For Gates, victory over Jim McEwan in the final ensured it was a third straight TV title on the WSDT and the American has now won 15 of the 16 matches he's played on the circuit. "It's awesome, words can't explain it," the 'Soulger' revealed in a post-match interview. "And to pull out three in a row... I've definitely got a target on my back for the rest of the year."
Gates made history in more than one way en route to his third Seniors title, becoming the first player to average over 100 in a WSDT event as he edged out David Cameron in a high quality quarter-final. "The opponents I played today were very formidable and in good form," analysed Gates. "It's a great feeling just to be participating in these events."
The big one missing from Gates' World Seniors resume is the World Championship title. On current form however, does he consider himself the favourite? "In my mind, yes! But but when you look at the other players and they're doing their routine, they have on their mind, 'Beat this guy. He's considered the best, he's won three in a row,' everybody is going to be trying to stop me getting four, trust me."