Betway Premier League - Night 15 Round-Up

Jake vs The Power: Jones Muses on a Fantasy Match-Up.

During the lockdown, many players have taken this chance to improve their darts, at home, and with online darts. We spoke with one player who has been getting loads of attention during ‘lockdown’ for his superb online performances, Stoke On Trent’s Jake Jones.

Stoke-on-Trent’s Jake Jones is heavily influenced by the Potteries band of legends.

First up is the warm up round. Nine quickfire style questions:

What darts do you use?: Bavaria (23 grams) from ONE80.

What’s your darts nickname?: Don’t really have a nickname but recently people have been
call me JJ.

What player do you look up to (if any)?: As I’m from Stoke-on-Trent I look up to mainly all of the pros that have been from this area. Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Ian White, Andy Hamilton to name a few.


Best of 21 with any player past or present who would it be and why?: Tough question. I’d probably say, Phil Taylor. As for me he is the greatest of all time so to fair against him in a long format tournament and see how I went on would be an eye-opener.

What your favorite practice routine?: I don’t have a practice routine because I tend to just
play matches or tournaments.

Fav checkout?: 82 (Bull, double 16) hands down.

What’s the ‘Walk-on’ song for when you get to the Worlds?: My walk-on song is a song called ‘Whoomp, there it is’ by Tag Team. It’s my county walk-on song as well and the team love it.

Tell us someone you feel is underrated in your darts connections?: Someone, who I think is underrated. . . ? Well he’s not underrated as everyone from around here knows how good he is but my best mate Jamie Landon. Great player but has never had the break he deserved. He’s a top lad, and a quality darter, but never had the backing and because of that never been as confident. He should be up there with the best.

Dars In Stoke darts knockouts darts leagues in Stoke Staffordshire
Shaun Rogers a.k.a Waynupya, also appear at DiS!


Name three players who will be big in five years time: I’d say Lewy Williams,
Joe Davis, Jamie Landon, Callum Matthews and Myself
!


Many thanks to Jake for speaking with us at Darts World. In the second part of his conversation, Shaun looks further into Jake’s ambitions and the ups and downs of his darts career so far.

Jones Defies Q-School ‘Smash & Grab’ To Stage A LockDown Resurgence

Staffordshire’s Jake Jones looked all set for a top-flight darts career. After a string of impressive results, now almost a decade ago, the Stoke-on-Trent thrower suddenly seemed to disappear without a trace. During the LockDown however he has reemerged and his tremendous talent is beginning to shine again.

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Jake Jones, rumour has it he was nicknamed ‘Goldenballs’

Darts World contributor Shaun Rodgers caught up with Jake earlier this week for a long chat, more to come on that, and its fair to say that 2020 has been a mixed year for the twenty-six-year-old.

After a spell out of competition Jones had decided, albeit a bit late, to enter the PDC’s Q-School and attempt to secure a Pro-Tour card for 2020. After a solid first day Jones was struck by a horrid moment when his car was trashed and darts were stolen:

I left my car at the venue overnight right in front of the…. doors. I come to the venue Saturday morning…… and
found out that someone had smashed my car up, robbed my darts and other stuff out of my car.

so I had to play with a borrowed set off a complete stranger in the venue.

While no-one can ever know for sure Jones had seemed to be settling well, after his self imposed break, and may have challenged on the final two days.

He added:

I WAS
DEVASTATED, TO BE HONEST, AS I PRACTICED SO HARD FOR 2 MONTHS RUNNING UP TO THE TOURNAMENT, TO JUST HAVE IT TAKEN AWAY FROM ME….”

Jake refused to allow the experience to destroy his return to the competitive game, reaching the last sixteen of a Challenge Tour event early in the season, and was just beginning to recapture his best form when Covid-19 struck the UK. The former Development Tour finalist has managed to use the opportunity of not being able to work normally, he is a scaffolder by trade, and get stuck in to his darts:

as soon as lockdown came and furlough became apparent, it was an
opportunity for me to get on the board and play like I’ve always wanted to.

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The rewards have begun to flow and Jones is once more looking like the player he promised to be. Look out at dartsworld.com for Shaun’s full conversation and some great quickfire questions!


Look out for more from Shaun and Jake in the coming days!

Veenstra Triumphs in Remote Darts League Two!

Dutchman Richard Veenstra crowned himself Remote Darts League Champion on Monday Night as the 2nd edition came to a close with victory over Paul Hogan in the decider, denying the Englishman a chance to become Remote Darts League Champion for the 2nd time after he had lost to James Richardson in the 1st edition of the Darts at Home Tournament 2 months back.

Veenstra claimed the title over the perennial giant killer Paul Hogan!

The 1st Semi Final of the night was between Reigning and Defending Remote Darts League Champion James Richardson up against Paul Hogan, who finished 4th in the league phase having picked up 20 points from a possible 30 and was Runner Up in the 1st Remote Darts League. The match began with Hogan racing into a 4-0 lead winning legs in 13,14,16,15 darts respectively as well as hitting a 1st 180 of the night. Richardson picked up his 1st leg of the match in the 5th leg in 14 darts before Hogan fired in a 15-dart leg to go 5-1 up. Richardson fired in 3 consecutive legs in 17, 16 and 15 darts respectively to reduce the deficit to just a single leg. From there on now, Hogan dominated the match by winning 3 consecutive legs to finally end James Richardson’s unbeaten run in the Remote Darts League to book his spot in the final with an 8-4 win by winning the final 3 legs in 14,19 and 17 darts respectively and pinned his 3rd and 4th along that way.

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

The 2nd Semi Final of the night for a spot in the final against Paul Hogan was between Dutchman Richard Veenstra and Irishman John O’Shea. 2 points separated the two after the league phase was completed with Veenstra finishing 2nd on 22 points and O’Shea finishing in 3rd on 20 points. Veenstra began the match by storming into a 6-0 lead without giving O’Shea a sniff in winning legs in 18,17,15,21,14 and 17 darts respectively including a 1st 180 and a 121 checkout along the way. O’Shea then put his 1st leg on the board in 17 darts which turned out to be his only leg of the match as Veenstra then secured the win by winning back to back legs in 16 and 18 darts respectively and sealing an 8-1 victory and booking his spot in the final up against Paul Hogan. 

So 16 players took part in the Remote Darts League over 20 Nights of action and 120 group games played now just 2 remain, Paul Hogan took on Richard Veenstra in the final of the 2nd edition of the Remote Darts League with Hogan hoping to win the title having lost in the previous final to James Richardson in the 1st edition.

The match began with Veenstra storming into a 3-0 lead winning legs in 18,15 and 14 darts respectively including a 1st and 2nd 180 in legs 2 and 3 before Hogan picked up his 1st leg of the final in 17 darts to decrease the deficit to 2 legs. The match for the next 9 legs were all holds of throw with Veenstra winning 5 of the 9 legs in 14,21,17,13 and 16 darts respectively and Hogan winning his 4 legs in 15,19 ,17 and 19 darts respectively to make the score 8-5 going into the 14th leg where Veenstra broke Hogan’s throw in 15 darts to go within 1 of victory. In the 15th leg, Veenstra took out 76 on tops to seal the victory in 15 darts and a 10-5 victory and crowning himself Remote Darts League champion and leaving Paul Hogan with 2 defeats from 2 in each final, having lost to James Richardson in the 1st ever final of the Remote Darts League.


Whitlock Adds Joins Remote 9-Dart Club.

Simon Whitlock became the latest player to hit an online nine-darter on his way to winning a ‘remote’ knockout tournament featuring other top names this weekend.

Winmau’s Simon Whitlock has had a relatively successful spell and seems to have adapted well to the distanced darting situation.

Former World Championship semi-finalist Whitlock took out his nine-dart finish during a second-round encounter with the in-form Jake Jones. The Australian’s nine-darter and the later final (vs Dobey) were not streamed online due to regulations that come alongside owning a tour card.

Simon had a disappointing time in the newly instituted PDC Home Tour but has acquitted himself well, in remote darts events, since.

‘The Wizard’ came through a field of 128 players in the tournament including Michael Smith and Chris Dobey last Saturday afternoon defeating Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey in the final. The event was put together by Australian Danny Kilbane, Dobey had conquered Michael Smith and the dangerous Andy Boulton en route to the final.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ) CHRIS DOBEY IN ACTION

Meanwhile, the ‘Aussie Wizard’ removed Joe Murnan, William Borland before clinching victory over Dobey During his earlier encounter, with Englishman Jones, Whitlock hit six 180s in ten legs with two of those coming back-to-back in the final leg, Simon then completed the regulation 141 check-out to become the third big-name player to his a nine-dart finish during the lockdown months.

Unfortunately, neither Whitlock’s nine-darter nor his final against Dobey were allowed to be streamed online due to regulations that come alongside owning a tour card.


Feature pic: PDC (L Lustig)

Remote Darts League: Veenstra Secures Semi Spot!

Dutchman Richard Veenstra booked his spot in the Semi Finals of the Remote Darts League on Saturday Evening as he picked up 5 points from a possible 6 as he took on John O’Shea, Justin Thompson and Joe Chaney.

Dutch an Veenstra secured his semi spot with a strong evening’s results. (Chris Sergeant, TipTop Pics)

The opening match of the night was between Ireland’s John O’Shea and Holland’s Richard Veenstra. Both began the night on the same amount points in the league phase and just a point off the top 4, with a win for either would push them into the top 4 for the time being. The match began with 4 consecutive breaks of throw with 3 of the 4 legs won in 16 darts with the other being an 11 darter from O’Shea which included the 1st maximum of the night. For the next 4 legs of the match, it was all holds of throw which included legs in 14 and 15 darts from O’Shea and legs in 17 and 16 darts from Veenstra as well as 1st 180 of the night for the Dutchman. In the 9th leg, Veenstra broke O’Shea in 15 darts before following it up with a 16 darter in the decider to pick up 2 very valuable points and move into 3rd spot in the league phase for the time being.

John O’Shea.

The second game of the night was between 2 players from separate part of the globe as America’s Joe Chaney took on New Zealand’s Justin Thompson- with both needing points in the evening’s play if they hope to qualify for the semi finals of the Remote Darts League by finishing in the top 4. The match was quite evenly matched to say the least as it began with back to back breaks of throw which included a 101 checkout from Thompson in the opener before Chaney replied with a 21 dart break back before pinning a 16 darter to move 2-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 14 and 13 darts respectively including a 1st 180 of the match. Chaney replied with the same fate in winning legs in 17 and 15 darts respectively to move back ahead at 4-3 where Thompson then held throw in 14 darts to ensure for the 2nd match in a row, the game would go to a deciding leg. In the 2 remaining legs, Chaney dominated them in winning both in 22 and 21 darts respectively to seal a very valuable 2 points and go joint 4th in the league phase following a 6-4 win. 

The third match up was between Joe Chaney and John O’Shea with both needing points if they hope to qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with back to back breaks of throw with a 17 dart start from O’Shea followed an 18-dart leg from Chaney, who pinned a 180 in each leg. Chaney then won back to back legs in 16 and 15 darts respectively to move 3-1 ahead before O’Shea won 3 legs on the spin in 18 darts before back to back 15 darts legs with ton plus checkouts in each (106 and 146). Chaney then squared the match up at 4 apiece, winning the leg in 17 darts and hitting a 4th 180 of the match. In the last 2 legs of the match, both held throw- firstly Chaney won his leg in 15 darts, pinning a 5th maximum and a 103 checkout before O’Shea picked up his 1st point of the match in wrapping up the match in 17 darts to make it a 5-5 draw. 

The fourth game featured Justin Thompson go up against Richard Veenstra- with Thompson needing a win if he hopes to still qualify for the Semi Finals. The match began with Thompson racing into a 3-0 lead pinning legs in 13, 17 and 21 darts respectively before Veenstra came back in winning 5 legs in 22, 15, 14, 16 and 15 darts respectively including 2 legs where he hit a 110 checkout in each leg to secure a point and ensure that Thompson cannot qualify for the Semi Finals. Despite that, Thompson then won the last 2 legs of the match in 17 and 14 darts respectively to earn his 1st point of the night. 

The penultimate game of the night was between Justin Thompson and John O’Shea- with both playing their final league phase game of the Remote Darts League with O’Shea needing a win to keep his hope alive of qualifying for the Semi Finals. The match began with O’Shea racing into a 2-0 lead with back to back 18 dart legs before Thompson picked his first leg of the match with a 17 darter. O’Shea then won back to back legs again this time in 14 and 15 darts respectively including his 2nd and 3rd 180’s of the match having pinned a 1st in the 3rd leg and a 104 checkout to move 4-1 ahead. Thompson then won back to back legs in 12 and 18 darts respectively which included a brilliant 139 checkout. O’Shea then sealed the win by winning Legs 8 and 9 in 18 and 16 darts respectively to pick up 2 very valuable points and end the league phase by picking up 20 points from a possible 30. 

The final game was between Richard Veenstra and Joe Chaney- with a point separating the 2 and Chaney needing 2 points to ensure that he will have a chance of qualifying for the Semi Finals but a win over Veenstra would see him in firm position to qualify for that stage. The match began with 3 straight holds of throw with Veenstra winning 2 of the 3 in 15 and 18 darts respectively with Chaney winning his legs in 18 darts. The 1st break of throw came in the 4th leg from Veenstra as he pinned a 16 darter to go 3-1 up. Chaney then pinned back to back 14 darters to square the match up at 3 apiece. Back to back holds of throw to square the match up a 4 a piece ensured that the match would go to a deciding leg for the 5th time out of 6 matches in the evening’s play. A 17-dart leg from Veenstra in the 9th leg, ensured that Chaney wasn’t going to qualify for the Semi Finals, even with just a point. In the last leg, Chaney missed 3 darts at tops for that point before Veenstra came back to the board and pinned a brilliant 119 checkout under pressure for a 21 dart leg to put hm joint 1st with James Richardson going into the group night on Sunday.


The Remote Darts League phase concludes on Sunday with James Richardson and Paul Hogan looking to cement their spot in the Semi Finals with Jim Williams and Tony O’Shea as they both complete their final 3 group matches. 

Richardson Tops Remote Darts League After Night 16.


James Richardson moved back to the top of the Remote Darts League table on Wednesday as he
continued his unbeaten run with wins over Joe Chaney, Thibault Tricole, and Stacey Pace.

RUTHLESS DESCRIBES JAMES’S, EFFORTS IN THE REMOTE LEAGUE, QUITE WELL! (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION

The opening game of the night saw Richardson up against America’s Joe Chaney. Going into the evening, Richardson was the only player in the league phase unbeaten having picked up 16 points from a possible 18 in 9 previous matches in the Remote Darts League. The match began with 3 straight holds of throw with Richardson winning 2 of the 3 legs both in 19 darts and pinning a first 180 of the match. In the fourth leg, Richardson broke in 18 darts before Chaney pinned back to back legs in 17 and 18 darts respectively to square the match up at 3 apiece. From there on in, Richardson commanded the match by winning 3 straight legs in 18, 20 and 14 respectively to seal the win 6-3 and keep his unbeaten run going to 10 matches.

The second game of the night saw Frenchman Thibault Tricole go up against America’s Stacey Pace,
with Stacey still searching for her point of the campaign having lost 9 of her previous 9 matches in the
league phase. The match began with Stacey breaking the Frenchman’s throw in 16 darts before Thibault
broke back in 17 darts to square the match up at 1 apiece. From there on in, Thibault commanded the
match by winning 5 legs on in the spin which included winning legs in 17, 24, 13,12 and 17 darts
respectively and 2 180’s pinned. The win saw Thibault go within 3 points off 4th spot going into his 2nd
game of the night.

The third game of the night in arguably the toughest tie out of all 6 games was between Thibault Tricole
and James Richardson. A win for Richardson would see him go top of the table going into his final game
of the evening. The first 5 legs were all breaks of throw as Richardson won 3 of the 5 legs in 15, 13 and
13 darts respectively whilst Tricole had pinned a first 180 of the match in the opening leg. From there on
in, Richardson sort of commanded the game as Tricole never really got close to him as Richardson
pinned back to back legs in 17 and 12 darts respectively as well as pinning a first 180 in going 5-2 up
and throwing for the match. Tricole then broke back in 21 darts before Richardson finished the match off
pinning a 2nd 180 and a 17-dart leg to seal it 6-3 and keep his unbeaten run going to 11 matches.

Next up was battle of the American’s as Stacey Pace took on Joe Chaney. The match began with 3 straight breaks of throw with Chaney winning 2 of the 3 legs in 21 and 19 darts respectively to go 2-1 ahead. Back to back legs in 17 and 15 darts saw him move 4-1 up before Stacey broke back in 17 darts and a 1st 180 to break the deficit to just 2 legs at 4-2. Chaney then won back to back legs in 21 and 19 darts respectively to seal the win 6-2 and a 1st victory of the evening to go level on points with Thibault Tricole, whom he will play in the final match of the night.

Game five saw Stacey Pace up against James Richardson, with Richardson needing just a point to end the night top of the table and Stacey still searching for her 1st point of the campaign.

The match began with 4 straight holds of throw with Richardson winning both of the legs by pinning a
180 in each of them. A 16 dart break in the 5th leg from Richardson saw him move 3-2 ahead and there
was no looking back as he won 3 legs on the spin there on in, pinning them in 17, 18 and 26 darts
respectively and also a 3rd 180 along the way to seal the win 6-2 and condemn Pace to a 3rd defeat
from 3 in the evening’s play and a 12th defeat from 12 so far in the Remote Darts League.

The win saw Richardson move ahead of Paul Hogan to top of the table and keep his unbeaten run going to 12 matches.

Thibault Tricole has impressed many during 2020.

The final game of the evening was between Joe Chaney and Thibault Tricole, with both levels on points
go into the match. The match began with Chaney winning the 1st leg in 18 darts before back to back legs
from Tricole in 17 and 18 darts respectively before a break back from Chaney in the 4th leg to square the
match up at 2 apiece. Three straight legs from Chaney in 17,18 and 16 darts respectively saw him move
5-2 ahead and go within one of victory before Tricole got it back to 5-3 by winning the leg in 16 darts and
firing in a 1st 180 of the match. In the 9th leg, Chaney sealed the match in 19 darts to ensure he will end
the evening ahead of Tricole in the table after seeing him off 6-3.

The Remote Darts League returns on Thursday with Thibault Tricole back in action along with America’s
Larry Butler, Canada’s David Cameron and New Zealand’s Darren Herewini.


The Remote Darts League continues with the action will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube
on the Remote Darts League site/channel.

Betway Premier League - Fixtures Confirmation

Target’s Big Guns Go Head To Head – Taylor & RVB Stage Remote Re-Match.

One of the early LockDown darts headlines involved Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, in an internet-based, Paddy Power backed, re-staging of their classic 2007 World final.

RVB claimed the match after coming from a long way behind (not unlike the original), but charity was the main beneficiary, with the NHS being Phil’s chosen cause.

The two, Target backed, legendary dartists used a ‘soft-tip’ Nexus board for their first LockDown encounter. Tonight they will play again using a more traditional steel-tip, and sisal board, set up:

Details from Target:

The game, which is the first to 11 legs, will be played from Stoke and Den Haag with scoring taking place remotely as the players film and call out their own scores from home.

Viewers will be able to watch the game on Target Darts’ YouTubeFacebook and Twitter channels at 19:00 BST / 20:00 CET tomorrow (Thursday 4th June).


O’Shea Tops Remote Darts League Table.


The Reigning World Masters Champion John O’Shea moved top of the league on Monday Night as he secured 3 wins from three over Tony O’Shea, Larry Butler and Laura Turner.

John O'Shea wins Round 2 IMC - Sports Matters TV
John O’Shea (BDO)

The opening game of the night saw the 1994 World Matchplay Champion Larry Butler take on 2020 BDO Women’s World Championship Quarter-Finalist and Sky Sports Darts Pundit Laura Turner.

The match kicked off with Butler firing in a first 180 in just his 2nd visit to the board before squandering 3 darts for the leg which allowed Turner to snatch it in 17 darts and break Butler’s throw.

The American then broke backfiring in a 2nd 180 and winning the leg in 25 darts. Butler then commanded the match from there on in, winning 5 straight legs which included a further 2 180’s and the winning legs in 15, 18, 17, 24 and 20 darts respectively and allowing Turner just 8 darts at the outer ring during that period to win the game 6-1and pick up a 5th win from 10 outings in the Remote Darts League.

The second game of the night saw the battle of the O’Shea’s as Englishman Tony O’Shea took on
Irishman John O’Shea. The match kicked off with Tony firing in a 1st 180 but squandering 4 darts at the
outer ring which allowed John to step in and take the leg in 16 darts to break the throw, which he then
backed it up with a 20 dart leg to move 2-0 ahead. Tony then picked up his 1st leg of the match in 19
darts, which ended up being his only leg won as John then rattled off 4 consecutive legs which included
2 180’s and winning legs in 16, 11, 20 and 14 darts respectively to take the match 6-1 and move 3 points
ahead of Tony in the league phase going into game 3 of the evening.

The third game of the night saw Tony O’Shea up against Larry Butler, with O’Shea looking to pick up his
first points of the evening and Butler hoping for back to back wins.

The match began with O’Shea pinninga 1st 180 and a 16-dart leg before back to back 18 darts legs from Butler including a 1st 180 saw him move 2-1 ahead. O’Shea then completed the same fate in winning back to back legs in 18 and 15 darts
respectively and a 180 in both of them.

Three consecutive holds of throw in legs 6,7 and 8 with Butler pinning a 19 dart leg to square the match at 3 apiece before both pinning 14 dart legs, firstly Tony then Larry to ensure the match will go all the way to a 10th and deciding leg. In the 9th leg, Butler broke with a 19-dart leg to go within one from back to back wins in the evening’s action thus far. Butler kicked off the deciding leg with a 3rd 180, which put O’Shea under slight pressure as he needed to fire back. A missed dart at tops for a 73 checkout and a 15-dart leg from Butler, allowed O’Shea back to the board on 116, which he took out brilliantly to earn his 1st point of the evening.

Game four pitted John O’Shea up against Laura Turner and at least a 6-2 win would see O’Shea move into the top 4 of the league phase for the time being. It is fair to say the match was onesided as O’Shea stormed into a 3-0 lead, winning legs in 17, 16 and 23 darts respectively as well as a 1st 180.

The match had a small interruption as O’Shea had some slight technical issues, but the match
resumed within 5 minutes. The interruption did not affect O’Shea though as he won 3 legs on the spin in
18, 16 and 17 darts respectively which included a 2nd 180 and a brilliant 140 checkout. The win meant
that O’Shea would only need a point in the last match of the night to ensure that he will end in the
evening in the top 4 of the league phase but a win would see him move top of the table.

The fifth featured John O’Shea and US veteran Larry Butler, with a point needed for O’Shea to
move into top 4 or a win to move top of the table and at least a 6-1 win or better from Butler to see him
move into top 4. The match began with an 18-dart break of throw from Butler before O’Shea rattled off 3
consecutive legs in 15, 20, and 14 darts respectively including 2 180s. Butler then won back to back legs
in 13 and 14 darts respectively and in both legs, fired in a 180. O’Shea then moved 4-3 ahead with a 15-
dart leg before missing 1 dart for a point in 8th leg of the match with Butler winning it in 17 darts to
ensure that the match will go all the way.

Back to back legs from O’Shea in 19 and 15 darts respectively gave him his 3rd win of the night and ensure that he will end Night 14 of the Remote Darts League, Top of the table following wins over Tony O’Shea, Laura Turner and now Larry Butler 6-4.

The evening’s finale saw Laura Turner take on Tony O’Shea, with both looking to pick up their
1st win of the evening. It’s fair to say the match was quite one-sided with O’Shea inflicting Turner to a
2nd whitewash defeat of the night in winning his 6 legs in 18, 14, 19, 17, 15 and 13 darts respectively
including 2 180’s. The win meant O’Shea finished the evening 8th in the league phase having picked up
13 points from his 12 encounters meaning he’ll need a strong night when he plays his 3 final group
games in the hope of finishing in the top 4 and qualifying for the Semi-Finals.


The Remote Darts League continues on Tuesday with England’s Paul Hogan being the headline act and
he is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Canada’s David Cameron and England’s Lorraine
Winstanley. The action begins at 9pm BST and the action will be streamed on Facebook and You Tube
on the Remote Darts League site/channel.


Words: Joe Williams (@joewillo180)

Pics – Tip Top (BDO) & PDC/WDC

Lorraine Winstanley interview.

Pioneering Darts Online – How Far We’ve Come and How To Get Started!

The explosion of virtual, or online darts as it has become known in recent times, has reminded one of our readers, Shaun Rodgers, of the early days of such events. In addition, he thought you might like some handy tips on getting started!

The year is 2008 and, on an online darts forum (yes, forums were big at the time!) called Double16, myself and a group of friends decided we would run a darts league online, using webcams and darts software.

An early pioneer of online darts? Mark ‘Mile High’ Hylton (Pic; L Lustig / PDC)

This was quite a bold move at the time and the league received mixed reviews. Excellent players including Lorraine Winstanley (then’ Farlam) known as Dartchick and Mark ‘Mile High’ Hylton (above) took part, but issues soon cropped up. Webcams were not of as good a quality as they are today and sadly this led to cheating being widespread. The software was adequate but fairly limited in terms of capability, and the whole idea of online darts was generally ridiculed.

Fast forward 12 years and the world has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in online darts drastically taking off with leagues, tournaments and general recreational play taking place all over the world. I was recently shown a Facebook group that has over 1,000 players taking part in a knockout tournament which runs for seven days. In addition, numerous leagues have popped up offering monetary prizes for the winner, funded by entry fees. Online darts has come a long way since the days of our small webcam league in 2008.

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Software has advanced significantly since 2008 and there are now a number of websites and applications that provide dart players with the ability to play against another opponent online from anywhere in the world with minimal technical intervention. Players can now, not only see their opponent’s board with a 1080hp quality camera, but they can also see them throwing the darts and chat with them using Facebook Live or Google Hangouts. We never dreamed that software like this would be available so soon. This doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility of cheating however, and this was confirmed to me just a few days ago when a player who typically has a 3-dart average in the late 50s hit a 9-dart finish against me and finished with a 87 average!

Anyway, enough of the cheats, let’s move on to how you can start playing online darts!

Set-up: The most important part of the set-up is the board; it needs to be as well lit as possible. Advancement in dart board lighting is now at its peak with the fantastic Target Corona Vision Lighting System leading the way, whilst the XQ Max lighting board surround has never looked brighter. Conventional ceiling lights can work reasonably, but the important point is your opponent should be able to see your board clearly.

Camera Location: There are two potential options for your camera. Firstly, and most recommended, you could adopt the normal left-hand-side view that is used with televised darts. For this approach, the camera needs to be level with the board and be in such a position where it is easy to see where your darts have entered the board. The other option is to place the camera in a front-on position. There is a notable trend that this position, whilst satisfactory, does tend to lead to more questions about where your darts have landed.

Throwing the Darts: You don’t have to position the camera to show you actually throwing the darts. You can if you wish, but this is down to personal preference. Some people use the split-screen system on streams to show both the board and them throwing the darts, but what’s most important is the ability for your opponent to see where your darts enter the board.

The Russ Bray App has been updated during Covid and has millions of downloads.

Application/Website: There are a multitude of options available, but we at DartsInStoke would recommend godartspro.com. This is a brilliant product, both for matches and practice sessions. However, to experience the full benefits and be able to play against an opponent you will need a premium account (DW Note: This feature and more is available on the improved from our own Russ Bray!).

It is often worth purchasing an upgrade as you can access valuable practice sessions and track your statistics. If you don’t want to spend much money then Nakka n01 is our first choice. This used to be a downloadable software but is now available online and you can play anyone across the globe with a capacity of over 3,000 players playing at the same time. Unfortunately, Nakka n01 does not show webcams, but if you make arrangements with an opponent to play, you can set a chatroom for them to be in and add a password so that only they can join you. Also on the market is Pro-Darter which is quickly growing in popularity. One key benefit of this product is that you can assign a Google Hangouts account, which means when you play your opponent you can see their board and chat with them at the same time, a website that offers all in one package and it is entirely free to use with no subscription fee.

In summary, online darts is here to stay and will continue to grow. There are some great products on the market. Remember to maintain darts etiquette when you’re playing online and no cheating!

Good luck and enjoy your darts!


Featured Pic: BDO / Tip Top pics

Light Editing: James Lincoln (for DW)

DW: Thanks Shaun for your informative and fun piece. We should have known that it would be so, hailing from the capital of darts, Stoke-on-Trent, you have to know your stuff up there!

O’Shea Claims Night 10 as ‘Remote Darts League’ Continues.

Stockport’s Tom O’Shea was the winner on Night 10 of the Remote Darts League as he picked up five
points from three games as he took on fellow pros David Cameron, Joe Charney and Tina Osborne.

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O Shea came through a tough night to claim his win. (PDC)


So, Night 10 began with America’s Joe Chaney and England’s Tony O’Shea starting proceedings.

It was a game of two halves really as Chaney stormed into a 5-0 lead including a first 180 pinned and a 158 checkout to secure a 12 darter to move 4-0 ahead. In the opening 5 legs, O’Shea was only allowed 4
darts at the outer ring with Chaney’s scoring providing too strong for the Stockport Thrower. In the 6th
leg, O’Shea picked up his first leg on Double 16 for a 17 darter then backed it up with two legs in 15 and
14 darts which included a first maximum and a 146 checkout. O’Shea sent the match to a last-leg
decider with a 17 darter with Chaney sat on tops.

The last leg began sluggish for O’Shea as he failed to land a score over a ton in his opening 4 visits to the board leaving Chaney with an opportunity to storm ahead which he did in kicking off with a maximum and leaving 90 after 12. Slight pressure on Chaney with O’Shea bagging in a crucial 140 and the pressure took its toll as Chaney squandered 5 missed match darts with O’Shea pinning 41 in 2 to pick up a very valuable point in the opening game of the night.

The second match of the evening saw two players competing with a time zone difference of 15 hours.
Canada’s David Cameron and New Zealand’s Tina Osborne with Osborne hoping to pick up her first set
of points in the league phase having suffered 6 defeats from her opening 6 encounters. The match
began with the Canadian Cameron storming into a 5-0 lead in double quick time pinning the 5 legs in
18,15,21,15 and 14 darts respectively as well as two maximums and a 126 checkout along the way. In
the 6th leg, Osborne picked up a first and solitary leg in 24 darts before Cameron closed out the match
with a 22-dart leg and condemn the New Zealander to a 7th straight defeat.

The third game of the evening saw two players from similar parts of the globe with a distance of close to
2000 miles from each other as David Cameron took on Joe Charney with Cameron looking to move into
the top 4 with at least a point but Charney needing a victory to complete the same fate. The match began
with Cameron taking the opening leg in 19 darts before the American rattled off 4 legs in a row which
included two maximums and a leg which took him 26 darts to complete. Cameron followed with back to
back legs including a 2nd 180 before a 16-dart leg from Charney took within one of a 1st victory of the
evening. A 19 dart leg from Cameron took the encounter all the way with Charney leaving 36 after 12 but
squandering 3 match darts to allow Cameron back to the board on 116 which pinned under pressure in
seal the leg in 15 darts and picking a very valuable point which saw him move into the top 4 of the
league phase for the time being.

The fourth game of the evening saw Tony O’Shea and Tina Osborne both return in their second matches
of the night with O’Shea hoping to pick up his first win of the evening where Osborne continued her quest
to pick up her first set of points in the Remote Darts League campaign. The Stockport man began the
match with back to back legs in 14 and 18 darts respectively before missing 6 darts at the outer ring to
move three ahead which allowed Osborne back to the board on 68 which she pinned in 2 to move 2-1
behind.

From then on, O’Shea coasted to victory with 4 consecutive legs in 15,16,18 and 21 darts
respectively which included a solitary 180 and a 124 checkout on the bull. The victory saw Tony move
onto 8 points from 8 matches in the league phase and a third win in total.

The penultimate game of the night saw Tina Osborne and Joe Charney take on each other in their third
and final game of the evening with Charney searching for a first win of the evening to move into the top 4
temporarily, with O’Shea v Cameron to follow. The match kicked off with Charney breaking with a 20-dart
leg which followed with a leg in 16 to move two ahead. Charney then squanded six darts at the outer ring
to move 3-0 up which saw Osborne then clinch the leg in 25 darts which was then followed by a 24 dart
leg by Charney, taking out the highest checkout of the match, 109.

Every leg for the remainder of the match went on throw, which saw Charney clinch victory with a 14-dart leg on 93 to condemn Tina Osborne to a third defeat of the evening and a ninth consecutive defeat in the league phase.

The final game of the night saw Tony O’Shea take on David Cameron, where the winner would end the
evening as the sort of ‘Night Winner’ but a draw would mean that both will end up picking up 4 points on
the night, the same total as Joe Charney.

The game began with the first three legs all going with throw as O’Shea landed two of the three legs both in 16 darts whereas Cameron won his in 20. In the fourth leg, O’Shea broke with a 17-dart leg before Cameron broke back, pinning a first 180 of the match and a 13-dart leg on Double 8.

O’Shea then broke back in 15 darts where he then won the final two legs of the match, both in 17 darts, and finishing with a 96 checkout and a 6-2 win.

The win saw him pick up five points out of a possible six on the night as Night 10 of the Remote Darts League came to a close.

NIGHT 11 WILL FEATURE 2020 WORLD FINALIST (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG ) JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION.

The Remote Darts League continues on Thursday. Night 11 sees 2020 BDO World Championship
Finalist Jim Williams as the headline act. He is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Frenchman
Thibault Tricole and England’s Laura Turner, who has featured quite regularly in the last year as a pundit
in the Sky Sports Darts Team.


Thanks to Joe Williams for submitting this great summary of the Remote Darts League Action.

Darts World look forward to more of your work.