World-class darts & great spirits in Copenhagen
The first PDC Nordic & Baltic event was a display of world-class dart, with a certain Finnish guy as the inevitable component.
This past weekend, a winter-cold Copenhagen was the setting of the first event under the new name PDC Nordic & Baltic. A total of 87 players participated in 5 deferent tournaments, 3 of them for European qualification, and two for the PDC Pro Tour. All the tournaments took place at the Park-inn Hotel in Copenhagen. The hotel transformed from an airport hotel, normally housing a number of flight-personnel, into an epicentre of Nordic darts. All weekend the hotel was housing the very best dart-players from all over Scandinavia & Baltic, along with audience, officials and other dart-enthusiasts. For a few days a small village is formed by people living, sleeping, eating, playing- and watching dart together under the same roof. Creating a unique an intense atmosphere, all with dart as the common aspect. This embracing atmosphere lasted all weekend and contributed to the fact that this was so much more than ‘just’ dart on world-class level.
All day Friday, players where arriving to the hotel. Before the tournament, the players spend time in the training-area to get warmed up before their games.
On Friday night the first winner was Veijo Vinikka from Finland, he qualified for the German Darts Championship ET 1 in Hildesheim. Daniel Larsson followed as the winner of the qualification for German Darts Masters ET 2 in Jena. After Friday’s matches, many of the players took a seat in the bar-area of Park-inn Hotel, where there was a lot of (dart-) talk across countries. The evening was used to catch up with old friends, and some even made new acquaintances.
Saturday morning; the expectations where high, as the very first PDC Nordic & Baltic Pro Tour was held. The tournament proceeded smoothly and the spirit was high, both within the players and among the audience. When it came to the finals of Pro Tour 1, it truly was a match of the mighty when Kim Viljanen met Magnus Caris. Viljanen acquired the victory (6-2) and became the first dart-player to win a Pro Tour under the PDC Nordic & Baltic- name.
Later on Saturday the qualifier for PDC European Tour 3 – German Darts Open – held in Saarbrucken, Germany, was found. Finish veteran Marko Kantele won this tournament.
Sunday morning was sunny and silent, as the Pro Tour 2 took of. 80 players competed for the title, but the winner was, ones again, the breathtaking Kim Viljanen. The final was a match on world-class level, with Marko Kantele playing unbelievably virtuous dart. Several 180’s and a play worthy of victory,
Kantele still found himself beaten by the unstoppable Mr. Viljanen.
The weekend is coming to an end and PDC Nordic & Baltic will like to send the biggest thanks to all the players, audience and our dedicated volunteers.