Magnus Caris has become one of the most successful Scandinavian darts players in history after reaching twelve World Championships and winning two Swedish National Championships in an illustrious career. He has also previously held a tour card on the PDC Pro Tour and after some recent good performances elsewhere on the circuit, he looks like he could well return to higher level darts very soon.
“My parents taught me how to play and soon me and my brothers started to play against each other,” the 48-year-old said of his introduction to darts. “My big breakthrough was when I was picked out to play in the Swedish national darts team when I was 16 years. This was massive as it helped me improve as a player.”
Magnus, or ‘Poker Face’ as he has become known due to his composed figure on the oche, has been playing on the tour for nearly thirty years, and in that time darts has changed massively. Magnus’ first recorded event on the tour was the 1987 World Masters, the second of Bob Anderson’s three consecutive World Masters titles, and his first World Championship came not long after that, in the January of 1988, where he was defeated by the American Rick Ney in the first round. I asked Magnus how he feels darts has progressed in that period, “Darts has improved as a sport a lot as the averages are much higher now than before and the general quality as well has improved.”
Having played on the circuit many years, Magnus has played at many events and venues. But as he told me, there is one venue that he feels is by far the best he has played at, “It did use to be Lakeside but now I have to say that the PDC World Championship and the Alexandra Palace is my favourite event and venue.”
Magnus has been a pioneer for darts in Scandinavia throughout his career and with players like Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele now also doing well on the circuit, I queried Magnus as to how he thinks Scandinavian darts has progressed since the start of his career, “The darts in Scandinavia has grown and there is a lot of really good players and we are improving the game. We are going to be even better in the future and I have high hopes the Scandinavian players will become some of the best in the world.”
Next, I posed the impossible question to Magnus: who is the best player you’ve ever faced? And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it was a certain sixteen times world champion, “I have played all the stars but there is only one Phil Taylor – he is simply the best dart player ever,” Magnus told me.
Magnus lost his Tour Card last year but has since bounced back to qualify for the recent Gibraltar Darts Trophy, where he reached the quarter-final. I asked Magnus how he feels his year has gone so far, “2017 has been up and down so far darts-wise but I have had some good results so therefore I am pleased so far.”
“My main ambitions are to still be number one in Sweden and try to qualify for as many PDC tournaments as is possible.”
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