Darts Betting Explained – How To Bet On Darts

Basic Rules of Darts

Players both start with a score of 501 and the first player to reach 0 wins the leg, to reach 0 you must finish on a double. For example, if you had 40 left, you would need to finish on double 20.

The centre of the dart board known as the bulls-eye should be 5ft 8inch (1.73m) from the floor. The darts are thrown from a clear marked and raise line referred to as the oche, which is 7ft 9 & ¼ from the bullseye.

To count as a scoring dart, the point of the dart must be touching the board. If a dart falls out of the board or you have a ‘ bounce out’ before you retrieve your darts, then that dart will not score any points.

To decide who throws first, both players will throw for the bullseye before the start of the game. The player’s dart who is closest to the bull will throw first. If both players hit the bull or outer bull, then you must throw till one player wins.

There are two main types of match darts, set play and match play.

Set play is the first player to win the set amount of sets; this is normally the first to 5, 6 or seven sets. Sets are made up legs, and it’s usually best of 5 legs to in a set. A leg is one game of 501.

Matchplay is where you play a best of a set amount of legs to win the game. So you would win a leg for every leg you win instead of trying to win a set.

There are also a few tournaments that are ‘double start,’ this is where you need to start and finish on a double.


Match Winner

This is where you are simply backing a player to win a match. So you could either back Player A or Player B to win the game, either in set play or match play. Just be aware that in a few competitions that are league based, that you will also be able to back a draw. I think that is only for two tournaments (PDC Premier League and PDC Grand Slam of Darts).

Correct Score

This market you will be betting on the correct score in the game. Correct score betting is one of the most attractive markets to bet on, as the odds are a lot greater than betting on the straight win markets. Although, correct scores can also be harder to get right, which is why the reward is higher.

Eg Player A 11 – 7 Player B

Most 180s

This market you will be betting on the player that you think will hit the most 180s in the match. A 180 is also known a maximum and is the highest score in darts you can hit with three darts. You can score a 180 by hitting three triple 20’s. You will have three options to this bet. Player A, Player B or a draw, as they could hit the same amount.

Total 180s

This market is the amount of 180s hit in the match. The bookie will give you a set amount; then you can bet on whether you think there will be more or less than that amount. Eg over 10.5 or under 10.5.

Player 180s

In this market, you can bet on one or the player hitting 180s, instead of match 180s. Eg Player A over 6.5 180s or Under 6.5 180s.

First 180

This market you can back either Player A or Player B to hit the first 180 in the match.

Handicap 2 way

In darts some players are much better than others, so bookies will have them priced odds on. Not leaving much value for us to bet with. So the bookie will handicap the better player, and give the weaker player a head start in the betting.

A good example of this would be Player A – 2.5 and Player B +2.5. So if you were backing player A, they would have to win by 3. Otherwise, they haven’t beat the handicap. Or if you were backing player B, and if they lost by two or fewer then they would win on the handicap.

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9 dart finish

9 darts are the fewest amount of darts you can use to win a leg win. This market you are backing whether you think there will be a 9 dart in the leg or not.

170 Finish

170 is the highest 3 dart finish a player can hit, the only way this can be done is treble 20, treble 20 bulls eye. In this market, you are betting on if there will be 170 finish in the match.

Highest match checkout

This market you are betting on the what you think the highest checkout in the match will be. A checkout is the final three darts you throw to win the leg, ending on a double. The bookie will set the line on what they think the highest finish will be, and you can bet on whether you think it will be higher or lower than that number.

Eg Over 130.5 or under 130.5.

Highest player checkout.

This market you are betting on what you think the player’s highest checkout will be. You can back either. Eg Player A over 121.5 or under 121.5. Player B over 121.5 or under 121.5.

Outright Winner

The outright winner is what it says; you are backing the player that you think will win the tournament.

In Play

In Darts you can also bet In-Play, and there are many markets.


Match Result

Like in a pre-match you can bet on the match result as the game is being played, but the odds will move depending on who is winning the watch. Be aware that the odds can move fast in the market, a leg can be over within a few minutes.


To win the leg.

You can bet in play on either player A or player B to win the leg. The player throw first will normally be the favourite to win the leg, as they have the advantage. This is the fastest moving market as the odds can change after every dart thrown, so can be very tricky to bet on.


Colour of the checkout in the next leg

All the doubles on the board are either red or green (Double 20 is red, double 16 is green) up until midway through the leg around the 200/300 points mark, but this varies depending on the bookie, you can bet on which colour will be the winning double either red or green.


Total checkout

Like with the colour of the checkout you can also bet on the total, were the bookie would give you the line. Ie 40 or less, 41 or more then you can decide which one you would like to bet on.


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