One of the great things about darts is that there are so many different games, with different variations, that you can play. Round the clock is one of the most versatile of all - most of us have played one version or another of it over the years, but this is a game that you will see being played in relatively serious style in pubs, while it also forms one of the most common warm up and practice routines for professionals.
You might think that round the clock is a game that needs no explanation, but as with so many things, the devil is in the detail. If you are a keen pub player, you have probably invested the odd pound in the slot machine, and feel there is not much you can learn about that either – yet as TheCasinoDB slots guide shows, there is far more to it when you scratch the surface. Think about darts in the same context – watch and learn, and you can become a master of round the clock, and improve your regular game at the same time.
The basic theory is obvious enough. Starting at 1, each player aims to hit every number on the board in sequence, taking three darts at a time as usual. The beauty of this game is that any number of players can join in, and scoring is simply a matter of remembering which number you are on.
Once you have covered 1-20, the traditional finish is bull, but for less experienced players, that can cause the game to drag into one of those “both aiming for double one” type situations, so it might make sense to allow bull or outer bull.
Playing round the clock is also a great way to hone your basic skills as a practice routine, and provides something a little more interesting than spending throw after throw aiming at the treble 20.
But where the game really comes into its own is in sharpening up your finishes. Try going round the clock on doubles only, and finishing on bull.
Here is why round the clock is truly the most versatile darts routine around. If the basic game is something you could play with someone who is throwing a dart for the first time, and going round the doubles is a useful practice routine for the pub player, Shanghai is a version that will even frustrate the professionals. Here, the object is to get single, double and treble of each number with your three darts before you can move on to the next. Not a challenge for the faint hearted, and if you can do it, perhaps you should be out there playing on the PDC tour with Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen!
Whichever version you choose, why not add round the clock to your practice routine, and see what difference it makes to your performance in your next match? Good luck!