Today the PDC website has released details of new darts circuits in Scandinavia and North America. This is welcome news for the international darts community and the sport of darts as a whole.

PDC Scandinavian Tour

THE PDC are creating & endorsing a new Scandinavian circuit of events which will see €40,000 paid out across eight tournaments this year.

Operated by the new Scandinavian Darts Corporation, players from eight countries in the region will be able to compete in a series of €5,000 tournaments.

The eventual SDC Order of Merit winner and runner-up will receive entry into the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

The Order of Merit winner will also receive a Tour Card to join the PDC circuit full-time in 2013, with the players ranked second-fifth gaining free entry into the 2013 Qualifying School.

The eight events will be held from June-September in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, with two tournaments being held per weekend for players from those nations as well as the Aland Islands, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.

The SDC has been formed following co-operation between the Danish Darts League, Pro Darts Finland and Pro Darts Sweden, who have all provided qualifiers from their own circuits for the World Championship in recent years.

Stars have included Denmark’s six-time World Championship qualifier Per Laursen and Sweden’s Magnus Caris, who returned to top-level darts in 2009 and is now ranked 58th in the PDC Order of Merit.

“The PDC is delighted to be working with the newly-formed SDC to help get this tour off the ground,” said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

“Scandinavia is a strong darts region and this tour will energise local participation as well as providing a stepping stone for players who have aspirations to emulate the likes of Magnus Caris and become fully fledged PDC Tour Card holders.

“With the advent of the European Tour this year, the PDC is committed to spreading professional darts around the Continent and this feeder tour will complement the already excellent work performed by our partners in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.”

The SDC circuit is the latest to be formed in affiliation with the PDC, replicating the circuit run by DartPlayers Australia and also the new North American Pro Tour.

Prize Money Per Event
Winner €1200
Runner-Up €600
Semi-Finalists €350
Quarter-Finalists €200
Last 16 Losers €125
Last 32 Losers €50
Total €5,000

Schedule of Events
Pro-Tour 1 – June 2, Denmark
Pro-Tour 2 – June 3, Denmark
Pro-Tour 3 – August 11, Finland
Pro-Tour 4 – August 12, Finland
Pro-Tour 5 – September 1, Sweden
Pro-Tour 6 – September 2, Sweden
Pro-Tour 7 – September 29, Denmark
Pro-Tour 8 – September 30, Denmark

Venues
Pro-Tour 1&2 and 7&8

Park Inn by Radisson, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark

ProTour 3&4
Hotel Tallukka, Vaasky, Finland

ProTour 5&6
Park Inn by Radisson, Stockholm, Sweden

Rewards
2012 Scandinavian Order of Merit Winner & Runner-Up receive a place in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
Winner of 2012 Scandinavian Order of Merit receives two-year PDC Tour Card for 2013-14
Players 2-5 on Scandinavian Order of Merit receive free entry to 2013 PDC Qualifying School

Eligibility
Passport Holders or Residents for a minimum of two years from the following countries are eligible to enter SDC events:
Aland Islands
Denmark
Faroe Islands
Finland
Greenland
Iceland
Norway
Sweden

Entry
Entry costs €30 per event and can be made through www.scdc.tv

 

PDC North American Tour

THE PDC North American ProTour will be launched in 2012, featuring an initial three tournaments worth $10,000 each this year.

The PDC North American ProTour will see three one-day events held in Chicago on July 22, London Ontario on August 26 and in Atlantic City on September 9.

Open to North American Residents, the PDC NAPT plans to expand to five events in 2013 and eight tournaments in 2014, offering $2,200 to each winner.

The PDC NAPT Order of Merit winner will be invited to compete in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Entry to each NAPT event will cost $100, with prize money to count on a two-year NAPT Order of Merit.

The 2012 tournaments will be held as follows:
PDC North American ProTour Event 1
 – Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, July 22
Entry Deadline July 16 (12pm EST)

PDC North American ProTour Event 2 – Hilton London Ontario, August 26
Entry Deadline August 20 (12pm EST)

PDC North American ProTour Event 3 – Resorts Casino & Hotel, Atlantic City, September 9
Entry Deadline September 3 (12pm EST)

Prize Money will be awarded as follows:
Winner $2,200
Runner-Up $1,400
Semi-Finalists $800
Quarter-Finalists $400
Last 16 $200
Last 32 $100 (requires minimum 64 entries)

Format
All games will be the best of 11 legs, and play will commence at 12pm on each day. Players must register before 11am on the day of the event to be included in the draw.

Please Note
Should the PDC North American ProTour Order of Merit leader already have qualified for the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship through a different qualification route, the next non-qualified player from the PDC North American ProTour OOM will qualify.

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship – Canadian Qualifier
The Canadian Qualifier will be held on Saturday August 25 as part of the weekend of tournaments at the Hilton London Ontario.

Entry costs $40 and is open to players aged 14 and upwards, the upper age limit requiring players to be aged 21 on January 1 2012.

The entry deadline for the World Youth Championship Canadian Qualifier is 12pm EST on Monday August 20.

Players must register before 7.30pm on Saturday August 25, and play will commence at 8pm.

Entries for all tournaments can be made via www.bullseyenews.com or by calling Bulls-Eye Marketing on 218.365.7655 or 800.688.3278.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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