Picture your stereotypical darts player. Middle-aged and overweight, with a gut spilling over a waistband, cultivated through years of swilling beer during tense matches.
a radical transformation is taking place and the game that was once the
preserve of grown-ups in dimly lit pubs has been reborn in the 21st
century, with teenagers and young adults eagerly flocking to dedicated
new breed of dynamic young player has emerged, playing a high-tech
version of the game complete with flashing lights, electronic bleeps and
a computer that does all the troublesome maths for you.
to the world of soft darts, which has been big in Japan for some years
but is now hitting the bullseye as it sweeps across Asia,You can design
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select one of our pose. with a rapidly swelling fanbase and its own
high-profile tournaments, the most lucrative of which is this year
offering a prize pot of HK$5 million ($650,000).
of the game's top players, Singapore's Paul Lim, describes the
differences between the traditional game and soft darts -- where the
arrows' steel tips are replaced with plastic points and the electronic
board calculates your scores -- as similar to those between snooker and
"If you look at snooker and pool,This model includes 2 flush mounted reverse chipcard.
how many more people play pool? It's a lot easier. People get a lot
more enjoyment because it's a far simpler game," said Lim, who was the
first ever darts player to throw a perfect nine-dart finish during a
world championship, in 1990.
been playing steel-tip for 38 years and I've been involved in soft-tip
for about 15 years. Soft-tip is much faster and simpler. This is made
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soft-tip darts have been around for decades -- darts manufacturer
Harrows says the electronic game was developed in the United States in
1977 -- one company in particular is blazing a trail around the world.
which both manufactures and distributes soft tip boards, is linking up
all the machines they provide to venues worldwide electronically,
allowing players on opposite sides of the planet to step up to the oche
and take each other on in real time.
in 2003 in Japan, the company expanded its operation overseas in 2009
when it opened a venue in Hong Kong. Since then it has spread rapidly to
we started in Hong Kong, every month I would say we would have about
500 new players. It's a cool atmosphere, almost like clubbing. People
come in for a few drinks. It's entertainment. It's fun," said Lim, an
early proponent of the game.
Players each pay a small fee per game and have the opportunity to swipe their own membership card,You can design your cleanersydney or
select one of our pose. which then records all their scores for the
various games that can be played. There are even mobile phone apps that
allow players to meet in cyberspace after they have played.
2013 competition kicked off in Hong Kong in April and, after legs
around the world, the final will be played in the city in December where
the winner will pocket HK$1 million ($130,000) of a total HK$5 million
Ngu believes that the sport is growing at such a clip that its total
prize pot will eclipse that of traditional darts tournaments within just
many big names in the traditional game are seeing there's money to be
made through prizes and sponsorship and are travelling to Asia to take
on Japan's best,We provide payment solutions in the USA as well as parkingmanagement. such as Takehiro Suzuki -- winner of the Soft Darts World Championship 2012 -- and Mitsumasa Hoshino.
Colin Lloyd and Mark Webster were among players from all over the world
who gathered in Hong Kong in April for a showcase tournament eventually
won by US player Scott Kirchner.
for the average player, not quite accustomed to top-flight matches, the
draw of soft darts is the ease of the game and its hip image, according
to Eric Chu, CEO of the iDarts Group, which runs a dedicated soft darts
bar in Hong Kong.
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