Luke Littler may be making his professional debut at the World Darts Championship at just 16, but he has already been guaranteed a big bumper payout to make some other sporting stars jealous.
The World Darts Championship is the pinnacle of the sport for men and women, with multi-million pound prizes available for those making the main draw.
Littler qualified through the PDC Development Tour, where he surprisingly won five titles and finished second on the Order of Merit.
This saw him finish the year with a prize fund of over £20,000, with winnings of £2,500 for each win.
Luke Littler is going to get a huge salary
The teenage sensation secured his biggest pay day at the World Youth Championships in November, taking home £10,000 for winning the event.
But the biggest prize was for Littler at Alexandra Palace, with the first round losers still getting £7,500.
However Littler never looked in danger of going out in the first round and his two wins have now guaranteed him the biggest single payout of his young career.
The losers of the third round are awarded £25,000 and the prize money increases significantly in subsequent rounds.
Littler’s earnings for 2023 are currently just over £55,000, which could make some women on the WTA Tour jealous.
Littler will find herself ranked 307th on the WTA Tour prize money leaderboard with her 2023 earnings, ahead of 3,619 players.
That would put her above British players like Alicia Barnett and Emily Appleton and just behind former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
He will also be above most players on the ATP Tour as he will be ranked 385th on their prize money leaderboard for 2023, earning more than 3,932 male tennis stars for the year – a season above players like Kevin Anderson and Bernard Tomic. .
Littler will fancy his chances of adding to his prize pool after Christmas and also face Matt Campbell in the next round.
The teenager indicated that he was grateful for Campbell defeating James Wade to step up his challenge.
Luke Littler has already earned his biggest salary ever by reaching the third round
“I’m glad I’m back after Christmas,” Littler said. As soon as he beat Wade, my eyes lit up but I knew I had to get past Christian and then Andrew and I was looking forward to facing Matt. Coming back for.”
“I’m going to take it game by game and play with whoever is against me.
“Matt beat Wade, a multiple major winner, and what he’s done so far has been good for Canadian darts but now it’s me or him.”
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Reaching the fourth round will add £10,000 to Littler’s prize money, along with £50,000 for reaching the quarter-finals.
This figure is doubled for the semi-finalists and doubled again to £200,000 for the tournament runners-up.
But the biggest prize is reserved for the winner with the world champion taking home £500,000.