewords May 3, 2015 4:03 PM BST
Bunting fears Jan
Report DartsnBooze May 3, 2015 5:43 PM BST
Players Championship 6, Friday 1st May 2015 - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
1st round - Andy Smith 6-3 Jan Dekker

Players Championship 7, Saturday 2nd May 2015 - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
1st round - Jan Dekker 6-5 Wayne Jones
2nd round - Jan Dekker 6-2 John Henderson
3rd round - Michael Smith 6-1 Jan Dekker

Jans wins £750

Players Championship 8, Sunday 3rd May 2015 - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
1st round - Jan Dekker 6-1 Andy Parsons
2nd round - Jan Dekker 6-5 Joe Murnan
3rd round - Jan Dekker 6-5 Kirk Shepherd
Last 16 - Dave Chisnall 6-5 Jan Dekker

Jan wins £1,500

Jan picks up £2,250 Cool
Report wisewords May 3, 2015 10:03 PM BST
Jan is on fookin' fire
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2015 6:42 PM BST

May 3, 2015 -- 10:03PM, wisewords wrote:

Jan is on fookin' fire


Report DartsnBooze September 20, 2015 11:46 PM BST
Fast forward to September - The top two players win a Two-Year PDC Tour Card for 2016-2017...

Final 2015 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit

1 Dekker, Jan £7,350 Cool
1 Corner, Richie £7,350
3 Griffiths, Shaun £5,600
Report DartsnBooze October 28, 2015 9:11 AM GMT
A cracking Darts article on our man Jan et al Cool


PDC Dart player Jan Dekker, exploits ranking system to perfection as UK players disadvantaged.

Double Dekker. Former BDO World Semi Finalist Jan Dekker
Double Dekker. Former BDO World Semi Finalist Jan Dekker

Jan Dekker is a Dutch dart player of considerable talent. He has reached the later stages of the BDO ( British Darts Organisation) Lakeside World Championship on more than one occasion and has shown a strong big game temperament. He has always appeared an intelligent and well-informed person and player. He resisted the calls to run to the full-time professional circuit, after his early success, and returned to finish his education. Over the last couple of years he has again returned to the fore and this year made the decision to play within the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) system.

The PDC system involves a qualifying school, to gain one of 128 tour cards in order to be assured of playing on the Pro Tour events and then a number of tours, of differing levels, to qualify for various major & TV events over the year. Tour cards last for up yo two years but are given annually to those in the top 64 without the need for Q School attendance. Those who fail to get a tour card are ranked on their performance. They can still play some tours and are reserve players for the main Pro Tour events and as such may be able to play almost the entire Pro Tour whilst still being eligible for the lower tier tours as well.

To enable wider international participation, some events/tours have qualifiers in, or near to, their continental locations as well as a UK qualifying event. Therefore International players can choose either method of qualification.

The basic aim of the system is to provide qualification and ranking systems and well as allow new players to make an attempt to get into the elite Tour Card holding echelons of PDC Professional darts and to earn some of the £7 million plus prize fund available. As can be imagined this is incredibly competitive and, as in any sport, requires not only talent but financial backing / earnings, patience and determination.

Having met Jan on a number of occasions during the past few years I was interested to see how his move to the PDC would pan out and thus have kept an eye out for his result, I watched some of his games and assessed his progress as the 2015 season has progressed. As a dart consultant /coach and fan I was also in a position to compare this to the efforts of other, mainly UK, players who were in a similar position at the seasons beginning. Q School in Wigan January 2015.

As well as noting Jan’s relative success, many thought he would not thrive, it became impossible not to notice several flaws in the professional system, Jan was benefiting from, not available to other players.

This was again highlighted when I also looked out for a player that I had admired, for a number of years, and was well thought of elsewhere. Eddie Dootson is an experienced but little known player from the UK. It became impossible not to see how badly the odds were stacked against him.

Now that the floor / qualification season is over these anomalies can be shown in their true light.

No blame or allegation of the players mentioned or their teams is intended or implied. Both are simply attempting to gain the best start to their PDC career within the rules in place.

Q School

Dekker had a moderately successful Q school, although he did not gain one of the Pro Tour cards available, he finished high enough up the ranking table to ensure he would be able to compete in the vast majority of Pro Tour events should he wish to do so. By entering and playing the event he also became entitled to play the second level PDC tour known as The Challenge Tour. In addition to this he would be eligible to play in the qualifiers events for six The UK Open and nine European Tour events. The later of these he could do either via the UK qualifiers, which were open to all associate members, or the European/Home Nation Qualifier for each event. This becomes the first example of Two Shots for Dekker. For the 2015 season he can aim to get a tour card either by reaching the top 64 overall or by winning the challenge tour. At the same time his financial opportunities increase over new tour card holders who cannot compete in the Challenge Tour.

Eddie Dootson had a similar overall Q School experience, although he finished higher up the ranking table and was thus assured of gaining access to every event.

Eddie Dootson Reaches L16 of UK Open 2015
Eddie Dootson Reaches Last 16 of UK Open 2015
UK Open.

With this security net, of his two shots at every aim, Jan Dekker is able to relax and play in the qualifiers for these events. As these events are not seeded and he is a highly experienced international player, this should provide a happy hunting ground. A very average performance by his own standard means he qualifies but only in the lower group. Here however his talent for big game match play comes storming through. Jan reaches the last 16 of his debut PDC major and adds £5000 to his bank account but more importantly to his overall ranking position.

Eddie starts superbly and reaches a semi final and finished in the top group in qualifying finishing in 22nd place. He then goes on to reach the last 16 of his debut major. Superb performance to add £5000 to his qualification winnings.

The Challenge Tour

Dekker has previous experience of the challenge tour so a quiet start, picking up a few hundred pounds on the first weekend, does not put a dent in the proceedings. By weekend two however Jan is in a much better place, this sees him win one event and reaches Semi and Qtr finals over the weekends four competitions. The consistent playing of events on most weekends and constant opportunities for him to improve and adapt are beginning to pay off. Over the next two Challenge Tour weekends things have changed on the Pro Tour and a confident Dekker wins two more events and picks up money / ranking points in three more. He even misses event twelve completely. In total he has picked up almost £7,500 in cash and by winning the order of merit has earned himself a tour card for 2016/17. No Q School for Mr Dekker next year. Achieving this by September removes a lot of pressure.

Eddie does not shine on the challenge tour. having not previous tour experience and having to play at the highest level in other events, it is not surprising that something gives and the Challenge Tour is not a priority.

Pro Tour

His Q school ranking ensures Jan has played in almost every Pro Tour Floor event this year. As for all newer players it has proved a tough baptism. However his talent has come through in stages and he has regularly won through to claim between £250 & £750, with one last 16 appearance earning him £1500. His total from his 19 appearances at Players Championship & UK Open qualifiers was £4750. Whilst respectable for a first season it hardly sets the world on fire with the last 16 being his best performance. Here again though, double shot, Dekker has benefited from the slanted rules. Josh Payne for example has earned over £8,000 from the same 20 Pro Tour events but is struggling to qualify for the World Championships. Dekker will have no such problems even with an overall Pro Tour finish of 73rd place.

Eddie Dootson has an excellent Pro Tour first year. As suspected he is eligible for all events and in the 20 players champs and 6 UK Open Qualifiers he reaches a Semi Final and steadily accumulates ranking money with L64 and L32 places. His earnings, of £5,250 are again higher than Jan’s.

European Tour

Since 2012 The European Tour has altered the balance of the PDC Rankings
Since 2012 The European Tour has altered the balance of the PDC Rankings
These nine events ( there will be ten in 2016) have transformed the PDC rankings. They are superb opportunities for up and coming players who get to them. They are held on stage and give great experience, as well as being the best rewarded stand alone element of the Pro Tour. Each event accepts the top 16 seeds from the appropriate order of merit and then has qualifying places open to players at the UK , European & Host nation qualifiers. Qualifiers receive £1000 for the first round and thus can easily cover expenses and concentrate on getting through a round or two to swell their ranking coffers. Often with at least one game against an opponent not from the top 16. Despite playing in the, relatively, easier qualifying events Jan has only qualified for two of these events. However they have made all the difference. Both events came at the right time in terms of financial / ranking boosts and without them life may well have been much tougher!

The £2500 gained here has meant that Jan is sitting in second spot for the European qualifying places for the World Championships. Despite being 73rd in the Pro Tour Order of Merit he will line up at Ally Pally in December. With his record, on TV, and experience meaning he is an opponent that very few would wish for.

Eddie had to enter the much more difficult UK qualifiers for all these events but still managed to qualify for 2 events and gain an additional £2,000. Despite these efforts he will not qualify for the World Championships via the Pro Tour and unless he can gain a place at the qualifying event his PDC season is complete.

Overall Rankings & Earnings.

As noted earlier the top 64 in the overall rankings gain automatic tour cards for a minimum of one year. To avoid Q School in 2016 a reasonable guess would have been for a player to gain in the region of £17,000 in ranking prize money over the season including the World Professional Championships. It is safe to say that were Dekker a UK player he would have had a solid first season and be planning Q School and then a decision on whether to keep his ranking money for 2016/17 or start again from zero. Due to the above double opportunities though he has one further card to play. The prize money from the World Championships will put Jan into the top 64. If he starts in Rd 1 it will put him into the top 55 and any wins will see him rocket up the table. Thus again the double elimination loophole is working overtime for Jan here. He has gained entry to European Tours via an event not open to all. The funds generated from this have earned him a place at Ally Pally, that is also not open to all, and the accumulation of funds will mean he is rewarded with a place in the elite top 64.

As well as the top 64 place is it safe to say that Jan’s first season has hardly been one of financial struggle against the odds. By early January 2016 he will have been in the PDC system for 12 months. He will have claimed prize money  £30,000+. This is basically for failing to win a tour card and finishing outside the top 70 on the Pro Tour. He will start 2016 with nothing to defend and with every chance of moving further up the rankings, even with another steady year.

Meanwhile Eddie Dootson, despite having matched or bettered Dekker in every ranking arena, will have earned a little over £12,000. He will decide on whether to return to Q School and, if he achieves a tour card, whether to start again or gamble on a lesser amount in the ranking bank.

Whilst acknowledging that it is important for darts to attract players and financial interest from other nations, surely it is time to remove some of the more glaring unfairness from a system that works against highly talented players who, cannot work the system financially or, are simply born in the nation that drives the darts boom!

Barry Hearn

Put simply, it is time for Barry Hearn & Matt Porter at the PDC and Peter Manley & Alan Warriner-Little at the PDPA to stop tweaking the rules, and ranking system, and overhaul it to take account of the changes that their superb success, in creating the modern game, has created. It is clearly time for as level a playing field as possible.
Report GRANTCKING October 31, 2015 10:32 PM GMT
RIP jan, take that jacket and those shoes with you CryGrin
Report wisewords November 1, 2015 11:25 PM GMT
Jan exploiting the rules and will debut at the WCs in December. BEWARE PHIL THE POWER
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