Poker takes flight with Card Parlour Darts
Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:05PM
DaVinci Institute in 2012 DaVinci Inventor Showcase, card parlour, cards, darts, game, poker



Combining Darts with Poker. What a great idea!

Card Parlour Darts is a patented poker darts game that uses a regulation steel-tip dart board to combine the thrill of throwing darts with the strategy and popularity of poker.

Card Parlour Darts is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. An impressive array of innovations will be on hand, so come and check out all the unique inventions!

Recently, company founder Charles Hanes took time to answer a few questions about the wonderful world of darts and adding Card Parlour Darts rooms to Casinos everywhere…

What was the defining moment that led you to create this product? What problem does it solve?

I was watching a professional dart tournament on ESPN TV and realized that dealing poker cards to players and throwing darts for poker hands to score would be great fun and offer a whole new set of strategies for the players. Since Card Parlour Darts is on regulation dart board, players can play all traditional darts games along with all the different poker games that this patented board offers!  Players are dealt two cards like Texas Hold'em to start play.

After you came up with the idea, how did you size up the market and decide who your customers would be?

Marketing statistics show that there are 20 million dart players in the Unites States alone. Darts is a world wide game and very popular in many countries. We also had dart players play games on our proto-type board and they all liked it!! Texas hold'em has grown into a world-wide sensation and this game combines the best of cards and darts!!

How did you go about naming your product?

  Many poker rooms are considered card parlours....hence the name... "Card Parlour Darts"!

How long did it take you to create you initial prototype, and what problems did you run into along the way?

  A) Two weeks were spent working on board lay-out with the cards to create a solid player strategy and to ensure all the normal rules of darts could be followed.
B)  Getting patented in the U.S., Europe (EU), and Australia to protect my board design.
C) Convincing Nodor in England to make my board!

Funding a new idea is always tricky. How did you go about lining up the money you needed?

I have invested personal savings and was approved for a small business administration loan to buy inventory.

Is this a product you'd like to produce and sell yourself, or are you wanting to license it to someone else? And if so, who?

Our tournament quality dart board was made by Nodor in England who is the oldest dart board manufacture in the world. I would consider licensing to a U.S. company that makes games of all kinds or a major dart board supplier for world-wide exposure!

What all channels are you using to market your product?

Dart World - The nations largest dart supplier, A-Z Darts - The largest dart supplier in California/west, and Lone Star Darts - The largest dart supplier in Texas. We are just beginning an internet campaign with a successful e-marketing company for the holidays.

How many people do you currently have involved in your business?

Primarily myself and an owner of the American Dart Association along with a pro-player that helps promote the game to players and leagues across the U.S.

How do you define success? What would hitting a "home run" look like in your mind?

Having Card Parlour Darts be played in weekly league and tournament play world-wide, plus being a dart board that is purchased for home game rooms!  Also, having Card Parlour Darts added to televised dart events that are held mainly in England now. Big money tournaments just like Texas Hold' em world wide!!  Casino's could add Card Parlour Darts like they do poker rooms.

Where do people go to find out more about your product?

I have marketing materials and web  

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