The AMOA-National Dart Association (NDA) held its 28th annual international soft-tip dart tournament, Team Dart, at Bally’s Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. on April 19-27. This year Team Dart received more than 10,000 event entrants from over 2,900 players from five countries all competing for over $500,000 in prize money.
The tournament is unique compared to all others in that skill levels range from beginners to masters. All participants are classified into levels according to their individual or team’s skill rating. There are anywhere from 1 to 18 levels in any one event each year depending on the number and skill levels of entries. The unique advantage to Team Dart is all levels in open events pay the same amount of money for each place, be it level 1 or level 18. Therefore, every player has the opportunity to be in the money no matter the skill level.
Approximately 150 NDA operator members sent teams to Team Dart this year. Team Dart entry qualifications include being a NDA-sanctioned player and playing at least 96 league games in a specified period for the NDA coin-op vending company who enters the player in the tournament. Players had the option of participating in up to 10 events throughout the nine days of competition.
Team Dart is held annually at Bally’s Las Vegas. The prime location allows for players to experience Las Vegas at a central location for full vacation benefits. The tournament hall, which is large enough to hold the entire tournament, is located just steps away from Bally’s casino and sleeping rooms.
Team Dart 2013 events included:
· Open Singles 501, Levels 1-15
· Open Masters Singles 501 DI/DO, Levels A & B
· Ladies Masters Singles 501 DI/DO
· Open Singles Cricket, Levels 1-18
· Open Masters Singles Cricket, Levels A & B
· Ladies Masters Singles Cricket
· Senior Singles Combo, Levels 1-4
· Open Doubles 501, Levels 1-10
· Open Masters Doubles 501 DI/DO
· Ladies Masters Doubles 501 DI/DO
· Open Doubles Cricket, Levels 1-12
· Open Masters Doubles Cricket
· Ladies Masters Doubles Cricket
· Open Mixed Doubles Cricket, Levels 1-5
· Masters Mixed Doubles Cricket
· Mixed Doubles 501, Level 1-6
· Masters Mixed Doubles 501
· Mixed Triples 701, Levels 1-4
· Mixed Masters Triples 701
· Mixed Triples Combo, Level 1-7
· Masters Mixed Triples Combo
· Open Team Cricket, Levels 1-5
· Open Masters Team Cricket
· Open Team 501, Level 1-5
· Open Masters Team 501 DI/DO
An international competition would not be complete without an International Challenge. Teams from Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States competed Wednesday, April 24, for international bragging rights until next year’s competition. The German women’s team defeated USA for first place, and the USA men’s team defeated Germany for first place. A special thanks to Team USA sponsor, Mike Bates with Dart Masters.
Final results for the International Challenge are as follows:
Women’s International Challenge
1st Place Germany
2nd Place USA
3rd Place Canada
4th Place Spain
Men’s International Challenge
1st Place USA
2nd Place Germany
3rd Place France
4th Place Canada
5th Place Spain
Top overall money winners for this year’s event were Stacy Bromberg with D & B Electronic Darts from Ne
vada and Ben Dersch with Modern Specialty Company from Wisconsin.
Top shooters in each level in Team Cricket and Team 501, with a minimum of 24 games played during the tournament, receive Top Gun awards. This year’s Top Gun recipients are:
Open Team Cricket:
|Willard Bruguier||Masters||Automatic Vendors/Music Service||Rapid City, S.D.|
|Kevin Luke||Level 1||AJ's Entertainment||West Richland, WA|
|Rick Hughart||Level 2||City Amusement Enterprises||Portsmouth, OH|
|Byron Gilbert||Level 3||Wyoming Amusement||Casper, WY|
|Tom Montgomery||Level 4||City Amusement Enterprises||Portsmouth, OH|
|Todd Oborny||Level 5||Mid-Nebraska Coin Op||Grand Island, NE|
Open Team 501
|Karsten Bott||Masters||DSAB EV||Germany|
|Dustin Holt||Level 1||Midwest Electronics||Ellsworth, IL|
|Brandon Shirmbeck||Level 2||Kelly Coin Machine||Carroll, IA|
|Terry Luster||Level 3||Prarie State Gaming||Hinsdale, IL|
|Randy Benson||Level 4||Tri-Valley Vending||Wasilla, AK|
|Richard White||Level 5||Dolphin Coin||Mt. Pleasant, MI|
During the Team Dart President’s Reception and Annual Meeting, the NDA inducted, Alan Chambers and Robert “Whitey” Tolliver, into the NDA Hall of Fame. Their contributions to the NDA are invaluable and deserve to be recognized in a permanent manner. For their dedicated service, Judy Mehle, NDA President, presented them with Hall of Fame awards.
Also, the NDA thanked its sponsors for their continued support of the tournament and the association. In attendance to accept their awards were John Pascaretti with the Amusement and Music Operators Association, Sam Zammuto with Arachnid, Inc., Vilim Vidanec with Cyberdine d.o.o., Ruben Funosas with Gaelco Darts S.L., Rick Bradley with Medalist Corporation, Helmut Schneller with NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Adam Lipinski with Shelti. The following NDA manufacturer sponsors, Arachnid, Inc., Cyberdine d.o.o., Gaelco Darts S.L., Medalist Corporation, NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Shelti, provided 342 dartboards for the tournament floor. It was on these machines that the best of the best battled for the title of World Champion. Manufacturers also provided games in their onsite booth for players to enjoy outside of competition.
The hard work and dedication of the Team Dart Tournament Committee, Administrative and Tournament Staff, Set-up Crew and NDA Certified Referees was also recognized. Honored staff included:
Administrative, Tournament Staff and Set-up Crew
Jose Maria Gutierrez
NDA Certified Referees
The NDA also thanks MVP Awards, Inc., Discount Custom Apparel and A-Z Darts for their continued support of the association and Team Dart.
Team Dart 2014 will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas, April 25 – May 3. Reserve your room by calling 800.634.3434. Watch for details at www.NDAdarts.com.
The NDA is an international trade association of coin-operated vending companies representing approximately 300 members and 250,000 players worldwide. The NDA was formed by and for coin machine operators to promote the sport of electronic darting exclusively on operator-owned equipment. The Association offers a variety of programs, materials and supplies to support its members in increasing the profitability of their dart operations. The NDA and Team Dart is sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA), Arachnid, Inc., Cyberdine d.o.o., Gaelco Darts S.L., Medalist Corporation, NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Shelti.
For more information about membership in the NDA, its annual international Team Dart competition or biennial League SMART educational conference, contact Leslie Murphy, Executive Director at 800.808.9884 ext.120, or visit the NDA website at www.NDAdarts.com.