Darts Scoring for Darts X01.
Dart games are highly entertaining, thus being appreciated by millions of people all over the world. The easiest dart board game is probably 01 (pronounced oh-one). Despite the fact that the darts scoring rules are extremely easy to learn, the game still requires a certain level of skill in order to play it at a level above average. 01 is perfect for beginners because it doesn't require players to think very much about the rules, thus allowing them to focus more on improving their throwing skills instead of the dart board scoring.
The Object of the game: there are five possibilities to start the game, from a number of points of 301, 401, 501, 601 or 1001. Players aim to get to precisely 0 by throwing their darts and subtracting the sum of points they obtain from the three throws from the starting score. Players agree upon the starting score. for games of 301 and 601 the play is most often double in/double out. For 401, 501 and 1001 the play is normally straight in/double out. Double in and out and straight in and out will be explained in the Play section.
The Scoring of the game: The starting score you decided upon is written at the top of the score board. The board is then split in two areas, one player on the one side and another on the other side. When a round is complete, the sum of the thrown points are deducted from the total and written on the board for each player or team. The remaining points that are needed to be thrown in order to win is then written down.
The Play: in the beginning, players throw one dart each for determining who plays first. The closest to the bulls-eye earns the right to open the game. This person has the right to decide which type of game is going to be played.
If the chosen game type was straight-in, the bulls-eye winner throws his set of three darts with the purpose of making the most possible points. Darts land on areas that bear numbers. On the image you can see exactly where and what the scoring will be. The score is the number thrown each time per dart. Darts that fall within the large section of the board (B) only get the number of the respective section without any multiplication. If the dart is inside the thin inner ring (E), it is multiplied by three or by two if the dart is inside the outer thin ring (A). Three darts can bring a maximum score of 180 points, should the player be skilled or lucky enough to hit three triple twenties. The outer Buls-Eye (C) scores 25 points and the inner Buls-Eye (D) scores 50 points.
If the chosen game type is double-in, the first player must score a double (A) anywhere on the board before his score starts to be counted. This means that if the first throw is a simple 20, followed by a double 20 and a single 20 again, the total score will only be 60 points, because the first throw doesn't count. For subsequent turns, all throws will count, once the player managed to hit a double and "gotten in".
Players then take turns, alternating each side of the score board. As scores get closer and closer to zero, players need to develop throwing strategies in order to match the exact number of points still needed and win the game. This is where skilled players will differentiate themselves from the beginners.
In case of a double-out game, the rule is that one can only win when hitting a double that makes the score zero. For instance, if you still have 16 points to make in order to win, you have to hit a double 8, otherwise the result doesn't count as a winner. If you bust, i.e. you get more points than what you need, your round doesn't count and you have to wait for your turn again and try once more. If you manage to get to zero but your last throw was not a double, you're busted again.
When playing "straight-out", players simply need to get to zero, regardless the value of the last hit. This is the simplest version of game, in which one can only bust if they throw points in excess, thus arriving to a negative score.
Strategy: If you are a beginner, it's best to attempt reaching 32 points for your out, which is a double 16. The reasoning behind this is that in case you hit a simple 16 instead of a double, you're still left with 16 points to make, which is a double 8. Consequently, if you miss the double again, you'll be left with 4 points, which is a double 2. If you had tried for an odd number, it would have been more complicated for you to combine your throws in order to get out. The more throws you need to get out, the bigger your opponents' chances are to get out before you do.
Another important consideration is that you should always strive to throw your strongest number. Experienced players will aim for a triple 20, in order to accumulate as many points as possible. Other players might not be so good with throwing triple 20's, so they aim to make a triple 19. Others may even aim at lower values. The reasoning behind this is that one can make more points from hitting three single 15's than from the very low scores they would obtain in case they miss the 20 repeatedly. As practice makes perfect, the more you play, the more skillful you become, so your strategy might change over time. When you first start, though, it's best to play on the safe side, so you shouldn't probably aim for the 20 if your precision is not the greatest of all. Small steps can lead you further than giant leaps. You should learn from your mistakes and always watch better players and learn from them. Observe their strategies and try to implement them in your play. Remember that playing is not necessarily for the win, having fun and feeling great matter most sometimes.
Out chart for X01: In the image belowe there is shown ways that you can win a game in 2 or 3 darts from a score of 170 and lower. These are just examples of how to do it and there are other ways that you can also win so it doesn't have to be by these ways only.
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