It was a near magical run for the unheralded Darren Carr who put together a string of surprises to move within a few points of becoming World Champion, but ultimately it came to an end as an unshakable Justin Slater forever stamped his legacy on the World Crokinole Championships by winning the event for the 5th time.
The 2019 World Crokinole Championship brought to light crokinole's ever increasing appeal and popularity as the tournament smashed attendance records with just under 400 players competing in the 21st annual edition. The surge in attendance provided challenges for the W/cc/ organizational committee as the Singles competition sold out weeks before the June 1st tournament. On tournament day, the Tavistock arena floor was decorated with 127 crokinole boards, leaving no boards, chairs, tables, or even physical space, to be spared.
The record attendance was comprised mostly of Ontarians, but also featured players travelling from PEI, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, and the Tuscarora Iriquois nation in New York. Once again a large number of Americans were in competition, with 30 players representing 7 states, deriving mostly from the crokinole clubs The City Flickers (Georgia), The Cambridge J's (Massachusetts) and The Extra Pint Crokinole Club (New York).