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What Is a Bust In Darts?

Different darts games have specific rules you need to follow. If you’ve played any of the 01 darts games, you’ll have likely heard of the term ‘bust.’ But what does it mean to go bust in darts?

This article covers what a bust means in darts and how you can avoid it the next time you play.

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What Does It Mean to Go Bust In Darts?

A bust in darts is when a player throws a higher points total than they have remaining. To win a 01 darts game the player must score the exact number of points they have remaining on the board, to equal exactly zero.

A player can also be declared bust with a remaining score of one, as a double must be thrown with the last dart to reach zero and win the game.

An Example of a Bust

If you have 10 points remaining and you throw a number greater than 10 with any of your three darts, you’ll be declared bust.

What Happens If I Get a Bust?

If a player is declared bust, their points total resets back to what it was in the round before they went bust.

For example, if a player has 12 points remaining and throws a 15, they will be declared bust, and their points total will reset back to 12 for the next round.

How Not To Bust In Darts

Simply put, to avoid a bust in darts, avoid scoring more than your remaining number of points.

To reduce the chances of going bust, consider having a game plan, decide what numbers you’re going to hit and in what order.


Now you know what it means to go bust in a game of darts, and how you can avoid it during your next game.

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

Michael has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.