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Las Vegas Desert Classic Tournament History


This tournament is probably the one that is treated with the least amount of seriousness and prestige by the players. A lot of players tend to combine the darts with a holiday and a bit of time gambling. There’s always an odd atmosphere at the venue too due to the games all taking place in the morning and very small crowds in comparison with the rest of the tv tournaments. It takes place over 5 days in early July and has been played in a legs based format for the past 2 years. A feature of this tournament is the early rounds being a very short format which always lends itself to shocks as in a race to 6 any of the top 50 are capable of running 3 or 4 very quick legs to gain a huge advantage. Phil Taylor has the best record of anyone here with 4 wins in the tournament history but one player who is worth looking out for is Wes Newton who seems to reserve his best for Las Vegas despite showing very little elsewhere.

Past Winners:

2002 – Phil Taylor bt Ronnie Baxter 3-0 (Sets)
2003 – Peter Manley bt John Part 16-12 (Legs)
2004 – Phil Taylor bt Wayne Mardle 6-4 (Sets)
2005 – Phil Taylor bt Wayne Mardle 6-1 (Sets)
2006 – John Part bt Raymond Van Barneveld 6-3 (Sets)
2007 – Raymond Van Barneveld bt Terry Jenkins 13-6 (Legs)
2008 – Phil Taylor bt James Wade 13-7 (Legs)


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