How to Play 801 Darts

So, you have decided to expand your dart game repertoire and desire to learn how to play 801 darts. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

About anyone can play darts, and there’s a wide variety of dart games to play. 

So, take a seat to learn the ins and outs of the game of 801 darts.

What Is 801 Darts?

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

To win 801 darts, you must hit a double on your last throw to reach zero. Unlike other dart games, 801 darts couples endurance with accuracy and skill to win.

801 Darts Rules and Gameplay

The rules and gameplay of 801 darts are pretty simple:

● No parts of the dartboard are off-limits

● Three darts are thrown per round, with each score tallied toward the total of the round.

● Darts that miss earns a zero score

● Hitting the single area of the dartboard gains the exact corresponding number of points

● Landing your dart in a double area of the dartboard results in two times the number

● Hitting the triple area of the dartboard results in three times the corresponding number of points

● 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 team starts with 801 points on the board.

To start tallying points (or deducting points) from the base score of 801 points, a player must land a dart in the double area of the board. Once this has occurred, deductions can begin.

Each player will throw three darts. The total points scored are 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 player goes ‘bust.’ Once a ‘bust’ has occurred, the round will immediately end. The score will remain the same, with no points deducted until the next round.


Hopefully, this simple guide has given you a bit of insight into how to play 801 darts.

Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew

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