37th Annual Salt City Dart Tournament Draws Big Crowd

By AJ Abell LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Salt City Dart Tournament is one of the biggest dart tournaments around the country, and it was held last weekend at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.

“It’s one of the biggest payouts, I think we finish in the top 5 for total price payouts,” said Brian Oliver, Salt City Dart League President. The payout for this tournament is $25,000, with the prize money all coming from the entry fees for the tournament, ranging from $15-25 for individuals and $30-$45 per team.

Nearly 400 contestants came out this year, among whom were four-time national champion Darin Young, or “Big Daddy” as he is better known in the circuit, and Syracuse local Cali West, who has been #1 in country for the last three years, and is representing the US in the World Cup for the third time this year when she will be going to Turkey in October.

“It’s a really tight-knit community and you get to meet so many great people, which is one of the best parts about the tournaments,” said West, who plays in a tournament almost every week.

Certainly, there is no shortage of competition and excitement, and this year the tournament implemented a new, virtual scoring system called Dart Connect. It uses electronic dartboards which are hooked up to iPads and TVs all around the room so that others can see how certain players are doing.  So far, the Syracuse Open has three of these boards, which they reserved for the championships and for the top people.

The event started at 6 p.m. on Friday and ended at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission was free for spectators.