**Mis à jour le :**April 5, 2024

Although each specific dart game has its own set of rules, almost all dart games share the following rules and guidelines. Let’s have a look at them right now!

## General Darts Rules and Guidelines

- Each turn consists of three darts.
- Any dart that bounces off the board or falls out during the round does not count towards your score nor can it be replayed. In official matches, there is often a five-second rule. This rule states that darts must stay in the board for five seconds after the third and final dart is thrown for the points to score.
- To determine who goes first, players will “diddle for the middle.” Each player throws a single dart at the dartboard, and the player who gets a dart closest to the bulls-eye goes first and chooses the game to be played. If the first player hits a bulls-eye, the other player can ask for the dart to be removed so that they can have a clear shot.
- When playing in teams, opposing team members take alternate turns.
- When playing with three or more players, the order can be assigned randomly, by diddling for the middle, alphabetically or by “splashing.” You splash by throwing two darts at the same time, sometimes with your opposite throwing arm (right-handers throw with their left hand); the total points are added up, and the player with the highest total goes first. Both darts must hit the scoring area of the dartboard, or the player throws again.
- You should never cross the throwing line with any part of your foot. If your foot does cross the line, your turn is null and void.
- To ensure accuracy, you should always record scores while the darts are still on the board.
- At the ending of a game, you don’t have to throw all of your darts (unless explicitly stated in the rules of the individual competition).
- You should always remove your darts.
- You may approach the board at any time during a round to check the location of a dart. You may not, however, touch any dart until the round is complete.
- Always give the thrower room to throw, at least two feet. This is out of consideration as well as safety.
- Always begin and end each game with a handshake.

All these dart games can be played on an Electronic board, and of course, you can play them on bristle boards as well. The Electronic boards offer up to 170 game options that can challenge your skills with new variations for years! From beginner to the most experienced player.

## ’01 Dart Games

### 301

Each player begins with 301 points and must reach exactly zero to win. The score of each dart thrown is subtracted from the beginning score of each round. Exceeding zero causes the player to “Bust”, and the score returns to what it was before that round.

### 501

Played the same as 301 except a player starts with 501 points.

### 601

Played the same as 301 except a player starts with 601 points.

### 701

Played the same as 301 except a player starts with 701 points.

### 801

Played the same as 301 except a player starts with 801 points.

### 901

Played the same as 301 except a player starts with 901 points.

### League 301

Played the same as 301, except each player has a partner, as in league play (2 teams with 2 players on each team). Each team uses two display windows, alternating turns. Team 1 = Player 1 and Player 3; Team 2 = Player 2 and Player 4. Any team player can win the game. However, there is an added “freeze rule” for team play.

**Freeze rule:** A player can “go out” only if his/her partner has a score that is equal to or lower than both opponent’s combined scores. If the partner’s score is higher than the combined scores of their opponents the player is “frozen” and cannot win the game at that time.

The strategy then is for that player to get as low as possible in points and hope the partner has a chance to win the game. If someone is frozen and gets to zero, the game will automatically “bust” that player, not allowing that player to break the freeze rule.

## Gotcha!

Each player begins with 0 points and must reach 301 exactly to win. Players can “Bomb” other players, which reduces their score to zero. This happens when the shooting player equals another player’s score with any dart thrown. Therefore it is possible to bomb 3 players in 1 turn.

**Example:**

Player 1’s score is 20

Player 2’s score is 50

Player 3 ‘s score is 30

Player 4 is up. The first dart thrown hits the 20- Player 1 gets bombed and goes to zero. The Second dart hits the 10 (score is now 30) -Player 3 gets bombed and goes to zero. The third dart hits a 20 (total score is now 50) -Player 2 gets bombed and goes to zero.

If a player exceeds 301 points that player will bust and the following occurs:

The player score reverts to what it was before darts were thrown in that round.

## Quick Cricket

Quick Cricket dart game is played with the numbers 15 through 20 and the bull’s-eye. The first player who marks a number three times & ‘opens’ all the numbers is the winner. Marks are indicated in the tri-colored lights scoring system at the bottom of the appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board. One mark is indicated by a green light, two by an amber light, and three by a red light (when the number is closed). Doubles count as two marks, and triples as three. The scoring window will show zero all the time, as no score is required in this game.

**Options:**

Hit & ‘open’ the numbers 15-20 and bull’s-eye in any order.

Hit & ‘open’ the number 20 first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 19, 18,17, 16,15 & bull’s-eye.

Hit & open the bull’s-eye first, then in order open numbers 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20.

## Cricket

Cricket and Quick Cricket are similar dart games. Also, the player scores points by hitting the “opened’ cricket number (15 through 20 and bull’s-eye). No score can be made for the number that has been closed by all the players. The winner is the first player to open all the numbers and have the highest or equal score. When a player opens all the numbers but is behind in the score, he/she should continue scoring on his/her open number.

**>> Detailed Guide On Cricket Dart Game <<**

## Cut Throat Cricket

Cut Throat Cricket and Cricket are also similar dart games. Cut Throat Cricket is played the same as Cricket, except that when a player opens a number and begins scoring, the points are given to all opponents that do not have that number closed. The winner is the first player that opens all the numbers and has the lowest or equal score.

**Options:**

Hit & ‘open’ the numbers 15-20 and bull’s-eye in any order.

Hit & ‘open’ the number 20 first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 19,18,17, 16, 15 & bull’s-eye.

Hit & ‘open’ the bull’s-eye first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 15, 16, 17, 18,19 & 20.

## Scram Cricket

Scram is one of the funniest dart games that utilizes the entire board minus the bull’s-eye. The game is played in two separate rounds. In the game, one player is the “scorer” and the other is a “stopper”; the stopper usually throws first. The objective is simple, the scorer attempts to score as many points as possible by hitting the numbers on the board. The stopper attempts to hit all the numbers on the board, 1-20, once, the order doesn’t matter and any part of the number can be hit. Once the stopper has hit a number the scorer can no longer score off of it.The first round is over once the stopper has closed all the numbers. At that point, the scorer marks down his score and the players switch roles, the stopper becomes the scorer and vice versa. The winner is the scorer who scores the most points.

### Scram Strategies

As a scorer, you want to hit the high numbers as often as possible to score as many points as possible. As a stopper, you want to hit the high numbers as early as possible to close them out so that the scorer cannot score any points off them. There really isn’t much to this game but it sure is fun!

## Double Only Cricket

Double Only Cricket is played the same way as Cricket, except that a double of each designated cricket number must be hit before a player can go further with that number. Once a double is hit, that number is allowed to open. Then that double, and all other doubles, triples, and singles of that number count. For example, to start the 20’s each player must hit double 20.

After getting double 20 then a single 20 would close the number. A double would close and score 20 points, and a triple would close and score 40 points. So, it is impossible to close a number with one dart.

**Options:**

Hit & ‘open’ the numbers 15-20 and bull’s-eye in any order.

Hit & ‘open’ the number 20 first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 19, 18, 17, 16, 15 & bull’s-eye.

Hit & ‘open’ the bull’s-eye first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 15, 16, 17,18, 19 & 20.

## Low Ball Cricket

Low Ball Cricket plays the same as Cricket with the following exceptions:

a) The numbers used are I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and the bull’s-eye.

b) A bull’s-eye scores 8 points. When double is selected, a single bull = 4 points, and a double bull = 8 points.

c) A player can win by scoring a “‘wicket’”. This is done by hitting a triple 1, triple 2, and triple 3 in any order in one round if these numbers have not been previously marked by that player.

d) Limited to a 20-point spread.

e) The tri-colored light scoring system on the appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board display represents the cricket number in the sequence of 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and B.

**Options:**

Hit & ‘open’ the numbers 1-6 and bull’s-eye in any order.

Hit & ‘open’ the number 6 first, then in order ‘open’ numbers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 & bull’s-eye.

Hit & ‘open the bull’s-eye first, then in order ‘open numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

The winner is the first player to close all the numbers and have the highest or equal score (if wicket has not been scored).

## Wild Card Cricket

Wild Card Cricket plays the same as Cricket except for the numbers 7 through 20 and the bull’s-eye are used. Six “wild card’” numbers will change at random, the bull’s-eye remains constant throughout the game. The drawn number on an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board is the 2-digit “flashing” number shown in the text screen with dot separation between 2 numbers. Once a number is marked by a player it is locked in and the number will not flash for the rest of the game. All numbers unmarked will randomly change after ‘every turn until all six “wild card” numbers are locked in. The winner is the first player to open all the numbers and have the highest or equal score.

## Double Down

The game starts with a base score of 601 for each player. The player has to score by hitting the active segment of the current round. For instance, in the first round, the player must throw for the 15 segments. If no 15’s are hit, the player’s score will be cut by half. The next round is 16 and so on. For DBL and TPL, the player has to hit any double or triple and the same rule will be applied.

15 | 16 | DBL | 17 | 18 | TPL | 19 | 20 | B | TOTAL | |

Player 1 | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – |

Player 2 | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – |

## High Score

A high score is one of the dart games where the player with the highest score at the end of 3 rounds wins. Each player starts the game with zero points and adds to their score with each throw.

## Ace

Ace is one of the best practice dart games to increase accuracy. On the appropriate Electronic Dart Board, a random number will appear for each player and each turn. A player must hit the number shown to score points. Point values are as follows: Single segment=1 point, double=2 points, triple=3 points, single bull’s-eye=4 points, double bull’s-eye=6 points. No score will be gained if the desired number is missed. The player with the highest score wins. The number of rounds left is represented by the cricket display.

## Killer

To start this dart game, each player has to select his number by throwing a dart at a particular segment. At this stage on an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, the text screen will display ‘”Choose your number” and the number selected will be used for the player throughout the game. No two players can select the same number in one game.

A player has to first hit the double of his number to become a killer. A killer can then kill the other players by hitting the segments of the other player’s number until all their ‘lives’ are killed. The last player with lives will be the winner. The players can decide on the number of lives each player will have, or use options on an Arachnid Electronic Dart Board to determine this.

>> Killer Dart Game: Rules, Scoring, Strategies <<

## Count-Up

The score will be accumulated for each dart; the first player who reaches or goes over the setpoints will be the winner.

## Round-The-Clock

Hit in strict order of 1,2, 3, etc, until 5, 10, 15, or 20, straight, double, or triple depending on the difficulty level desired. The first player to reach the last score will be the winner. Players start their next turn with the next correct number in the sequence. On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, the computer will display the number that the player has to hit. The player’s score display will show the number of targets left.

**Options:**

The last numbers are 5, 10, 15, or 20 regardless of straight, double, or triple.

The last numbers are 5, 10, 15, or 20 and only double is valid.

The last numbers are 5, 10, 15, or 20 and only triple is valid.

## Shoot-Out

On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, the computer will randomly display a score for the player to hit. One correct hit scores one mark. The first player who hits 11, 12, 13, etc., (through 20) marks (depending on the level of difficulty chosen) is the winner. If a player does not hit the board within 10 seconds, it will automatically change to another score for the player to hit. The player’s score display will show the number of the target left.

## Horse

On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, this game will randomly choose a number for all players to hit each round. The player tries to hit that number as many times as possible. A single of the number scores 1 hit, a double scores 2 hits, and a triple scores 3 hits, single bull’s-eye scores 4 hits, and a double bull’s-eye scores 6 hits.

In the beginning, each player has 5 lives; in a round, the players without the highest score will deduct a life. If all players fail to hit the specified number in 3 darts, they will deduct a life; the last player in the game is the winner.

## Bermuda Triangle

Each round calls out a designated number or area to hit. They are:

- Round 1- 12
- Round 2- 13
- Round 3- 14
- Round 4- Double (any)
- Round 5- 15
- Round 6-16
- Round 7- 18
- Round 8- Triple (any)
- Round 9- 18
- Round 10-19
- Round 11- 20
- Round 12- Bull’s-eye
- Round 13- Double Bull’s-eye

Points are accumulated by any segment of the designated number for each round. For example: In the first round, a player must hit a 12.

A single 12 = 12 points, a double 12 = 24 points, and a triple 12 = 36 points. In round 4 a player can choose any double, (all three darts can hit a different double and score), and in round 8 a player can choose any triple. If a player misses the designated number or area with all three darts in any round, the player’s total score is cut in half. The winner is the player with the highest score.

## Shanghai

Each player has to proceed for a score around the board from 1 through 20 and then bull’s-eye. Throw 3 darts for each number and the player who gets the most scores wins. On the appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, there are 3 levels of difficulty and the player can score at any right segments (single x1, Double x2, Triple x3) for L level; and only double or triple will count for X level.

Also, players can select super Shanghai (P Level) as a complementary option. The rules are the same as above except various doubles and triples must be hit as specified by the computer. The computer will display the chosen “double” or “triple” and display the number on the scrolling screen.

**>> Detailed Guide On Shanghai Dart Game <<**

## Golf

Yes, you can play golf in dart games! Golf is a par 4, 9 holes game. The object of the game is to get the lowest score possible. The numbers I through 9 are used consecutively through the 9th round. In the first round, all players must throw for the 1 segment (hole 1). In round 2, all the players throw for the 2 segments (hole 2), and so on, through round 9 (hole 9). Segment values are as follows:

Double = 2 points (Eagle)

Triple = 3 points (Birdie)

Single = 4 points (Par)

Fat single = 4 points (Par)

Miss = 5 points (Bogie)

The hardest segments to hit equally the lowest score. If all 3 darts miss the targeted area, your score will be 5. The game will recognize and score the best hit of all 3 darts thrown. Example: Dart 1 = miss (5), Dart 2 = triple (3), Dart 3 = fat single (4) Players score will be 3. If the player should miss the entire segment area with all 3 darts, the game will register a score of 5 when the START GAME/NEXT PLAYER button is pushed. The player with the lowest score wins. Players can play from 9 holes to 18 holes depending on the level of difficulty.

## Shove-A-Penny

Same as cricket, only 5 through 20 and the bull’s-eye are used. All players have to hit the numbers to score 3 points in each segment before moving to another. Singles are 1 point, Doubles are 2 and Triples are 3. However, if a player scores more than 3 points in any one number, the excess points will be given to the next player. The first player to score 3 points in all numbers is the winner.

## Football

Player has to first select their playing field by throwing a dart at the dartboard. On the appropriate Electronic Dart Board, at this stage, the text screen will display –CHOOSE YOUR NUMBER–. Throw a dart to select. Once a playing field is selected- you have to start points from the double segment, carry through the bull’s-eye, and then to the opposite segments in strict sequence. The status of the player will be indicated at the cricket display. For example, if a player selects segment 11, he should hit D-11, outer S-11, T-11, inner S- 11, outer bulls-eye, inner bull’s-eye, inner S-6, T-6, outer S-6, and finally the D-6.

The first player who finishes his playing field is the winner.

## Bowling

This is probably one of the most challenging dart games and the player has to be very accurate to have a good score. On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, each player has to select his ‘alley’ by throwing the first dart at a segment when the screen displays “SELECT ALLEY”. Then use the 2nd and the 3rd dart to score points (i.e. pins) on the selected alley. Points (pins) are calculated as follows:

Double = 9 pins

Outer Single = 3 pins

Triple = 10 pins

Inner Single = 7 pins

A player cannot hit the same single segment twice within the same ‘frame’: if it is hit twice, the second hit will be counted as 0. Therefore it would be more advisable for the player to hit the two respective single segments to have a score of 10 pins (7 for the inner single segment and 3 for the outer single segment). A player can have 20 pins if he hits the triple segment twice. There will only be 10 pins if a player hits the double twice. Otherwise, you will only get 9 pins if you hit the double with your second dart and another segment with your third dart. The perfect game score is 200/220/240/260/280/300 respectively for the options chosen.

**Options:**

On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, LOI, L02, L03, L04, L05, L06 represent 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 rounds.

## Baseball

A baseball field includes segments 9, 12, 5, 20, 1, 18, 4, and bull’s-eye. A player throws 3 darts in each inning, and the runs/bases are set as follows:

Single: One base

Double: Two bases

Triple: Three bases

Bull’s-eye: Home run

The ‘home run’ can only be attempted by the 3rd dart. The player with the most runs in the game is the winner. On an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, player 1’s cricket display indicates the total innings left while player 3’s shows the status of the runner. Green, orange, red, and flashing red represent bases 1, 2, 3, and home respectively.

LO1, LO2, LO3 represent 7, 8, 9 innings in this game and compete at different levels.

**>> Detailed Guide On Baseball Dart Game <<**

## Over

The players have to take turns to throw 3 darts, the highest score among the players is the ‘leader’s score’. A player’s score will become a new ‘leader’s score’ if his score in the new turn is higher than the previous ‘leader’s score’. Then the dartboard will announce LEADER and keep his score recorded. If not, on the appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, one cricket light will turn off which means he loses one life. Before each player shoots in each round, the text screen displays the record score.

A leader can choose to proceed to challenge his own leader’s score but he will also lose a life if his score is lower than the leader’s score. To skip his turn, just press START GAME / NEXT PLAYER.

A player will be out of the game when all his lives are gone. The last surviving player is the winner. What a fun dart game!

## Under

Rules follow exactly as OVER except

1. The objective is to get the lowest score.

2. The leader’s score is the lowest.

3. A missed dart out of the dartboard is counted as 60 (by pressing the 20X3 segments on an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board).

## Big 6

This dart game allows players to challenge their opponents to hit the targets of their choice. However, players must earn the chance of picking the next target for their opponent by making a hit on the current target first.

Single 6 is the first target to hit when the game begins. Player 1 tries to hit a single 6 in 3 darts. He will lose a life when he fails. Player 2 will shoot for the single 6 that player 1 missed. If he can hit the target in the first 2 darts, the last dart will be used to determine the new target for the next player. At this moment, on the appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board, the text screen will display “CHOOSE NEXT TARGET”. The same rule is applied to the following darts. Singles, doubles, and triples are all separate targets for this game.

The object of this dart game is to force your opponent into losing lives by selecting tough targets for your opponent to hit such as “Double Bull’s-eye” or “triple 20”. The last player with a life left is the winner.

## Forty-One

Forty-One and Double Down are the same dart games except:

- The sequence is reversed from 20 to 15
- An additional round of 41 points is included before bull’s-eye and a player has to get through this challenge before turning to the last round.

20 | 19 | DBL | 18 | 17 | TPL | 16 | 15 | ’41’ | TOTAL | |

Player 1 | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – |

Player 2 | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – | – |

## All Fives

Each round each player has to score a total divisible by 5. And every divisible ‘5’ counts one point. For instance, 2, 8, 5 with a total of 15, the player can get 3 points as 15 divided by 5 is three.

There will be no points if

a. The round (3 darts) total scores are not divisible by 5

b. A player throws the 3rd dart and missed even though the previous 2 darts’ score 4 is divisible by 5. The first player who gets a score of 51 will be the winner.

## Nine-Dart Century

In this dart game, each player has nine darts (three turns) to either score 100 points, or come as close as possible to 100. Each bed is scored as per the regular method. Any player going over 100 is “busted” and is out of the game. Darts that land outside the scoring area bring that player’s score down to zero and he must start over again. This eliminates deliberate misses. Darts that bounce out are not penalized but do not count any points.

The number of remaining darts is shown at the cricket display on an appropriate Arachnid Electronic Dart Board.

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