Darts game rules – how to play darts

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor


Hey there! Have you ever heard of darts? It’s a game that’s been played for centuries! Back in Medieval times in England, soldiers used to throw short bows at tree trunks. How cool is that? Today, you can find this super popular game all over the world – even in your local bar!



Do you know what a dartboard is? It’s this round board with a diameter of 17.75 inches. Pretty big, huh? Well, this board is divided into 20 different sections. Each section is separated by either a metal wire or a thin metal plate. Pretty fancy, right?

Those 20 sections are numbered, and they go in a specific order. Starting from the top and going clockwise, the numbers are: 20, 1, 18, 4, 13, 6, 10, 15, 2, 17, 3, 19, 7, 16, 8, 11, 14, 9, 12, and 5. Quite a long list!

Now, each of those 20 sections is then divided into smaller parts called wedges. Here’s where it gets interesting. There are two big black wedges, and those are called singles. So if you land your dart in one of those, you get a certain number of points.

But that’s not all! There are also outer strips, and those are called doubles. Do you know why? Because if you hit one, you get double the points! Pretty cool, huh?

And last but not least, there’s a smaller inner strip between the two big black wedges. That one is called triples. Why? Well, because you guessed it, if you hit it, you get triple the points! Talk about a challenge!

Oh, before I forget, there’s something really important in the middle of the dartboard. It’s called the bullseye! And trust me, you want to hit this one. It’s a small red circle right in the center of the board. But wait, there’s more! There’s an outer bull around the bullseye, and it’s green. Now, hitting the bullseye and the outer bull gives you some serious points!


Darts are a popular game that involves throwing small arrows made from a combination of metal, nylon, and plastic. The arrows, or darts, must adhere to specific regulations. For example, they cannot weigh more than 1.76 ounces and must be no longer than 11.8 inches.


Darts game rules - how to play darts

When it comes to playing the game of darts, every player or team begins with a score of 501. The goal is to reduce that score to zero before the opposing team does.

To determine who goes first, each player throws a single dart. The player whose dart lands closest to the bullseye gets the honor of starting the game.


During the game, players take turns throwing three darts each. If a dart bounces or falls off the board, it doesn’t count and is considered out of play for that turn. So, only the darts that remain on the board at the end of the game contribute to the score.

The center of the bullseye should be positioned 5 feet and 8 inches from the ground. The darts are thrown from a marked line on the floor called the “oche,” which must be at least 7 feet and 9 and a quarter inches away from the dartboard.


Here’s how the scoring works:

Singles: The number indicated on the board is the amount of points earned.

Let’s talk about the different ways you can score points in darts. There are a few key terms you need to understand.

Doubles: This means the points you score are twice the number on the board. For example, if you hit a double 10, you would score 20 points.

Triples: Triples score three times the number on the board. The highest score you can get with a single throw is a triple 20, which is worth 60 points.

Bull: The bullseye on the dartboard is divided into two parts. If you hit the small red inner circle, you score 50 points. The outer bull is worth 25 points.

After you throw the three darts, you add up the points and subtract them from the starting score of 501. Keep subtracting points until you or your team reach 0.

No Points:

In some cases, you don’t earn any points. Here are six situations where no points are awarded:

  • The dart lands outside the scoring area.
  • The dart hits another dart but doesn’t stick to the dartboard.
  • The dart gets stuck in the flight (the feathers) of another dart.
  • The dart doesn’t reach the dartboard.
  • The dart bounces off the wire or falls out of the dartboard.
  • The dart hits the wrong section of the dartboard (for example, hitting the outer ring instead of the inner ring).

Playing Darts: A Fun and Challenging Game

Have you ever played darts? It’s such a fun game! Let me explain how it works.

First, you need a dartboard. It’s a round board with numbers on it, from 1 to 20, arranged in a circular pattern. The center is called the bullseye, and it’s worth the most points.

To play, I stand at a distance and throw the dart at the board. My goal is to hit the numbers and earn points. The closer I get to the center, the more points I score.

There are different ways to play darts, but the most common is called “501.” In this game, each player starts with 501 points. I throw three darts in each turn, and the points I get from hitting the numbers are subtracted from my total. The goal is to reach zero points before the other players.

When throwing the darts, there are some rules to follow. I must stand behind a designated line called the “throw line.” If I step over that line, my throw doesn’t count. And if the dart bounces off the board and falls on the floor, I can’t throw it again for that turn.

Ending the Game

The player or team that reaches zero points first wins the game! But here’s the tricky part, you have to hit the exact number of points to reach zero. Let’s say I have 88 points left – I could hit a triple 20 and an 18 to reach zero. But if I hit a double 18, that turn doesn’t count, and I must try again in the next turn.

I love playing darts. It’s a challenging and exciting game that keeps me entertained for hours. It’s a great way to have fun with friends and family. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, darts always brings joy and laughter.

I enjoy writing and inspiring others to play games and have fun. In fact, I ran a pub crawl for several years, organizing drinking games daily for my guests. I come from a family that loves games, so it’s in my blood!

Alongside my passion for games, I’m a big fan of travel and music. I’ve even started personal blogs about my experiences with traveling and my favorite music. It’s always exciting to explore new places and discover new tunes.

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