Three-time champion Martin Adams blamed missed doubles for his first round exit from the BDO World Championship at the hands of Jeff Smith.
It is the sixth time Adams, the number two seed, has lost in the first round in 23 visits to Lakeside in Surrey.
Smith cruised to a 3-0 success and Adams admitted the Canadian deserved his victory.
"Jeff played better than I did," said the 59-year-old Englishman.
"The first set could have been a bit different if I'd have hit my doubles. I had plenty of opportunities and I just didn't take them."
Smith, 40, said: "If I'm hitting doubles, I can compete with any player in the world and I know that.
"I'm probably a more dangerous player on a stage than I am on the floor. I settle down and I'm calm.
"Martin's a dangerous player. If you give him an inch, he'll take a mile, so you have to finish him off."
Adams scored superbly early on and hit a 10-dart leg at the start of the second set. But Smith, a semi-finalist last year, raced clear to reach the last 16.