How to play X01


Darts is a classic pub game that requires precision, focus, and a little bit of math. One of the most popular variations of darts is the game known as X01, and it's a favorite among players of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned dart pro or a complete beginner, X01 is a game that's easy to learn and offers endless hours of enjoyment. In this article, we'll guide you through the basic concept of X01 and all the rules in a fun and informative way.

The objective

In X01, the objective is to reduce your starting score (usually 501) to exactly zero. The catch is that you must finish your turn with a double or the bullseye. This adds a layer of strategy to the game, as you'll need to plan your throws carefully.

Rules of X01

Scoring: To calculate your score, simply add up the numbers you hit on the dartboard. Hitting a double or a triple of a number multiplies its value. For example, hitting the triple 20 would score you 60 points.

Starting the Game: To start, each player or team begins with the agreed-upon score (e.g., 501) and takes turns throwing three darts.

Reducing the Score: After each turn, subtract the total points scored from your remaining score. The objective is to reach exactly zero.

Finishing the Game: To finish the game, you must hit a double or the bullseye. For example, if you have 32 points remaining, you can win with a double 16 or a bullseye. If you go below zero, your score for that turn is voided.

Bust Rule: If a player goes below zero without reaching exactly zero, their score for that round reverts to what it was at the start of the turn.

Winning: The first player or team to reach exactly zero with a double or bullseye wins the game. If you are playing in single mode, a simple hit on the right number is required.

Strategy Tips

  1. Start with 20s: Many players prefer to start with the triple 20 because it's the highest-scoring region on the board.

  2. Plan Ahead: Calculate your remaining score and plan your throws to leave you with a double or bullseye finish.

  3. Practice Doubles: Practicing hitting the doubles is crucial. You'll often find yourself needing to finish with a double.

  4. Watch Your Opponent: Pay attention to your opponent's score and strategy to gain a competitive edge.


X01 is a thrilling dart game that combines accuracy, strategy, and a touch of math. Whether you're playing for fun with friends or in a competitive league, mastering X01 can be immensely satisfying. So, grab your darts, aim for those triples, and remember to finish with a flourish – a double or a bullseye. Enjoy the game, and may your throws be ever accurate!

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