Ted Hankey - Updated Sep 2023

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Ted Hankey

Ted Hankey is a notable former English darts player. Ted Hankey won the BDO World Darts Championship in 2000. Moreover, he finished second in the race in 2001 and took first place again in 2009.

Early Life and Education

Ted Hankey was born Edward Hankey on February 20, 1968, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. His age is currently 55 years old. However, there is no information about his parents and other family members.

He holds English nationality and is of white ethnic background. According to his date of birth, he was born under the zodiac sign Pisces. Ted hasn’t disclosed much about his early life and childhood other than this.

Regarding his educational qualification, he is a graduate student. He completed his graduation from Otumoetai College.

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, Ted is a darts player. Hankey won the 2000 BDO World Darts Championship by defeating Bob Taylor, Steve Douglas, Kevin Painter, and Chris Mason. He then defeated Ronnie Baxter 6-0 in the championship match, winning with a remarkable 170 checkout, the highest three-dart finish ever. With only 46 minutes, the final was the quickest in tournament history. In a match against Chris Mason in the semifinals, he set a championship record with 22 x 180s. (His subsequent best scores are 15, which he also attained in 2009 matches against Martin Adams in the semifinals and Tony O’Shea in the final.)

Additionally, he established a record with 48 x 180s in the 2000 competition. In 2001, Hankey made it back to the championship game, but John Walton defeated him 6-2.

Ted Hankey

Caption: Ted Hankey was captured while playing darts
Source: Stoke on Trent Live

PDC Career

Hankey received an invitation to the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, which is run by the PDC, as a result of his victory in the world championship. He accepted the invitation and was put in group E with Simon Whitlock, Scott Waites, and Wayne Mardle. Hankey lost his first group game to Waites 3-5, but once again the crowd got on his nerves by booing and shouting at him as he was throwing, clearly upsetting Hankey.

Later, Hankey expressed his displeasure in an interview with ITV4 and said, “If that’s the darts you want to play, keep it,” as well as calling for more crowd control in the PDC. Hankey eventually defeated Wayne Mardle, but he lost to Simon Whitlock 5-4. Hankey eventually defeated Wayne Mardle, but he lost to Simon Whitlock 5-4. After the match, Hankey did say he wanted to compete in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts.

Moreover, Hankey advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship by defeating newcomer Clive Barden 3-2 in sets and Scott Waites, who eliminated him from the competition the year before, 4-3. Martin Atkins was defeated by Hankey 5-1 in the quarterfinal. Hankey had a dart at the bullseye to win the match 6-4 in the semi-final against rookie and eventual champion Christian Kist, but Kist came back to win the match 6-5.

Return to PDC

The PDC announced on its website the day after Hankey’s BDO resignation announcement that it would be giving the semifinalists of the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship two-year tour cards. This meant that Hankey did not have to compete in the qualifying school tournament, which is typically a requirement for all new PDC players and instead received an automatic tour card to play in the PDC and its Pro Tour.

In the first UK Open qualifier in Crawley, Hankey won his first matches in the PDC by defeating Steve West 6-5 and Toon Greebe 6-1 before falling to Connie Finnan 6-4. Hankey reached the last 16 of the Players Championship Event 5 in May, where he lost 1-6 to Raymond van Barneveld. This was Hankey’s best finish on the tour to date. Hankey won his first major tournament on the tour, the UK Open, by defeating qualifiers Danny Dutson and Andy Jenkins 4-1. However, in the second round, he was defeated by Mervyn King, an old BDO foe, 1-4.

Health Concerns

Hankey was placed in Group B of the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts alongside Steve Beaton, Michael van Gerwen, and Robert Thornton. Thornton whitewashed him 0-5; however, he defeated Beaton 5-3 to remain in the group. Hankey, who needed to defeat Van Gerwen 5-0 or 5-1 in his final match to advance, struggled with a three-dart average of 59, missing five consecutive attempts at a single in the first leg (including two that completely missed the board to set up a double).

Ted Hankey – Return to the BDO

After the 2014 World Championship, Hankey’s two-year tour card expired, and since he was ranked 94th in the world—well outside the top 64 players who maintain their professional status—he lost his place in the PDC. Prior to the start of Q School, he withdrew his registration. Soon after, it was revealed that Hankey had made the difficult decision to leave the PDC and rejoin the BDO. His best performances in his first season back in the BDO were two quarterfinal appearances as he narrowly missed qualifying for the Lakeside by one spot at rank 29 (the top 28 qualified).

Additionally, he was unable to advance from the qualifying tournaments held in Hull for the Masters, Lakeside, and the World Trophy. He qualified for the 2015 BDO World Trophy, but Sam Hewson defeated him 6-4 in the opening round. Following the game, he and John Gwynne provided commentary for the remainder of the competition.

Ted Hankey – Net Worth 2023

This professional darts player has earned a decent amount of money throughout his career. He has a net worth of $1.2 million as of 2023. But he hasn’t disclosed his salary and other asset values.

Personal Life

Ted holds straight sexuality. As for his marital status, he is a married man. He tied the knot with Sarah Manning. They are the parents of three kids but their details are not available at the moment. Previously, he was also engaged to Jennifer Lopez. His tournament earnings decreased after having a stroke in 2012, and he was declared bankrupt in June 2018. He and his wife were going through a divorce as of May 2022.

A conviction for sexual assault

Hankey was accused of sexual assault in March 2022; the defence claimed that his female victim was over 16 but under 18. The incident happened in September 2021, and it was documented on camera. On April 14, 2022, he entered an agreement to plead guilty to the charge and was granted conditional bail. He received a two-year prison term and a ten-year sex offender registry placement at Chester Crown Court on May 12, 2022.

Social Media

Despite being a  popular face, Ted is not much active on social media sites. He is only active on Twitter. Likewise, he joined Twitter on January 2012 and has more than 26.9K followers on his account ‘@TedHankeyDarts’. However, he is not active on other social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and so on.

Ted Hankey – Body Measurements

Reflecting on his physical stats, he stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches and has a weight of 86kg. However, there are no details about his body size, dress size, shoe size, waist size, and so on. But looking at his pictures we can assume that he has a pair of black eyes with brown colored hair.

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