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How to Play Shanghai Darts

Are you looking for a new, challenging darts game and are interested in learning how to play Shanghai darts?

This post will cover how to play, keep score and win at Shanghai Darts.

Let’s get into it.

What Is Shanghai Darts?

Shanghai darts is an easy to learn, fun, challenging game that is ideal for teams of players.

The goal of Shanghai darts is to score more points than others playing against you.

Each round, players will take turns attempting to hit one specific number per round, starting at number one and ending with number twenty. Players earn higher scores by hitting all three scoring zones of a number (single, double, and treble) with each round of play.

A player can instantly win the game by hitting a ‘Shanghai’ at any point in the game. A ‘Shanghai’ in darts is when a player scores a single, double, and treble for the same number in one turn.

How to Play Shanghai Darts

To play Shanghai Darts each player takes turns throwing three darts per round, as in most dart games, taking turns attempting to hit numbers one through twenty. Players can earn higher scores by hitting the single, double, or triple zones for each number in the round.

A player wins the game by tallying the highest score from their totals of each round. Alternatively, a player can win the game if they hit a “Shanghai.”

Shanghai Darts Rules and Gameplay

The rules for Shanghai darts are some of the simplest dart games.

● All numbers are in play

● Each player throws three darts per round

● There is no limit to the number of players who can play

● The target number will progress from one to twenty each round

● The goal of the game is to score the highest number of points

● A “Shanghai” is when a player hits a single, a double, and a triple during the same turn

Scoring in Shanghai Darts

Scoring is pretty straightforward in Shanghai darts.

If a player misses the corresponding scoring area for the round, their score won’t count. After all twenty rounds have passed, scores are tallied, and the highest wins.


We hope this handy guide has given you enough info to learn how to play Shanghai 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.