X01 is the most played darts game all over the world. The game starts with a score of X01. The objective is to get to exactly zero by throwing rounds of three darts and subtracting the sum of those darts from your current score. Once a player’s score reaches exactly zero, he wins the game. If nobody reaches zero after finishing all rounds, the player with the lowest score wins the game.

◆ Straight-In

Players can hit any section of any number to start the game.

◆ Double-In

If the game is set as double-in (DI), the players must hit any double before they may begin counting their score. For example if the player threw a single 20, a double 20 and a single 20 the score would be 60 points. The first dart did not count because the player had not yet hit a double so only the second and third darts did count. Once a player has “gotten in”, subsequent rounds do not require a double be thrown again.

◆ Master-In

Players must hit any double or triple before they may begin counting their score

◆ Straight-Out

Players can hit any section of any number to make the score exactly zero to win the game.

◆ Double-Out

Most X01 games are set as double-out (DO), that means the players must hit a double that makes their score exactly zero to win the game.

◆ Master-Out

Players can hit any double or triple to make the score exactly zero to win the game.

◆ Bust

You bust if you end up with less than zero. In a double-out game, you also bust if you end up with 1, or exactly zero but with a dart that not hit a double. When you bust, all darts you threw in that round do not count and your round is over.

◆ Strategy

Beginners should try to reach 32 points for their out (the double 16). The reason for this is simple, if you just miss the double 16 and hit a single 16, you now have 16 points left and you need a double 8. Do the same with the 8 and you need a double 4, and so on. If an odd number was tried for (say a double 19 from a score of 38) and you missed into the single, you now would have to throw an extra dart to get an out.

◆ PPD

Points per Dart (PPD) is one of the most accurate ways of measuring how good a dart player you are. It is the average number of points that you score per dart X01. Some will also use three darts average (PPR) to measure the ability.

◆ Checkout chart

A checkout chart tells you the proper way to end a double-out game in two or three darts from almost every score of 170 or less. There are many variations of “checkout-chart” available for various levels of players.