PETER Machin, for the record, doesn’t slam pints on stage.

“Back in the day, when I first started playing, it was like, ‘yeah, a beer in one hand, darts in the other’,” he grins.

“The game is so different now. I might have a couple before to settle the nerves.

“But these big events, you get there three hours early to prepare — well, if I drank for three hours solid, just throw me in the taxi and send me home.”

When Machin says big events, we’re talking international tournaments. Global majors.

This Elizabeth South dartie, who might squeeze in “two or three hours” of practice in his backyard man cave on a Wednesday night, went back to work last week running Angle Vale’s BWS store fresh off being crowned the British Darts Organisation’s World Trophy champion in Wales.

After finishing runner-up in the same event last year, 43-year-old Machin went one better to win the second major on the calendar for the sport’s traditional ruling body.

The title came with a 10-8 victory in the final over three-time BDO world champion Martin Phillips. It also meant a payday in the range of $13,000, plus $1600 for the best peg-out of the tournament — a maximum 170 during an earlier match.

“But there was no major sponsor this year, so in the end, all it did was cover a bit of a holiday in France afterwards, plus a little bit left over,” he says.

The bigger prize is a guaranteed start in an elite 32-man field at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts in England in November, which carries a $185,000 winner’s cheque.

Standing in his way is a collection of the best players on the planet from the Professional Darts Corporation, including undisputed world No. 1 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, Scottish ace Gary Anderson and the game’s greatest, Phil Taylor.

Yet back in Adelaide, this Riverland product who has represented Australia’s senior team for 18 years, remains more anonymous than a box of cleanskins.

“But I love it that way,” he says. “I don’t want to be a big deal. I’ve got a few customers come in to the shop and ask how I went. I think I nearly knocked one over when I said I’d won the trophy. For me, it’s just the satisfaction of trying to win for your state or your country.”