How to Build a Dart Board Backboard

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The appeal of a good and hearty game of darts is practically universal. It doesn’t matter where you come from, or how old you are; you’re most probably going to enjoy a game of darts with your friends in any setting. Dart games are fast-paced, exciting and so much fun when you pair it with the right people to compete with. While many bars have an option on throwing darts with your friends, many of those who are ardent fans of the game prefer having their own dartboard at home.

With a dartboard at home, there are no restrictions on how many times you can play. Additionally, such a dartboard gives you more options to practice and hone your skills related to the game.

While a home dartboard is a great investment, there is a certain level of care and maintenance you have to invest in. One of the most important factors in the setting-up of a home dartboard is backing it up with the correct backboard.

It doesn’t matter even if you are the most experienced darts player in the world, every once in a while, you will find yourself in a situation where your throw will miss. In a bar or a tournament arena, this miss won’t really do much damage to the equipment. However, if it comes to the dartboard at home, a throw will probably land on a wall, causing damage.

This fear of damaged walls is sure to be even more if you’re still in the stage where you’re learning and trying to ace your game. Constantly throwing darts that miss and land on your walls may surely help you improve your game in the long run, but they do nothing for the decor. Not only do these puncture marks make your wall look ugly, but they also damage the structure.

This is one of the most important reasons to have a dartboard backboard. By having such a support structure, you will ensure that there will be no permanent damage to your walls. However, there are other reasons to invest in a dartboard backboard. Let’s take a closer look.

Reasons to Get a Dart Board Backboard

By now you must be clear that having a backboard for your dartboard is integral to maintaining the sturdiness and integrity of the walls surrounding the board and preventing it from looking like a cartoonish block of Swiss cheese.

Here are some other important reasons to get a dartboard backboard today!

1. Keeping Your Darts In The Best Condition

 It doesn’t matter what kind of darts you use. Even soft-tip darts can damage a wall if thrown hard enough. Although such type of soft-tipped variants will do less damage that steel-tipped ones, your walls will have to bear the brunt. Most importantly, hitting any material that isn’t a dartboard can harm your darts and may require you to constantly buy new sets.

With a dartboard backboard, you can rest easy and actually enjoy your game since you won’t have to fret over the costs associated with buying new darts or even fixing up a damaged wall. Win-win? We think so!

2. Protecting Your Wall

Never in the history of humankind has anyone actively sought out to create a wall that’s full of asymmetrical and ugly-looking holes. After all, you want your house to be a place that’s inviting and comfortable, as opposed to a place that looks like it was terrorized by a group of angry insects or sharp objects.

Apart from this, a wall with holes from darts is sure to get damaged easily when you compare it with a wall that is sturdy and unharmed. If you have a wall that’s plaster, the damage is even more prominent and pronounced. Fixing such wall damage is a costly and time-consuming affair.

Instead, the best way to stay a step ahead and prevent wall damage is to set up a dartboard backboard.

3. Maintaining The Right Design Aesthetic

Dartboards are cool and everything, but they rarely look good as a stand-alone feature in a room as they would in a bar or tavern setting. In bars, they’ll blend into the setting, but at home, they’ll stand out like an eyesore. The overall look and feel of a room in your house are such that it promotes feelings of comfort and familiarity. A standalone dartboard in this setting will look tacky at best, and at worst, it’ll look out of place and like you’re trying too hard.

The best way to prevent this from happening is to invest in setting up a backboard that looks classy and elegant while fitting into the decor and overall outlay of the room. Additionally, a good backboard helps in making your dartboard look good too.

DIY Dartboard Wall Protector and BackBoard Ideas

There are many benefits to buying a dartboard backboard if you so desire. They’ll surely protect your wall from any stray stabs or pricks, and consequently, they will also be easy to buy. However, the best benefit of making your own backboard is that you can customize it any way you like to suit your vision.

While you can buy a mass-produced board, the best thing to do is create your own. This gives you a great deal of creative freedom to craft something that reflects your tastes and design sensibilities. Additionally, with a DIY backboard, you can factor in the measurements and dimensions of your unique playing space and customize your board to fit it perfectly.

1. Wooden Backboard with LED Lights

If you’re looking for something that will jazz up not just your dartboard, but also the whole room, a wooden backboard may be just what you’re looking for. Usually, the wood used for such backboards is reclaimed and then it goes on to get buffed, treated, polished and stained as per your customization needs.

While a wooden backboard is pretty cool all in itself, LED lights will help you take it a step further. For the best, most professional-looking results, make sure to attach the LED light strip into a recess at the edges of the wood frame. This is key when it comes to making your DIY wooden backboard look like someone with experience made it. Additionally, this also hides the strip and the light fitting so as to let the LED glow project directly on the board’s surface.

While you may want to opt for lights that look cool and edgy, we recommend going for colour and brightness that aids you throwing, instead of hindering it. Colour-changing strips are also a great option since they are attractive and eye-catching, perfect for the times when you aren’t actively playing darts.

2. Cork Background Backboard

In case of a wooden Backboard, you’ll notice that stray darts just hit the board and fall, without leaving much damage. However, if your wooden backboard is not sturdy and good quality, it may not be able to withstand the throws.

On the other hand, when you opt for cork as your backboard material, they easily absorb the impact produced by a thrown dart. This means that your darts are not going to bounce all around the place, prompting you to pick them up constantly.

To make your own cork background Backboard, you can start by collecting the corks and treating them with colour or varnish if you prefer. Additionally, you could go au naturel and keep the corks as they are. Once you have the corks you need, glue them on to a wooden or metal surround that will be your backboard base. A mosaic-style helps keep the look very refreshing.

Once the board is completed, you could mount it on the desired wall as it is, or you can frame the whole thing for an added edge. Remember you can go as big or small as you want with such a dartboard. At the least, you can go for half a wall, and at most you may cover the whole wall.

3. Felt Background Backboard

As was the case with cork, even felt is a material that will help you keep any stray darts in check, as opposed to them landing all over the place. With a felt backboard, all you need to do is wrap up a wooden board with the material. You could choose any colour or pattern that you like. However, so as not to clash with your dartboard, ensure to select a colour like black or red.

To make it look clean and well-designed, add a wooden frame to this backboard. To ensure that this creation remains strong and sturdy, add joins at the corners, and some strong brackets at the back to support the extra weight of the dartboard.

To take it up a notch, add a picture light once you complete constructing this backboard. This will help bring the right level of attention to your dartboard.

4. Twirled Rope BackGround Backboard

Probably the cheapest, easiest to acquire and simplest material on the list, sing rope to create your backboard is equally ingenious and crafty. To get started with this, pick a thick rope that is sturdy enough to absorb any stray darts and the resulting impact. Avoid any thin ropes that may attract your attention as they won’t serve your purpose and keep your wall safe.

Starting from the centre of your backboard, coil the rope around in a pattern of your choice. You could go classic with a circular pattern or change things up with zig-zags. Ensure that you measure the dartboard and leave enough space for it in the centre. After you’ve glued down the rope in place, glue together any stray strands or fibres that crop up for a beautiful finished look.


301 & 501 Dart Games: Learn the Rules and Strategies

301 & 501 dart games rules of scoring

When it comes to a game that is universally liked and can be enjoyed by everyone, irrespective of age, darts are surely at the forefront. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have with this game; playing darts is always fun and thrilling. Right from teens to young people, and more experienced pros, there is something for everyone when it comes to darts. Many popular dart games such as Cricket, Halve-It and Shanghai are well-known and enjoyed by many.

The ’01 dart games are one of the pretty popular dart games among aficionados of this throwing game. The ’01 set is most likely to be played in bars and taverns across the United States and even in some parts of South America. Additionally, there isn’t just one version of this game. Depending on how long you’d like to keep a game of darts going, there are versions of this game including 301, 501, 701, and even 801! As it must be fairly clear by now, the bigger the ’01 number, the longer will the game last. These ’01 numbers refer to the score that starts off the game. The aim is to reach zero points at the end of the game.

How to Play the ’01 Games

Among the most common of the ‘01 games, 301 and 501 are the most widely played versions of this dart game. We’re pretty sure that you most likely have seen a game of 501 being played at the local bar, or at your best friend’s apartment.

At the beginning of any ’01 dart game, the players are given a specific start score – 301, 501, 701, or even 801 – depending on the individuals or teams in play. The longer you want to play, the larger the starting score number will be. In any case, the final goal of any ’01 game is to hit the final score of 0 points. Indeed, this is one of the few games in the world that actually encourage you to duck out n a zero! As each player throws their darts, the accumulated points (depending on where the dart lands), are subtracted from the start score.

Although the game seems easy at the beginning, things tend to veer towards complex and suspenseful nearing the end. In order to win this game, you must reach a final total of zero by hitting a double score. In this case, a zero is the only acceptable final tally. No, if your total score goes below zero and into the negatives, it won’t count.

So, for instance, if you need 12 points to reach that zero, your win is only assured if you land on a double six. Anything else won’t lead to victory, even if it goes below zero. Similarly, if you need 20 points, only a double ten throw will get you there. Likewise, if you need 24 points, only two twelves will be considered valid. Anything else, and you’re losing that ’01 game.

Similar to most other dart games, the outer ring of the dartboard accounts for twice the points, whereas the inner circle of the dartboard will help you get triple points. Keep this is in mind when you throw in your next ’01 game.

Remember that at the start of any of the ’01 games, the focus should rest on rapidly decreasing your score. Sure, you may want to bamboozle everyone with a triple score right off the bat. But in case you miss while doing this, the dart may land on a not-so-lucrative single. This is why it is recommended that you lay your focus on the bullseye.

Towards the end of any ‘01 game, you will need to apply a little bit of mathematics. You will have to keenly plan how you aim at reducing the final score to zero. If you ask our opinion, we suggest leaving the easy combinations like 24, 32, 36, 40, 50, and 60 for the end!

301 Dart Game


These set of dart games are most commonly played and enjoyed by groups of two – it could be individuals or teams. However, with that being said, it doesn’t mean that a bigger group can’t join in on a game of ’01 darts. But then again, you’ll find that these games are more fun when two teams, to groups, or two individuals are playing since the rules of the game were crafted with couples in mind. When you stick to these player numbers, it is the best, as the rules mostly account for this.

The Rules of 301 Darts

Number of Players: As we’ve said before, there is no official limit to how many players can compete in a game of 301 darts. However, since the rules of the game are best suited for two individuals or groups, that’s how the layout of opposing teams usually flows.

Rules in Play: All numbers present on the dartboard are used in play in this scenario. However, some have a greater value than others. For example, 19 and 20, are used to score points with high frequency since they’re the most significant numbers on the dartboard. However, all numbers can be aimed at to throw the needed doubles in this game. As long as you’re inching towards a score of 0 at the end, you’re good to go.

We’ve already told you how this game is usually played by groups of two individuals or teams. Remember that in this version of the game, you will start off with 301 points and consequently, your aim is to end up with an exact end score of zero. To arrive at this number, you will start subtracting each score you hit with a dart from 301. So every time you score points, they get deducted from the total that remained previously. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

While these instructions may sound simple enough, it isn’t all that straightforward. Any player in the game can’t start subtracting points unless and until they have a double in. This means that the process of point subtraction won’t start till they land on one of the twenty-one doubles on the board, or the ultimate double bull. Only once you hit a double will the process of deduction begin.

Similarly, in the end, the player must double out towards victory. This means that if they have 32 points remaining to hit the zero mark, only a double 16 has the potential to bring in a win. If you hit a score that’s greater than what points are left, it’s a clear bust. Your turn will end and you’ll have to restart with your previous score, as it was before this turn. Needless to say, at this point in the game, things get nail-bitingly interesting.

The only way to win this game at this end stage is to hit a double that tallies up neatly to leave you with a zero. Only then will you have won.

Advanced Strategies To Ace You Next Game of 301 Darts

By now it must be clear that 301 is a skill-based game and no tips and tricks are going to act as a loophole towards sure-shot victory. I this game, aiming well and quickly hitting the right target is the only way to win fair and square. With that being said, knowing the dart sequences for your out numbers thoroughly is incredibly helpful. Apart from that, there are also some other tips and strategies that can help you ace your next game of 301 darts.

Start Hard and Fast: By now you must have understood that this game has a lot to do with the double line, especially if you’re looking for victory. So, the first most important tip to keep in mind if you want to ace 301 darts is that you will have to double in sooner than your opponent does. This gives you an edge with the score and puts you on a path that is more likely to bring in a win. Simply find a number that you can comfortably hit and go for it. Don’t get caught up in how many points you’ll get, just aim well and throw. By scoring and doubling in earlier, the pressure shifts to your opponent and boosts your winning chances.

Avoid Busting: Once you make it towards the last leg of your game, you have to be careful not to bust. The best way to do this is by aiming for numbers that are not the exact double you need; instead, they’re something slightly less. For example, if you need 48 to reach zero, it may be tempting to try and throw double 24. However, in doing so, you may slip up and hit a triple, busing out from the game. For best results, consider throwing a single so that you have to hit a double 19 or twenty to win. This way, the chances of busting out are relatively lower.

Be Aware of the Outs Constantly: 301 is a fairly fast version of the ’01 games, so much so, that you may be shooting outs within four or five throws if you’re a good player. In any case, it is imperative to understand which sequences will help you get out the fastest. A good place to start would be to memorize the sequences of out numbers for 170 and under this number. However, for the best results, a little mathematical prowess will help you subtract on the go and work out your available options confidently.

501 Dart Game

By now it must be clear that the ’01 game series has great potential to add lots of excitement and fun to your next get-together, bar crawl or dart game session. The unique rules and combinations for each version of the game ensure that you’ll never be bored or stuck in monotony again. If you’re a fan of throwing darts, you’re surely going to enjoy the 501 dart game just as you enjoyed 301.


As was the case with 301 darts, there are no compulsions for how many people may play a game of 501 darts. However, with that being said, 501 darts are best suited to be played by two individuals or two teams. More people can certainly play, but the most effective version of this game involves two opposing sides.

The Rules of  501 Dart

In the case of 501 darts, all the numbers that are present on the board are used during play in this scenario. However, while all numbers are used, some numbers have an inherently higher value than others.

For example, in 501 darts, the numbers 19 and 20 get used very frequently to score points. The main reason for this is that they’re among the biggest numbers on the dart board. With that being said, all numbers may be used by players to score the doubles they need during a game. Although 501 darts can be played as a team event, that doesn’t always have to be the case. You can also play 501 darts as a single event.

Unlike 301 darts that we spoke about previously, you need not double in when it comes to a game of 501 darts. To start, you may hit any number of the dart board. Just as it was in the case of 301, even here you must subtract the number you score from a total of 501 to reach the final score of zero. However, the one key difference is that to win you have to double in while reach zero.

All in all, the only time you need to hit a double in a game of 501 darts is on your last throw.

Advanced Strategies To Ace You Next Game of 501 Darts

If we’re honest, 501 dart games consistently test your ability to hit high numbers each time that you step up and take a turn to throw darts. However, the most important thing in the case of this game is to relax and trust your throwing abilities. Additionally, as was the case in 301, even in this game, memorizing dart sequences for the out numbers will help you get closer to victory.

Evaluate and Target Your Hot Numbers: Hot numbers in darts are those that you throw with heavy frequency. One of the most interesting strategies when it comes to 501 is being aware of your hot numbers and capitalizing on them. Needless to say, the highest number on the board may not be the hottest. However, when you run with numbers that your hot on, you are more likely to get the job done. When you remember that this is a numbers game, you’ll understand that your hot numbers have the potential to help you win.

Ignore Your Opponents: Unlike many games where focusing on what your opponent is doing can make or break your game, darts don’t need your focus on the opposing side’s moves. Sometimes, if your opponent hit the bullseye or another desirable number, it may mess with your focus and cause you to perform poorly. Similarly, if your opponent is performing poorly, it could get to your head and cause you to become overconfident and suffer a loss.

Follow Your Aim: Even if you’re a legendary dart player, sometimes your performance may suffer if you end up trying too hard. If you find yourself in a situation when you’re trying too hard to aim and hit a target, it could have the reverse effect and cause you to miss or throw poorly. In such a situation, it is easy to spiral out of control. Instead, the best course of action is to relax, take a deep breath and focus your aim only on the dart in hand. Once you throw, use this first dart as a marker to repeat this success and recreate the results. With a marker dart, all you have to do is follow your aim and recreate what you already did successfully. This can take a great deal of pressure off you and help your game.

Important Practice Tips and Guidelines For Dart Games

Regularly Practice Dart Game Techniques

On a very basic level, we understand that you can’t excel at anything unless you put in the required practice and hard work. This holds true even in the case of excelling at darts. If you wish to excel at darts and throw like a pro, you will have to consistently play competitive darts and practice with some level of commitment. If you were to believe those who have made a living with their dart prowess, you should practice for at least an hour a day, if not more. While that recommended hour may work, it is not the duration of your practice that matters, but the overall quality of your practice. When you are practicing, make sure to try out as many new techniques and throwing styles as you can, till you find ones that work best for you.

Evaluate Your Weakness and Work On it

Even the most amazing dart players have some flaws and weaknesses in their style, technique or some other aspect. If you want to improve your game truly, one important step is to identify your weaknesses when it comes to the game and work on fixing them. Perhaps you need help with aiming. Others might need some help with the follow-through. No matter what it is that you’re slightly weak at, practicing and doing so consistently will dramatically improve the results.

Practice Seriously in High-Pressure Conditions

Look, if you want to play darts professionally, the stakes are always high during a game. No matter how intensively you train with the best, it is not nearly as competitive as an actual game of darts against a seasoned opponent. To ensure that you’re prepared thoroughly, approach your practice sessions like you would a match. To must remain focused throughout and keep the pace fast, you have to keep going till the end. The tendency to rest easy once your pre-decided session goals are achieved can do only so much. The quality of the practice session you put in, ultimately, contribute the most to your match performance.

Practice With Players With Superior Skills

As is the case with any skill you want to develop, learning from those with superior skills and experience can bring valuable insights and speed up your learning process in the case of darts. When you play with better-experienced players, you will learn techniques about elements like follow through, aiming, throwing correctly, scores and so on. With time, this will help you be a better player by improving your technique, strategy implementation and so on. Sometimes you will find that some players prefer to keep their tips and tricks secret. Don’t let this discourage you. When you play against them, keenly observe what they’re doing, and you’ll surely pick up on something useful.

Observe Professionals In Their Natural Element

Observing professional dart players has a host of benefits. Check out the pros during a competition or tournament and look out for tips on how to stand and throw. Do they grip the dart differently? Is there something unique they do before or after throwing? By noticing how these players move and eventually mimicking their movements, you’ll see that your own game improves and gets closer to that of a professional or expert. If you don’t have the time or resources to check out players for real, the online route will not fail you either.

Keep Experimenting and Track Your Progress

If you do the same things over and over again, you are sure to grow weary and bored. While repetition to a certain degree is needed to gain perfection, you must make sure that you are equally excited to practice. This has a significant impact on your performance. To keep your practice sessions exciting, try and change things up. Add new moves and techniques regularly and set realistic goals.

Additionally, your practice location should also change to keep you on your toes. Don’t just be cooped up around the dart board at your man-cave. Take things to new surroundings like your friend’s house or the local bar every once in a while. Remember to also measure your progress by noting down stats and other important markers in an easily-accessed format. This keeps you updated on how far you have come and will help you stay motivated through any lows.


7 Popular Dart Games that Guarantee Fun

Let’s be honest; there aren’t many sports out there that can be enjoyed equally by everyone from a beginner to an expert. Darts are an evergreen game that can be played alone, in a bar with friends, or even while chilling in your man cave, sipping on a drink. How versatile! In fact, if you have a dartboard in your guy cave, the chances are that you’re looking at improving your technique and throwing style.

Many people think that darts are pretty one-dimensional and there isn’t much variety when it comes to the games you can play with a dartboard. This couldn’t be further away from the truth. In reality, there is much to be done with the good-old dartboard and everyone – whether an expert or a novice – is sure to find at least one dart game that appeals to their sensibilities and expertise.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of plastic boards or the more traditional steel-tip darts, there are a vast variety of games that’ll keep your dart throwing sessions enjoyable and exciting. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most most fun, yet easy dart games for your next darts session.

7 Popular & Dart Games you Must Try

1. Cricket

Among one of the most popular bar dart games in America, Cricket is quite an enjoyable and unique game. The best part about this game is that you have to think of your next move consciously. While skill surely is important in any dart game, Cricket is slightly different because even a novice might beat the most skilled player with the right strategy and planning. The best point about this game is that the rules are fairly simple, so even the freshest of rookies can get onboard.


This dart game is usually enjoyed by groups of two, three or four players. That doesn’t mean that larger groups can’t enjoy a game of darts Cricket. The rules don’t discount larger teams.

How to Play Cricket

With Cricket, the aim is to be the first player who opens or closes all cricket numbers. You have to have a point total that’s higher or at least even. In this game, the numbers from fifteen to twenty and the bulls-eye are utilized as a part of the point structure. Cricket aims to get you to “close” all your numbers out.

To start with, you’ll have to create a scoreboard. In this scoreboard, you must write numbers between twenty to fifteen in the descending order. Additionally, you must include a spot for the bullseye. Once this is done, each player gets a turn, and the goal is to aim at these numbers specifically.

As always, you need to have made more points than your opponent. However, unlike other games, the scoring system is unique in this game. To stay ahead, you need to close out a given number faster than your rivals can. To ‘close’ the numbers, you have to make sure to hit it a total of three times. In this game of darts, the outer ring accounts for double score and the inner ring brings in a triple score. If you hit a number once, the most sensible thing to do is to draw a line next to it on the scoreboard. The second time its hit, make an ‘X’ symbol. Finally, when its hit for the third time, draw a circle around the ‘X.’ to officially close that number.

As we said before, to win at darts Cricket, you’ll have to have a higher score than your opponent. For example, if you hit 15 three times, the number you get after closing would be 45. (15×3=45). So, you have 45 points. If your opponents hit 15 three times after you closed it off, they’ll only get the credit for closing the number. Additionally, once you close the number, each time its hit you’ll score points, even if your opponent is still trying to close it.

Order of Play

Each team gets a chance to throw three darts. After each player throws thrice, the score of any hits is tallied up for that round on the scoreboard. Then the darts are collected from the dartboard. If you scored points on a number or a bulls-eye, it is essential to keep an eye on the running point score.

Additionally, if you are playing in teams of more than one, you will have to take turns every time it’s your turn to throw. This will continue until all the numbers between 15 to 20 as well as the bull eye are closed out. Once both teams have closed out the board, the winner will be the team that has the most points.

Alternatively, if you’re not too jazzed about keeping score, you can play without points. In such a scenario, the team that manages to close out all the numbers and the bullseye will be christened the winner. Playing without keeping score also makes it simpler to strategize and play quicker.

The Cricket is best playable on an Electronic Dart Board, here are our picks.

2. The ’01 Games

The ’01 games are another set of popular games among fans of dart games. These are commonly played across bars in the country, and with more than one version of this game, there is something for everyone. The three key variants of this game are301, 501 and 701, depending on how long the players wish to continue with the game. These ’01 numbers are the score that players begin with, and later the aim is to reach zero points eventually.


These dart games are usually enjoyed by groups of two players or two teams. This doesn’t mean that larger groups can’t enjoy a game of ’01 darts. However, the most fun games are when two groups or individuals are playing as the rules mostly account for this.

How to Play the ’01 Games

Among the most common of these games are 301 and 501. You must have already seen 501 being played at the local bar. At the start of the game, the players are given a particular score – 301, 501, 0r even 701. The longer you want to play, the bigger the score will be. In any case, the final goal is to reach 0 points. As each player throws, the accumulated points are subtracted from the start score.

Although the game seems easy at the beginning, things tend to get heated towards the end. In order to win this game, you must reach 0 by hitting on a double score — additionally, your score cant dip below 0. So, if you must get 12 points, only a double six ensure your win. Anything else, and you’re losing. As is the case with most other dart games, the outer ring accounts for double the points, whereas the inner ring accounts for triple points.

At the beginning of the game, the focus should rest on reducing your score. Sure, you may want to aim for a higher score with a triple number. However, in the off chance that you miss, the dart may land on a single. So, as a rule of thumb, try to focus on throwing and hitting the bullseye.

Towards the end of the game, a little bit of mathematics will be required. You will have to be aware of how you reduce the final score to zero. Simply focus on leaving eas to combine numbers like 24, 32, 36, 40, 50, and 60!

The Rules of 301 Darts

Number of Players: Any number of players can play this version of the ’01 games, but usually two individuals or teams play.

Rules in Play: All numbers on the board are in play in this scenario. However, some have a higher value than others. For instance, 19 and 20, are used to score points extensively since they’re the biggest number on the dartboard. However, all numbers can be used to throw the needed doubles in this game.

As we’ve said before, this game generally is played between two players or teams and each player will start with 301 points. The goal here is to hit a score of zero exactly. This is achieved by subtracting the amount scored from the starting point score (301). After each turn, the amount scored is subtracted from what was left from the previous round. While this may sound simple enough, it isn’t so. The player can’t start the process of subtracting points they have a double in (successfully hit on one of the 21 doubles or the double bull). Only once they hit a double will the score count.

Similarly, in the end, the payer has to double out. This means that if they have 32 remaining, only a double 16 will help them win. If you hit more points than you have left, it’s a bust. The player’s turn will be over, and they’ll have to start again with the same score as before. In case they hit a double that tallies up and leaves them with zero points, then they will have won.

 The Rules of 501 Darts

Number of Players: Any number of players can play this version of the ’01 games, but usually two individuals or teams play.

Rules in Play: All numbers on the board are in play in this scenario. However, some have a higher value than others. For instance, 19 and 20, are used to score points extensively since they’re the biggest number on the dartboard. However, all numbers can be used to throw the needed doubles in this game. The 501 dart game is played as a team event in most cases, although it can be played as a single event.

Unlike the other version we spoke about earlier, there is no need to double-in when it comes to 501 darts. You can start on any of the numbers on the board. Similarly, you’ll see that you’ll also need to subtract the score from the amount you have remaining. Only, to win you’ll have to double-in to reach a zero.

3. Halve-It

Halve-It or Half-It is widely popular in the United Kingdom and parts of North America. It is a game that’s best for players with at least a little bit of experience. Now, we’re not saying that rookies and newbies can’t give it a try, but they must have excellent aiming skills if they want to win. One of the coolest things about this game is that multiple people can play. However, remember that this game is quite challenging and can be punishing if you don’t know what you’re doing. With that being said, this game is a blessing for newer players interested in building their throwing skills and mental acuity.


These dart games are usually enjoyed by groups of two players or two teams. This doesn’t mean that larger groups can’t enjoy a game of Halve-It. In fact, unlike many dart games that are best enjoyed by twos, Halve-it is fun when multiple people play.

How To Play Halve-It

The first and foremost thing to do when it comes to Halve-It is to prepare a score sheet. To do this, start by making a large grid that has the player initials on the first row. Then, in the first column, you need to write these numbers in the descending order.

20, 16, D7, 14, T10, DB

The “D” and “T” over here are not mistakes; they refer to “double” and “triple” respectively. “DB”, additionally, refers to “double bullseye.” In a game of Halve-It, you need to hit only these numbers.

Moreover, you get three dart throws per round. The goal is to land on the corresponding part of a board in a given round. In the first round, you have to hit 20, and each time you and on this part, 20 points are added to your score.

As logic dictates, the most number of points you can get in the first round is sixty. This continues with the players in the game as they move on to the next round. In case, your target score is missed with all three throws; the score will be halved. This is where the name comes from. As is the case with most games, the player with most points wins.

Tips to Play Halve-It

By now it must be clear that this game requires accuracy when it comes to throwing. So, the first tip to ace this game would be to become an accurate thrower. Also, unlike many other games, mistakes will be costly in this game. Every time that a player misses or messes up, you lose half of the total score accumulated. That’s a huge loss and can cost you the title of winner.

Additionally, this also means that you must have a cool head. The ability to remain calm is crucial especially if you have missed the target on the first two throws. If you must mess up, try to do so within the earlier rounds so that you can recover. However, don’t get agitated if you fall behind. The chances are high that some other player may lose half their score to a mistake, allowing you to catch up.

4. Shanghai


Any number of players can play a game of Shanghai darts, although typically four player are involved.  In fact, the more, the merrier is the case with this game. A higher number of players in Shanghai helps maximize the fun.

How to Play Shanghai

Just like  Halve-It, Shanghai to requires a grid scoreboard. However, here seven pre-determined rounds are played in all. In each of these seven rounds, each player’s turn will include three throws. They will have to target a specific number on the board. In the case of Shanghai, the numbers in use are one to seven. The goal of each round is to it the corresponding number. This means that in the first round you aim at hitting one, in the second round you aim at hitting two, and so on.

If you hit the right number, you will get that number of points added into your score. As is the case with most other dart games, the inner ring accounts for twice the number of points while the outer ring accounts for triple points. The winner at the end is the person who has the most number of points at the end of all seven rounds. However, that’s not the only way to win this game.

Apart from the traditional route, you can also win this game by scoring what is called ‘Shanghai’. In this dart game, Shanghai refers to the phenomenon where a player hits a single, a double, and a triple in the same round. Obviously, this is not the easiest of things to do. However, with some dedication and practice, it is possible to win with Shanghai. Hitting a ‘Shanghai’ combination is the only way someone who is lagging can come ahead and win.

The Rules of Shanghai

The main objective of Shanghai is to score more points than the opponents by shooting at one particular number in each round, over the course of twenty rounds. The rounds start at one and end at twenty. As we mentioned before, there is one loophole to gain instant victory at Shanghai if you or your opponent hits a single, a double, as well as a triple in one throw.

When you get started, everyone starts by throwing a two-dart splash. This two-dart splash refers to throwing two darts at the board at the same time. The throwing order goes from the highest score to the lowest score. In case two people end up throwing the same score, they will have to throw once more.

Additionally, there are some variations of Shanghai that will make it tougher for your opponents to win. One such variation is where you up to the skill-level by only considering it ‘Shanghai’ if the last darts end up being double or triple. You could also make one number on the board a ‘must-hit’ for other game variations. This means that if you were playing ‘Must-hit 7’, each player would have to hit a seven on each turn. Failure to do so will automatically lead to the said player losing half of the total point total.

While it may sound challenging to incorporate these variations, remember that they are very useful to curb the heads-up that highly skilled players have at Shanghai. Additionally, for those who wish to polish their throwing skills, games of Shanghai will help you improve your darts skills.

Do check our guide on picking the best dart board for Shanghai.

5. Around the Clock

‘Around the Clock’ dart game is also known by people as ‘Around the World’ and even ‘Once Around The Island’. While this game is an excellent option for those who want to play against each other purely for fun, it is also useful for those who wish to practice and improve their throw seriously. This game is one of the simplest dart games, and since you don’t need to keep score, it works perfectly even for a friendly setting with novices.


Two players or two teams usually enjoy this dart game. However, this doesn’t mean that larger groups can’t enjoy a game of Around the Clock. In fact, unlike many dart games that are best enjoyed by twos, this game is even more fun when multiple people play.

How To Play Around The Clock

In the case of this dart game, the entire dartboard is used. This basically means that you have to hit all the numbers present on the board. Additionally, you also have to hit the bullseye before anyone else can.

The person who is throwing the first time will usually start by aiming for the lowest number on the board. So, they will start with one, two, and so on. For example, if one the first three tries a player hit one, two and three, on the next turn, they will have to hit four, five and six. Simply put, you can’t progress on to another number till you have hit the numbers that come next in that order. In Around the Clock, numbers have to be hit in numerical order.

Each player gets three shots, and they can maximize this by utilizing the double and triple rings on the board. If a player hits a double, you are allowed to skip the next number. If you hit a triple, you can skip the following two numbers. For example, if you land on triple ones in the first round, in the next turn, you will have to hit four. Any throws that land on a number that’s outside the one you are on don’t account for anything.

Rules of Around The Clock

A game of Around the Clock will continue till a player has hit all twenty numbers on the board. After this is done, the final target that needs to be hit for victory is bulls-eye. So, the last three throws must hit the numbers nineteen and twenty, followed by the bullseye in order for it to be considered as a victory.

In the case of beginners, they are advised to win with a more straightforward strategy. For beginners, it makes sense to use the whole bulls-eye are – the central red areas as well as the green area surrounding it, called the ‘outer bull’. This ensures that you’ll have an easier time. If you stick to just the red central area, it will be slightly harder and require a higher skill level.

6. Hare and the Hound

Hare and the Hound is one of the most interesting dartboard games out there. The interesting thing about this game is that if you’re playing with an opponent whose skills are at a different level, things will be very competitive.


Two players or two teams usually enjoy this dart game. For best results, the players should be of the same skill level.

How To Play Hare and the Hound

In the case of Hare and the Hound, the key objective of the game will change based on which role you’ve been given. If you are playing Hares, the objective is to encircle the entire dartboard before the Hounds catch up with you. If you are playing Hounds, the objective is to trap the Hare by catching up and then passing them on the dartboard.

Unlike many other games, Hare and the Hound is an asymmetrical dart game. This means that the players don’t start with equal points. In order to create some tension and make sure that the game has forward-facing momentum, Hare will begin with twenty, and the Hound will begin his or her chase at five, which is one spot to the left.

The players in this game take turns to throw a pre-determined number of darts. Additionally, they can only advance to a different spot on the board if the dart lands on the preceding section when it’s your turn. In any case, both players or teams will move in a clockwise direction along with the dartboard. If the Hare finished a complete lap around the board and lands on twenty again, they win. If the Hound manages to catch the Hare, the Hound will win.

Rules To Play Hare and the Hound

Hare and the Hound is a fairly simple dart game as the winning conditions are purely binary. This means that one of two outcomes must occur for a victory, and there is no conventional scoring system. Unlike more complicated games like Shanghai or Halve-It, this game is far simpler to understand and play even for novices.

In the case of this game, it is necessary that players remember the last number they played. Moreover, as the chase happens in a clockwise direction, rather than following a sequence, the order of numbers flow as they appear on the dartboard.

We’ve already said that the best variation of this game is when the skill levels of the players match. However, for games with players of different skill levels, some variations can help. Some useful variations include giving less experienced players three throws and giving the experienced player just one chance. Additionally, if the newbie plays as the Hare, the highly-experienced Hound may start even further away from five.

If more than two players are playing one game of Hare and the Hound, a great modification would include having multiple Hares and just one Hound. This way, if one Hare is eliminated, the others can continue playing.

The game can also be played with more than two players. You can set it up, so one player is the hound, and all others are the hare. If a hare is caught, they are eliminated, but the game continues for the other players.

7. Killer

Killer is one of the most unique and fun-filled dart games out there. This game requires a certain amount of skill and unlike regular games, it can be quite time-consuming as well.


This dart game is best played with three players. Although more players help in making the game more challenging and competitive, three players are best for this game. Additionally, this is one of the few dart games that work well with an odd number of players.

How to Play Killer

The purpose of Killer is to be the last player with remaining lives. To begin this game, you must write down all participant names on the left side of the scoreboard in random order. Then each participant will get a chance to throw at the board. The one who lands closest to the bullseye will start. You will then have to place three marks next to each player’s name to denote how many lives they have.

The game starts with the players throwing a dart with their weaker hand to determine their unique killer number for the rest of the game. This number is written down next to their name and tally marks to avoid confusion. If a player hits the bullseye during this part, he will have to throw again until they successfully hit a number. Moreover, remember that two players may not have the same base number.

Once this is over, you have to start throwing darts to gain the title of the killer. To do so, you have to hit your base number twice. After hitting the pre-chosen number twice, the letter ‘K’ will be written next to the player’s name to denote that they’ve qualified as a killer. If you hit a number that’s the natural double (6, if your base number is 3), you are instantly labelled a killer. Obviously, if someone else has already gotten that number, this isn’t valid.

Rules of Killer

If a player in the game loses a life, one of their three tally marks will be crossed off. Once a player gets denoted as a killer, their objective is to try and kill the remaining players by hitting doubles on their base numbers. If you accidentally land on your own number, you lose a life.

Additionally, it is permitted to change up what others are aiming at if there are gaps in the player class. Moreover, the end goal of this game is to remain the last one standing with lives, whist having killed the others.