Wayne Warren lifted the BDO World Championship trophy on Sunday night, but he still does not know how much prize money he has won and says he is devastated about the situation.
The Welshman became the oldest man ever to win the tournament after downing Jim Williams 7-4 at 57-years-old at The O2 in London.
The veteran turned in a string of solid displays over the week and deservedly got his hands on the BDO’s top prize, but what the financial reward is remains a mystery.
The BDO hierarchy informed players before the tournament that prize money would be ‘somewhat reduced’ and now the event has come and gone, actual figures have still not been released.
In 2019, Glen Durrant took home £100,000 for winning the World Championship, but Warren knows he is getting much less than that, and it hurts.
‘Don’t get me wrong I’m absolutely devastated I haven’t got the £100,000 – it’s gutting,’ Warren told the Sun.
‘We knew we weren’t going to get that before the tournament because we had the email before it started.
‘We knew there was going to be a prize cut but it didn’t say how much.’
Speaking to the BBC, Warren added: ‘I haven’t been told what I am getting yet.
‘I have received no money at all, it will be up to my management team to negotiate or whatever.
‘There is a fund there, I have been told there is £150,000 in the pot to be divided up, but you hear so many different stories.
‘Obviously it hurts, the past winners have had £100,000 for winning, which is a big amount, plus what you can earn through exhibitions.
‘Now I will have to play in more exhibitions to try and make some of that money back.’
In a now-deleted tweet, 14-year-old star Leighton Bennett asked on Monday if anybody knew what prize he picked up for competing in the first round of the World Championship, when he became the youngest player ever to make the tournament.
Former World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale was asked about the prize fund on Sunday, to which he simply replied, ‘Mystery’.
Andy Hamilton, former PDC World Championship finalist and current BDO player, has called on the BDO chairman, Des Jacklin, to resign over the chaotic situation.
‘The man can’t do that job, the Hammer told Live Darts. ‘Whether he hears this or not, I’m not bothered, I’m here for the players and the players should be saying the same thing as I am. If he can’t do that job he should walk, or give it to somebody else that can do the job.
‘I still love the darts, I care about the darts and I’m talking out for that reason. ‘I’ve spoken to a lot of players that are too shy, or concerned about tier future and what they say about the game. But all us players need to stick together about what’s happening, we all play darts and want to play it professionally and all we want is to be looked after.
‘We aren’t being looked after on the BDO circuit by one person, who’s the chairman, he needs to stand up, come out and tell us all what’s happening or just disappear. I know for a fact he’s not here for the players.’
The BDO are yet to make any statement or announcement on the situation.