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Scott Waites (born 17 February 1977) is an English professional darts player who plays in tournaments organised by the British Darts Organisation events. Waites is a two time BDO World Darts Champion having won the 2013 tournament and 2016 tournament. He is also a former Winmau World Masters champion, WDF World Cup singles' champion, Zuiderduin Masters champion, and the only BDO representative to ever reach and win the final in the Professional Darts Corporation Grand Slam of Darts.

Scott Waites
Personal information
NicknameScotty 2 Hotty
Born (1977-02-17) 17 February 1977 (age 42)
Bradford, England
Home townHalifax
Darts information
Playing darts since1992
Darts23 gr Winmau Scott Waites Onyx / Penetrators – 23 gram
Walk-on music"Chelsea Dagger" by The Fratellis
Organisation (see split in darts)
Current world ranking(BDO) 16
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'shipWinner (2): 2013, 2016
World MastersWinner (1): 2011
World Darts TrophyQuarter Final: 2016
Int. Darts LeagueLast 16: 2007
Finder MastersWinner (1): 2011
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand SlamWinner (1): 2010
UK OpenLast 32: 2008
Other tournament wins
BDO Gold Cup
Belgium Open
British Classic
British Open
Czech Open
Dutch Open
European Darts Classic
Isle Of Man Classic
Isle Of Man Open
Jersey Open
Police Masters
Romanian Open
Six Nations Cup
Slovak Open
Swedish Open
Tops of Ghent
Turkish Open
Welsh Masters
WDF Europe Cup Pairs
WDF World Cup Singles
WDF World Cup Team
2010, 2012, 2013
2007, 2013
2008, 2011
2010, 2014
Other achievements
Cyprus Challenge 2013
England GP of Darts Newcastle 2012
Lincolnshire Open 2009
Macclesfield Open 2010

Darts careerEdit

Waites' first career success came in February 2007 when he won the Dutch Open an event which attracted 2867 entries. He also took the Welsh Masters title in March 2007 and earlier reached the final of the 2007 Scottish Open.

Barry Hearn confirmed on 13 August 2007 via the official PDC website, that Scott Waites was the highest ranked non-qualifier in the BDO that had accepted his invitation to compete in the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts, alongside Dennis Priestley (highest PDC non-qualifier). At the tournament he failed to qualify for the knockout stage, losing all three group matches to Michael van Gerwen, Mervyn King and Roland Scholten.

He made his World Championship debut at the 2008 BDO World Darts Championship and reached the quarter-finals, defeating Mike Veitch and Remco van Eijden before losing to Brian Woods.

Waites was one of 32 pub qualifiers for the 2008 PDC UK Open, reaching to the last 32 stage, losing to Ronnie Baxter.

On 12 July 2008 Waites won the 2008 BDO Gold Cup, beating Gary Anderson four sets to two in the final. In December 2008, Waites reached his first major BDO final, reaching the Winmau World Masters final. He was beaten 7–6 by Martin Adams, but ended the year ranked #1 on the WDF rankings due to his consistent season.

Through his performances at the World Masters, the World Championship and also the Zuiderduin Masters, Waites became the number one ranked player on the BDO world rankings. Waites reached the quarter finals of the 2009 BDO World Championship, losing to Darryl Fitton 5–4 having led 4–2.

He entered the 2009 Winmau World Masters as the number two seed, but lost in the last 16 stage in a major upset to Lourence Ilagan of The Philippines having had several darts to win the match.

Waites reached the final of the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, a PDC major held at Wolverhampton Civic Centre, where he was beaten 16–2 by PDC world number one Phil Taylor. This earned Waites £50,000, which was at the time his biggest success in the game.

For some of his matches he has used Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis as his entrance music.[1] However at the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites used Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C., to avoid a clash with Chelsea Dagger, the music played during breaks.

Waites entered the 2010 BDO World Championship as the 2nd seed. For the third consecutive year, he was knocked out at the quarter final stage, this time by Martin Phillips of Wales. Waites had recovered from 4–0 down to level at 4–4 before Phillips prevailed.

At the 2010 World Masters, Waites reached the Quarter Finals, before losing to eventual champion Martin Adams.

At the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites once again reached the final by winning all three of his group matches, then following up with comprehensive victories over Raymond van Barneveld, Co Stompé and Steve Beaton (who had earlier eliminated Taylor). Waites played James Wade in the final, and defeated the PDC world #2 16–12 having trailed 8–0. The win was Watites's first in either a PDC or a BDO major, and made him the first player from the BDO (and the first player from either code other than Phil Taylor) to win the Grand Slam.

Waites was the sixth seed for the 2011 BDO World Championship and was second favourite with bookmakers at the start of the tournament. In the first round he defeated the unseeded two-time champion Ted Hankey 3–0, but in the second round he lost 4–2 to another unseeded player, Stephen Bunting.

At the 2011 World Masters in Hull, Waites defeated Ewan Hyslop in the Last 16, Gary Robson in the Quarter-Finals, defending champion Martin Adams in the semi-finals, and World Championship runner-up Dean Winstanley in the final to win his first World Masters title.

Waites continued his impressive run of form by winning the BDO British Open beating Willy van de Wiel 3–1 and WDF World Cup beating Martin Adams 6–2. He then won his third major championship at the Zuiderduin Masters, beating former champion Darryl Fitton 5–4 in the final after Fitton missed darts to win. However, Waites was beaten in the second round at the 2012 BDO World Championship 4–3 by Ted Hankey.

At the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts, Waites topped his group by beating Phil Taylor 5–2, avenging his heavy loss to the same player in the 2009 final. He was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Michael van Gerwen 16–12.

Waites went into the 2013 BDO World Championship as number three seed and bookmakers' favourite. He beat Willy van de Wiel 3-0 in the first round, Geert De Vos 4-1 in the second round, and Paul Jennings 5-2 in the quarter-final to reach the semi-finals for the first time. He then beat Richie George 6-1 to set up a final against two-time runner-up Tony O'Shea, which Waites won 7-1 to win the title.

Waites had a lower-profile season in 2013-14, suffering early exits in the Winmau Masters and Zuiderduin Masters and not being selected to defend his WDF World Cup singles title. He did enjoy another good run at the PDC Grand Slam, reaching the semi-finals before being defeated by Robert Thornton. However, his season ended in disappointment when, as the defending champion, he was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship 3-0 by eventual runner-up Alan Norris.[2] It was the first time Waites had lost in the first round of the world championship, and afterwards he complained of a lack of preparation due to injuries as well as a power-cut shortly before his match started, though he still gave credit to Norris for his performance.[3]

Waites's indifferent form continued at the start of the 2014-15 season when he lost in the first round of the World Trophy to Jim Williams.

At the 2015 World Championship, Waites opened his campaign with a 3-2 win over Sam Hewson, to set up a second-round tie with Ross Montgomery, which he lost 4-0.

Waites pulled out of the 2015 World Trophy due to having an operation on his shoulder; this put him out of action for a couple of months. He returned in March, and won the British Classic defeating Glen Durrant in the final. He also reached a further 4 finals.

Entering the 2016 World Championship as the 9th seed, Waites won his second World Championship by beating Canada's Jeff Smith 7-1 in the final.


It was announced after his first round victory at the 2019 BDO World Darts Championship that he would be heading to PDC Q School after the Lakeside tournament and could finally make the switch to the other side of the sport, if all went to plan in Wigan. However, Waites failed to earn a tour card in the four day qualifying event and subsequently remained in the BDO. He entered the following weekend's PDC Challenge Tour events.

Personal lifeEdit

Waites was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He currently resides in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with his partner Lucy. He has a stepson, Michael, with his ex-partner, Sally. He is currently seeing someone.

Waites is not a full-time professional player and he earns his full-time living as a carpenter for Pennine Housing 2000, a member of the Together Housing Group who also act as a sponsor.

Waites supports Liverpool F.C. [4]

World Championship PerformancesEdit


Career finalsEdit

BDO major finals: 7 (4 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

World Championship (2–1)
Winmau World Masters (1–1)
Zuiderduin Masters (1–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2008 Winmau World Masters   Martin Adams 6-7 (s)
Runner-up 2. 2008 Zuiderduin Masters   Gary Anderson 4-5 (s)
Winner 1. 2011 Winmau World Masters   Dean Winstanley 7-2 (s)
Winner 2. 2011 Zuiderduin Masters   Darryl Fitton 5-4 (s)
Winner 3. 2013 World Darts Championship   Tony O'Shea 7–1 (s)
Winner 4. 2016 World Darts Championship   Jeff Smith 7–1 (s)
Runner-up 3. 2019 World Darts Championship   Glen Durrant 3–7 (s)

WDF major finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2011 World Cup Singles   Martin Adams 7–3 (s)

PDC premier event finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2009 Grand Slam of Darts   Phil Taylor 2–16 (l)
Winner 1. 2010 Grand Slam of Darts   James Wade 16–12 (l)
  1. ^ a b c (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets.

Performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
BDO World Championship DNQ QF QF QF 2R 2R W 1R 2R W QF SF F
BDO World Trophy Not held 1R DNP QF 1R 1R 1R
Winmau World Masters 4R DNP F 6R QF W 5R QF 5R QF 6R 5R QF
Finder Darts Masters NH RR F QF RR W DNP RR RR RR RR QF RR
International Darts League DNP RR Not held
World Darts Trophy DNP 2R Not held
Grand Slam of Darts NH RR DNQ F W RR QF SF RR DNQ RR DNQ
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

High averagesEdit

Scott Waites televised high averages
Average Date Opponent Tournament Stage Score Ref.
105.12 11 December 2011   Martin Adams 2011 Zuiderduin Masters Semi final 3-2 (S)


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