The Clubhouse in Bettendorf will be the scene of nine days of arm wrestling action during the next month that will be the basis of a new reality TV show.

“American Arm Wrestling” will be filmed on location at the Clubhouse and broadcast on Destination America, a Discovery Channel network available in 60 million homes nationwide.

The tournament will include competition for both professional and amateur arm wrestlers in three weight classes — 165 pounds and under, 166-200 and 201 and over — with $1,500 of prize money available. Qualifying will be Jan. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, with the finals scheduled for Feb. 1.

The event is open to anyone who wants to enter and who has the entry fee of $10. The winner of each weight class will advance to the national championships June 13-16 in Eau Claire, Wis.

“This is our first venture in arm wrestling, the first time we’ve done anything like this,” said Alex Paul, co-owner and general manager of the Clubhouse.

The facility at 2501 53rd Ave., which features golf simulators and other activities, has been open for about a year-and-a-half and Paul admitted to being a bit surprised when Destination America officials approached them with the idea.

“They thought our kind of setup was ideal for what they were looking for,” Paul said. “We thought about it for a while and finally decided to try it.”

Weigh-ins will be done in one corner with the arm-wrestling taking place in an open lounge area between the golf simulators and a massive TV screen. Post-match interviews will be conducted in an office area.

Everything will be filmed by Arm Sports TV, a YouTube channel that specializes in arm wrestling, and packaged for use on Destination America.

Destination America was known as Planet Green until last spring and bills itself as “the first network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States.” It is available locally on channel 201 of some Mediacom extended cable packages, on DirecTV channel 286 and Dish Network channel 194.

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I had a great experience, I competed one night and founded I’m not as strong as I use to be. I’ve been back every night and have enjoyed the show and tournament. They run a tight ship and as far as I’m concerned they are all professional and doing a great job. Each night the house is packed and everyone having a great time. Marking a TV show does add a different element from other tournaments I’ve been in, but it makes it more exciting and action packed.


As a competitor this is very disheartening to hear but does seem to make sense after attending the event one night. Very unorganized group with little or no experience in running a tournament. They didnt know any of the basic rules that almost all of the associations have. They were unaware of how to referee matches properly and first and foremost SAFELY for the competitors which is always #1 priority anywhere else you go in the sport. They were pushy and unprofessional to wrestlers as well which you would never find at a real professionally run event either. I got the impression they had watched a couple matches on youtube of how they run events out west properly, and are trying a duplicate it here without putting the time and effort in to make it run smoothly. Sounded fishy and way too good to be true which may turn out to be true now. Too bad and I hope I am not right on this one.


Disappointed that this is happening at Clubhouse. Guess we'll have to find another place to hang out during the week. The guy running this is bad news. He screwed over several of my friends at his business in Orion, Hillcrest Resort and Golf Course. I know he owes a lot of people money. His way of taking care of it is to just file bankruptcy and start a new company. These contestants will never be paid and the so called reality show will never happen.
Do your research next time Clubhouse... you've lost several regular customers because of this.


Alex Paul needs to do some research on this felon Dan Kosth. After doing some investigating, we located that he has many lawsuits that have been placed against him and Hillcrest Resort in the past. Most of these are from companies, vendors, entertainment acts, or the Federal Government for nonpayment's, falsifying signatures, or just outright illegal acts which have landed Dan Kosth in prison. Now in 2012, supposedly they filmed a Reality Show called American Resort but this too was all a falsification to try and get companies, businesses, and local people to sponsor, send money, or trade out advertising for a false show. We did a story on the Hillcrest Music Fest that was headlined by Jimmy VanZant and none of the acts received their money on Saturday to take the stage. Most of them are local acts that were guaranteed contracts and have now filed lawsuits against Dan Kosth and his partner Lee Neece, who runs APC Productions as a wedding planner in the QCA. Through some local comments, apparently this Dan Kosth and his 6+ companies are in Bankruptcy so there is no guarantee that there is even a Arm Wrestling TV Reality Show hence just another way to fill his pockets without reporting these monies to the Federal Government.


It's too bad that Dan Kost is involved with this event. Don't count on ever being on a reality TV show or collecting any prize money if you win the event. I'm disappointed that the Clubhouse would even consider getting involved with any event he promotes thru one of his many scam businesses. He really should stick to continue running the Hillcrest Resort into the ground along with his other so called reality tv shows. He screwed over an awful lot of people this year and I'm sure after this event there will be even more lawsuits and people knocking at his door to collect money.

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