MICHAEL SMITH will slug it out against Stephen Bunting in the PDC World Darts Championship quarter-finals tonight.
Bully Boy Smith has reached the final before, in 2019 and in 2022 but lost 7-3 to Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright respectively.
Smith said after beating Joe Cullen to reach the quarters this year: “That game showed how much I can dig deep, and I can switch up my game.
“I was stubborn and when I started playing, I can change something when I need to. I want to keep playing well and keep doing what I am doing. My 140s are bang on form. 140s win you games.”
Who is Michael Smith?
Michael Smith is a 32-year-old darts player from St Helens.
Smith won his first major title, the Grand Slam of darts earlier this year, and he has been runner up at the PDC World Championship (2019), World Matchplay (2019), The Masters (2020) and the Premier League (2018).
Family man Smith loves to share his life with wife Dagmara and two sons to his 76,000 Instagram followers.
What is Michael Smith’s net worth?
Smith’s net worth is not known. However Bully Boy has spoken about the importance of winning tournaments and prize money to buy properties, one of which he has converted into a farm.
He said: “Even a year ago, I’d given up.
“But we’d just bought a new house and the money I shell out every month on mortgages, I can’t afford to give darts away and lose matches.
“If I miss mortgages, we’re out on the streets. We are homeless. I knows it adds added pressure, but it’s keeping me focused.
“I have to keep ready. It has been showing what I have been working on for the last 12 months has worked.”
What is the PDC World Darts Championship prize money?
(total £2,500,00 prize money payed out)
- Winner – £500,000
- Runner-up – £200,000
- Semi-final – £100,000
- Quarter-final – £50,000
- Fourth round – £35,000
- Third round – £25,000
- Second round – £15,000
- First round – £7,500
Sunday, January 1 – Quarter-finals
- Dimitri van den Bergh vs Jonny Clayton
- Michael Smith vs Stephen Bunting
- Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobey
- Gerwyn Price vs Gabriel Clemens
Monday, January 2 – Semi-finals
- Van den Bergh/Clayton vs Van Gerwen/Dobey
- Smith/Bunting vs Price/Clemens
Tuesday, January 3
- Winner of semi-final 1 vs winner of semi-final 2
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