Pub darts players to be given chance to pitch against world champion
Joint sponsors Coinspinner and Red Dragon Darts are organising a ‘Super Series’ of four contests running from January to April at The Fountain pub in Builth Wells.
The winner of each contest will receive prizemoney and a chance to take on either van Gerwen, Welsh star Mark Webster, Australian ace Simon Whitlock or Liverpool’s Stephen Bunting in front of an audience of up to 800 people at the ‘Night of Champions’ darts exhibition event to be held at Penmaenau Farm, Builth Wells on May 10.
The ‘Super Series’ will be held on January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12 with a maximum of 64 players for each event. A minimum prize fund of £200 will be on offer for each event and each winner will go into the hat to play one of the world champions in the best of three legs on May 10.
Entry for the ‘Super Series’ costs £5 and players must register with Lisa on Tel: 07875 461247. More information is available on the website www.reddragondarts.com.
It’s the second time that joint sponsors have teamed up to organise a major darts event. Earlier this year, they organised a successful Champion of Champions Grand Final at The Hi-Tide, Porthcawl, a competition which brought together the best pub darts players in the Wales and the borders to play the best of three, 501 legs matches with more than £4,000 prizemoney on offer.
The sponsors are keen to get more people playing darts to support pubs across Wales and the borders. With offices across the UK and Europe, including a new hub in Ebbw Vale, Coinspinner - www.coinspinner.co.uk - specialises in supplying pay-to-play entertainment equipment to pubs and members clubs, while Red Dragon Darts is a Bridgend-based darts specialist with a client base across the UK.
Tickets for the ‘Night of Champions’, which will also star glamorous walk-on model Danielle Allfree, are available through licensed premises supplied by Coinspinner. VIP tickets cost £50, table seating costs £25 and standing £20. Call Barry Bear on Tel: 07516 740311 for ticket partner details.
"Our main aim in organising the ‘Super Series’ and the ‘Night of Champions’ exhibition event is to encourage more people to play darts in pubs across Wales, which will in turn support the licensed trade,” said Lee Hammond, Coinspinner’s operations manager.
"Having seen how popular the ‘Champion of Champions’ competition was earlier this year, we are confident the ‘Super Series’ will be equally as successful. It’s not every day that a pub darts player gets a chance to take on one of the big stars of the sport in front of a huge audience.
"We have already sold a number of VIP tickets for the ‘Night of Champions’ event and anticipate huge demand for tickets.
"Coinspinner is increasing its customer base and presence across Wales and the borders and an important part of the company’s ethos is reinvesting in the communities that we serve to support pubs, sporting clubs and the leisure industry.”
Simon Hall, head of marketing at Red Dragon Darts, said the company was using the same best of three 501 legs format in the ‘Super Series’ that proved so popular in the former News of the World Championship
"It’s a format that pub players love and the professionals hate,” he said. "Great players can be eliminated by unfancied opponents before they even have a chance to warm up.”