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Darts Rules

01' Dart Game Overview

Number of Required Players: 

Any number of players, normally two individuals or two teams.

Numbers in Play: 

All numbers are in play.


01’ Rules of Play

The Bull's Eye will count for 50 points.

301 games usually start with players required to double-in.

All players begin with 301/501 points and the objective is to reach zero first.

Players are required to double-out for all 01’ games.

If a player scores more than the points required to reach zero, the player "busts". The score returns to the score that was existing at the start of the turn.

The game is over when a player reaches zero.

The winning team is the team with the lowest combined score (both team members).

If the game score ends in a tie, the player/team that reaches zero wins.

All general rules of play will apply.


About 01' Dart Games

Darts is a game that is played worldwide and as such, there are many variations of what is basically the same game. The most popular game would be 301, 501 or 901. The game is the same in all of these versions, it is simply the starting point that differs. The starting point always ends in 01.

The object of the game is simple... each player starts with the same score (eg 301 or 501) and the first to reduce his score to zero wins. Players take turns throwing three darts each. The points scored are added up and the total is then deducted from the original starting score. Darts that bounce off the Dart Board or miss the scoring segment of the Board, do not score at all. These Darts cannot be thrown again in that turn.

The difficult part of the game is certainly the “finish”. To win the game, you must reach zero before your opponent. You must reach zero exactly and the dart that reduces your score to zero, must be a double. Doubles consist of the numbers in the outside narrow scoring band and the centre (small) bullseye, which counts as 50 points. The centre bull is actually a double of the outer 25-point bull.

This means that if you have 4 points left, you must hit a double 2 to bring the score down to zero. From 24 points, a double 12 would be needed. If you have an odd number left, so that a double finish is impossible, then darts must be thrown to reduce the score to an even number, before then throwing a double. eg. From 19 points left, there is effectively no double out available. One way to finish would be to throw a single 3 first, reducing the score to 16. The 16 can then be obtained by throwing a double 8.

The games of 501, 601, 801, 1001, etc. are all played the same way, the only difference being that you are starting with more points. Because 301 is a relatively short game, most venues start the game with a double. That means that each player must hit a double (any number), before their scoring actually commences. Each player begins scoring with the first double that is obtained. Players generally play a Best of 3, or 5, Legs.

This is merely a guide and is a very simple and basic outline of the scoring methods. It is by no means intended to cover all aspects of all Darts Games. We advise you to read one of the many books that are available as knowing the rules and objectives, will significantly increase your enjoyment. One of the best books on the market would be "Getting To The Point" by Mr Barry Atkinson.



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