Golden Cesta Award

The Golden Cesta Award is an honorary award for the Jai-alai player with the most singles game wins for a week. The award was conceived by Pauly, a well known Jai-alai announcer and promoter at Magic City Jai-alai who also had a big following when working at Dania Jai-alai. Pauly is the originator of the reference to Machu Picchu when a player’s shot hits high out-of-bounds, such as the overhead netting and the phrase “The Pad is Bad.” Golden Cesta Award winners are shown beginning with week 11 of the inaugural 2018 season at Magic City.

Douglas won the Golden Cesta Award for 14 of the 18 weeks he played during the 2019 meet and even won 10-consecutive weeks from Week #7 through #16. Douglas also holds the record with 19 singles game wins in a week during Week #8 in 2019. Carballo’s 18 singles wins in Week #3 of 2019 was for 27 games played which calculates to an astonishing 66.7% wins. RonRon broke previous records during the 2021 10-week short meet with 7 singles wins in 9 games during Week #10 for a new record of 77.8% wins!

Note: Tie-breaker rules change starting 2021: when there is a tie for most wins, the Golden Cesta Award goes to the tied player with the highest singles win % for that week. Prior to 2021, when there was a tie for most wins, the Golden Cesta Award went to the tied player with the highest % ITM for the week.

Last Modified: October 26, 2021 7:04 pm

Number of Golden Cesta Award Wins

The number of Golden Cesta Award Wins at Magic City Jai-Alai since week 11 of 2018. This is an honorary weekly award for the highest number of wins for the week.
Player# of GC Award Wins
Douglas31
RonRon16
El Barba6
Carballo6
Anderluck6
Ben6
Ikeda4
Bueno4
Juice3
Jeden3
Diaz2
Bradley2
Vuelo1
Tennessee1
Kubala1
Asier1
CRB1
Benny1
Julen1
Cool Fitness0
Spinner0

Last Modified: October 26, 2021 7:04 pm

Golden Cesta Award Winners

Golden Cesta Award winners at Magic City Jai-Alai since September 12 of 2018. The Golden Cesta Award goes to the winner of the most singles games each week. SayHiLi did not include the early part of 2018 in the database as it was the first season of this development Jai-Alai program and players were still on the low end of learning curve on their Jai-Alai training and abilities (2018 Week 1 began July 1).
YearWeekPlayer# of Wins% ITM% WinsTiebreaker Info, etc
201811Anderluck1270.727.9
201812Bradley1255.331.6
201813Carballo1150.034.4
201814Ben856.821.6Ben - wins tied with Asier and went to % ITM tiebreaker
201815Juice1150.030.6
201816Juice1061.127.8
201817Asier1048.823.3
201818Ben948.820.0
201819Carballo1047.821.7
201820Bradley945.924.3
201821Juice755.224.1
201822Diaz550.025.0
20191Jeden1070.437.0Jeden - wins tied with Kubala and went to % ITM tiebreaker
20192Kubala1171.035.5
20193Carballo1885.266.7
20194Douglas1175.030.6Douglas wins 1st week of his professional career
20195Douglas1372.236.1
20196Carballo1355.636.1
20197Douglas1877.850.0
20198Douglas1975.052.8
20199Douglas957.132.1
201910Douglas1048.334.5
201911Douglas1067.935.7
201912Douglas1350.046.4
201913Douglas1369.044.8
201914Douglas1362.144.8
201915Douglas983.350.0
201916Douglas1066.755.6
201917RonRon766.738.9
201918Douglas661.133.3Douglas - wins tied with Ikeda and went to % ITM tiebreaker
201919RonRon761.138.9
201920Douglas750.038.9Douglas - wins tied with Anderluck and went to % ITM tiebreaker
201921Anderluck759.131.8
20201Ikeda1068.247.6
20202Diaz543.521.7
20203Bueno645.527.3
20204Ikeda561.127.8
20205Anderluck541.720.8
20206El Barba438.922.2
20207Tennessee750.031.8
20208RonRon566.727.8
20209Carballo591.741.7
202010Bueno647.826.1
202011RonRon1375.046.5
202012RonRon1575.053.6
202013Douglas1464.350.0
202014Douglas1882.164.3
202015Douglas1360.746.4
202016RonRon1058.341.7
202017Douglas1265.446.2
202018Ben1344.926.5
202019Douglas1178.639.3
202020RonRon1272.266.7
202021Douglas1184.257.9
202022Douglas1066.741.7Douglas - wins tied with El Barba and went to % ITM tiebreaker
202023RonRon979.237.5
202024El Barba658.325.0
202025El Barba958.337.5
202026El Barba758.329.2
202027Douglas977.850.0
202028Bueno834.527.6
202029Jeden959.140.9
202030Douglas675.050.0
20211Vuelo366.733.3Vuelo - wins as tied on % Wins but had higher % ITM
20212Douglas455.644.4
20213Ikeda375.075.0
20214CRB350.037.5CRB - wins as had highest Win %
20215RonRon466.744.4
20216RonRon444.444.4
20217RonRon466.744.4
20218RonRon566.755.6
20219RonRon366.733.3RonRon won on 2nd tiebreaker of % ITM over Ikeda
202110RonRon788.977.8
202111Anderluck553.617.9Week 1 Regular Season
202112RonRon766.758.3
202113Ben833.322.2
202114Douglas470.040.0won on tiebreaker against 3-others, missed 1-perf
202115Ikeda750.038.9
202116Anderluck646.223.1
202117Kubala550.022.7
202118El Barba766.738.9
202119Douglas275.050.0short week - only 2-performances
202120Douglas462.550.0
202121RonRon350.037.5
202122El Barba658.350.0
202123Douglas488.944.4
202124Benny683.350.0
202125Ben450.033.3
202126Bueno457.128.6
202127Carballo371.442.9short week - only 3-performances
202128Douglas257.128.6won tie-breaker
202129Julen470.040.0Julen's 1st GC
202130Douglas366.750.0Douglas nosed out Cool Fitness on ITM tiebreaker by winning final game of week
202131Jeden483.366.7
202132Douglas3100.050.0
202133Anderluck366.750.0only played 2 of 3 perf
202134Ben485.757.1
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