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Darts is a variety of related games, in which darts are thrown at a circular target (dartboard) hung on a wall. Though various different boards and games have been used in the past, the term 'darts' usually now refers to a standardised game involving a specific board design and set of rules. As well as being a professional competitive activity, darts is a traditional pub game, commonly played by people in the United Kingdom (the first country to officially recognize darts as a sport), across the Commonwealth, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, the United States and elsewhere. Darts were a successful nine-piece British doo-wop revival band at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s. ... Look up dart in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... Darts are missile weapons, designed to fly such that a sharp, often weighted point will strike first. ... Pub games are traditional games which are or were played in British pubs, inns and taverns. ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2007 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Appointed 24 November 2007 Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ...

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Dartboards

Dartboards are usually made of sisal fibers or boar bristles; low quality boards are sometimes made of coiled paper. A regulation board is 18 inches (45.72 cm) in diameter and is divided into 20 sections. Each section is lined with thin metal wire, or a thin band of sheet metal that separates the sections. The numbers indicating the various scoring sections of the board are normally made of wire, especially on tournament-quality boards, but may be printed directly on the board instead. Binomial name Agave sisalana Perrine Sisal or sisal hemp is an agave Agave sisalana that yields a stiff fiber used in making rope. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. ...


Height and distance

In the standard game, the dartboard is hung so that the bullseye is 5 ft 8 in (1.73m) from the floor: eye-level for a six foot person. The oche (IPA: /'ɒki/) - the line behind which the throwing player must stand - is generally 7 ft 9¼ in (2.37m) from the face of the dartboard measured horizontally. This is the recognized world standard as set by the World Darts Federation and is played as such in most areas. Due to measurement error this may be incorrect in some places (such as measuring from the wall, rather than using a plumb line to measure from the board face). London 5 board or narrow 5's board set up is slightly different from the standard board. The height is set at 5feet six inches to the center of the bull and the oche is at 9 feet from the face of the board. [1] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with plumb line. ...


History

The first recorded game of darts was in Dartford (hence its name). The dartboard itself may have its origins in the cross section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is a 'butt', and from this, folk etymology infers that the bottoms of wine barrels were the original dartboards; this word in fact comes, via archery, from the French word butte, meaning target. Various designs of dartboard have been used, and regional variations remain in parts of Staffordshire, Manchester (log-end board)[2] and Yorkshire. In particular, the Yorkshire and Perrigo Manchester boards differ from the standard board in that they have a single, inner bull and no treble ring. The london 5.s board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20,5,15 and 10 with the doubles and trebles being a quarter of a inch wide.[3] The coniferous Coast Redwood, the tallest tree species on earth. ... Folk etymology is a term used in two distinct ways: A commonly held misunderstanding of the origin of a particular word, a false etymology. ... Wine barrels, especially those made of oak, have long been used as containers in which wine is typically aged. ... An archery butts is an archery practice field, with mounds of earth used for the targets. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. ...


There is speculation that the game originated among soldiers throwing short arrows at the bottom of the cask or at the bottom of trunks of trees. As the wood dried, cracks would develop, creating "sections". Soon, regional standards emerged and many woodworkers supplemented bar tabs by fabricating dart boards for the local pubs.


The numbering plan generally in use today has a 20 on top; however, a great many other configurations have been used throughout the years and in different geographical locations. By most accounts, the numbering layout was devised by Brian Gamlin in 1896 to penalize inaccuracy. Although this applies to most of the board, the left-hand side (near the 14 section) is preferred by beginners, for its concentration of larger numbers. Mathematically, removing the rotational symmetry by placing the "20" at the top, there are 19!, or 121,645,100,408,832,000 possible dartboards. Many different layouts would penalize a player more than the current setup; however, the current setup actually does the job rather efficiently.[4] Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... For factorial rings in mathematics, see unique factorisation domain. ...


Scoring

The standard dartboard is divided into 20 numbered sections, scoring from 1 to 20 points, by wires running from the small central circle to the outer circular wire. Circular wires within the outer wire subdivide each section into single, double and triple areas.


Various games can be played (and still are played informally) using the standard dartboard. However, in the official game, any dart landing inside the outer wire scores as follows:

  • Hitting one of the large portions of each of the numbered sections, traditionally coloured black and white, scores the points value of that section.
    • Hitting the thin outer portions of these sections, coloured red and green, scores double the points value of that section.
    • Hitting the thin inner portions of these sections, roughly halfway between the outer wire and the central circle and again coloured red or green, scores triple the points value of that section.
  • The central circle is divided into a green outer ring worth 25 points (known as "outer", "outer bull", or "iris") and a red inner circle (usually known as "bull", "inner bull" or "double bull"), worth 50 points. The term "bullseye" can mean either the whole central part of the board or just the inner red section. The term "bull's ring" usually means just the green outer ring.
  • Hitting outside the outer wire scores nothing.
  • Any dart that does not remain in the board after throwing (for example, a dart that hits a wire and bounces out of the board or drops out with the impact of a later throw) also scores nothing. Variations on this rule exist - some judge that a dart which obviously hits a scoring section but then subsequently drops out will count if caught before it hits the floor or if it rebounds behind the throwing line before touching the ground it may be thrown again. In professional rules, a dart's tip must be touching a scoring section for the dart to count.

The highest score possible with 3 darts is 180, commonly known as a "ton 80" (100 points is called a ton), obtained when all three darts land in the triple 20. In the televised game, the referee frequently announces a score of 180 in exuberant style. A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. ...


Playing darts

The sport of darts is usually contested between two players who take turns in throwing up to three darts. Starting from a set score, usually 501 or 301, a player wins by reducing his score to zero. The last dart in the leg must hit either a double or the inner portion of the bullseye, which is the double of the outer bull, and must reduce the score to exactly 0. Successfully doing so is known as "doubling out" or "checking out" (see the Glossary of darts for more darts terminology). A throw that would reduce a player's score to less than zero does not count, his turn ends, and his score is reset to what it was before that turn. (Sometimes in friendly games a player is allowed a dog's chance by "splitting the eleven" if he has a remaining score of 1: this requires placing a final dart between the legs of the number 11 in the normally non-scoring part of the board.) Since the double areas are small, doubling out is usually the most difficult and tense part of a leg. Longer matches are often divided into sets, each comprising some number of legs. This is a general Glossary of Darts, the popular pub sport. ...


Although playing straight down from 501 is standard in darts, other variations exist, notably "doubling in", where players must hit a double to begin scoring, with all darts thrown before said double contributing nothing to their score. Other games that are commonly played differ in their scoring methods. These include "Round The Clock", "Jumpers", "Killer" and the more complicated "Cricket". Round the Clock is a game played with darts. ... Jumpers is a variation on the games of Darts, a close relative of Round The Clock. ... Cricket is a dart game that uses the standard 20 number dartboard with the treble and double rings. ...


In "Round the Clock", players must hit each numbered section in turn, finishing with a bull to win. Far from being a beginner's game, Round The Clock is a good training game since it practises targeting all areas of the board, a skill which is essential when finishing a classic leg. Round the Clock is a game played with darts. ...


In Killer, a number of players "own" a number on the dartboard (often selected by throwing a dart with their non-playing arm) and compete to build up "lives" (by hitting that number) until a threshold is reached (usually 4 or 6) before attempting to "kill" other players by removing the lives they have built up (by hitting those other players' number) until a single player is left.


Professional organizations

Main article: Split in darts

Of the two professional organizations, the British Darts Organisation (BDO), founded 1973, is the older. Its tournaments are often shown on the BBC in the UK and on SBS6 in the Netherlands. The BDO is a member of the World Darts Federation (WDF) (founded 1976), along with organizations in some 60 other countries worldwide. The BDO originally organized a number of the more prestigious British tournaments with a few notable exceptions such as the News of the World Championship and the national events run under the auspices of the National Darts Association of Great Britain. However many sponsors were lost and British TV coverage became much reduced by the early nineties. The Split in darts refers to an acrimonious dispute between top professional darts players and the games governing body which began in 1992 and resulted in the formation of a new organisation to arrange tournaments - including a second version of the World Professional Darts Championship. ... This article is about people called professionals. ... It has been suggested that Other BDO tournaments be merged into this article or section. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... SBS Broadcasting Group (normally referred to as just SBS, which originally stood for Scandinavian Broadcasting System) is a European broadcasting group, operating commercial television, premium pay channels, radio stations and related print businesses in Western and Central and Eastern Europe. ... The World Darts Federation (WDF) was formed in 1976, by representatives of fifteen (15) nations. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1992 a breakaway organization was formed, initially known as the World Darts Council (WDC) but shortly after known as the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The PDC tournaments have a considerable following, although due to their coverage on subscription-based Sky television, the PDC World Championship has lower TV viewing figures than that of the BDO. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is a professional darts organisation, established in the United Kingdom during 1992 which split from the officially-recognised British Darts Organisation. ...


The PDC tournaments often have higher prize money and feature the leading player in the history of the game, 13-time World Champion Phil Taylor. The highly successful BDO player Raymond van Barneveld switched to the PDC and won the World Championship at his first attempt in 2007. For other persons named Phil Taylor, see Phil Taylor (disambiguation). ... Raymond van Barneveld (born April 20, 1967 in The Hague, Netherlands), nickname Barney and The Man, is a professional darts player. ...


Professional competitions

The BDO and PDC both organize a World Professional Championship. They are held annually over the Christmas/New Year period, with the PDC championship finishing slightly earlier than the BDO tournament. The BDO World Championship has been running since 1978; the PDC World Championship started in 1994. The World Professional Darts Championship is the traditional highlight of the darts calendar. ... The BDO World Darts Championship began in 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands Nightclub in the English city of Nottingham. ... The PDC World Darts Championship is the biggest of the PDC tournaments, held at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, Essex beginning in late December and finishing in early January. ...


Both organizations hold other professional tournaments. The BDO organize the World Masters and many Open tournaments. They also organise county darts for their 64 county members in the UK including individual and team events. The Winmau World Masters is one of the longest running professional darts tournaments, which began in 1974 - even before the current World Professional Championship. ... In the United Kingdom a county is a historic type of subnational division; which by the Middle Ages had become established as a unit of local government. ...


The PDC's major tournaments are the World Championships Premier League, UK Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic, World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix. All of these are broadcast live on Sky Sports television in the UK. They also hold PDC Pro Tour events and smaller category events around the UK. As of 2007 the PDC have introduced two new televised major tournaments - the US Open (to be broadcast on Challenge TV) and the Grand Slam of Darts (to be screened on ITV). The Holsten Premier League is a darts tournament which launched on January 20, 2005, on Sky Sports. ... The UK Open (nicknamed The FA Cup of darts due to the fact that the minnows can come up against the big boys) is an innovative event where, following numerous regional qualifying heats throughout Britain, 128 players compete live in a single elimination tournament to be crowned champion. ... Darts tournament which John Part was knocked out of by the legend Wayne Mardle. ... The Stan James World Matchplay is a darts tournament, played in a legs format, and is run by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). ... The SkyBet World Grand Prix is a PDC darts tournament now held in Dublin each October. ...


There are two Dutch independently organised major tournaments the International Darts League, and the World Darts Trophy which as from 2007 feature a mix of BDO and PDC players. Both organizations allocate rankings to the tournaments. The Topic International Darts League is a darts tournament held at the Triavium in Nijmegen, Netherlands. ... The Bavaria World Darts Trophy is a darts tournament held each September at De Vechtsebanen in Utrecht, Netherlands. ...


The WDF World Cup for national teams and a singles tournament has been played biennially since 1977. The WDF also organize the Europe Cup. The WDF World Cup is a darts tournament held biennially since 1977. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Televised darts

Darts first appeared on British television in 1962 when Westward Television broadcast the Westward TV Invitational to the south-west of England. In 1970, ITV broadcast the News of the World Championship and from 1972 the Indoor League, which featured a darts tournament. Westward Television was the first ITV franchise holder for the South West of England from 29 April 1961 until 31 December 1981. ... This article is about the region. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... The News of the World Individual Darts Championship was one of the first major organised darts competitions, which began in 1927. ... Indoor League was a television series broadcast in the United Kingdom by Yorkshire Television during the 1970s. ...


Over the next decade darts coverage expanded with many major tournaments appearing on both ITV and BBC through the 1970s and early 1980s, but the cancellation of ITV's World of Sport show in 1985 meant they had to cut back on darts coverage but despite this they still showed the World Masters until 1988. The BBC also cut back on their coverage to the extent that one major event was still broadcast on either channel by 1988 - the World Championship. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Dickie Davies in the World of Sport studio World of Sport was a British television sport anthology programme launched on ITV on January 2, 1965 in response to Grandstand. ...


With the creation of the PDC and expanded coverage of the BDO on BBC, darts has since grown again. There are again several major tournaments broadcast in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.


In Europe, Eurosport broadcast the Lakeside World Championships, having signed a three-year contract in 2006, and that year also broadcast the Finland Open, the BDO British Internationals, the BDO England Open and the BDO British Open. There has been no Eurosport coverage of Open events thus far in 2007. Eurosport is the largest European sports satellite and cable network available in 54 countries and broadcasting in 18 different languages. ...


In the UK, The Lakeside and the Winmau World Masters are currently broadcast by BBC. However it wasn't until 2005 that viewers were able to see every dart thrown live at the World Championship. This was the year that BBC introduced interactive coverage on its BBCi service. BBCi is the brand name for the BBCs interactive television services. ...


In the Netherlands, SBS6 broadcasts the Lakeside (since 1998), International Darts League, World Darts Trophy and the Dutch Open. RTL 5 broadcast the Dutch Grand Masters in 2005. Some of these tournaments can also be watched on the internet for free using a live stream, depending on contractual restrictions (external links: SBS Streams [3][4][5][6][7] and Watchdarts.com stream [8]) SBS 6 Current Logo SBS6 is a commercial TV channel in the Netherlands owned by the SBS Broadcasting Group. ... RTL 5 the 2nd channel of the RTL group RTL 4 RTL 5 RTL 7 in the Netherlands ...


The PDC's Premier League, UK Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic, World Matchplay, the World Grand Prix and the Irish Open are all televised live and in their entirety in the UK by satellite and cable broadcaster BSkyB on Sky Sports. Dutch station, Sport One, DSF in Germany and several other tv stations across the globe also broadcast the PDC events. The Holsten Premier League is a darts tournament which launched on January 20, 2005, on Sky Sports. ... The UK Open (nicknamed The FA Cup of darts due to the fact that the minnows can come up against the big boys) is an innovative event where, following numerous regional qualifying heats throughout Britain, 128 players compete live in a single elimination tournament to be crowned champion. ... Darts tournament which John Part was knocked out of by the legend Wayne Mardle. ... The Stan James World Matchplay is a darts tournament, played in a legs format, and is run by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). ... The SkyBet World Grand Prix is a PDC darts tournament now held in Dublin each October. ... British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ...


The PDC launched the World Series of Darts for the first time in the United States in 2006. Its $1 million prize showcased professional darts in the United States. Unfortunately the programme was not a ratings success and was taken from its peak time broadcast slot on ESPN after just a few weeks. The tournament was replaced with a US Open event in 2007 which was screened in the UK on digital television channel Challenge TV. A Darts Tournament played in the USA with a possible top prize of $1,000,000 // Background Info The World Series of Darts is a Professional Darts Corporation run event new for 2006. ... The US Open is a darts tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) which is due to commence in May 2007. ...


The PDC have also confirmed that a new Grand Slam of Darts event will be broadcast on ITV1 and ITV4 in November. This represents the first major darts tournament to be covered by the ITV network in almost twenty years. The PartyBets. ...


The Grand Slam of darts went ahead in November 2007, with Phil Taylor beating Andy Hamilton in the final. It was broadcast jointly by ITV1 & ITV4.


Betting

In places where alcohol is consumed, English law has long permitted betting only on games of skill, as opposed to games of chance, and then only for small stakes. An apocryphal tale relates that in 1908, Jim Garside, the landlord of the Adelphi Inn, Leeds, England was called before the local magistrates to answer the charge that he had allowed betting on a game of chance, darts, on his premises. Garside asked for the assistance of local champion William Bigfoot Anakin who attended as a witness and demonstrated that he could hit any number on the board nominated by the court. Garside was discharged as the magistrates found darts, indeed, to be a game of skill. More recently, in keeping with Darts' strong association with pubs and drinking, matches between friends or pub teams are often played for pints. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... English law is a formal term of art that describes the law for the time being in force in England and Wales. ... Gamble redirects here. ... A game of skill is a game where the outcome is determined mainly by mental and/or physical skill, rather than by pure chance. ... A game of chance is a game whose outcome is strongly influenced by some randomizing device, and upon which contestants frequently wager money. ... Year 1908 (MCMVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Leeds is a city in the county of West Yorkshire, in the north of England. ... A magistrate is a judicial officer. ... It has been suggested that Evidence regarding Bigfoot be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about witnesses in law courts. ...


In the professional game, betting is prominent with many of the big bookmaking companies sponsoring events (particularly within the PDC). Sky Bet (World Grand Prix, Premier League), Stan James (World Matchplay), Blue Square (UK Open) and Ladbrokes (World Championship) are all title sponsors of major PDC events. A bookmaker, or a bookie, is an organisation or a person that takes bets and may pay winnings depending upon results and, depending on the nature of the bet, the United States, with Singapore and Canada, the only legal bookmaker is state_owned and operated. ... Ladbrokes plc (LSE: LAD) is a British based gambling company. ...


On FSN broadcasts in the United States, the logos for Ladbrokes are pixelized out and digitally obscured, along with any audible references to Ladbrokes, due to American laws and policies against online gambling. This article is about the graphical editing/censorship technique. ... Online gambling is a general term for gambling using the Internet. ...


Famous players

For a list of famous players nicknames see: List of darts players nicknames The majority of professional darts players now have a sobriquet or nickname, a trend which seemingly began when Eric Bristow, the most successful player in the first few years of the World Championship, played his matches with The Crafty Cockney emblazoned on the back of his shirt. ...


World Champions

Current World Champions
BDO: Mark Webster Webby
PDC: John Part Darth Maple
Women's: Anastasia Dobromyslova

Multiple World Champions Mark Webster (born August 12, 1983) is a Welsh darts player from Denbigh who plays in the British Darts Organisation. ... John Part (born June 29, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian darts player, who is nicknamed Darth Maple. ... Anastasia Dobromyslova (born 26 September 1984) is a professional darts player from Russia. ...

13 Phil Taylor The Power (11 PDC, 2 BDO)
7 Trina Gulliver The Golden Girl
5 Eric Bristow Crafty Cockney
5 Raymond van Barneveld Barney/ The Man (4 BDO, 1 PDC)
3 John Part Darth Maple (1 BDO, 2 PDC)
3 John Lowe Old Stoneface
2 Jocky Wilson
2 Dennis Priestley The Menace (1 BDO, 1 PDC)
Former single-time BDO World Champions
Martin Adams Wolfie
Bob Anderson The Limestone Cowboy
Steve Beaton Magnum-PI/ The Bronze Adonis
Richie Burnett The Prince of Wales
Tony David The Deadly Boomerang
Keith Deller The Fella / The Milky Bar Kid
Andy Fordham The Viking
Ted Hankey The Count
Jelle Klaasen The Matador
Leighton Rees
Les Wallace McDanger
John Walton John Boy

For other persons named Phil Taylor, see Phil Taylor (disambiguation). ... Trina Gulliver (born November 30, 1969) is the worlds reigning 6-time Womens World Professional Darts Champion of the (British Darts Organisation). ... Eric Bristow MBE (The Crafty Cockney) (born Hackney, London, 25 April 1957) is a British darts player, whose skill at the game in the 1980s helped turn it into a worldwide spectator sport. ... Raymond van Barneveld (born April 20, 1967 in The Hague, Netherlands), nickname Barney and The Man, is a professional darts player. ... John Part (born June 29, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian darts player, who is nicknamed Darth Maple. ... John Lowe (born in New Tupton, Derbyshire on 21 July 1945) was one of the main competitors who made darts such a huge spectator sport in the 1970s and 1980s. ... John Thoms Wilson, better known as Jocky Wilson, is a darts champion. ... Dennis Priestley (born July 16, 1950 in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, is a two-time World Darts Champion, one for the BDO and one for the PDC and is nicknamed The Menace. Known for his slow style of play and tremendous mental strength, he is considered as one of the great... Martin Adams (born 1956) is an English darts player. ... Bob Anderson (born November 7, 1947, Winchester, Hampshire, England) is a former world darts champion, winning the world professional championship in 1988 and the world masters championship in 1986, 1987 and 1988. ... Steve Beaton (born 5 April 1964 in Coventry, England) is a darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). ... Richie Burnett (born February 7, 1967 in Cwymparc, Rhondda) is a former World Champion, Welsh darts player. ... Tony David (born September 11, 1967 in Townsville, Queensland) [1] is a darts player and is the only Australian player to have been world champion. ... Keith Deller (born December 24, 1959 in Ipswich) is an English darts player. ... Andy Fordham (born February 2, 1962 in London) is an English darts player, also known by his nickname, The Viking. ... Edward Ted Hankey (born February 20, 1968) is an English darts player who won the BDO World Championship in 2000. ... Klaasen with the Lakeside World Trophy 2006 Jelle Klaasen (nicknamed Young Matador) (born 17 October 1984) is a professional darts player from Alphen, North Brabant, Netherlands. ... Leighton Rees was born on January 17th, 1940 in the village of Ynysybwl, South Wales, United Kingdom where he was to spend most of his life. ... Les Wallace (born 1962) is a Scottish-born, former World Champion darts player. ... John Walton (born November 10, 1961 in Bradford, Yorkshire) is a darts player who is a former World Champion. ...

Other famous players

BDO

Martin Atkins The Assassin
Gary Anderson The Dreamboy
Dick van Dijk The Player
Darryl Fitton The Dazzler
Bobby George Bobby Dazzler / Mister Glitter
Shaun Greatbatch 9 Dart
Phill Nixon Nixy
Tony O'Shea Silverback
Gary Robson Robbo
Niels de Ruiter The Excellent Dude
Co Stompé The Matchstick
Robert Thornton The Thorn
Scott Waites Scotty 2 Hotty
Tony West The Tornado
Simon Whitlock The Wizard

PDC Martin Atkins (born December 24, 1965) is an English darts player. ... Gary Anderson (born December 22, 1970) is a Scottish darts player. ... Darryl Fitton (born 5 May 1962 in Stockport, England) is an English professional darts player currently playing for the BDO. Darryl debuted in the World Championship in 2004, hitting a 180 score with his very first turn. ... Bobby George (born 1945) is a darts player and pundit, who is known as one of the leading characters in the game for his flamboyant entrances (in which the King of Darts comes in wearing a crown and cloak and holding a candelabra to the sound of Queens We... Shaun Greatbatch (born [[July 11, 1959) is an English darts player. ... Phill Nixon (born 1956) is an English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham. ... Tony OShea (Stockport, May 9, 1961) is an English darts player who competes for the British Darts Organisation. ... Gary Robson (born June 19, 1967) is a professional darts player currently playing for the British Darts Organisation. ... Niels de Ruiter (born January 21, 1983 in Lelystad, Netherlands) is a Dutch darts player. ... Co Stompé (born 10 September 1962 in Amsterdam), is a Dutch darts player. ... Scott Waites is an English darts player who plays in tournaments organised by the British Darts Organisation. ... Tony West (born 7 July 1972) is an English professional darts player who competes in British Darts Organisation tournaments. ... Simon Whitlock (born March 3, 1969 in Brisbane, Australia) is an Australian darts player who plays in British Darts Organisation tournaments, although he did have a spell playing in the rival organisation, the Professional Darts Corporation. ...

Ronnie Baxter The Rocket
Mark Dudbridge Flash
Tony Eccles The Viper
Andy Hamilton The Hammer
Terry Jenkins The Bull
Mervyn King The King
Adrian Lewis Jackpot
Colin Lloyd Jaws
Wayne Mardle Hawaii 501
Peter Manley One Dart
Chris Mason Mace the Ace
Kevin Painter The Artist
Kirk Shepherd Karate Kid
Roland Scholten The Flying Dutchman
Vincent van der Voort Greased Lightning
Michael van Gerwen Mighty Mike
James Wade The Machine
Alan Warriner-Little The Iceman

Former Players Ronnie Baxter (born 1961) is an English darts player. ... Mark Dudbridge (born 11 January 1973) is a professional darts player from Bristol, England. ... Tony Eccles (born January 8, 1970) is a darts player currently residing in Hartlepool. ... Andy Hamilton (born March 16, 1967 in Stoke-on-Trent) is a full time professional English darts player. ... Terry Jenkins (born 26 September 1963) is an professional English darts player who was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire and is nicknamed The Bull, having previously used the nickname Tucker for his matches. ... Mervyn The King King (born March 15, 1966) is a professional darts player. ... Adrian Lewis (born 21 January 1985 in Stoke-on-Trent) is a darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation(PDC). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Wayne Mardle (born in Dagenham, England on May 10, 1973) is a darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation, and former player in the BDO. He now lives in Romford. ... Peter Manley (born 7th March 1962) is a player for the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). ... Chris Mason (born 17 December 1967) is an English darts player from Bristol. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Roland Scholten (born January 11, 1965 in The Hague) is a Dutch darts player and former publican who, with partner Raymond Van Barneveld, won the PDC World Pairs Darts Championship at Bognor Regis in 1997. ... Vincent van der Voort (born December 18, 1975 in Purmerend) is a darts player from The Netherlands. ... Michael van Gerwen (born April 25, 1989 in Boxtel, Netherlands) is a Dutch professional darts player. ... James Wade (born 6 April 1983 in Aldershot, Hampshire) is an English darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation. ... Alan Warriner-Little (born March 24, 1962 in Lancaster) is an English professional darts player. ...

Tony Brown
Richie Davies
Alan Evans
Mike Gregory
Rod Harrington The Prince of Style
Paul Lim The Singapore Slinger(made the 1st World Ch'ship 9-darter)
Marshall James
Dave Whitcombe

Tony Brown (born April 1, 1945) is a former English professional darts player. ... Ritchie Davies is a former professional darts player for the British Darts Organisation. ... Alan Evans was a Welsh professional darts player who competed in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Mike Gregory is a former professional darts player who reached the final the Winmau World Masters twice and also reached the final of the Embassy World Darts Championship in 1992 - losing to Phil Taylor in the match regarded amongst the greatest matches ever played. ... Rod Harrington (born in 1958) was a British darts player with the Professional Darts Corporation who won the World Matchplay Championship on two separate occasions in 1998 and 1999 recording wins over Ronnie Baxter and Peter Manley respectively in the finals. ... Paul Lim is a retired Singaporean professional darts player who competed in the 1980s. ... A nine dart finish is the ultimate checkout in the game of darts, constituting a perfect game. ... Marshall James is a professional darts player from Wales, whose only high-profile success in the game so far was being runner-up in the 1997 BDO World Championship, in his debut year at the championships. ... Dave Whitcombe (born June 27, 1954) is an English professional darts player who won several major tournaments and reached two World Championship Finals. ...

Other darts games and variants

There are a number of regional variations on the standard rules and scoring systems. Round the Clock is a variation that involves hitting the numbers in sequence[5] . Jumpers is a variation played in Asia [6].


There are also a number of games regarding placing pictures of famous people onto dart boards.


American darts

Main article: American Darts

American Darts, despite the name, is a regional USA variant of the game (most U.S. dart players play the traditional games described above). This style of dart board is most often found in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and parts of New York state. American Darts, despite the name, is a regional USA variant of the game (most U.S. dart players play the traditional English style darts). ...


Darts cricket

Main article: Cricket (darts)

Cricket is a dart game that uses the standard 20 number dartboard with the treble and double rings. ...

Dartball

Main article: Dartball

Darts Fibonacci

Main article: Fibonacci (darts)

Low darts

In low darts, the board is placed on the floor and leaned against a pole, usually metal. The throwing line is 7' 3" away from the front of the board, as in American darts, except players place their back foot on the line and may assume a forward lunging position to place their front foot as close to the board as possible to gain an advantage. The player may only have two points of contact with the floor and he must demonstrate balance before, during and after throwing. The darts are thrown underhand and the first player to score exactly -21 points wins. If a player "busts" (scores less than -21 points) his score is reverted to -15 and his turn is over. A dart that lands in the thick outer portion is worth -1 point. The thick inner portion is worth -2 points. The thin outer portion and thin inner portion are worth -3 and -4 points respectively. The outer bull's eye is worth -5 points and the inner bull's eye is worth -10 points.


References

  1. ^ http://hammersdarts.wsnw.net and http://eastlondondartsleague.co.uk
  2. ^ Manchester log-end board South Manchester Reporter
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Dartboard setup & scoring pattern analysis Ivars Peterson's MathTrek
  5. ^ darts & dart board cabinets, Accudart dartboards
  6. ^ [2] Bangkok Jumpers League

See also

Darts world rankings are a system which should determine a list of the best dart players in the world based on their performances in tournaments. ... The majority of professional darts players now have a sobriquet or nickname, a trend which seemingly began when Eric Bristow, the most successful player in the first few years of the World Championship, played his matches with The Crafty Cockney emblazoned on the back of his shirt. ... A nine dart finish is the ultimate checkout in the game of darts, constituting a perfect game. ... This is a general Glossary of Darts, the popular pub sport. ... It has been suggested that Pub sports be merged into this article or section. ... As a subset of Pub Games, Pub Sports include traditional pastimes such as darts, billiards, and skittles. ... Bullseye was a British game show made by ATV and Central Television between 1981 and 1995, and hosted by Jim Bowen. ...

External links

  • Darts Videos
  • Dartcalculators.com
  • Darts Tips & Tricks
  • Dart Rules

Organizations

  • World Darts Federation (WDF)
  • British Darts Organisation (BDO)
  • Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)
  • American Baseball Dart Association
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History

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