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How To Play Darts: Traditional Games and Official Rules

All electronic dartboards are shipped with an in-depth explanation of the rules in the form of a manual. If you no longer have access to yours, say, you lost it, and you want to learn to play darts, this will undoubtedly be a helpful article for you.

We won’t list down all of the games playable on your electronic dartboard – they are very much the same as those of wooden boards.

What we want to put across here is a few popular variations of the rules of the electronic dartboard games you may otherwise be unaware of if you don’t have an electronic board yet.

Picture of a person playing darts.
A picture of woman playing darts

Play darts with these fun games

Games are played almost the same way on a wood board as they are on an electronic dartboard. The same way you’ll count down during the 301 games on your bristle board is precisely the same way you will count down on your electronic board. The only difference is that the computer will carry out everything for you.


Let’s start with Cricket. Most players love to play cricket the old standard way – hit the numbers twenty (20) down to fifteen (15), then the bullseye three (3) times each and amass more points than all of your opponents. This way, you win.

What is very important to grasp here is that a player can easily hit the numbers twenty (20) through fifteen (15) in any order they please. The rules of electronic dartboards come with several variations.

Frequently, they begin at low difficulty then add more dimensions that increase the difficulty as options progress.

Small group of young teenager friends enjoy to playing darts together.
Small group of young teenager friends enjoy to playing darts together.

Quick Cricket

If you didn’t know, Quick cricket is nothing but a simpler version of cricket. The player has the same objective: close the numbers twenty (20) through fifteen (15). That’s all!

You can even choose to approach it in any imaginable order you want. However, the difference is that there’s no scoring – the winner can be anyone who becomes the first to close all the involved numbers as well as the bullseye.

There are even harder variations requiring you to close all the numbers in their order. The 020 cricket demands that you open the number twenty (20) first before you even open the remaining numbers, then the bullseye.

The 025 cricket is even more challenging, requiring you to open the whole set of numbers in their order, beginning with the bullseye, followed by 15, 16, 17, all the way to 20.

Cut Throat Cricket

Again, the same rules as regular cricket except that once the scoring starts, points are added (“furnished” is the correct jargon) to the scores of players who have not opened that number.

If a player opens all their available numbers and achieves the LOWEST score, the rules are reversed, and they, etc., win the darts game.

Picture of a man playing darts.
A man playing darts

Double Only Cricket

You can have a clue of what this is all about by looking at the name. As the name suggests, the standard rules of cricket apply here – open the numbers twenty (20) to fifteen (15) and achieve a higher score than your opponents.

There’s a slight variation, though: you must start with a double when opening a number. Still, the double is worth 2 points. A player is allowed to enhance the game further by adding 025 and 020 variations.

Around the clock variation(s)

If you are a beginner, you should start with the Around the Clock game because the entire board is used for scoring. By including the whole board for scoring you have more surface area for honing your darts skills. It is kind of easy – the player can strike at any point on the number and promptly proceed to the following relevant number.

The electronic dartboard version is a whole lot more enjoyable when you play this game. Variations include triple, double, and single hit segments. There are also variations you can play on magnetic dart boards.

Another thing, Double Around Clock variation requires you to hit on the number’s double area before advancing. In triple AOC, the player must hit the number’s treble area before advancing.

We can go on and on and still won’t exhaust the whole list of rules, even in their briefest description. There are many other variations to talk about, including X01 Game variation, Irish Around Clock, Shanghai variation, Count up variations, and Gold Hunting Variations. Playing different games improves your darts throwing skills and makes practice more fun.