This image below comes from the Souvenir Program for the
1981/1982 BDO/WDF Embassy World Professionals, now known as Lakeside
October 1999 BullsEye News-North American Open highlights
Check out the newest video of the
1984 Royal Hawaiian International Darts Tournament
See JK playing in the 4 person team event with
Nicky Virachkul, Dick McGinnis, and Lenny Heard
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These images below were taken from the video for the 1981 North American Open. The shot is the winning dart at double 14 for defeating Eric Bristow and claiming the NAODT Singles Title.
Photo courtesy of L. David Irete.
Thank you David, for sharing memories with the darting world.
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The images below are from BullsEye News
January/February 1986 issue March 2001 issue
December 15, 1956
Camp LeJeune, North Carolina
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
John Kramer started playing darts in 1974 in the weight room at his high school while recovering from a knee injury sustained during a high school football game. John quickly discovered he had a knack for the game and played his first professional tournament in Ventura, California the weekend after graduation in 1975.
John enjoyed much success during his playing days from 1975 through 1987, including his first North American Open singles title, where he defeated world #3 ranked player, Jocky Wilson in the semi-final and the #1 player in the world at that time, Eric Bristow in the final.
In 1982 he competed in the 1982 World Darts Championship, but was defeated by English darts player Tony Brown in the first round.
His national ranking in 1985 earned him a spot on the US World Cup team to compete in Brisbane, Australia. The US won the team gold medal at World Cup V, which saw them defeat the English team 9-0, before going on to defeat the Australian team to win the gold medal. The US team also brought home the Silver medal for their 2nd place finish overall.
1985 also brought John to the US#1 ranking and his first Bulls-Eye News magazine cover.
1987 was when he first retired from the game due to personal reasons and John enjoyed his spare time playing tournament and league softball.
1999 saw a resurgence of John’s darting career after a 12-year absence, where he enjoyed many successes, including a second North American Open singles title (defeating US player Roger Carter), being part of the rare accomplishment of winning both Open Doubles events at the Las Vegas Open (with Chris White) in 2001, and a second Bulls-Eye News magazine cover.
2002 brought on a second retirement from darts and his venture into tournament paintball.
2006 has brought on another resurgence into darts. Enjoying more success at events such as the Wild West Shootout and the San Francisco Open with Open Cricket singles titles for both.
2007 added some semi-final and finals, but the quest for the perfect dart showed in the finishes. 2008 saw an Open Singles Championship for the San Diego Memorial Open.
2009 was a pretty quiet year with limited travel to national tournaments.
In 2010, John experienced some health related issues that limited his travel and competition, however, he did manage two top 4 finishes of the open doubles at the 2010 San Francisco Open.
2011 saw some finals appearances for the Gold Coast Shootout and San Diego Memorial Open.
2012-2015 was a great experience with many new and exciting things going on, as we relocated to New York and attended so many major tournaments.
2016 sees us now living in Cary, North Carolina-a great mecca of darting talent that includes two former US #1's, two 501 National Champions and 2 Youth National Champions all competing in the same league.
Some prior history of John's finishes throughout his darting career
Article courtesy of
San Francisco Darts Association
SF Open 2006
Write up & Results