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 Behold! The 2018 Lakeshite Howlers Thread! 
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- Ratajski wins the Winmau World Masters at a canter (beating the top two seeds) in front of a rapidly emptying Bridlington, wins a Lakeshite spot, and then promptly sticks two fingers up to the BDO by declining the spot and choosing the PDC version which he hadnt even publicly qualified for at this point
- The above means that NONE of the 2017 BDO TV event winners are at Lakeshite as Machin (who won the WDT) didnt even bother coming over to try and qualify.
- Ex Lakeshite finalist Jeff Smith also sticks two fingers up by choosing the PDC event in favour of sitting at home and being loyal
- The draw not being done until over two months after the field has been finalised
- The draw not ending up on TV, despite talk of it being and Winmau even Tweeting this fact
- The draw not even done live, Richard Ashdown claiming it was done earlier the same day despite Fordham needing to be at an exbo in Torquay that day also. Hmm...
- The BDO (or Des) announcing from Tenerife that the draw was to be released onto the Channel 4/BDO websites at 7pm, hilarity ensuing when Channel 4 put it on their website at 4.45pm causing massive seething from numerous people including Ross Mcnoloyalty
- The draw featuring at least 4 players who had their names spelt incorrectly (Darryl "Daryl" Fitton, Chris "Gilliand" Gilliland, Umit "Uygonsozlu" Uygunsozlu and Vicky "Prium" Pruim)
- Belgians being shown as Dutch in graphics at the end of the draw, despite them being shown with the correct nationality during the drawing of the balls..
- Auntie Sue writing a ridiculous War and Peace write-up on the draw only minutes after 7pm (proving it must have been written ages back), claiming it was a "draw and a half" (at least it wasnt fucked up this time like her husband did last year), and claiming Paula Jacklin, who has never won a TV match in a major event, is in "form"
- Absolutely no mention of the other broadcast partner (BT Sport) during the draw, either visually or verbally.
- Still about 200 tickets left for the final as of the 7th December.
- Playing contracts reportedly withholding prize money from players for a "significant period of time"
- In addition, the players being made to sign not one but TWO contracts as a revised one was sent out after they had the first lot all sent back in.
- Lakeshite still not able to confirm actual session times as of the 7th December.
- Still no sign of the drawn matches in text form on the BDO site, only the video clips, 5 days after the draw.
- Prize money reportedly at a standstill again, all tiers unchanged since 2014 (Prelim losers have never seen an uplift) with the winners cheque not increased since 2010. (confirmed prize money standstill by BDO FB on 12th Dec)
- Defending Champion openly stating he will switch to the PDC should he not defend his title.
- An order of play still not available 6 days after the draw.
- The initial order of play shows Chris Harris as being from Northern Ireland, when he is in fact Welsh
- Furthermore nobody is still able to spell Vicky Pruim's name right, again featuring as "Vicky Prium" on the order of play.
- The BDO on Facebook saying that the Youth final is part of the ladies first round
- The BDO using the worst possible picture quality known to man for Tricia Wright
- The BDO release the full 9 day schedule which contains a multitude of howlers: “Scottt” Baker, “Derek” Telnekes, Michael “Uterbuchner” and “Gert” de Vos all feature as typos, Andy Baetens is Dutch (again), there is no Day 8 and two “Day 7” listings, they can't be bothered inserting the names of the two Youth finalists despite them being known for months, and the 1st mens semi final in the afternoon session is listed as starting at 19:00.
- Partner of board member using their shared FB account to abuse the partner of Darry Fitton and Bob Anderson, as well as the Cheshire county chairman, in a discussion about one of the howlers above.
- FB post from the BDO claiming the event is the "world's biggest darts tournament", attracting some bemusement in the comments.
- A little bit of nepotism as the wife of a board member (who has never won a TV match in a major event in her life) is given plum free to air slot on TV for her first match, whilst top seed Deta Hedman is lumbered with evening session tucked away on a pay TV channel
- Viagogo selling Lakeshite tickets with a large picture of PDC player Raymond van Barneveld emblazoned at the top of the page
- Lakeshite proudly declaring on Twitter that the event contains the "world's best 56 players", 16 of them are women and that's before you even point out the obvious. They also missed out the two youth players from the total...
- The Lakeshite darts site has decided to spell a players name a different way twice on the same page: 'Pengiran Mohamed" and "Pengiram Mohamed"

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Initial ones added. If you can think of any more that have happened recently, let me know.

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What about BDO sending out player contracts twice?

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cannibal wrote:
What about BDO sending out player contracts twice?


Good call.

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Two historical items that need checking on when the doors open at the palace of piss.
1. The burger and chip combo price vs buying them separate.
2. Can't wait for the shots of the men coming out of the restroom right behind the interviewers. Nothing says working class sport like a line of men coming out of the restroom one after the other, adjusting their pants and shit eating grins on their faces.

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Can take a look at those nearer the time.

Hi Rich :)

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Once again claiming on their ''website'' that this thing is the ''World Professional Darts Championship''.

It clearly is not and has not been for many years.


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Mabbsy wrote:
Once again claiming on their ''website'' that this thing is the ''World Professional Darts Championship''.

It clearly is not and has not been for many years.


How many more years can it actually run for.. Bullseye was eventually canned.

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Wolflanternbumbag wrote:
Mabbsy wrote:
Once again claiming on their ''website'' that this thing is the ''World Professional Darts Championship''.

It clearly is not and has not been for many years.


How many more years can it actually run for.. Bullseye was eventually canned.


Yes but they brought it back. So if Lakeshite goes it will come back in about 10 years, ran by Dave Spikey.

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The Ginge Reaper wrote:
Wolflanternbumbag wrote:
Mabbsy wrote:
Once again claiming on their ''website'' that this thing is the ''World Professional Darts Championship''.

It clearly is not and has not been for many years.


How many more years can it actually run for.. Bullseye was eventually canned.


Yes but they brought it back. So if Lakeshite goes it will come back in about 10 years, ran by Dave Spikey.


Fordham, Wolfie, Hankey, O'Shea, Walton all played by actors

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I’m putting out there now that there will be Turkish Open flyers/posters in the crowd and possible some being shown by players in the walk ons


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It's one big howler sadly these days..

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Fabulous.

Still no sign of the prize fund either, with about 4 weeks to go.

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Rogg wrote:
Fabulous.

Still no sign of the prize fund either, with about 4 weeks to go.


Was the prize fund even announced last year? I remember them being quite secretive about it.


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Fabulous.

Still no sign of the prize fund either, with about 4 weeks to go.


Was the prize fund even announced last year? I remember them being quite secretive about it.


It was, it was the WDT fund that got no public acknowledgment whatsoever. Didnt even say what the winner got in the presentation at the end.

Only evidence was a leaked letter which yours truly got :D

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threat of the year by far earlier in the year

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And nearly 24 hours later, still no sign of the drawn matches in text form on the BDO site, only the video clips.


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The prize for a 9-darter was dropped in 2017.

Which emphatically did not count as a cut to the prize fund, despite its having been emphatically counted as part of the prize fund the year before.

I forget who treated us to that... that.

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