If you think the company is also involved in pool leagues, you put it right in the corner pocket.
If you see pool and dart players competing in a league, the chances are excellent the establishment doesn't own its pool tables and dart boards. Hub Music and Vending, based in Aberdeen, provides the equipment and supervises play. The bar shares the revenue with Hub Music and Vending.
Hub Music and Vending runs four dart leagues, which operate at 12 Aberdeen businesses. The company coordinates a pool league that runs at seven Aberdeen bars.
Hub Music and Vending doesn't have a monopoly on local pool and dart leagues.
Another company, G&T Gaming, runs one dart league and one pool league. The dart league operates Tuesdays at the R&A Bar, Rohly's and Golden Aces Casino. The pool league runs Thursdays at the R&A and Wild Oats. Like Hub Music and Vending, G&T provides the equipment and shares revenue with the bars.
Both companies also furnish jukeboxes and amusement games to local businesses, sharing in the revenue from both. Under a different arrangement, they also provide South Dakota video lottery machines.
In this area, darts are far more popular than pool, said Alvin Gerlach, the managing partner of Hub Music and Vending.
Almost 300 people play darts in leagues under the auspices of Hub Music and Vending. Those leagues extend beyond Aberdeen. Hub Music and Vending also operates one league each in Pollock, Roscoe, Andover and Mansfield.
About 12 teams take part in the 8-ball pool league that runs Wednesday nights in the winter. Each team has four players. Participation is less in the 9-ball league that runs Wednesday nights in the summer. The pool league is hosted by Schwan's Recreation, Lager's, Silver Dollar, The Flame, the Eagles, the Zoo and Erika’s.
On Monday and Wednesday nights, players in the Hub Music dart leagues play a game called 501. A group called the Pink Ladies, who help those with breast cancer, moves from Tuesdays to Sundays this fall.
A new league, which started this year, offers local players the chance to compete against dart players from great distances away. Five Aberdeen bars are equipped to compete in that league. Each of those businesses is furnished with two video cameras and a monitor. The monitor shows the team against which the Aberdeen squad is competing. One TV camera is aimed at the foul line, the other at the dart board. The remote league operates Tuesdays. Play is at the Eagles, Erica’s, Lager’s, Schwan’s Recreation and the Zoo.
In both darts and pool, players compete half the time at one bar. The rest of the time, they visit a variety of other bars.
Gerlach makes the schedules for the leagues. He also prepares the statistics for darts. A Hub Music employee and a local pool enthusiast, Guy Trenhaile, compiles the pool statistics.
Each pool player pays a $10 sanction fee per year, and each dart player submits an $8 annual sanction fee. The pool money goes to the Valley National Eight-Ball Association. The National Dart Association collects the dart money.
Pool players contribute $5 a week to a points fund that is divided at the end of the season. Each dart player is required to contribute $2 per night toward their points fund. But those dart players add an extra dollar to that amount. The additional dollar goes to Make-A-Wish of South Dakota.