CEDAR RAPIDS, IA -- The Club Lucky Group has announced that it will host its inaugural Dart Tournament of Champions next year. It's being scheduled for late fall in the Midwest.
The organization, established to promote play through professionally managed competition on operator-owned games, reports that total guaranteed prize payouts to the new tournament's qualifiers and finalists will exceed $300,000. This handsome pot is expected to pique the interest of enthusiastic darters; the well-established National Dart Association awarded $500,000 at its 2011 Team Dart championship matches.
The Dart Tournament of Champions program builds on Club Lucky's success with competitions for players of leading sports simulator games, primarily in tavern and restaurant locations.
The new tournament initiative calls for players to start competing in local and regional dart activities within the next few months, through leagues and tournaments administered by Club Lucky member operating companies. These preliminaries will continue through June of 2012.
Players who participate in the initial contests will become eligible to earn vouchers permitting them to compete in the Dart Tournament of Champions. Under the program, 896 of these vouchers are to be awarded at three qualification levels. Awards will be allocated equally among male and female players, and payouts to men and women winners also will be equal. The vouchers will be distributed to local semifinalists by Club Lucky member operators. The player voucher requirements are explained in detail online at clubluckydarts.com.
The Club Lucky Dart Tournament of Champions will run for five days. There will be four days of 64-player triple elimination singles qualifying tournament play, with more than $100,000 in prizes. On the fifth day, the 256 finalists -- 128 men and 128 women -- will square off in separate $100,000 tournaments.
Club Lucky, founded in 2006, is a nationwide group of 34 amusement-operating companies, each regarded as a respected member of its local business community. Collectively, they serve more than 7,000 locations. The group's current president is Larry Elbert of Camden Amusement (Cedar Rapids, IA).
Professional operators expert in administering leagues and managing tournaments, and who are interested in joining Club Lucky to take part in the new Dart Tournament of Champions program, can contact the organization by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.