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Promoting Darts in a Bar

Hi Nutz!

I have been tagged to revive darts in a pub. In doing this I have to make darts popular and interesting among the locals/regular customers. Question is how?

I am considering holding classified steel tip blind draw wherein a veteran player will be paired with a rookie.

I am also thinking of holding a Bullshoot where everyone in the bar can join. The winner is the one with highest number of bulls made with 9 darts. He takes the pot (winner takes all). I'm putting a twist to this. All participants will only use bar darts.

Any comments and suggestions in promoting darts as a fun game in a bar? Thanks a lot!
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Well do they already play in the pub? if not then a good way would be to put on an exhibition and invite people to have a go.
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(05-22-2014, 06:59 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Well do they already play in the pub? if not then a good way would be to put on an exhibition and invite people to have a go.

Noted! Good Suggestion, Darren.

I'll invite 2 popular darters to come and play Singles Exhibition match before the Blind Draw while waiting for the rest. Until I can raise good money to afford John Lowe, Paul Lim, and Dennis Priestley who are among those who frequent this pub long time ago.
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I like your ideas. Posting up in the pub at least a couple of weeks before an event will help draw people in. Also you and other players may need to go a few nights and play. If others see people playing it may catch their interest as well.
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Noted Uncle Poop! I'll try that too.

The owner of this pub passed away during the 80s where darts is at the height of popularity in Southern California. His sons did not know how to run the league, etc.

Old members said reviving this place might also restore our demoralized organization in the manner it used to. I'll give it a shot.

I visited the place last week and still see those dusty plaques hanging all around its walls. Along with an old Viper dartboard and chalk score board.
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(05-22-2014, 06:14 PM)majeek Wrote: Promoting Darts in a Bar

Hi Nutz!

I have been tagged to revive darts in a pub. In doing this I have to make darts popular and interesting among the locals/regular customers. Question is how?

I am considering holding classified steel tip blind draw wherein a veteran player will be paired with a rookie.

I am also thinking of holding a Bullshoot where everyone in the bar can join. The winner is the one with highest number of bulls made with 9 darts. He takes the pot (winner takes all). I'm putting a twist to this. All participants will only use bar darts.

Any comments and suggestions in promoting darts as a fun game in a bar? Thanks a lot!
riddle me this.
what happened to darts at this pub?

1.the place a dive?
2 the owner is a arse, rude , dishonest?
3 the players went to nice pubs ,with nicer owners?
4 no new players trying darts
if its 1 or 2 its tough to revive a pub.
if its 3or 4 you have a chance
good luck
you count 180's
i'm counting money
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Run a few open nights... ( anyone interested can turn up and have a Chuck in a tourney.if possible run this in a group format so everyone spends time together and can get talking etc)

If you can locate the people who used to play there you could organise an old boys night...or an old boys vs New boys but keep it all friendly

We have done a 9 dart challenge in the past as a fund raiser during competitions....highest score with 9 darts wins but they are a usually a light brass type dart to add some difficulty...

The key is to get a few people on the board and get them enjoying it..the bug will spread from there as long as it's fun based rather than taken too seriously to begin with. Word of mouth is your best form of promotion here imo
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I am in the process of planning a fund raiser to be hosted by my team. I will be making the final proposal to the team (Ambassador Flight Crew) this Sunday with a target date for tournament to be June 29th!

Tournament Details :
LOD (Double Elimination)
501 - Cricket - 501 (Losers 701)
Entry Fee : $20 (75% towards prize money, 25% towards charity)
$1 fines (Through out the tournament if you "bust" or "miss" you have the option to take a shot of cheap, really cheap, harsh liquor or donate a $1, 100% goes to charity)


Misc. Events :
1) $5 Count-Up (Winner gets a 750ml bottle of whiskey)
2) $1 Three Dart Challenge (Throw three darts simultaneously, highest score wins, multiple chances, prize is TBD)
3) Raffle for Barrels (barrels to be donated for event)

100% of all misc. event donations go to charity.
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Wow thanks! I love that 3 dart and 9 dart challenge! I'll definitely try that! Thanks 181 3 dartout, hamo, and darwin1200.
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3 Dart is fun cause it is totally random, people make repeat attempts to be the highest score.
Another take is to offer 3 throws for $2.
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(05-23-2014, 03:49 AM)darwin1200 Wrote: 3 Dart is fun cause it is totally random, people make repeat attempts to be the highest score.
Another take is to offer 3 throws for $2.

And then winner takes all? That would be fun!
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Have never tried it with a winner takes all concept...

We usually set it up so that the winner gets a bottle.
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(05-23-2014, 04:07 AM)darwin1200 Wrote: Have never tried it with a winner takes all concept...

We usually set it up so that the winner gets a bottle.

Ahh, . . . because it's a fund raiser. Nice. If I want to help the bar, then his $2 might earn him a pitcher of beer than handing him the money. Yes I like that better!

At least this is better than letting them throw darts with blindfold. Closest to the dartboard wins. Start running than getting hit with stray darts. Lol!!!
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Ouch!!!!!!!!
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With our LoDs... we usually do double or even triple elim. Depending on the number of people. $10 buy in... with one caveat. You can 'buy back' another loss after 3 for $5. This really helps drive up the pot.
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