How to Play Shanghai Darts

Are you looking for a new dart game to play and interested in learning how to play Shanghai darts? If so, keep reading. 

If you would like to add Shanghai darts to the list of games to play, then look no further. 

So, 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 zones of a number (single, double, and triple) 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 triple for the same number in one turn.

How to Play Shanghai Darts

Start the gameplay by throwing a single dart at the bullseye to determine the throwing order. Throwing order will go from the player who gets closest to the bullseye down to the player who lands furthest from the target.

Each player throws 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 the totals of their throws from each round. The game is over if a player hits a “Shanghai.”

Shanghai Darts Rules and Gameplay

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

● Numbers one through twenty 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. Only one number is in play in each round.

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 that this handy guide has enabled you to learn how to play, score, and win Shanghai 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.