Winmau Darts Centre at Wolverhampton Sports Arena by Alan Towe
Wolverhampton’s £3000 Pot Open
Registration will open shortly for the £3000 prize pot Winmau BDO Open in Wolverhampton, staged this year on Saturday, August 22nd.
In its third year, the Wolverhampton Open is now an established event that could soon be blessed with ranking status, raising its profile and extending the handful of pros to a bus load.
Organisers, Wolverhampton Sports Arena and sponsors Winmau say they will still retain the event’s attraction for amateurs, which means the title could go to anyone who wants to have a go.
The Winmau Darts Centre in Wolverhampton has been crowned Britain’s leading regional venue after launching all-week, low-cost competitions – with every penny from fees being ploughed back in prizes.
In just a couple of years with many local pubs closing, demand for darts in the West Midlands has outgrown supply of venues and the Winmau centre is now satisfying that demand with competitions or leagues six nights a week. Saturday will soon figure, with a further competition planned.
With backing now from Winmau sister company Red Dragon, the centre is also attracting a growing number of international competitions attended by players from all over Europe. “We have a winning formula that involves organisation, organisation, organisation,” explained centre manager Dharam Jagpal. “We also keep entry fees down to a minimum and all income goes straight into prize money. A player could almost make a decent living here, just from the cash.
“The Winmau Darts Centre has another key attraction that pubs can’t compete with – 18 boards, which means dozens of players can be accommodated at once, with plenty of practice time and little or no waiting for a turn to throw in leagues or competitions.
Darts at the centre started with a Monday league and just a handful of players. Mondays now see some 80 players and supporters. The centre believes in all games getting off to a flying start, so most are 501 straight start.
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Sam Hamilton was the winner of the first in a new series of knockouts at the Winmau Darts Centre, Wolverhampton taking the title with a 6-3 win over Mick Baker.
The final was a fine example of top quality darts with not one single leg going beyond 18 darts, and included a 13 darts leg, plus chances of 10, 11 and 12 darts legs by both players, Hamilton also produced a top class 158 checkout.
Mick Baker had a convincing 5-0 win in the semi’s over Dave Neal while Hamilton had a much closer 5-4 verdict against Kristian Wharton in a nail biting nine legs thriller.
Played ten, won ten that’s the record of Kevin Lane in the Winmau Darts Centre Thursday Night Champions League at Wolverhampton Sports Arena at the time of going to print. Kevin’s 100% record has taken his points tally to 58 and given him a slender two points advantage over second in the table Mick O’Neil who has lost just one of his ten games. Anthony West has also only lost one game and he is a further four points adrift of O’Neil.
There were huge wins for the top three teams in the Winmau Monday Night Centre League as leaders Bully Boys beat their hosts Double Trouble by 37-11, second placed The Untouchables won their home tie with Make Mine A Double 46-2 and third in the table John’s Klan had a 37-11 home win over Not So Far Travellers.
There was a rare win for Mad House as they won for only the second time in thirteen games a 27-21 home success against Here for The Beer, both teams lie in the bottom four.
In addition to the above leagues the centre has got its new Red Dragon Tuesday Night Super Series underway and beginning on the 29th May is another new league the Winmau Super Stars of Darts League.
Darts in not only in the local Wolverhampton area but also in the greater West Midlands region can only benefit from all that is being done for the sport of darts at the Winmau Darts Centre at Wolverhampton Sports Arena.
Whatever night is your chosen night for playing darts the Winmau Darts Centre can oblige with some tremendous leagues and knockouts it’s well worth checking out and who knows the next big winner could well be you.