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PQQLK9
01-20-2005, 11:01 AM
http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=42185

While darts hasn’t caught on as a televised event in the U.S. as in Europe, some local dart enthusiasts say the game could have as much appeal as televised poker or billiards.

Darts 101
While learning the skills to win a televised dart tournament takes years of practice to develop, starting the game requires only a set of darts, a dart board and lots of patience. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Steel or plastic?
There are many different options regarding what kind of darts to buy but the main question is always: do you want steel tips or plastic tips? Depends on where you will usually play. While steel darts are the traditional choice, most American bars tend to have the electronic dart boards that require plastic darts. So if you are going to play most nights out at the bars, plastic is probably the way to go. But it you want to play at home or in a bar that has the old fashioned dart boards for steel darts, steel is your best bet.
Darts
Though many bars will have a few sets of “house darts” laying around, these are usually not in the best shape. Also, darts come in a wide variety of lengths and weights; if you are just learning the game, it is best to learn using the same set of darts. A new set of quality darts can cost as low as $10 but can reach prices of up to $200.
It is also important to know a little bit of dart etiquette regarding an individual’s set of darts — use your own set.
“You don’t want anybody else using your darts,” said Gary Newman of the Billiard Factory. “It’s a personal thing. You can’t beat a man with his darts.”
Boards
The standard dart board is 18 inches in diameter and should be mounted 68 inches from the center of the bullseye to the floor. The throw line should be 93.5 inches away from the board.
For steel darts, a bristle board is what you are looking for. High quality bristle boards are made from horse or boar’s hair and can cost more than $100. Lesser quality bristle boards cost about $50, but make sure they have a staple-free bullseye (the staples can cause a dart to bounce out of the board, which on a bullseye shot could cost you the game.)
While steel is the preferred method, electronic dart boards have their advantages. They are more expensive (from $100 to $350), but an electric dart board will keep score for you and they typically last longer. They are also a good alternative if you want to play darts at home but have small children in your house.
Games
The three main games to play are Cricket, 301 and 501. Cricket is the most widely played game in the U.S. but all three are played during a standard tournament. All of there games are usually played by two people or two teams of two.
In Cricket, a player has to place a dart three times each in seven separate sections of the board to win. The seven sections are the numbered sections 15 through 20 and the bullseye.
In 301, each player starts with a score of 301. They are required to enter and exit the game by landing a dart in a double section of the board. This is called “double in, double out.” (A double section is the small block located in the middle of each numbered section on the board.) After a player lands a dart in a double section, their score is reduced by every numbered section they hit. The object of the game is to get to exactly zero first without going past it.
501 is a similar game but is played “straight in, double out,” which means scoring is started with the first dart a player lands on the board but the game has to end with a double.

WaltVA
01-20-2005, 12:39 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote PQQLK9:</font><hr> http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=42185

In 301, each player starts with a score of 301. They are required to enter and exit the game by landing a dart in a double section of the board. This is called “double in, double out.” (A double section is the small block located in the middle of each numbered section on the board.) <hr /></blockquote>
I always thought the small outer block was the double and the one in the middle of each segment was the triple. Maybe Jacksonville has different rules - or have we been playing wrong?
Walt in VA