In some variants called a "northern bust" in London only the dart that causes the bust is not counted. That is felt by some to be a purer version of the game, as under the normal rules, as explained above, a player left with a difficult finish, e.
For example, a player with 20 at the start of their go could miss the double 10 and get a single, miss the double 5 and get a single, leaving them 5 and only one dart remaining.
Their best option is to deliberately bust it to get back onto double Under the "northern bust" they would remain on 5. A darts match is played over a fixed number of games, known as legs.
A match may be divided into sets, with each set being contested as over a fixed number of legs. Although playing straight down from is standard in darts, sometimes a double must be hit to begin scoring, known as "doubling in", with all darts thrown before hitting a double not being counted.
The minimum number of thrown darts required to complete a leg of is nine. The most common nine dart finish consists of two maximums followed by a checkout TTD12 , but there are many other possible ways of achieving the feat.
Three s TTBull is considered a pure or perfect nine-dart finish by some players. This game uses the standard 20 number dartboard with the triple and double rings.
The goal of 20 to 1 is to be the first player or team to throw all numbers in consecutive order from 20 to 1 and win the game with the outer or inner bullseye.
In a one on one battle, the winner is the person to reach the last number or bullseye. In a team competition, the winner is the first team to reach the last number or bullseye after the round is complete or each member of each team has thrown that specific round.
A variant of traditional darts played using a blindfold. Often played by people with visual disabilities. Typically a talking electronic dartboard is used to speak the numbers hit, keep score and announce who is throwing next.
Cricket is a widely played darts game involving a race to control and score on numbers between 20 and 15 and the bullseye, by hitting each of these targets for three marks to open or own it for scoring.
A hit on the target counts as one mark, while hits in the doubles ring of the target count as two marks in one throw, and on the triples ring as three.
The outer bullseye counts as 25 points, and the inner as Dartball is a darts game based on the sport of baseball. It is played on a diamond shaped board and has similar scoring to baseball.
Scoring is similar to golf. This is a regional variant still played in some parts of the East End of London. The board has fewer, larger segments, all numbered either 5, 10, 15 or Any number of players can take part and the game can vary in length depending on the number of targets selected.
No two players can have the same number. Once everyone has a number, each player takes it in turn to get their number five times with their three darts doubles count twice, and triples three times.
This means they can aim for other peoples numbers, taking a point off for each time they hit doubles x2, triples x3.
If a person gets to zero they are out. Players cannot get more than 5 points. Lawn darts also called Jarts or yard darts is a lawn game based on darts.
The game play and objective are similar to both horseshoes and darts. The darts are similar to the ancient Roman plumbata.
Moving Target is a darts game for two or more players in which each round, one player serves as the "setter" to set the target, and each other player is a "scorer" and tries to score points.
The role of "setter" rotates from player to player each round. The first player to reach 21 points or any other predetermined number of points wins the game.
In each round, the setter throws two darts to set the target for the round. The target is equal to either the sum or the difference of the two darts thrown by the setter.
Doubles and triples do not count for these two darts. A bullseye thrown by the setter counts for Once a target has been set, the scorer has three darts to equal the target and score points.
Each dart is considered individually. Doubles and triples do count for this dart, so there may be multiple ways to hit the target.
A bullseye thrown by the scorer counts for either 25 or 0. A scorer can score between 0 and 9 points per round. If the scorer hits a target number with a single, the scorer gets 1 point.
If the scorer hits a target number with a double or a single bullseye, the scorer gets 2 points. If the scorer hits the target number with a triple, the scorer gets 3 points.
Shanghai is a darts game of accuracy. This game is played with at least two players. The standard version is played in 7 rounds. Standard scoring is used, and doubles and triples are counted.
Only hits on the wedge for that round are counted. The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of seven rounds 1—7 ; or who scores a Shanghai, which wins win instantly, a Shanghai being throws that hit a triple, a double and single in any order of the number that is in play.
Shanghai can also be played for 20 rounds to use all numbers. A Fairer Start for Shanghai: To prevent players from becoming too practiced at shooting for the 1, the number sequence can begin at the number of the dart that lost the throw for the bullseye to determine the starting thrower.
For example; Thrower A shoots for the bullseye and hits the Thrower B shoots for the bullseye and hits it. Thrower B then begins the game, starting on the number 17, then 18, 19, 20, 1, 2, 3, etc.
A reverse form of unscored Cricket, beginning with the bullseye. Once any player has cleared the 17, any players who have not cleared bullseye are eliminated.
Objective is to have the lowest score at the end of the game. Six rounds of darts, the first five are scored at their value missing the board is 30 points , while the sixth round is one dart that subtracts from the current total.
Doubles and triples of still count, though throws must single in and out. Only three ice breakers can be scored per game.
The BDO originally organised a number of the more prestigious British tournaments with a few notable exceptions such as the News of the World Championship and the national events run under the auspices of the National Darts Association of Great Britain.
However, many sponsors were lost and British TV coverage became much reduced by the early nineties. The PDC tournaments often have higher prize money and feature the leading player in the history of the game, time World Champion Phil Taylor.
In soft-tip, the World Soft Darts Association serves as a governing body of the sport, with events feature players that play also steel-tip in PDC and BDO events, and other players that compete exclusively in soft-tip events.
The American Darts Organization promulgates rules and standards for amateur league darts and sanctions tournaments in the United States.
The American Darts Organization began operation January 1, with 30 charter member clubs and a membership of 7, players. Today, the ADO has a membership that averages clubs on a yearly basis representing roughly 50, members.
Both organisations hold other professional tournaments. They also organise county darts for their 66 county members in the UK including individual and team events.
All of these are broadcast live on Sky Sports television in the UK. Both organisations allocated rankings to the tournaments, but these two events are now discontinued.
Matches during WSDA events are played with both and Cricket during a set, usually with an even amount of both, giving both players throw during both formats, and the final round determined by player choice.
These lists are commonly used to determine seedings for various tournaments. The WDF rankings are based on the preceding 12 months performances, the BDO resets all ranking points to zero after the seedings for their world championship have been determined, and the PDC Order of Merit is based on prize money earned over a two-year period.
Also in was the start of The Indoor League , which featured a darts tournament, although it was only shown in the Yorkshire Television region in Over the next decade, darts coverage expanded with many major tournaments appearing on both ITV and BBC through the s and early s to such as extent about 14 tournaments were covered.
In , the World Championships started and were covered by the BBC, the BBC innovated with the split screen showing the throwing of the dart and where it hit the board.
The BBC also cut back on their coverage after to such an extent that only one major event was still broadcast on either channel by , the World Championship and this contributed in the split in darts.
ITV returned to darts coverage in November , showing the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts — its first major darts tournament coverage in almost twenty years.
They continued covering this until when Sky Sports took over the rights, ITV also showed the European Championship in and Players Championship since its inception.
Darts has continued to grow again on television and there now several major tournaments broadcast in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Some of these tournaments can also be watched on the internet for free using a live stream, depending on contractual restrictions.
Unfortunately the programme was not a ratings success and was taken from its peak time broadcast slot on ESPN after just a few weeks.
In places where alcoholic beverages are consumed, English law has long permitted betting only on games of skill , as opposed to games of chance , and then only for small stakes.
An apocryphal tale relates that in , Jim Garside, the landlord of the Adelphi Inn, Leeds, England was called before the local magistrates to answer the charge that he had allowed betting on a game of chance, darts, on his premises.
Garside asked for the assistance of local champion William "Bigfoot" Annakin who attended as a witness and demonstrated that he could hit any number on the board nominated by the court.
Garside was discharged as the magistrates found darts, indeed, to be a game of skill. In the professional game, betting is prominent with many of the big bookmaking companies sponsoring events particularly within the PDC.
In the past when Fox Sports broadcast tournaments in the United States, the logos for betting houses such as Ladbrokes were pixelated out and digitally obscured, along with any audible references to them, because of American laws and policies against online gambling ; however other US broadcasters usually carry overseas darts tournaments without any edits other than for timing and narrative purposes, and Americans usually cannot visit the sites for betting houses outside of redirection pages.
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