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Dart games you can play on a standard (London Clock) dartboard




Darts is a sport enjoyed by all regardless of age or gender. People play for fun while others take this sport very seriously. The ’01 game is the most common followed by ‘Cricket’ I call it American Cricket because it has no refence to wickets, bats, balls or runs. Shanghai probably rate third as most commonly played dart games around the world. However, there a lot of games for you to enjoy. Some are designed for the not so skilled while others do require a lot of skill to play well.

I have gathered together a list of common dartboard games and rules for you to enjoy. They include the common ’01 games, Cricket played widely in America and Asia, Shanghai, Prisoner and Half-it to name just a few. I have also added a few of my own. The Grand National, a game that can be played at any playing standard and one of my favourites and addictive 180 Around the Clock! This game can be used just to improve your accuracy by setting yourself a point target or played with several people. I leave you to explore the rest.

There are different online casino games that are related to darts. Go to the arcade section of the casino you like and check out all games they have. For example pick Darts 180 made by 1x2 gaming.

When looking for casino games that are Darts related, arcade games might be right for you. If you are a South African player, then sites like online casino games, South Africa can help you find the right spot. New Zealand players should look for online casino games NZ or use a google search to find the right place. Always check your local laws before depositing real money.

Details of some of these games can also be found on a couple of my other dart websites Darts01.com and Darts-UK.co.uk


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Standard #01 Game

Board Setup


The Board should hang securely from a wall so that the height of the centre bull is 5'8" or 1.73m from the floor.

The throwing distances can vary from anything from 7ft to 8'6" but the standard game is played from 7'9 ¼" 2.37m from the face of the board measured horizontally. For soft tip boards the throwing distance is usually longer i.e. 8’ or 2.43m

The toe-line or Oche shall be clearly marked and should be at least 18" long. The toe line can be just a painted line on the ground or a securely raised line indicator such as a piece of wood or metal. The latter is preferable as the thrower as firm edge to rest his/her foot against.

Steel tip and soft tip darts

Players can use any darts as long as the overall length of 30.5cms. (12") nor weigh more than 50 grams is exceeded. The dart should consist of a needle shaped point, which shall be fixed to a barrel. At the rear of the barrel shall be an attached flighted shaft / stem, which may consist of up to five separate pieces. (IE: a flight, a flight securing device(s), a flight protector, and a stem.) For soft tip darts used on soft tip boards most rules state that no dart heavier than 18 grams can be used otherwise the board can be damaged. Some soft tip boards can take heavier darts up to 24 grams but with heavier darts you do tend to break more tips.


The order of play is either determined by a toss of a coin or by each player throwing for the centre bull the nearest being the player that throws first. The rules here can vary depending on the league you may be playing in; the local rules should be observed at all times.

When throwing for the bull, if the first thrower hits the centre bull or outer bull the dart is usually removed before the second player throws. If the second player hits the same as the first player then the bulling-up procedure starts again. If the first player's dart does not hit either the centre bull or outer bull then the dart remains in the board until the second player throws. If the first player's dart is obstructing the bull the second player may request the marker / ref to straighten the dart. (See local rules)

Once the order of play as been determined the winner will start leg one and odd legs after that. The looser will start leg two and even legs thereafter.

A throw consists three darts except were the game is finished in less.

Darts cannot be re-thrown this includes darts that miss the board and darts that bounce of the board wiring system. Only darts that have their points touching the scoring area of the board score.

A player may be told, if he asks, what number they scored, or what number he requires for the game, by the score announcer, but not how to get it.

If the number required for the game is exceeded in the course of a throw, throw ceases, and no account is taken of the score obtained during that throw.

The inner bull (50) counts as double of (25) the outer bull.

The game is to score 701, 501 or 301 as previously agreed.


Generally each player’s score must start and finish a game with a double (The outer narrow ring of the board). Competition games, however, are usually played with a straight start (no compulsory double) but with a compulsory double to finish.

The first throw is deducted from the player's start number e.g. 501 and then from the subsequent reduced total. The scorer should show both the score obtain for the throw and the reducing total remaining.

For fast Practice games play 301. For league and competition 501 and for pairs 701. In fact any agreed starting number can be used but usually the number should end 01 the reason for this is so a player must hit another part of the board other than the 20’s segment in order to win a game.


Around the World

The game has been called various things over the years and is probably the simplest game to play.

Around the World / Round the Board / Once around the Island or indeed Around the Clock.

Players: One, Two, Three, Four or More Players

Darts: Three each


The origins of each name have been around for many years, but the principle is to hit 1-20 in order.

This game can be used as a practise game, or a competitive game for beginners.

For a Competitive Game

The game can be played with any numbers of players, but best played in a small group.

Determine who goes first and last is usually decided by each player throwing a single dart at the bullseye, the nearest goes first and the furthest last. If more than one hit the bullseye or outer bullseye, then these players throw again until the order of throw is determined.

Each player throws three darts per turn. The aim of the game is to hit each number in order 1 -20, starting from one and working your way up to 20.

In this game, hitting a treble or double give no advantage or jump as some say to the double it i.e. hitting a double 4 (8) doesn’t move you to eight. Other games such as the main game played on the Manchester log-end dartboard, these types of rules do apply.

After the first player has thrown all of their three darts, it is the then the turn for the second player to do the same thing starting from 1 working their way up to 20.

The numbers must be hit in order. Example If you were throwing for 1 and hit the 18 by mistake, this is counted as a miss, and you will still need to hit the 18 when the time comes.

The winner is the first player to hit all the numbers in order from 1 to 20.


Around the Clock

Players: Two Players

Darts: Three each


(Also see Around the World). The object of this popular game is to be the first player to hit every number on the board from 1-20. The numbers must be hit in order, and players alternate after three throws. The player must hit each number in turn and cannot proceed until to the next number until the number is hit. The winner is the player who hist all the numbers in order first

For added difficulty, include the outer and inner bullseye at the end of the sequence

180 Around the Clock

Players: One or more

Darts: Three each

Darts501  Dartboard


Here is a nice easy warm up game that helps improves your accuracy around the board.

Many people play around the clock to help improve their accuracy on the board. Around the clock is also a good game for beginners to play as it focuses on different individual targets. But here is a variation which I call 180! Around the clock.

First of all this warm up game or practice game is not about scoring 180’s it is about practising trebles around the board. The practice game can also be played as a game against an opponent or on your own.

How to Play

You basically throw three darts at each number in turn aiming for the treble i.e. 3 darts at number one or treble one. If you hit a single one you score 1 point if you hit a treble you score 3 points the most you can score in any throw is 9 points doubles are considered as a poor throw and only score 1 point. Regardless if you hit a single or treble you move to the next number in this case number two and repeat the feat. A single two scores 1 point and treble scores your 3 points. You continue around the board until you have completed all twenty numbers and then add your total. If you manage to throw three trebles on each throw your will score 180 hence the name!

If you are playing this game by yourself I suggest you set yourself a target i.e. 60 points. This means you only need to hit three singles in each number to achieve this target number. If you are a regular player set this target higher I suggest 75 – 80. Alternatively keep a running total of your scores and aim to better the score the next time you play. You will be surprised how this basic game will improve your overall game and become addictive as you try to improve your score.

Remember doubles are considered a poor throw in this game should you hit only score 1 point for these should you hit one.

To give you a guide on your performance:

  • 20      Very poor only hitting one with every three darts
  • 30+    Poor – keep practising
  • 40+    You may make the Pub C team
  • 50+    You may make the Pub B Team
  • 60+   Average requires three darts in each number
  • 70+    Regular Player
  • 80+    Good Pub Player
  • 90+    Town team Player
  • 100+  County Player
  • 120+  Professional
  • 140+  World Champion
  • 180    I don’t think anyone will ever manage this feat not even the great Phil 'The Power' Taylor

Playing as a Game?

If you play the 180 as a game against friends then you can add an extra dimension to it.

180 can be play with 2 or move players but this extra dimension can spice the game up a bit more.*

* If a player fails to score on a number in a round of three darts then their score becomes frozen and they proceed no further. Other players continue until 20 or until they miss a number and become frozen. The highest total wins.

Baseball Darts


Players: Min Two Players or Two Teams

Darts: Three each


Baseball is a simple and fun game that can be played by a number of players or teams. There is a version of Baseball called ‘Dartball’ however, Dartball must be played on a special dartboard. This version is played on a London Clock / Standard Dartboard.

The Object:

The object of the game simple: score the most amount of runs each inning, the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.

The Scoring:

The numbers 1 through 9 is written in ascending order on the left side of the scoreboard and a total added to the end. All players names are written in batting order across the top (batting order may be determined anyway, usually one dart each at bullseye with the closest throwing first and the furthest last). A grid may be drawn around the numbers and the names for easier reading.








































































The Play:

Each player in order throws three darts at the number of the current inning. The target is 1's in the first inning, 2's in the second, etc. Each number only counts in that actual inning. For example, if a 4 is hit in the first inning, it does not count. The thin outer "doubles" ring counts as two runs, the thin inner "triple" ring counts as three runs with the other sections of that number counting as one run. Therefore, the highest attainable score in any one inning is nine.

The number of runs scored is NOT multiplied by the inning number. For example, in the second inning, two single 2's and a double 2 are scored; that player's score would be four for that inning.

Usually, a running total is kept with the current inning's score being added to the current total. This way, players can see how far ahead or behind they are and saves a lot of time not having to add all nine innings at the end of the game.

If there is a tie at the end of the ninth inning, extra innings are played with bullseyes as the target. Extra innings continue until after all players have thrown for that inning and no tie exists.

Baseball Variation – ‘7th Inning Catch’

A further version and to add interest, is the ‘7th Inning Catch’. This variation states that any player who does not score any runs in the seventh inning has their score cut in half. This puts a little more pressure on the seventh inning than any other and also gives a player who is far behind a chance to catch up.

Also see - '180 Around the Clock'

A further variation on Baseball or similar game is ‘180 Around the Clock’ when all numbers are used 1-20. This can be used as a practice game or like Baseball a full game. Hitting three darts in each treble in this game scores ‘180’ hence the name. The doubles in this game, however, one count as one, not two as in Baseball

Chase the Dragon

Chase the Dragon

Players: Two Players or more

Darts: Three each


The object of this game is to hit the treble segments from 10-20 then the outer bull and bull in that order. This is a very simple and fast game. The trebles that are use are the trebles most hit for combination out shots in a game of 501 therefore it helps also with your accuracy with these common trebles. The winner of the game is the first to hit all twelve scoring areas in order.

Other standard rules apply three darts each player and throw consist of throwing all three darts if needed, players take it in turn to throw.

A variation of this game is the three headed Dragon. Here a game is won when you have completed the basic Dragon three times. It extends the game giving more opportunity to come back at a player that may have an early lead.


Players: Can be played with 2 or teams

Darts Cricket Board

Darts: Three each


This game is played on a traditional standard dart board.

The objective shall be to 'own' or 'close' certain numbers on the board, and to achieve the highest point score. The player or team to do so first, shall be the winner.

Cricket shall be played using the numbers 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15 and both the inner and outer bull.

Each player or team shall take turns in throwing. (Three darts in succession shall constitute a 'turn'.)

To close an inning, the player or team must score three of a number. This can be accomplished with three singles, a single and a double, or a triple.

Once a player or team scores three of a number, it is 'owned' by that player or team and they can score on this number 'runs' until the opposing player or team have 'closed' it and no further scoring can be accomplished on that number by either player or team.

To close the bulls eye, the outer bull counts as a single, and the inner bull counts as a double.

Numbers can be 'owned' or 'closed' in any order desired by the individual player/team. Calling your shot is not required.

For the purpose of 'owning' a number, the double and triple ring shall count as 2 or 3, respectively. Three marks will close an inning.

After a number is 'owned' by a team, the double and triple ring shall count as 2 or 3 times the numerical values, respectively.

Winning the game:

  1. The player or team that closes all innings first and has the most points, shall be declared the winner.
  2.  If both sides are tied on points, or have no points, the first player or team to close all innings shall be the winner.
  3. If a player or team closes all innings first, and is behind in points, he or they must continue to score on any innings not closed until either the point deficit is made up, or the opponent has closed all innings.

It shall be the responsibility of the player to verify his score before removing his darts from the board. The score remains as written if one or more darts has been removed from the board. In accordance with the inherent "strategy" involved in the Cricket game, no alterations in score shall be allowed, after the fact.

Cricket (Wickets & Runs) English


Players: Can be played with 2 or teams

Darts: Three each


There are several variations of the game of Cricket. The game played mainly in America is as popular as 501 in the UK. The English version of Cricket is totally different than the one played in America. Dart players in the UK may recognise the American version but may know it as something else. ‘It’s just not cricket!’ as some may say in the UK.

A Standard English version of Cricket

Like the traditional bat and ball game, this game as a batter and a bowler. The batter starts with 11 wickets and the object of this game is to score runs before you are bowled out.

The game is for a minimum number of two players but can be played in teams.

To determine who bats and who bowls a thrower from each side throws a single dart for the bull. The nearest to the bull decides if they wish to bat or bowl first.



The bowler throws first and his / her target is to hit the inner or outer bull, the ‘wicket’. The inner bull is worth two wickets and the outer, one. The object of the bowler is to bowl out the batter by hitting a total of 11 wickets. At this stage the batter can no longer score.


The batter scores points or runs on every throw over 40 if he or she scores less than 40 the score is not counted. Should the batter hit an inner or outer bull in the process of batting he or she will lose a wicket / s to that value.


The bowler throws first followed by the batter and they each take it in turn until the bowler has hit all 11 wickets. At this point the batters total runs are recorded.


Normally the game is played over two innings i.e. both sides bat and bowl twice. The winner of the combined innings is the side that scores the most.

Like all good games there are many variations, here are a few:

English Cricket Variation

You can apply any of the following rules to make the game easier or harder
  • Batters score counts on every throw and doesn’t have to score over 40 to be recorded.

  • Bowler Bounce outs or missing the board - can be recorded as 50 runs to the batting team.

  • Batter Bounce outs or missing the board – can be recorded as a lost wicket.

  • Bowler throws for the bull and the dart lands outside the treble ring the number hit is recorded as a wide and the number hit is given as runs to the batting side.

  • The batters scoring target is reduced to the area of the board that covers the double, large single and treble. If a dart is thrown into the small single it either does not count or a wicket is lost.

  • Teams can nominate batters and bowlers.

I am sure there are more variations of this great game and if you have your own version why not send me the detail for inclusion?

Hare and Hounds

Hare and Hound Darts Game

Players: Two or more

Darts: Three each


Players toss a coin to begin the game. The player that wins the toss is the "hare," and his opponent is the hound in pursuit. The hare must travel clockwise around the board starting at 20.

The hare wins by returning to 20 before the hound catches up with him. The hound usually starts from either 12 or 5, depending on the preference of the players. The hound wins by overtaking the hare.


Halve it

Players: Two or more

Darts: Three each


To start the game select any six numbers scoring number that feature on the dartboard. These can be single numbers i.e. 20,19,18,17, Double 17, Double 9, Treble 7, Triple 11, Bullesye or Outer-Bullseye or as in the example below the Bullseye and Outer-Bullseye can be used as one scoring area.

Write the selected numbers / scoring segments in a column adding a further line ‘Total’ at the bottom. Now add a further columns, one each, to represent each player. An example is shown below. It is probably best you draw out a grid as this will help when it comes to scoring the game.


Player 1
Player 2
Player 3
Player 4
Player 5
Player 6
Single 20            
Double 16            
Single 14            
Treble 18            
Single 16            
Single 6            
25 or Bullseye            


The player throwing first must aim at first listed number in this example ‘20’ for each dart hitting SINGLE 20 he scores that amount, for example: if the player throws triple 20, 20, 20 he scores 40 points and this amount is placed in throw 1 under the players name. Player two then has their shot and so on.

In the next round the players throw for the next number / target list, in this example Single 15. However, if player fails to hit and score anything on 15 then the score they have accumulated is halved. If the player scores 15 the score achieved is added to the score in the first round and written next to throw two (Single 15). After all players have thrown the six selected numbers, the player with the highest score left is the winner.

(The chart is only a guide any numbers can be chosen for the game.)


Fives Game

Players: This game can be played with any number of players.

Darts: Three each


A total target number is first chosen usually 50 or 100 use a lower number if a lot of people are playing.

Nearest the bullseye throws first, the furthest last.

The idea of the game to throw three darts into the board, in turn, to score a number that is divisible by five. The higher the number you score, the more points you can score. For every five scored, one point is awarded. If a player scores fifteen then he or she gains three points. A score of forty gives the player eight points. If you score a number that is not exactly divisible by five i.e. 19,21,23 etc you score nothing, the throw is void, basically you just don’t score on that turn.

Doubles and trebles are not counted in this game, you can either decide they score the single segment value or score nothing at all which can make the game a little more interesting.

The first player to achieve the chosen target number is the winner.

Follow On / Follow the Leader

Follow On

Players: This game can be played with any number of players, more the better.

Darts: Three each


An easy and fun game to play with multi-players.

The object of this game is to hit the target the previous player threw and then set a new target for the next player to hit! The winner is the last person left.

How to play

Nearest the bull determines the order of play. Nearest the bull throws first and the furthest last. Once the order of play has been determined the players’ names are recorded in that order of play and three lives are then shown next to the name.

Player one (the person who was nearest the bull) uses their non-throwing hand to throw a dart into the dartboard. i.e. if the player normally throws right-handed their use their left and vice-versa if they are left-handed. The (scoring) area of the dartboard the dart hits becomes the first target for the second player to throw for.


If the opening throw hits a single 16 in the segment between the triple and the bullseye, this is known as small 16 i.e. the smallest are of the 16. The following player must hit the small 16 area within a three-dart throw. Other parts of the 16 i.e. the double the large single or triple do not count as hitting the target.

If the following player fails to hit the small 16, they lose a life and play continues to the next player. Should all players miss the target set and play returns to the player who set the target then they can choose either to pass on their throw or try to hit it and set a new target. (best just to pass!)

If the player manages to hit the target area with the first or second dart then they have the remaining darts to set a new target.

If they have two darts in hand, they can use one or two darts to set the new target area. The last dart used is the counting dart and must hit the scoring area of the board or the player loses a life!

With two darts in hand, the player might want to set a difficult target, maybe a double. Should they miss the number and hit a big single or indeed miss the board they may opt to use their second dart in hand. If however, the first dart lands nicely in an area they believe will be difficult for others to hit they may choose to declare that as the new target area. The player may not choose to throw both darts and then opt for where the first dart fell.

If the target area was hit on the third dart then the player has all three darts (if they wish) to set a new target area. They may stop after their first or second throw or continue with the third. They may wish to throw for a double but they must set a new scoring area otherwise the previous target area remains.

The player left with one or more lives intact is the winner.

Variations on this game see Loop / Loopy.



Players: A game for two players.

Darts: Three each


Nearest the bullseye throws first

The first player that hits a ‘bullseye’ proceeds to throw for any doubles. For each double that is hit he or she scores a goal. The second player also throws for doubles after he or she has hit a ‘bullseye’. You can, if you wish, accept two outer-bullseyes hit instead of a single bullseye but only if this is agreed prior to the start of the game. Both players must hit either of these before commencing to the doubles. The player who scores ten goals or ten doubles is the winner.

A player can score on the same double more than once or continue to score bullseyes as these count as double 25.

Darts GolfDarts Golf


Like lots of darts games, they have been influenced by other games and 'Darts Golf' is no exception.

The rules and game are quite simple. The scoring segments 1-18 on the dartboard are used and represent the 18 holes found on a golf course. Each player must score three of each number in turn before progressing to the next 'hole'.

Scoring equates to 'strokes' taken for each hole.  Hitting treble counts as a hole-in-one, a double or singles both score one. If you miss the segment with a throw, this also counts as a stroke. So, two misses and three singles count as five strokes.

A player stays on the number until they hit three of the number regardless of how many darts it takes to achieve this feat. The player with the lowest number total score to hit all 18 segments this way is the winner.


This game also allows you to handicap good players and allow for extra stokes for new players!

The lowest number of darts to achieve this feat is 18, by hitting a treble with each dart. 'Par' for the course is 54, i.e. three single darts in each singe segment.

A good player of the game may regularly hit a few holes in ones! Hence the game can be played with the amount over or under 'Par'.

Example: If a player is likely to hit a few (3) hole-in-ones, the 'Par' for the course for this player moves from 54 to 48! A new darts player might be given an extra stroke or dart at each hole, i.e. moving their 'Par' to 72, making the game between a good player and a new player a little more even.


How to determine a handicap

Play a few rounds of darts without handicap. However, all plays must finish the full course. Add the total number of darts taken over the few rounds and divide by three.

If your average is:

  • Above 72 then you play off Par 72
  • 64 - 72, Par 64
  • 58 - 63, Par 58
  • 54 - 58, Course Par 54
  • 48 - 53, Par 48

Adjust to give the best fit. Use additional games full stroke scores to vary your Par / Handicap.


Grand National

Grand National

Players: More the Better

Darts: Three each


There are loads of games that can be played on the dart board and here is another. I put together this game after viewing the Grand National horse race at a local pub some time ago.

Many of the pub punters had a small flutter on the gee gees and a few drinks to go with it. The dart board was being occupied but only by punters that could play reasonably well. So I thought with a big gathering that we had it would be a good idea to gain a few more converts to a wonderful sport of darts.

This game is based on the horse race the Grand National and over the years it has developed a bit so here are the basic rules that I suggest are played by a novice player followed by a revised version for the more experienced dart thrower.

The Grand National is probably the World's most known horse race. The race twice around the circuit jumping fences. The first home the winner! The trouble is most fall!

The basic darts game based on the Grand National is very easy to play and a varying degree of difficulty can be added. The basic game for the novice ‘new’ to darts follows this very basic format.

Novice Game

Each player has 3 darts and the object is to travel around the dartboard anticlockwise starting at 20, then 5 and then 12 etc. Each segment is known as a hurdle. In the novice game you must hit at least one segment with each turn (3 darts) i.e. start at 20 you must hit it, if not you fall at the hurdle and are out of the game. Hitting 20 you move to the next segment and so on first around and back to 20 wins!

The rules here for the novice are very simple and after a few drinks you won’t be surprised to see a few full during the race.

The Dart throwers version

For a competent dart player this will be a very easy and probably not that inspiring as I would expect each segment to be hit with a single dart. So here is a slightly harder version.

For the more experience player the Grand National is played in the following way. Again the objective is to travel anticlockwise around the board twice but this time you start at the large 5 segment (the light segment) of the board you then have to move around the board hitting each alternative large segment number i.e. 5 then 9 followed by 11 unit you reach 1. The second time around the board you must hit the small segment of the 5 and the small segments of each alternative number and then a final Bull / 25 that represents the finishing post. The players here also have three lives but you can vary this to suit the ability of the players. Here a life is lost if you miss the segment with a single dart. The winner is the first to travel round the board twice or the furthest travelled.

Killer / Blind Killer

Killer Darts Game

Players: Best Played with 5 People Plus

Darts: Three each


Killer is a good game when you have a crowd of people wanting to use the board at the same time. There are a couple of variations to this game but basically the rules are the same.

Firstly each player draws lots i.e. a number between 1 - 20. This is done by first writing the numbers down on individual pieces of paper and then the numbers are drawn blindly.

The names of each player are recorded on the chalk board along with their number. Each player is then given between 3 & 5 lives. The objective of this game is for each thrower to first hit their own number’s double three times to gain status of KILLER. Once they have achieved this they then can throw for their opponent’s number doubles in any order they wish. Every time a KILLER status player hits an opponents double the oppenent loses a life.

KILLERS can also commit SUICIDE. If they accidentally hit their own double once they have gained the status of KILLER they will also lose a life. Once all your lives have gone you are out - the winner being the only player left alive!

Blind Killer:

Blind Killer is slightly different. Firstly you draw your number but in this case it is not shown to anyone! The numbers 1 – 20 recorded on the chalk board. Then each player then takes it in turn to throw for any double and if one is hit it is recorded next to the chalked number. Once a double as been hit three times the person with that number is eliminated.

The winner of this game is the player that remains alive.

Good fun and good Practice for hitting doubles.



Players: Best played with 2 - 8 Players

Darts: Three each


Player’s order of play is determined by throwing a single dart each, nearest and furthest from the Bull determines the order of play. Nearest first furthest last write the names in order on a board.

The player selected to throw first must throw as many points as possible, this score is then written alongside their name.

The player next in line then must throw a higher score than the player throwing before him / her, if he / she fails to throw a higher score a ring is put around their score, once you have 3 rings next to your name, you drop out of the game.

Play continues in order until there is one player left in the game, this is the winner, remembering that you only have to beat the persons score who throws immediately before you. This game is also known under different names.

Loop or Loopy!


Players: Two or more

Darts: Three each


Yes as the game suggests this is a Loopy game in more ways than one!

This a game best played by several people. The object of this game is to follow the leader but you don’t just use the traditional scoring area of the dart board you also use the wire numbering system of the board as well!

Start by first throwing for the bull with a single dart, the nearest to the bull being the player who starts the game followed by the second nearest and so on, the furthest away being the last player to throw. The order of play is now established and the names of the players are recorded on the chalk board along with 3 – 5 lives to each player.

The first player throws for the board! This can be any part of the board and this includes the loops of the number wiring system and split numbers. If the first dart lands within any of these areas then the following player must first hit the same space with his three darts before throwing for another area otherwise he loses a life! If the player fails to establish a new target the previous target remains.


If the first player hits the big area of number 1 then with his first dart the second player must hit the same area before throwing for another sector. Hitting double one, treble one or the smaller inner area of one in this instant does not count; the large area must be hit.

If the following dart thrower hits the numbered sector then he can use the remaining to darts to establish a new target for the next player. The next scoring dart counts as the new target. If the player fails to score with the remaining darts he forfeits a life.

As the game entails the numbered wiring system comes into play so numbers 4,6,8,10,14,16,18 & 20 all have loops!!! If a player throws a dart into the loop of number 6 then that becomes the target area. Also a number of numbers can be split ;11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19 & 20. If a dart is thrown between the two 1’s of 11 this effectively splits the 11 and this becomes the new target area. The number 8 and 18 effectively have two loops these are known as the higher and lower loops. Each of these loops is effectively its own potential target area.

The only area you cannot score on is the area effectively between the edge of the normal board scoring area and the numbers. If you hit this area or your dart bounces out then you do not score.

The winner of this game is the player that remains alive!

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse Darts

Players: Two Players or Two Teams

Darts: Three each


Mickey Mouse is a very simplified game of American Cricket with a couple of twists.

The object of the game is to "close" all your numbers (20 down through 12, any three doubles, any three triples and bulls-eye). To close a number, you must hit three of that number.

The Scoring:

The scoreboard is drawn with the numbers 20 through 12, doubles, trebles and bulls written in descending order down the centre of the board. The Bull eye is usually abbreviated with a B. Doubles with a D and Trebles with a T.

Each dart that lands in any of the games numbers count toward closing that number. The thin outer ring counts as two of that number or counts as one double. The thin inner ring counts as three of that number or counts as treble. Scoring for one dart is shown by placing a slash ( X ) next to the number scored. Scoring for two is shown by placing an additional X (X X) next to the number scored. Scoring for three is shown by placing a third X (XXX) next to the number to indicate it is closed. When three of a number is scored in any combination, it is closed.

The players each take a turn throwing one dart at bulls-eye, closest dart to the bulls eye gets to throw first. The first player throws three darts at any of the scoring numbers to try to close that number. The player then scores the darts that he has thrown and play alternates until one person closes all their numbers.

A more interesting version of ‘Mickey Mouse’ is played like standard American Cricket by scoring points on numbers that are not closed. You first have to hit each number three times and then you can score on it until your opponent closes the number. Here the highest score wins the game not the first to close all the numbers.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives

Players: Two Players or More

Darts: Three each


This is a simple game of elimination for any number of players. It does get a little long when there are a lot of players.

The Object:

To be the first player to get "around the clock", that is to get at least one dart in each number from 1 through 20 in order.

The Scoring:

Each player throws one dart at bullseye, closest to the bulls eye goes first, furthest from the bulls eye goes last. Each player gets three "lives" represented by three tally marks below their name. I don't know why the game is called 9 lives but you only get 3. Maybe it is because if you miss with three darts you lose a life and 3 x 3 = 9! If you know any different please let me know.

The player’s names are recorded on a chalk board or white board along with three X’s (XXX). Each player then takes a turn trying to hit each number from 1 through 20. The numbers must be hit in order or they do not count.

If a player misses with all three darts, one life is lost and an X removed from that player. When all three of a players lives are lost, that player is out of the game.

Noughts and Crosses (OXO)


Players: Can be played with 2 or teams

Darts: Three each


Draw a noughts and crosses board of nine spaces, three by three on a scoreboard or piece of paper.  In the middle square write Bulls Eye and in the other eight squares write different one dart scoring numbers i.e. Treble 9, small fourteen (the small single scoring segment of fourteen) , double two etc (see example below).

Treble 9 Small Thirteen Treble 5
Double 1 Bulls Eye Small 17
Large 6 Treble 7 Double 2

The aim is for one player or team to complete a straight line of three. Every time a target is score is hit then then the initials / team name or X / O is placed in the scoring square replacing the figures. As with normal noughts and crosses players aim to hinder their opponents to prevent them getting three in a row.

Treble 9 Small Thirteen   X Treble 5    O
Double 1    X Bulls Eye   X Small 17   O
Large 6 Treble 7 Double 2   O

The game can be made easier by using single numbers in eight or all nine squares.



Players: Best played with 5 people plus but can be played with 2

Darts: Three each


The object is to be the first to shoot "around the clock" one dart in each number from 1, clockwise, to 20.

Each player should throw one dart at bulls-eye, closest to the bulls-eye goes first and the furthest going last.

The first player tries to hit one dart into each number, in order, starting with the number 1 but the scoring target is only from the triple ring the double ring. (triple and double included)

After the 1 is hit in any of the playable area, the next target is 18 and so on, clockwise around the board.

If the player's dart misses the board (outside the doubles ring) or bounces out, the dart is left in the board for one turn. The player throws only two darts the next turn and then may pull the lost dart for use in the next turn after that.

Now for the Prisoner part: If the player throws a dart into the area from the bullseye to the triples ring (bull and double bull included), the dart is left in the board and is a "Prisoner". A prisoner dart remains in the board until any player (including the player who threw the dart) hits the playable area of the same number (in the case of the bullseye, hitting another bullseye captures the prisoner). Once a player captures a "prisoner", the dart is his/hers to use for the rest of the game (unless it is lost in the same manner).

If there is more than one "prisoner" dart that may be captured, they may only be captured one at a time. For example, if there are two darts in the 18 between the bulls-eye and the triples ring, two darts must be thrown into the playable area of the 18 to capture them both.

After the first "prisoner" is captured, one player now has four darts to use while the player who lost the dart has only two. By the end of the game, you might be playing with 7 darts and none of them might actually be yours!

Play continues until one player has thrown a dart in every number from 1 through 20 in the target area. The first player to do this wins the game.



Players: A game for two players.

Darts: Three each


One player is known as the ‘stopper’, the other player is the ‘scorer’ The stopper must try to prevent the scorer from scoring by getting his or her darts into the number’s segments first. The Bullseye and Outer-Bullseye are not used in this game.

Players throw for the bull to decide which one starts. The winner of the throw commences as the ‘stopper’ and throws first aiming to get three highest possible numbers. For each number that is hit becomes out of play for the ‘scorer’. The ‘Scorer’ must now aim for the next highest number available to score the highest amount. The play continues until the ‘stopper’ has hit all the numbers on the board 20-1. Once this has been done the score is added up and play reverses. The ‘Stopper’ becomes the ‘Scorer’ and the ‘Scorer’ now becomes the ‘Stopper’. The winner is the player with the highest score.

A variation of this game known as ‘Brag’ can be used with a small wager. The ‘Scorer’ has to nominate a score that he or she will achieve prior to the any darts being thrown. The ‘Stopper’ if he or she believes they can prevent such a score being achieved can have a wager or bet on the outcome.



Players: Two or more

Darts: Three each


Players toss a coin to see who begins play with the winning player going first. Players start by throwing at the number 1 on the board. The object is to hit a single, treble and double (in any order). This first player to hit a single, treble and double wins. If no player achieves this on number 1, the play moves to number 2 and so on until someone wins.

Sometimes this game is varied by nominating different numbers to eliminate players that do not score any points on them. Most frequently, these numbers are 5, 7, and 9 due to their difficulty

Shove Ha'penny


Shove Ha'penny Darts

The game Shove Ha'penny is a game that has been played in British Pubs since 1840 and the traditional game is played on a polished board using coins. But like many games like this, a version has been designed for the dartboard.

A variation of this darts game is not new and dates back as earlier as the 1930s or earlier, but like Shove Ha'penny the polished board game, it is not played as often as it should. In the 1970s (1972-1977) Yorkshire TV broadcasted an event that would feature pub games such as darts, pool, bar billiards, table skittles, arm wrestling, table football, and Shove Ha'penny. Darts out of all the pub games shown in this program was a clear winner with viewers, and the rest is history.

The rules for 'Shove Ha'penny' played on a dartboard can be seen below.

Shove Ha'penny Rules

The games can be played by any good dart player but does require good judgement and a keen eye.

In this game, the dartboard segments Numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and centre, in this case, centre and out bullseye are counted the same. The remaining segments of the dartboard are considered dead and have no scoring value.

Any number of people can play the game but best played with only two-four. Each player takes in in turn to throw their three darts, the object of the game is to get three darts in each of the ten scoring segments mentioned above. Whoever manages this feat first is the winner!

First, determine who is to throw first either with a single dart nearest the bullseye or a toss of a coin. Then list the number in a column on a chalkboard or whiteboard. Along the top, names of the players.

However, unlike most dart games, the order that you achieve this feat doesn't matter. A player can throw a one, two, and six with their first throw and they all count. But the game isn't as simple as that. If a player has previously thrown three of his/her darts in one of the scoring segments in the game, and then accidentally hits the segment again, then this dart counts for a point to another player that requires a point to help 'close' the segment. One stray dart could cost you the game!


Snooker Darts

Players: Two or Two Teams

Darts: one each

How to Play:

To commence the game each player throws one dart, the nearest to the Bullseye has first shot (the break).

The player breaking then must throw a number between 1 - 15 (inclusive) this is counted as a (red ball) if he cannot throw a number between 1 - 15 the next player has a turn.

If the player is successful in throwing a number between 1 - 15 he scores one point, he must then shoot for a coloured ball, numbered between 16 - Bullseye.

1 - 15 Red

1 point  

16 Yellow

2 points

17 Green

3 points

18 Brown

4 points

19 Blue

5 points

20 Pink

6 points

Bullseye Black

7 points


This chart shows the points value of each number and their respective colours.

After scoring a red ball (1 point) he must then nominate the number (colour) he is shooting for and throw that number, after hitting that number he must then throw another number between 1 - 15 (excluding the first dart scored). If he is successful he then nominates another colour and shoots for that colour. If the player hits another colour and not the one nominated, it is a four point penalty to his opponent, if he hits the blue, pink, black the penalty is the face value of that colour.

If a player is shooting for a red ball and hits a colour ball it is a four point penalty or face value of the colour hit.

If a player is shooting for a nominated colour and hits a red ball, it is counted as a miss and no penalty points are given.

Each time a red ball (1 - 15) is hit its removed from the scoreboard and no longer in the game. If a red ball is hit while going for a coloured bail it remains in the game.Each time a coloured ball is hit and there are still red balls remaining on the scoreboard, this ball stays in the game.

When all (15) red balls are hit; you must then proceed in hitting the coloured balls in order of points (as shown on chart) as these balls get hit they are removed from the game. Each time a coloured ball is hit out of order a penalty of 4 points is given or face value. If a player throws a dart outside the (doubles) circle, and stays in the board it is counted as a miss and no penalty points are given.

If a player throws a dart and it falls from the board it is a 4 point penalty. Doubles and triples are counted as single numbers.

Example of Play:

Player breaking throws these darts:

1st dart 7 Red ball 1 point
2nd dart 19 Blue ball 5 points
3rd dart 11 Red ball 1 point
4th dart 1 Red ball No points

On the 4th dart the player breaking throws 1 (one) this is thrown out of turn while throwing for a colour, there is no penalty for the miss shot, the numbers 7 & 1 1 are no longer in the game but the number 1 remains.

The player receives a total of 7 points and the next player begins his shot.

Next Player Throws:

1st dart 12 Red ball 1 point
2nd dart 18 Brown ball 4 points
3rd dart 14 Red ball 1 point
4th dart 19 Blue ball -5 points

On the 4th dart the player throws 19 but nominated 17 (green ball) as the colour he was throwing for the numbers 12 & 14 are no longer in the game, the player receives 6 points for the numbers thrown correctly, 5 points are taken away for the penalty leaving a total of 1 point, it is then the next players turn.

The player who broke now has his second shot and throws these darts:

1st dart 9 Red ball 1 point
2nd dart 7 Dead ball No points

On the 2nd dart the player throws 7 this number is no longer in the game, he receives a total of 1 point for the number hit. There is no penalty for hitting the 7 because it is no longer in the game, the next player then has a turn... and throws these darts:

1st dart 6 Red ball 1 point
2nd dart 19 Blue ball 5 points
3rd dart 20 Pink ball -6 points

On the 3rd dart the player throws 20 while going for a red ball, he receives 6 points for the numbers hit, and loses 6 points for hitting the pink ball out of turn, (the six points being face value) he receives a total of 0 points, the number 6 is taken from the game and the next player takes a turn.

Play continues until all balls have been pocketed, or one player concedes.

Sudden Death

Sudden Death Darts

Sudden Death and variations

This is a multiplayer game and good for pre-match team warm up.


This game is a quick very simple to play. Each player has three darts to score as much as they can. The scores are recorded and the lowest scoring player is eliminated.

The remaining players throw again and the lowest scoring player is then eliminated. You continue to play until there is only one player remaining who is declared the winner.

Game Variations

If there are only five players you can consider having two round each. i.e. player one throws three darts and his / her score is recorded once all players have thrown nobody is eliminated. Player one then throws their second set of three darts and this is added to their first throw. When all players have thrown twice and their scores total scores counted the player with the lowest score is then eliminated.

Another variation, again only used if there are a small number of players, is to give each player 3 lives. The played as before and the loser of each round loses a life. When they have lost all their lives, they are then eliminated. The winner as before is the last player standing.

The Preston Game

The Preston Game
This game was sent to me for inclusion by Barry Riley.

The Preston Game

This game was given to me ‘as played on a Preston Dartboard!’ Hence the Preston Game but may well be known as something else.

What is or was a Preston Dartboard I hear you say? The Preston board was made of clay/plasticine and in Preston, Lancashire the board was referred to as the Preston dartboard. However, for those who can remember it was just a clay dartboard of a London, Clock design. Today the clay dartboard is consigned to history. However, you can play the game on a standard sisal London Clock board. (See the section on dartboards and history of dartboards for more details).

The game is rather basic. Like around the clock with added Manchester dartboard rules. It is a race twice around the dartboard and then hit two double-tops / double 20s to finish. The player hits the numbers in order 1-20 and then continues for a second round the time around the board but must finish by hitting two double 20s, although the double 20s do not have to be hit in the same throw.

Like the Manchester dartboard rules, hitting a double of a number while travelling around the board can promote you to the number higher than you have just hit.

Example: Should you require the number seven and hit a double seven (14) you jump to the number 15 however, hitting a double 15 cannot promote you any further because the highest number on the board is 20.

Trebles and bullseyes are meaningless in this game. Hitting a treble just counts as a single, although some may say that isn’t a single and the dart doesn’t count. Agree on the ruling here before you play! The winner is the first to go around the dartboard twice and then hit two double 20s!


This game was sent to me for inclusion by Richard Cotterill and Keith Block.

Rules for Tennis

Tennis is played by 2 players (although 4 could be involved as pairs).

The following describes a game that should take about 25 minutes “(A)”. The longer game “(B)” can take 55 minutes or more.

The object of the game

(A) To win a “Set” - the best of 6 service games. If the service game score reaches 3 - 3 then the ‘Set Tiebreak’ is played.

(B) To win a “Set” - the first to 6 service games, provided the winning margin is at least 2 service games (i.e. 6 - 4 or 7 - 5). If the service game score reaches 6 - 6 then the ‘Set Tiebreak’ is played.

The Play

Each player throws a dart at the bullseye. The closest throws first and is the “server” for the first game (as well as the ‘Set Tiebreak’ if there is one).

On a whiteboard, write the players’ names as headings and leave a space underneath for “Score”, “Games” and “Tiebreak” (if you put a mark by the name who is currently “serving” it helps the memory!). On an electric scoreboard, use it as you would for a normal straight-in-double-out game with a tally of (A) 91, which is 15+30+40+1+2+3 (B) 114, which is 15+30+40+1+2+3+4+5+6+7.


  • Each service game starts with the “play area” on the left-hand side of the dartboard (i.e. 5 to 19 inclusive) and changes to the right-hand side (i.e. 1 to 17 inclusive) for the next point. The “play area” alternates between the two during a service game.
  • The “server” has to hit a number in the “play area” with one of their first two darts. If they don’t then the point goes to their opponent. The number that is first hit by the “server” is the “target number”.
  • If the “server’s” first dart hits a double then an “ace” has been thrown and the point is won. (Optional: add the 20 and 3 to the “play area” for the “ace” shot only.)

The “Rally”

If an “ace” or “double-fault” has not been thrown then the “server” tries to hit as many of the “target number” as possible: a treble scores three, a double scores two and the remainder of the segment scores one. The “server” counts up their score and declares it (the “target score”) and the “target number” to their opponent (the “receiver”).

The “receiver” then throws at the “target number” to try and beat the “target score”.

  • If the “server’s” score is highest, the “server” wins the point.
  • If the “receiver’s” score is highest, the “receiver” wins the point.
  • If the players score the same then the “server” throws again, setting a new “target score”.

This continues until someone wins the point.

Once the point has been won the “play area” changes and the “server” starts again.

Once the service game has been won the players change roles from “server” to “receiver” and vice versa.

The Scoring

To win a service game, a player must score the points 15, 30, 40 and “game”. If the score reaches deuce (40 - 40) then the ‘Deuce Tiebreak’ is played. The points are won by:

  • (A) The “server” hitting a double with their very first dart (of each point) - an “ace”.
  • or
  • (B) A player hitting more of the “target number” than their opponent.

Deuce Tiebreak

This is played on the 25 ring and bullseye and the aim is to hit as many as possible.

The “server” always throws first. If they hit a bullseye with their first dart then an “ace” has been thrown and the point is won.

The “server” counts up their score (a bullseye counts as two) and declares it (the “target score”) to their opponent (the “receiver”). The “receiver” now aims to beat the “target score”.

  • The player with the highest count wins the point.
  • If the players’ scores are the same then the “server” throws again, setting a new “target score”.
  • This continues until someone wins the point.

The winner of the service game is the first to score three points.

Set Tiebreak

This is also played on the 25 ring and bullseye and the aim is to hit as many as possible.The “server” of the very first service game throws first.

With the exception of the first point, each player serves for two consecutive points. Everything else is exactly the same as in ‘Deuce Tiebreak’ above except that the winner of the “set” is the first to score

  • (A) Three points.
  • (B) Seven points, provided the player is two points clear. Otherwise play continues until a player is two points clear (it may be worthwhile considering a limit here . . . !)

Games that feature on this website

Some of the games that feature on this website have been designed purely for inclusion solely on my websites. I have created most of the other games, and credit is given if others, i.e. tennis, have supplied the game.  Some of the games have been played as far back as the early 1900s. However, you may find some regional variations to the rules I have published.

Designed for my websites: 180 Around the Clock, Chase the Dragon, Grand National, plus Tennis supplied by Richard Cotterill and Keith Block. Please do not reproduce these games on your own website. If you like the games, I feature then, by all means, place a link to this page.

Should you supply a game for inclusion, and if it is accepted, a credit will be given to you as per the game tennis.

If you have copied any ‘Designed for my website games’ and placed them on your website without gaining permission, please remove them. Thank you.

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Regional Dartboard Games

Please note the height and throwing distance of the regional dartboard vary and may differ from the standard dartboard setup. Details of each is covered in the links below and again within the download and on the adrtboard setup page Enjoy!

Manchester Dartboard

Yorkshire Dartboard

Ipswich and London Fives


Other Dartboards

Casino Dartboard

Quadro 240

Lincolnshire & Black Irish

Staffordshire / Burton


Fun Dartboard






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