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How to Play Tic-Tac-Toe Darts

Tic-tac-toe is a timeless, classic game that most people have played since early childhood. Darts has its own version of the game, just a bit more fun and competitive.

Tic-tac-toe darts is a competitive game that combines the classic game of tic-tac-toe with darts.

So, let’s cover all that is Tic-Tac-Toe darts, from rules and gameplay to scoring and more.

What Is Tic-Tac-Toe Darts?

The premise of Tic-Tac-Toe darts is the same as the classic pen-and-paper version of the game: to line up either three Xs or Os in a 3 x 3 x 3 grid to win. Tic-Tac-Toe darts vary from the original version in that players will need to aim for specific numbers to complete their ‘three in a row.’

The numbers that players will need to hit to score are not random. Tic-Tac-Toe darts players employ strategy and accuracy to win.

How to Play Tic-Tac-Toe Darts

To set up the game of Tic-Tac-Toe darts, draw three grids of 3x3x3 on your scoreboard: one large middle grid flanked by two smaller grids. The two smaller grids are for players or teams to track their progress, and the large grid is for actual gameplay.

Players will aim for specific numbers (2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 18, 20, and bullseye). Once a number has been hit three times, that number is closed. Then, that number is marked with either an X or O on the larger grid.

Once a player or team closes three consecutive numbers in a horizontal, vertical, or straight line, that team wins.

Tic-Tac-Toe Darts Rules and Gameplay

Tic-Tac-Toe darts are a bit complex in the setup, but once you get the hang of it, the game is relatively easy to master.

● The game can be played by two people or two teams of players.
● The numbers 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 18, 20, and bullseye are in play on the dartboard.
● Three classic tic-tac-toe grids are drawn on the scoreboard: one large grid and two smaller grids. The two smaller grids are used for tracking progress, and the large grid is for gameplay.
● Each player or team has three dart throws per round.
● Players must ‘close’ a number on the grid by hitting it three times. Once a number is closed on the small tracking grid, a player may mark the large grid with an X or O.
● Hitting the single area counts as one hit, doubles count as two, and the triple section counts as three hits.
● The winning player or team will be the first to hit three Xs or Os in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally).

Scoring in Tic-Tac-Toe Darts

To score in Tic-Tac-Toe darts, players will need three 3 x 3 x 3 grids. To mark an ‘X’ or ‘O’ on the game grid, players will need to ‘close’ each specific number by hitting the number three times.

Players will mark the smaller grids to track the progress of each number. Single numbers count as one hit, doubles count as two hits, and the triple scoring zone counts as three hits which ‘closes’ a number.

Players can only claim a ‘closed’ number on the game board if that number has been hit three times. So, if a player only hits a number twice during their round and the opposing player hits the same number three times, the game board mark will go to the second throwing player.


Tic-Tac-Toe darts is an excellent twist on the classic game. Tic-Tac-Toe darts can be a fantastic, challenging game for players of all levels.

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.