A step-by-step photo guide.
So you want to learn how to play the dart game called
501. All of those numbers and different colored areas of the dart board
might seem a bit confusing, but this photo gallery makes it easy to
understand. Just follow the photos and you’ll be throwing like an
champion in no time.
The objective of the game. Go from 501
points to zero points faster than your opponent. The winner must hit a
double to win the game. For example, if you have 40 points left you need
a double twenty to win the game. If you throw the exact number of
points in your score without a double last you start over from that
score. You also bust if you shoot a number larger than your current
Where to throw your darts. There are
three main things to know about the dart board – the single area, the
double area and the triple area. Throw a dart in the single area and you
get that exact number of points. Throw a double and you subtract two
times that number from your total. Hit the triple ring and you subtract
three times that number.
Who shoots first? In order to start a
game of 501 you need to know who throws first. Flip a coin and the
winner chooses who throws first at the bulls-eye. Closest to the
bulls-eye goes first in the game. If you both throw the same distance
you have to throw again, however the last person to throw at the
bulls-eye goes first. It’s also considered a tie if you both throw into
the single area of the bulls-eye, even if one dart is closer to the
double bull area. Keep throwing until one dart is the clear winner and
that person goes first.
Big scores help. You want to hit the
largest total per turn. This means concentrating on the triple line and
aiming for 20s and/or 19s. Your biggest competitor is yourself. Be calm
and shoot the game you know you can shoot. If you are missing on the 20s
then try to shoot for the 19s. You can get hot by switching back and
forth. You can start shooting for an out at 170 points, (triple 20,
triple 20, double bull's eye).