Chuck Puleo Going For Win at William Hill World Darts Championship 2019
Jester’s own Chuck Puleo will be traveling to London in December for the William Hill World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace!
The William Hill World Darts Championship will be held from December 13-January 1 at Alexandra Palace in London.
Chuck completed the year as the top-ranked American player following his win at Event Ten, as he held off Darin Young to secure his Alexandra Palace place. He and Jim Long have secured William Hill World Darts Championship debuts from the Championship Darts Corporation circuit.
Chuck and Jim Long will join Canada’s Jeff Smith, the North American Championship winner last month, in representing North America at the World Championship in December.
Jester’s Billiards is proud to be sponsoring Chuck Puleo, so we invited Chuck to sit down (with Daryl and Kenda) and talk about his experience and his thoughts heading into the World Darts Championship.
“At this level, it’s all about the mind,” says Chuck, about championship competition.
“In Europe, darts is like basketball in America. Everyone plays darts; it’s just part of their heritage and their culture.”
Chuck says: “I just want to represent America to the fullest extent and show them ‘Hey! We can play darts too!’”
“Pick what you do the best, and then DO your best.”
“For me, it’s about focus,” he says. “I learned in life that we have to face life’s challenges; we have to be focused on doing our best! Find your strengths, in anything, and do whatever that is. Practice, practice, and challenge yourself to always be your best, no matter what it is. Pick what you do the best, and then DO your best.”
“I do everything that I do with that in mind, and I have learned to maintain a quality lifestyle at all times. That means good nutrition, good sleep, and a positive mental attitude. Just be present!”
“I learn from experience,” says Chuck. “In Ohio, I lost to Darin Young, because I wasn’t properly focused. I paid too much attention to what he was doing and what others were doing. Now I don’t even follow the others’ performances: I focus on my own core skills and my strengths. For example, I can use conventional outs to win; a lot of guys don’t even do that!”
“The worst part of all of this,” Chuck says,” is being away for so long, being away from my family.”
Here’s how the website themaximum.tv described the final competition:
“Jim Long’s place at the World Championship’s were all but secured heading into Main Event 10, as Gary Mawson needed to win the event to knock Long out of contention. But, Mawson gave Long a scare as he advanced to the Semi-Finals before losing out to Chuck Puleo in a last-leg decider.”
“As for Chuck Puleo, his task was a lot more straightforward and difficult, he had to win Main Event 10 to have any hope of denying Darin Young a place at the World Championships in December. Puleo started the day 14 points begin Young, and it was a tough ask. But, as we all know, Puleo has the game to win any event that he participates in.”
“And, in typical Puleo fashion he rose to the occasion tremendously as he claimed Main Event 10 in what was his third Main Tour win of 2018, and his fifth in total on the CDC tour. Puleo saw off Jim Widmayer 6-4 in a closely contested final. Widmayer did open up a 2-1 lead early on, but back came Puleo as he won three legs without reply to move into a 4-2 lead, and with that two-leg lead he managed to see off the match to claim Main Event 10.”
Here’s some information about the event in London:
The 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship is the 26th World Championship organised by the Professional Darts Corporation since it separated from the British Darts Organisation. The event will take place at Alexandra Palace in London from 13 December 2018–1 January 2019.
Sets: Final – best of 13
Prize fund of £2,500,000
Winners share £500,000
For more on Chuck Puleo, you can read our 2017 interview with Chuck from here:
Jester’s Billiards sponsors Chuck Puleo at 2017 Championship Darts Circuit
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