"I used to say if there was two flies climbing a wall, he'd have a pound on it": Usher on origins of Gambler nickname from late father

Graham Usher recently took a Tour Card at Q-School and was one of the most in-form players in Milton Keynes over the course of the tournament.

Usher spoke to the Weekly Dartscast about it sinking in and finally sealing a long awaited stint on the ProTour.

"It took a day or so to sink in, get back home and sort it out and then back to work on Monday," said Usher to Weekly Dartscast.

"It took a bit longer than I wanted it to but we got there in the end. It's exciting times."

"I did believe my game was there this time, I went in there feeling good mentally and physically, no aches and pains. I just felt like I'm going to get a card. I didn't fear anybody, before I used to look at names. Obviously I played Fallon (Sherrock) in the early stages and before you'd be worried about losing but I just believe in my game now."

Besides darts, Usher works for NHS. "It was hard at work, it was hard for everybody but darts definitely took a back seat. Work has been tremendous at giving me time off and letting me go to the ProTour at short notice."

Some sections of the darting community called on him to use his namesake Usher and one of his tracks as a walk-on song and he said he is brushing up and picking one.

"It has been mentioned that I have to come out to an Usher song now. So I need to brush up on that. Someone sent me a remix of The Gambler, I'll sort something out."

Nicknamed The Gambler, Usher spoke also about the origins of the nickname which hold more relevance to his late father.

"It's my father, he liked to have a bit of a bet here or there. Not a major gambler but I used to say if there was two flies climbing a wall, he'd have a pound on it. It's more of a tribute to him really because he passed away in 2010 and I said if I ever made it, I'd put the Gambler on my shirt."

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