Well, another Las Vegas Open as come and gone. It is always a great time when you are there, but generally, exhausted when you get home. And of course, someone was nice enough to share their germs with me and I ended up sick for a week after I returned home. Oh, the joys of flying!
The early weekend started off not so good, as the kid was going to compete in some national championships and she went in with an infected tooth. She put up a good fight in the cricket event, but just missed making the knock out round by one leg. It was her first Cricket National Championship and she did great! I am very proud of her and all she has accomplished!
The day began rough though. I went to the bar only to find out, they were not carrying any Budweiser! That meant long walks downstairs to the casino bar on my tired and gimpy old legs. Then along came Lance to save the day! If you are a long time dart player going to Vegas and playing at the Tuscany, you know Lance. He is the master behind all the operations in the dart hall. Not to mention, he is just a great guy. All I had to do was say “Lance! Why no Budweiser?” A quick call on the walkie-talkie and two seconds later, “We got two cases coming up.” Lance is the man. Next time you are at darts at the Tuscany, make sure to say hello and thank him for his hard work making these events happen. He is there early in the morning until late at night when we all go home and always does it with a smile. Thanks Lance for all that you do!
After a long day of darts on Thursday, Cricket National Champions were named. Congratulations to Larry Butler, who edged out newcomer Willy Bruguier in a close match, 5-4. For the ladies, a new title was bestowed. Congratulations to one of the newer competitors to the ADO events, Robin Curry. Robin battled hard and won the title with a 4-1 win over Paula Murphy. Congratulations Robin!
Friday, the 501 National Championships was contested and at the end of the day, it was once again Willy Bruguier in the final against a prior 501 National Champion, Robbie Phillips. Willy took the title with a 6-2 win. The ladies continued on again with Sandy Hudson taking the title against the finals veteran, Paula Murphy, 5-2. Congratulations to Sandy and Willy J!
Saturday began rough for me and I had to miss the 501 singles event. No, I was not hung over as most would think since it is Vegas and a dart tournament. I actually have heart issues and sometimes it picks the wrong time to start acting up. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and I was able to compete the rest of the day.
The men’s singles event had a total of 240 entries and at the end of the day; it was Kevin Luke who walked away with the title after defeating Alex Reyes in the final. For the many that don’t know Kevin, he is no stranger to darts, as he is a two-time ADO National Youth Champion back in 1993 and 1995. The ladies started their day with a total of 82 entries and at the end of the day; it was Paula Murphy once again in the final, and she defeated Deb Ivey to take the title home.
On Sunday’s cricket singles event, there were 73 ladies competing and at the end of the day, it was once again, finals veteran Paul Murphy who defeated Lisa Ayers in the final to take home the Ladies Cricket Singles title. For the men, a total of 164 entrants signed up and at the end of the day, it was Willy Bruguier who took home the title of Men’s Cricket Singles Champion.
If you are interesting in seeing more of the results of the weekend, full results can be found on the ADO website at the link below:
The event was run entirely through DartConnect. While I don’t know all the details, I did hear some grumbling about timeliness of board calls for some people. However, as a whole, I think the event went off really well for a first try. I personally am not a fan of using DartConnect in a match unless I have a body up there pushing the buttons, so that was once again an issue for me, but overall from what I heard, many players were happy with being able to use it over the weekend. Whether that will continue for future events, I am not aware of, but if you have been paying attention to Facebook this weekend, then you will also know that the PDC is using DartConnect for the first time at their UK Open qualifiers and it has been met with rave reviews. It has gone over so well that the PDC has issued a statement that they will be looking to continue to use DartConnect in many more future events. This is great news for the guys at DartConnect, as they have worked very hard in promoting their program and are always there to help players use it. Congratulations to DartConnect! And if you are not familiar yet with what DartConnect is, you can visit their website for more information.
As always, it was great to see many old friends over the weekend since we don’t travel to tournaments anymore after our move to North Carolina. It was also a pleasure to meet many new players, one of which was Willy J. He has such an infectious smile and a fun personality. It’s hard not to cheer him on and be happy with his success. He is a class competitor and it was a pleasure to finally get to introduce myself and say hello. Nice to have met you, Willy J!
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