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Play Darts At Rileys

Darts is the game of the people and it’s also bagfuls of fun!

Its popularity as a spectator sport makes it easy to learn and if you’re still rubbish at darts (and you probably will be at first), the good news is that a bit of luck can take you a long way. There are easier formats of the game that makes it a hit with groups of mates and colleagues.

Rileys offer multiple lanes for players of all abilities and motivations. Pop down to practice your finishes or organise a night out with mates for a few games of around of the clock. As your home for darts, Rileys prides itself on developing amateur players and giving them the opportunity to flourish at the very highest of levels. We’ve been home to the PDC UK Open Qualifiers for the last few years and our players have been at the heart of the some of the greatest upsets in recent memory. Check out our blog for more on that…

The countdown for the next tournament is always on but there’s no better way to get yourself in shape than by practice.


What you need to know


Throwing the Dart 

Generally, the dart is held between the thumb and forefinger. To aim the dart, hold it at eye level and throw the dart with a smooth action. Take a look at varying grips to see which is right for you.


The Game

1. The most well-known game in darts is 501. Each player is given a score of 501 points and the aim is to bring the score down to zero in as few visits to the oche as possible.
2.Each player throws their 3 darts, in turn, reducing their score each time by the value of their visit.
3.A player wins by throwing a dart into the double score section that will leave them exactly on zero. If the player goes past into minus points or fails to hit a double with their last dart, they go bust and must wait until their next turn to try again.

Dart Board Scoring Diagram Rileys



•The board is split into 20 sections that each have a number. Hitting the larger section scores the exact points value for that section of the board.

•Hitting the thin outer section doubles the score for that section.

•Hitting the even thinner inner sections trebles the score for that section.

•The centre of the board, the Bulls Eye, is split into two sections. The outer ring; known as the Outer Bull gets you 25 points if a player hits it, and the inner section… the Inner Bull gets 50 points.

•If a dart hits the outer wire the player score nothing for that throw, or if the dart doesn’t remain in the board after throwing, no score is given.



Alternative Games

301, Killer, Around the Clock & Shanghai are just a few of many darts popular darts games you can play if 501 doesn’t tickle your fancy. Check out our blog for more details on our favourites.


Improving your tekkers!

Check out these videos courtesy of the PDC to help improve that all-important technique!



Be a darts dude

10 terms that'll make you look like you know your arrows

Baby ton

A score of 95, usually by scoring five 19s.

Bag of nuts

A score of 45, named after the prize offered at a fairground.


A darter with random and sporadic throwing ability.


A section of a number, usually referring to a double or triple.

Bucket (or bag) of nails

Landing all 3 darts in the 1.

Diddle for the middle

A throw of a single dart to determine who throws first in the game by means of being closer to the bullseye. Also known as a "bull-off", "middle for middle", "corking" and "out for bull".

Double top

The double-20.


When the darts land so close to each other, they knock their flights out.


The metal web that divides the dartboard into sections.

Three in a bed

Three darts in the same number, no matter double or triple.


Other games to play at Rileys


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English Pool


Table Tennis

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