New Prototypes – Hades II

Not long ago, I had a discussion with my sponsor, Monster Barrels Design, about

New Hades II prototypes.

Hades II prototypes (click to enlarge)

updates to my Hades signature dart.   Using ooVoo, we held a video conference where we talked about the changes and the placement of those changes.  Pictures were drawn and held up to the webcam, I’d make a comment, the drawing would be revised, I made last comments and that was it.  After much anticipation, I finally received the prototype soft tip and steel tip barrels to test.  I think the barrels look very nice and the craftsmanship is superb.  Here’s a sneak peek at the Hades II 22gm steel tip model.  I’ll post pictures of the other weights and models soon.

Arachnid Galaxy 3 – Remote Games

Arachnid Galaxy 3I’ve been enjoying the new ‘Remote Games’ feature of the new Arachnid Galaxy 3 (G3) Live boards.  With this new remote play feature, I can play people in different cities and/or different countries.  One of the great benefits of remote play is you get to experience competitive game situations against a variety of unknown opponents and different playing styles.  Remote play is also quite fun and I find myself putting more money into the machines because of it….and I’m guessing that some of you may be doing the same.

Recently, I played for about 2 hours of Cricket on remote play.  I played a lot of different people of all skill levels.  It was a great practice session overall but there were a couple of opponents who stood out for different reasons. Continue reading

Musings: Life On The Road and New Technique

Musing Angels2012 was a busy year for me.  I was in an airplane 47 out of 52 weeks.  Most weeks I would fly home on Fridays and spend 2 nights in my bed.  Then on Sundays, I’d fly back to work where I lived for 5 nights in a hotel.  There were several weeks where I didn’t go home at all because I would fly to a tournament, spend 2 nights in another hotel, and then fly back to work for 5 more nights…in a hotel.  I was out-of-town so much that sometimes my bed and pillow at home felt strange. Continue reading

THE WORLD 2012 GRAND FINAL

Grand Final 2012

THE WORLD, “SOFT-TIP DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2012” is coming soon.  December 15-16, 2012 at KITEC Rodunda Hall, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong.

Eight tournaments (“Stages”) were held throughout 2012 where players competed for cash prizes and valuable qualifying points.  After all Stages were complete, the Top 100 points ranking players were invited to compete in end of year championship finale, THE WORLD 2012 GRAND FINAL.  The total tournament purse is 2,284,000 Hong Kong Dollars and the tournament champion receives 1,000,000 HKD.

I finished in the Top 100 and I’ve been invited to Hong Kong to compete in the GRAND FINAL.  My flight and hotel are booked.  Practice and preparation has begun.

Goto the THE WORLD for tournament details.  A few days before the event, there will be a link posted for the live stream of this world championship soft-tip event.

Coming to America, The World Stage 7

The time has come.  Stage 7 of The World Soft Tip Darts Championship (THE WORLD) is here, with a $12,000 USD 1st place prize.  Stage 7 is part of the DARTSLIVE US Open, September 28 – 30, 2012.  The payout for Stage 7 is the largest singles championship payout that I have ever seen in the US.  And to make it even better, this event occurs in the entertainment capital of the world.  Las Vegas.  It’s no surprise to me that the event sold out. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming to The World – Stage 3

The WorldI’m looking forward to returning back to Hong Kong for The World – Stage 3 on May 27, 2012.  In addition to more great darts, tasty food, and people watching, it now seems that The World Stage 3 will be uniquely different from all previous events.

Recently, there have been rumors about a certain famous professional player talking about wanting to travel to Hong Kong for The World event.  This was mentioned in various darting forums and sites across the internet.  Well, wait no more because it seems that it is now official….   Continue reading

Hong Kong – One Visit is Not Enough

Hong Kong is cool place.  I like traveling to foreign countries and exploring places that I’ve never been to. I get to see and experience all kinds of things that are interesting and memorable. It’s even more interesting when you don’t speak the local language…or in my case, not very well. I stayed in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon, Hong Kong. This area was densely packed with all types of shops, restaurants, jewelry stores, night clubs, electronics stores, and bars. When the sun went down, the place lit up and the area was vibrant and alive. Continue reading