Las Vegas Desert Classic

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Las Vegas Desert Classic
Tournament information
Venue MGM Grand (2002–2005)
Mandalay Bay Resort (2006–2009)
Location Paradise, Nevada
Country United States
Established 2002
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £126,400 (2008)
Final Year 2009
Final champion(s)
England Phil Taylor

The Las Vegas Desert Classic was a darts tournament, organized by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and was held each year in July from 2002 until 2009. Its original venue was the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada from 2002 to 2005, but the tournament moved down the strip to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from 2006 to 2009.

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where the tournament was held from 2006 to 2009

The tournament carried a total prize purse of £126,400 (approx US$250,000). Due to the time difference between the UK and US, the matches were played in the morning local time – which is prime-time evening in the UK where the tournament was broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Initially Fox Sports World transmitted the tournament live but in recent years they broadcast recorded coverage in the United States. Partypoker.net became the first sponsors of the event in 2006.

The format of the Classic changed over the years. In 2002, the tournament had a sets format with best of 7 legs per set. In 2003, the tournament had a legs only format throughout with a round robin group stage of 8 groups with 3 players each, before it became straight knockout from the quarter finals onwards. In 2004 and 2005, the tournament reverted to straight knockout with a sets format with best of 5 legs per set throughout. In 2006, the tournament had a legs only format in the Last 32, before reverting to a sets format with best of 5 legs per set for the Last 16, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and the Final. From 2007 to 2009, the tournament remained straight knockout but moved back to a legs only format throughout.

Phil Taylor won the title five times out of the eight years the event was staged. Peter Manley, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld were the only other winners of the event.

The Las Vegas Desert Classic tournament was retired in 2010 and a new tournament held in Las Vegas, the Tropicana World Series, has been put in its place. However, the tournament is not televised.

Las Vegas Desert Classic Finals[edit]

Year Champion (average in final) Score Runner-Up (average in final) Prize Money Sponsor Venue
Total Champion Runner-Up
2002 England Phil Taylor (103.98) 3-0 (sets) England Ronnie Baxter (98.46) £36,250 £12,500 £6,250 PartyPoker.com MGM Grand Casino and Hotel
2003 England Peter Manley (96.81) 16-12 (legs) Canada John Part (95.07) £60,000 £14,000 £6,250
2004 England Phil Taylor (100.80) 6-4 (sets) England Wayne Mardle (95.22) £84,100 £15,000 £7,500
2005 England Phil Taylor (101.97) 6-1 (sets) England Wayne Mardle (94.77)
2006 Canada John Part (92.79) 6-3 (sets) Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (92.85) Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
2007 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (101.55) 13-6 (legs) England Terry Jenkins (92.37) £120,000 £20,000 £10,000
2008 England Phil Taylor (105.53) 13-7 (legs) England James Wade (92.26)
2009 England Phil Taylor (102.21) 13-11 (legs) Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (98.52) £182,000 £30,000 £15,000

Media coverage[edit]

The Las Vegas Desert Classic was broadcast in the UK by Sky Sports from the first to the last tournament.

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