After my post on the current World Matchplay I thought to get into the feel of the sport I’d give my 11 year old nephew a game of darts. We just had a simple game of 1 to bullseye where you start on the number one and finish on a bullseye. Naturally I won, and I thought I was pretty good. But then I’ve never watched the professional dart players play. I didn’t know how good they were until I saw a video of Phil Taylor. You can see that video at the bottom of this post.
What was remarkable about this bloke was that he produced a 9 dart finish on Wednesday. This makes it the second time he’s performed this feat. The first one being in 2002. He scored 180 with his first three darts, 177 with his second three and 144 with the final three.
Darts Game Rules For World Matchplay
I had a quick look at the rules these guys have to follow. Heck, I didn’t have much choice considering I had no idea whatsoever about what dart game they play at Matchplay. From what I could gather they play 501, but rather than starting at the number one they start from 501 and work there way backwoods, finishing with a double. So, in Phil Taylor’s dart game when he finished off with 144 he probably got triple 20 with the first two darts and finished off with a double 12!
Aussie Simon Whitlock is doing pretty well at the World Matchplay tournament. Although he had a bad start he has managed to secure a place in the semi finals. The other three contenders include Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall and of course, Phil Taylor.
For a complete rundown how things are standing so far in this years World Matchplay I reckon the Bleacher Report article is your best bet. Speaking of betting. If you’re thinking of placing a bet on the World Matchplay, or on the Commonwealth games you can’t go wrong with William Hill.
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