01 January 2014

Meet The Players - BDO Qualifiers 1-6

We have six more qualifiers for you here, some you will definitely know but there are a couple you may not know too much about.

Martin Adams

Age: 57
Best Lakeside: Champion 2007, 2010, 2011
Bookies odds: 20/1
Nickname: Wolfie
Walk on Music: Hungry like the Wolf
Bio: Martin is a season ticket holder at Lakeside, well it feels like it anyway, he is back for an incredible 21st time on the bounce, a phenomenal record! 2013 has been something of a renaissance for Wolfie, picking up titles at the Belgium and Antwerp Open.

Martin Atkins

Age: 48
Best Lakeside: ¼ Final 2012
Bookies odds: 80/1
Nickname: The Assassin
Walk on Music: Assassing
Bio: Although not quite in the same class as Wolfie when it comes to Lakeside appearances, this is Martin’s 10th year at Lakeside in a row, a great achievement. 2012 was the highlight, he made the ¼ finals. This season the highs have been a couple of semi final spots in the Swedish Open and the England Matchplay.

Tony Eccles

Age: 43
Best Lakeside: ¼ Final 2007
Bookies odds: 66/1
Nickname: The Viper
Walk on Music: Rock This Party
Bio: This will be Tony’s second Lakeside appearance since returning to the BDO, he also has 5 other appearances under his belt from his first stint on the BDO circuit. He is the current British Classic title holder and made the last 32 of the World Masters this year.

Richie George

Age: 24
Best Lakeside: Semi Final 2013
Bookies odds: 100/1
Nickname: Richie Rich
Walk on Music: Danza Kuduro
Bio: A semi finalist on debut at Lakeside, this year Richie is back again for another go. Two semi final appearances on the tour this year at the Police Masters and the British Classic have been his best results so far.

Sam Head

Age: 20
Best Lakeside: Debut
Bookies odds: 200/1
Walk on Music: Ravers’ Fantasy
Bio: At 20, Hampshire County player Sam is the youngest player to qualify directly through the BDO rankings. 4 ¼ final appearances have been the return for Sam’s efforts on the tour this year, coming at the England Open, England Classic, Romanian Open and the Sunparks Masters.

Rick Hofstra

Age: 36
Best Lakeside: Last 32 2004, 2005
Bookies odds: 125/1
Walk on Music:
Bio: Rick returns! 9 years ago was the last time Rick graced the Lakeside stage but the Dutch player is back once again. A finalist at the Tops of Ghent as well as 3 semi final appearances at the Welsh Open, Swiss Open and British Classic have contributed to his reappearance at Lakeside.

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