Few things in darts are more aggravating than a painfully slow player.
It has frequently resulted in schisms between actors, both on and off stage. One prominent example is Gary Anderson’s tirade against Mensur Suljovic, a notorious slow player, at the 2021 World Championship.
“Absolutely dire, absolute joke of a game. Everyone says why do you get cheesed off with darts? That’s one of the reasons,” raged Anderson after the last-16 match, which the Scot actually won 4-3.
One wonders how Anderson would have responded if he had to face the man known as the slowest player in darts history. In his blog for Sporting Life, former PDC player-turned-commentator Paul Nicholson has compiled a list of players “nobody would want to face.”
The list is dominated by players who take their time at the oche, and it includes a famed American player who is said to take up to two minutes to throw three darts on the dart board.
Nicholson wrote: “I can’t write this column without a mention of a notorious player in America, even though you probably won’t have heard of him. Davis ‘Slow Hand’ Snider.
“I’ve never met this guy but I’ve seen footage and he was the emperor of mind games in North American darts. He would honestly sometimes take two minutes to throw three darts – it was insane.
“I saw a video of him playing Paul Lim – who has the patience of a saint – but two minutes for three darts should be illegal!”
On one occasion, according to Nicholson, Snider infuriated an opponent so much, they came to blows after the match.
“Stateside, everyone could see him coming a mile off,” added Nicholson, who had a number of on-stage spats himself during his playing career.
“But if you travelled from abroad to face him without knowing about his reputation, you’d be in for a huge shock. It would all end in tears… and sometimes in blood!
“There was a very infamous story about a time Davis won a match after playing so painfully slow that it ended up in a fist fight and the bollards that separated the boards at this tournament were knocked over.
“Two other players had to pull Davis’ opponent off him but they were probably on his side!”