Darts is a competitive game of skill where players throw small missiles (darts) at a circular board (dartboard) attached to a wall. The sport of darts has many types of games, but the title darts has come to be a general term for any variant played with three darts part round. Players take turns throwing darts at the dartboard while standing with their feet beyond the throwing edge, known as the oche.

While the rules for scoring varies per game type, points are typically defined by the twenty numbered sections on the dartboard and the bullseye at the center. The game of darts can be played competitively at the professional level, but it has also become popular as a casual sport enjoyed at bars, pubs, and in game rooms at home.

How do you play darts?

Darts is played with a variety of different rules and game types with the most popular games being cricket and ‘01’ games. All dart games are played by taking turns throwing all three of your darts at the board from behind the oche line. Cricket games are race-style games where players must hit the numbers 15-20 and the bullseye three times each. ‘01’ style games (301, 501, 701 etc) are fixed score games where players take turns adding their scores attempting to reach the specified 01 number exactly.

How do you throw darts?

To throw darts, comfortably hold the dart with at least three fingers with the end of the dart aligned to your target on the dart board. Throw the dart using your hand, wrist, and elbow. Only your arm should move when you throw the dart. Follow through with your throw after releasing the dart with your fingers pointing towards the target.

How do you play cricket darts?

To play cricket darts, players take turns racing toward the goal of successfully hitting numbers 15-20 and the bullseye three times each. A hit on the target wedge counts as one mark, while hits on the outer double ring and the inner triple ring count for two and three marks respectively. Cricket games can also be played with points, in which players that have successfully finished (own) a number can continue hitting it for points if the other player has yet to finish the same number. The player must also have the highest number of points to win the game.

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6’1” | 1.85 m
January 21, 1985
Adrian Lewis
185.000
1985.00
20000
3D
Adrian Lewis
17.75” | 451 mm (Diameter)
1.5” | 38.1 mm (Typical)
10-12 lb | 4.54-5.44 kg
Dartboard
45.100
3.810
5.440
12000
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3D
Dartboard3D model of a Dartboard viewed in perspective3D model of a Dartboard viewed in perspective
Darts
51000
1.57” | 4 cm (Flight)
5”-7” | 12.7-17.8 cm (Typical Overall)
.63-.92 oz | 18-26 g
Darts
4.000
17.800
0.026
51000
https://p3d.in/e/thMCd
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6’3” | 1.91 m
April 25, 1957
Eric Bristow
191.000
1957.00
25000
3D
Eric Bristow
5'11" | 1.80 m
December 22, 1970
Gary Anderson
180.000
1970.00
43000
3D
Gary Anderson
5’9” | 1.75 m
April 25, 1989
Michael van Gerwen
175.000
1989.00
76000
3D
Michael van Gerwen
5’8” | 1.73 m
August 13, 1960
Phil Taylor
173.000
1960.00
49000
3D
Phil Taylor
6’2.5” | 1.89 m
April 20, 1967
Raymond van Barneveld
189.000
1967.00
28000
3D
Raymond van Barneveld
Eric Bristow
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Eric Bristow was a professional dart player from England credited with making dart a worldwide spectator sport, primarily because of his skills and personality. He is also credited among those who started the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) after departing from the British Dart Organizations (BDO). Eric was nicknamed “The Crafty Cockney” and was world number one five-times in the Word Dart Federation (WDF). He won the World Championship and World Master Championship five times, and World Cup Singles four times. Besides, he took home seventy career titles and twenty-two WDF and BDO Major titles. Other accomplishments include being a two-time Pacific Masters and one time Tokyo World Darts Grand Prix champion.

Eric Bristow had a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Set of illustrations of Eric Bristow in various darts poses measured with overall height
Eric Bristow was a professional dart player from England credited with making dart a worldwide spectator sport, primarily because of his skills and personality. He is also credited among those who started the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) after departing from the British Dart Organizations.

Eric Bristow had a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

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Nationality: England

Years Active: 1968-2007

Death: April 5, 2018

Birthday
April 25, 1957

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Eric Bristow standing, stance, throwing

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Phil Taylor
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Phil Taylor is a British former professional darts player who dominated the sport for more than 2 decades. Phil Taylor began playing the sport in 1986 and throughout the span of his career he won more than 214 professional tournaments, 85 major titles, and 16 World Championships.

Phil Taylor has been nicknamed ‘The Power,’ ‘The Crafty Potter,’ ‘The Governor, and ‘The Godfather’. He is currently the most successful and richest player in the sport’s history. Phil Taylor was ranked the world’s number one darts player for 13 years in total and retired from playing professionally after the 2018 World Championship.

Phil Taylor has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Phil Taylor in darts positions measured with overall height
Phil Taylor is a British former professional darts player who dominated the sport for more than 2 decades. Phil Taylor began playing the sport in 1986 and throughout the span of his career he won more than 214 professional tournaments, 85 major titles, and 16 World Championships.

Phil Taylor has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

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Nationality: England
Years Active: 1987-2018

Birthday
August 13, 1960

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Phil Taylor standing, stance, throwing

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Gary Anderson
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Scottish professional dart player Gary Anderson is nicknamed “The Flying Scotsman” and is famous for registering heavy scores and smooth throws. Gary plays in the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) and has been British Dart Organization (BDO) and World Dart Federation (WDF) World number one. He has won the PDC World Championship two consecutive times and is ranked number three with thirty-one PDC Pro Tour wins. His other major achievements include winning the 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts, 2018 Champions League of Darts, the World Dart Trophy in 2007, two Premier League titles, the 2018 UK Open, and many other titles.

Gary Anderson has a height of 5'11" (1.80 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Gary Anderson in darts positions measured with overall height
Scottish professional dart player Gary Anderson is nicknamed “The Flying Scotsman” and is famous for registering heavy scores and smooth throws. Gary plays in the Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) and has been British Dart Organization (BDO) and World Dart Federation (WDF) World number one.

Gary Anderson has a height of 5'11" (1.80 m).

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Nationality: Scotland

Years Active: 1996—

Birthday
December 22, 1970

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Gary Anderson standing, stance, throwing

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Raymond van Barneveld
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Dutch professional dart player Raymond van Barneveld is still unsure of hanging up his boots after severally recanting his statement on retiring. He is nicknamed “Barney” and is the most successful player dart alive. Raymond is a four-time British Dart Organization (BDO) and a Professional Dart Corporation (PDC) Champion, making him a five-time World Dart Champion. He has twice won the World Trophy and World Masters, the international Darts league three-times, World Darts Federation (WDF) World Cup Singles, two UK Opens, a Premier League, and a Grand Slam of Darts. At the 2009 PDC World Championship, he hit a nine-darter, becoming the first professional dart player to achieve such a fate.

Raymond van Barneveld has a height of 6’2.5” (1.89 m).

Set of illustrations of Raymond van Barneveld in various darts poses measured with overall height
Dutch professional dart player Raymond van Barneveld is still unsure of hanging up his boots after severally recanting his statement on retiring. He is nicknamed “Barney” and is the most successful player dart alive. Raymond is a four-time British Dart Organization (BDO) and a PDC Champion.

Raymond van Barneveld has a height of 6’2.5” (1.89 m).

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Nationality: Netherlands

Years Active: 1984—

Birthday
April 20, 1967

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Raymond van Barneveld standing, stance, throwing

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Dartboard

A Dartboard is a circular target used to catch darts when playing Darts and is placed against the wall with the bull’s eye being at eye level. A Dartboard is typically divided into 20 sections. Each section is divided by a thin metal and is marked with a number. A Dartboard is usually made from compressed sisal fibers or boar bristles and cork. The surface of a Dartboard is sanded smooth and printed with various colors.

Dartboards have a regulated overall diameter of 17.75” (451 mm), typical depth of 1.5” (38.1 mm) and weight between 10-12 lb (4.54-5.44 kg).

Measured illustration of a Dartboard dimensioned with overall diameter, depth, and wedge sizes
A Dartboard is a circular target used to catch darts when playing Darts and is placed against the wall with the bull’s eye being at eye level. A Dartboard is typically divided into 20 sections. Each section is divided by a thin metal and is marked with a number.

Dartboards have a regulated overall diameter of 17.75” (451 mm), typical depth of 1.5” (38.1 mm) and weight between 10-12 lb (4.54-5.44 kg).

Measured illustration of a Dartboard dimensioned with overall diameter, depth, and wedge sizes
Dartboard
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17.75” | 451 mm (Diameter)
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1.5” | 38.1 mm (Typical)
Weight:
10-12 lb | 4.54-5.44 kg
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Circumference: 55.78” | 141.69 cm
Bullseye Height:
5’8” | 172.72 cm
Bullseye Diameter:
.5” | 12.7 mm
Outer Bullseye Diameter:
1.26” | 32 mm
Center to Outside Treble:
4.21” | 107 mm
Center to Outside Double:
6.69” | 170 mm
Double & Treble Rings:
.315” | 8 mm
Design:
20 Radial Sections
Materials: Sisal or hemp fiber (bristle), cork, paper, or wooden boards; metal rings and wedges

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