Beginners Guide to
the Dart Game
If you think that the game of
darts is just a matter of throwing a few pointed arrows on a dart
board, and hoping with all your might that you hit the target so you
can win a bet with your friends; well, you are sadly mistaken.
Dart is a serious game that has a set of rules and regulations. It
is so serious in fact that there are organized groups that consist
of professional dart players. Most of these organizations are
members of the World Darts Federation (WFD).
The World Darts Federation was established in 1976. As of
today, there are around 60 organizations from all around the world
that are apart of the WDF.
Every year a number of major tournaments are held. Wherein dart
players pin up their skills, talents, and prowess against each other
to determine who will inevitably reign supreme. In addition, cash
prizes are awarded to the winners of these dart games competitions.
Currently, there are two professional dart games organizations. The
British Darts Organization (BDO), which was established in 1973. The
BDO is also part of the World Darts Federation.
The second one is called Professional Darts Corporation, PDC for
short. This organization was only established in 1994.
Famous players of dart game include: Eric 'The Crafty Cockey'
Bristow & Phil 'The Power' Taylor.
Dart games are very popular in Europe. BDO tournaments are
often televised on BBC. There are millions and millions of dart
games enthusiasts around the world who follow this sport on
boards are customarily made of a material called: sisal. This is
also the material that is used to make rope. When it comes to the
actual darts, there's quiet a selection to choose from.
Brass Dart- This is probably the cheapest way to go. It cost around
$5-16. If you are new to the game of darts and just want to have a
feel for the game, then you can start practicing your throws with
this type of darts.
Tungsten Darts- This type of dart is extremely durable. It offers a
good grip. The price of these darts can go as high as $185,
depending of the amount of Tungsten metal used to make the darts.
Silver/Nickel Darts- This is made of a heavy metal. It is priced at
around $13-35. These type of darts offer good quality at a very
a variety of ways dart games are played. The most popular formats
are as follow:
301 Dart Game
This is usually played by just two people; but if preferred, it can
also be played by teams. Each participant starts with a score of
301. It is later subtracted by the score they accumulate. The aim of
the game is to reach a score of zero. Each participant is not
allowed to start subtracting points until they hit a double number.
(This means whatever number they hit, they have to hit twice). Who
ever reaches the score of zero fastest wins the game. If the
participant doesn't hit a double to end the game or has a score
below zero then that player's turn is considered a bust. That
player's game ends abruptly and the score goes back to what it was
before at the beginning of his or her turn.
501 Dart Game
This game is played in the exact same way as the 301 game, except
that hitting a double at the beginning of the game , so the player
can start subtracting the points is not necessary. Like the 301 game,
ending the turn with a double is also required. Players also have
the option of hitting a double or a bulls eye to win the game.
A bulls eye scores 50 points. Each player is not required to use all
three darts to end the game. Whoever reduces his or her score to
zero, (this maneuver in dart terms is usually called 'going-out')
first wins the match.
There are other variations to the '01 games such as: 601, 801, 1001.
This is the type of format that is mostly used in professional
But if you are just starting out and just want to have fun. There's
no reason why you should implement any type of rules in your game.
After all, when it comes to playing dart games in your own home,
you're the boss.