My name is Donny Joe and I’m a dart player from Houston, Texas.  I have 20+ years of dart tournament experience.  During that time, I’ve had the good fortune to compete against many of the top players in the world.

In 2011, I acquired Monster Barrels Design and L-Style as sponsors.  Both companies are from Japan and their generous support enables me to focus on becoming the best that I can be and compete in this wonderful game that I love.  In early 2012, Monster released my new signature steel and soft tip darts named “Hades”.

The Hades originally debuted in 22gm and 24gm steel tip and 18gm soft tip.

The current “Hades II” version comes in 22gm Steel, 20gm soft tip (2BA), 18gm soft tip (No. 5).

I travel throughout North America to compete on the American Darts Organization (ADO) and Championship Darts Circuit tournaments.  I’ve also played many of the top British and European dart professionals in the world in the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tournaments.  Between 1998-2000, I gained international tournament experience while living and working as an American ex-pat in England.  During that time, I competed in several British Darts Organization (BDO)/World Darts Federation (WDF) sanctioned tournaments in several countries in both the UK and in Europe.

Although steel tip is my primary passion, I play soft tip tournaments too.  Since 1992, I’ve competed in the Arachnid Bullshooter soft tip Regional and World Championship tournaments.  Most recently, I’ve been traveling to scenic destinations across Asia and Europe to compete in the professional soft tip world championship series known as THE WORLD.

Outside of darts, my other passions include eating and growing hot peppers, savory foods, poker (No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha), and kayak fishing on the Texas gulf coast. In my younger days, I enjoyed successful careers as a tournament racquetball player and as a motocross racer.

I am the father of a wonderful teenage son named Brandon who shares my zest for life.  He always sets high goals for himself and he pursues those goals with a level of dedication and passion that inspires me and makes me very proud.

I have a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  I’ve worked in industry as an Information Technology (IT) professional and I’ve worked for large business consulting firms providing services to global energy clients.  My expertise lies in energy trading and risk management technologies, change management, processes and controls, and project management.  I am also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

My professional background as an IT person and a business consultant influence the way I express myself in words and how I see things.  In my professional world, I deal with a wide band of subjects which span from strategic and visionary to tactical and detailed.  Thus, my writings on darts may range from somewhat abstract to highly technical.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my blog.  🙂

19 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Donny, a pleasure to have met you at the world stage here at La Rochelle France. I sincerly hope todays journey takes you all the way to a podium finish. Hopefully our paths will cross again in which case i’ll demand a rematch, and compensate this with my support as you play. Best regards Mark Lewis (lecockneyjock) (titous darts/unwanted)

    • Hello Mark. Likewise it was a pleasure meeting you and we’ll definitely play that rematch should our paths cross again. Ideally, that place would be back in your home country of Scotland!

  2. Hei Donny my name is benjamin from germany and i like verry well ur darts and l-style flight is use it can u send me a photo of ur darts Best Regars benjamin

  3. Hi Donny

    My name is Ryan Crofskey and I am a producer for LiveSPORT Radio in New Zealand.

    I am contacting you as we would love to have you on one of our station to talk ‘all things’ darts.
    we would love to have a chat about the McCoy’s PLD play- offs (Phil Taylor, Andy Hamilton, Simon Whitlock and James Wade.)

    Donny we would also LOVVVEEE for you to tell us a bit about The World – Stage 3 in Hong Kong.

    Donny if available we would call you at 8:00pm(CDT Houston) on Thursday 17th………Which is 1:00pm Friday 18th over here in New Zealand ….we will only take 5- 10min of your time !!


    • Ryan,

      I’d be happy to talk with you on LiveSPORT Rado. I sent you an email with my details.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and I’ll speak with you and your LiveSPORT listeners soon.


  4. Donny,

    We had the opportunity to meet this past weekend in Virginia Beach. Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that I really enjoy your writing style and think the content is fantastic. Look forward to reading more.

    Blake Bukowsky
    Flying Bull Dart Shirts

    • Hello Blake,

      It was nice meeting you in VA Beach. You make very cool dart shirts and I know that Flying Bull Dart Shirts will be a big success. Thanks for visiting my blog and for providing feedback.

  5. Hi Donny,

    would you allow me to use your two blogs about dartslive for my site? It’s the best information I can find and I would like to translate it for the German version. Dartplayers here in Germany are interested in what is going on and your blogs would really be very helpful!!! Of course I would mentioned where I found it!!! 🙂


  6. Donny, you are one impressive individual! We lived in England for four years – back in the early 90’s – and loved it. I was really fascinated by the skill of even the pub dart players. But they weren’t close to the skill you have. Great to connect with you, my friend. I’m following your blog now.

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