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How to Play 801 Darts

801 darts is an extended version of the traditional ’01 darts games. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know to play 801 darts.

So, let’s get started.

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What Is 801 Darts?

801 darts is a variation of the ’01 series dart games. The goal is to go from 801 to zero points by deducting the number of scored points each round from the total.

To win at 801 darts, you must hit a double on your last throw to reach zero.

801 Darts Rules and Gameplay

The rules and gameplay of 801 darts are pretty simple:

● All numbers are in play

● Three darts are thrown per round, with each score is deduced from toward the total of the round

● You must hit a double that takes your score to exactly zero to win

● To start the game, you must also hit a double before you can begin to deduce points from 801

● Scoring a point tally higher than needed to reach zero will cause a player to ‘bust’ and result in starting the next round with the same score

● Throwing the exact number of points in your score without doubling out results in a loss of turn and a score reset

How to Play 801 Darts

The game begins with each team taking turns to throw a dart. Nearest to the bullseye throws first. Each player starting with 801 points.

To start deducting points from 801, a player must first throw a double. Once done so, deductions can begin.

Each player then takes turns to throw three darts, with the total points scored deducted from 801 at the end of each round. This continues until a team reaches zero, with the final dart scoring a double.

What Happens If You Go Over 801?

If a player exceeds 801 points, this is known as a ‘bust.’ Once a ‘bust’ has occurred, the round will immediately end. The score will remain the same, with no points deducted from that round.


Hopefully, this simple guide has given you all you need to know about playing 801 darts.

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.