How To Play Around the World Darts – A Basic Guide

How To Play Around the World Darts – A Basic Guide

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Aug 21st, 2023

Around the World Darts is a game designed for beginners as it does not involve too many complicated calculations. The rules are also very simple to follow. That said, if you are an intermediate or advanced player, you can still add more rules to make the game become more challenging and suitable for your skillset.

In this blog, we’ll show you how to play Around the World Darts, including the standard game and some variations for different levels. Keep on reading at Ingahub!



  • Basic Rules to Play Around the World Darts
  • Scoring in Around the World Darts Gameplay
  • Tie Breaker for Around the World Darts
  • Variations to Around the World Darts
  • Conclusion

Basic Rules to Play Around the World Darts

Before jumping in, the Around the World Darts is sometimes called Around the Clock or Round the Board. Despite the different names, it has the same basic rules.

You can play this game alone to practice your throwing skills or play with others to have fun. Each player will have 3 darts per turn. The main objective of playing Around the World Darts is to hit every number in the order from 1 to 20, and then finally the bullseye. For the standard game, you only need to hit a number once to move on to the next one.

Remember, the keyword here is to hit based on the numerical order. For example, a sequence of 1 – 2 – 3 is correct. But a sequence of 20 – 1 – 3 is not.

For each number, the single, double, and triple sections are treated the same. For example, you can hit the single, double, or triple (only one of these is enough) of the number 1 to move on to number 2.

The one who hit every number from 1 to 20, then the bullseye is the winner. Very simple, right?

Scoring in Around the World Darts Gameplay

Unlike the popular 301 or 501 darts, there’s no point scoring in Around the World Darts. The goal here – as the name already indicates – is to finish a circle. Whoever goes around the board first and then hits the bull is deemed the winner.

That said, there are several Around the World Darts variations that employ a scoring system, which will be introduced later in this blog.

Tie Breaker for Around the World Darts

Every player should have the same number of turns. Let’s say, there are 4 people playing. The one who goes first finishes the game first (by hitting all numbers and the bullseye). The game won’t stop immediately. The remaining players will still have a turn to try and who knows, there would be a tie.

In that case, there will be a tie-breaker where the players will try to hit the inner bullseye. The tie-breaker will continue until only one player hits the inner bull in a round. Then, he/she will be the winner.

Variations to Around the World Darts

If the standard game is too simple, consider these variations.

180 Around the Clock

This is one of the most common variations of Around the World Darts is the 180 Around the Clock. For starters, the gameplay is relatively the same as traditional Around the World Darts. You still need to hit all of the numbered segments. However, there will be a scoring system in place.

For each number, you have to hit it three times. Each hit can score from 1-3 points depending on which sections you hit:

  • If you hit a single, you get 1 point.
  • If you hit a double, you get 2 points.
  • If you hit a triple, you get 3 points.

You don’t need to hit the bullseye to win the game. Instead of pushing players to be as fast as possible, 180 Around the Clock focuses more on accuracy. Provided you put on a perfect game, you will get a total score of 180 points, hence the name.

The single, double, and triple of a number needed to be hit

Some people enjoy upgrading the game’s difficulty by counting only the doubles or triples. Some even go so far as to set out that a player must hit all the single, double, and triple sections of a number to move on to the next.

This sure can be a challenge, even for the most experienced darts players.

Added Limits

Another way to freshen up the game is to put on some kinds of limits. It can either be the number of thrown darts or the time allocated to each number. If it is the former, you can state that each player only gets 40 darts to complete the circle and the bull. Having their resources controlled will force players to consider each move more carefully.

Or, if it is the latter, you can give a certain timeframe, let’s say 30 seconds, to each player, to hit a number.

Note: Many other darts games also apply the same Around the World/Board mechanism but add more rules to make it more interesting. Find out more about Nine Lives and Prisoner Darts Games.


Now that you know how to play Around the World Darts, do not forget to teach the rules to your friends and families. Not only is this game fun and exciting, but it can also be a great chance to exercise your motor skills.

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