How To Play Knockout Darts

Dart games are a great way to sharpen your hand-eye coordination skills while spending quality time with your family and friends. Playing the same old games can get a bit boring, though.

If you are looking to spice up your dartboard with a different game, look no further than Knockout darts. We’ll cover everything you need to know to become a Knockout aficionado, from how to play Knockout to the rules and scoring of the game.

So take a seat, and let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of Knockout darts.

What Is Knockout Darts?

Knockout might just be one of the simplest dart games you’ll ever play. Even though the game is easy as can be, it’s still a fun and competitive dart game.

Knockout is simple. Each player will shoot three darts and tally their points. The next player up will attempt to beat the prior player’s score. If a player fails to beat their opponent’s score three rounds in a row, that player is out of the game.

The game continues until one player is left standing, as they have “knocked out” the competition.

How to Play Knockout Darts

Knockout is an excellent game for players of all skill levels. Playing the game is simple.

Each player will throw three darts per round at a standard dartboard. The first player will shoot their three darts and tally the total points. The second player will shoot three darts with the intent to score higher than player one. This continues until all the players have played a round.

If a player cannot hit a high enough point count to beat the previous player’s score, the failing player receives a strike.

Once a player has three strikes, they are out of the game. The game continues until one player is left standing.

Knockout Darts Rules and Gameplay

Rules do not get more simple than those of Knockout darts.

  • The game can be played with two to as many-as-you-please number of players.
  • The entire dartboard is in play.
  • Players will take turns throwing three darts per round, tallying the total number of points for all three throws.
  • The object of the game is to exceed the total number of points from the round prior to your round.
  • If a player cannot score a high enough point total to clear the previous round, the player will receive a strike.
  • If a player amasses three strikes, the player is no longer in the game.
  • The last player left standing is the winner of Knockout.

Scoring in Knockout Darts

There is no technical scoring necessary for Knockout. Players only need to keep up with the total number of points scored in the round before theirs and the number of strikes they have accrued.


Knockout is intended to be a fun, competitive, skill-building game. Although it is a simple dart game, it can be a real “Knockout!”

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.