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The WORLD FINAL was....

The WORLD Finals of the DARTSLIVE Asia pro soft tip were simply..... AMAZING!!!  It was so well done and professional in every aspect that it rivals a PDC World Championship and to be honest? I think surpassed in many ways!!!

It was the largest prize every offered in soft tip darts and there were players from all over the world that had attempted to qualify to play for this large prize....$1,000,000 Hong Kong Dollars or about $130,000 US first prize.  Steve Ngu of DARTSLIVE Asia had a vision to bring the best soft tip players in the world together and he did it with amazing style.  I have had players from all over the world ask me about it and next year should promise to even be better talent and more money.  The rumor is to have events all over Asia and possibily a event or two in the USA this next season ...starting sometime in March.

So now for the darts part of it..... There was some AMAZING displays of talent by a few players that raised their game for this momental occasion.  The field consisted of the top 48 players off the tour and the next 52 point earning players to play off for the last 16 spots.... What made it interesting is that the 16 qualifiers really were 16 guys with amazing talent and could win the event!!!  They were players that came out about two times and did well enough to get a qualifying spot, the kicker was they play the top 16 players....which being one of the top 16? I was not so excited about LOL there was world champions there that could easily take away your seeded position.

I was fortunate enough to be maintaining the smooth form that has seen myself and it carried me to a top 16 match with the Philippine top player Lourence Ilagan.  "The Gunner" was seaded #2 and was fresh off a impressive double WDF Singles win the week before in Manila so I knew I had my hands full.  So full infact, that he shot 2 perfect 701 games on me and basically shot a perfect cricket game on me to win 3-1.  It was a match where all I could do was shake his hand and wish him luck as he definitely earned the victory to play his top 8 match on the HUGE Stage on Live TV.
Chis "The Great" White, Paul Lim, Benny Derush and qualifier Sho Katsumi (Japan) all played extremely well and earned a spot into the semi finals which was a great display of darts.  The final ended up being Dart legend Paul Lim and Japan's qualifier Sho Katsumi, Sho had put up amazing games to get there taking out top players such as Ray Carver, Benny Derush and PDC World Champion John Part along the way.  To say he was on it that day was a understatement, as he really did put on a display showing why Japan is a force to be reckoned with.  Paul Lim was what you expect a Legend to be...amazing.  He has been on a tear in the Asian circuit the last few months and he showed he was not going to allow the world's biggest soft tip prize go with out a fight.

You can find the match video on my facebook page but the short story is Paul Lim took down the title in amazing classic Paul Lim fashion including perfect games but it did go all 7 legs to be decided.  Sho did himself very proud with his performance and a little luck he could have walked away the champion himself.

So in the end I want to thank DARTSLIVE Asia and Steve Ngu for a amazing tour.  They are changing the face of Soft Tip darts and you will see soon DARTSLIVE take over the American dart scene.  The tour will be back on sometime in March in Hong Kong so start making your plans now for your shot at the biggest prizes in soft tip.

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