Ninh explains, the Rules of Darts
The object of the game is to win more sets or legs than your opponent.
Darts is usually played between two people and you score points by throwing darts, into
a dartboard. A player has three darts and stands at a line
known as the Oche. The dartboard is situated 7’9 ¼” away
from the Oche, and the height of the dartboard’s bullseye is 5’8” above the ground.
The dartboard that is split into 20 sections and each section scores the relevant number
of points. You’ll notice that the outer rings, inner
rings and bullseye are different colours. The outer rings score double the amount and
the inner rings score triple (also known as treble) the amount. The outer bullseye is
worth 25 points and the inner bullseye is worth 50 points.
The most common variety of Darts is the game of 501, and the object of THIS game is to
reach zero from a starting total of 501. With each trip to the dartboard (known as
a Throw), you have three darts to score as many points as possible.
When a dart is thrown, the relevant number of points are subtracted from the overall
score. Remember, you get three darts per throw so
you must try and score the most that you can per trip to the Oche.
Once you have thrown your three darts, it is your opponents turn.
He will try and score more than you and try and finish before you. One of the stipulations of the game is that
you MUST throw your last dart on a double (or the inner bullseye) to win.
For example, if you have 40 left on the scoreboard, you must hit double 20 to win.
If you finish on a double or on the inner bullseye before your opponent, this is known
as winning a leg. The player who reaches the required amount
of legs the fastest, wins. If you’re watching this on TV: they’ll
tell you how many points are left on the scoreboard, how many darts they’ve thrown, and (if they
can finish), they’ll also tell you the best possible combination of darts required to
win the leg. Darts is a simple game of accuracy, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to know about before playing or watching a game. For example. Set
In Championship tournaments, you may be required to win sets instead.
To win a set, you must win a contest of the best of 5 legs.
The person who scores three legs the fastest, wins the set.
The player who wins the most sets, wins the game. 301
This is exactly the same as 501, but players only require 301 points. Bounce out.
If a dart his the dartboard but doesn’t stick into the dartboard, the player scores
no points for that dart. Also if a dart previously sticks into the
dartboard and then falls out, this dart also scores no points. Double Start
Some contests may require a double start. This means that you must start your leg by
throwing a double. If you fail to throw a double, you will score
zero points until you do. Outshot
If you can finish with three darts or less when it is your turn, this is known as an
outshot. For most outshots, there is an optimal mathematical
combination to win the leg. Most players will practice and memorise these
outshots in order to win games consistently. 9 Dart Finish.
The minimum number of darts required to score 501 is 9.
If you score 501 with 9 darts, this is known as a 9 Dart Finish.
This is very difficult and is the equivalent to a perfect 300 game in Tenpin bowling, or
a 147 Maximum Break in Snooker. There are several combinations, but the most
common is 7 treble 20’s, treble 19, and double 12.
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