Wayne Mardle doubles down on nine-darter vs 147 debate with data and facts

Wayne Mardle has doubled down on the nine-darter vs 147 debate with a set of "data and facts".

The former darts player turned commentator has long been embroiled in the discussion over which feat is harder, previously arguing you see 147s "a lot" in snooker compared to nine-darters. After Kyren Wilson potted the first 147 of the 2023 World Snooker Championship on Wednesday, Mardle again made his argument clear.

He told William Hill: "The debate continues. Well, it doesn’t. It’s over because I trotted out stats and the snooker people don’t like it.

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"Shaun Murphy alluded to something on Twitter a couple of days ago. Me and Shaun have been back and forth over this over the years. All friendly stuff, of course.

"But what is more difficult? The 147 in snooker or a nine-darter? Well, there’s been 14 nine-darters in the World Championships since 1994 over an example of 34,000 legs of darts.

"There’s been 12 147s over just over 21,000 frames. That means it’s fact a 147 is easier than a nine-darter. It’s data. It’s facts, it’s not opinion. Get over it snooker people."

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Mardle had previously argued you see 147s "a lot" in snooker and they are "much easier than a nine-darter" during the World Darts Championship.

Commentating on the second round clash between Michael van Gerwen and Lewy Williams back in December, he said: "You see it on the snooker table a lot, because it's a lot easier than a nine-darter, a 147."

However, the prize money for achieving each feat has had snooker fans convinced that a 147 is in fact the more difficult of the two to pull off.

Players are awarded £40,000 if they pull off a 147 at the Snooker World Championship, with £15,000 set aside for the highest break in the event no one achieves a 147.

As for the World Darts Championship, players are offered £50,000 for a nine-darter, but can only claim the prize money after their second nine-darter of the tournament. This means they must hit two nine-darters in order to take home the prize money.


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