INDIANAPOLIS — The National Dart Association (a body of the Amusement and Music Operators Association) said it is planning an expanded program in a larger space for Team Dart XXIII. The event will be held April 18-26 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
This 23rd annual international electronic darting competition will award $500,000 in prize money to players of all skill levels.
A planned expansion of the tournament floor will allow for more space and equipment, NDA officials said. Thus, more matches will run simultaneously, reducing players’ waiting time between games and decreasing event congestion. The new floor plan also allows an open area for practice and blind-draw events.
NDA said it will add to player skill levels for events such as Singles, creating more winners and encouraging faster play and better attendance. Like the 2007 tournament, day one of Team Dart ‘08 will have a round-robin format. However, day two will see teams from each grouping advance into a double-elimination bracket.
Open Masters and Ladies Masters will conclude on day two, while all open levels will play down until 16 teams remain. The final 16 will play to completion on day three.
New this year is the Senior Singles Combo, which takes place Wednesday, April 23. It is designed for players 50 and over who want to participate with others their age.
In addition to the nine required pre-registration events, the NDA will continue to offer Second Chance Team Cricket and Second Change Team 501 for all players who do not advance to the final 16.
Testing for the NDA’s “Know the Rules” program will be offered Monday evening. Players are encouraged to take the test, which demonstrates their knowledge of the game. It also makes players a “Know the Rules Top Flite Member” of the NDA. This test is the prerequisite for the NDA’s referee certification course, which will be offered again on Wednesday for those who want to become a certified electronic darting referee.
The NDA is an international trade association of coin-operated vending companies, representing approximately 300 members and 250,000 players worldwide. It was formed by and for coin machine operators to promote the sport of electronic darting exclusively on an operator-owned equipment.
The association offers a variety of programs, materials and supplies to support its members and help them increase the profitability of their dart operations. The NDA and Team Dart is sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association, Arachnid Inc., Medalist Corp., NSM-Löwen Entertainment and Shelti Inc.
Alyssa Pfenning is NDA’s director of membership She can be reached at (800) 808-9884.