501 Darts

What Is 501 in Darts?

501 is a popular competitive format of the dart game. If you are just starting out, you can give 301 a try too. 501 is where you start off with 501 points, and your aim is to reduce your score to zero by scoring points on the dartboard.


  • Each player starts with a score of 501 points.
  • For each throw, you deduct the points your hit from your score.
  • The outer bull is worth 25 points while the bullseye is worth 50 points.
  • The first player reaching 0 points wins.
  • Your last dart should hit a double or the bullseye.
  • If you score more points than the total required for you to reach 0 points, you are bust and your score returns to its previous state.

This is quite a common format for a night out. Once you reach 170 points and below, there are some check-out combinations that can give you the win with only 3 darts. Once you reach 146 points, there are 3 or more combinations at each point-stage that you can chase in order to win.

The 501 dart game is full of excitement and fun. You can play as a single-player or as doubles. The great thing about the 501 dart game is that it’s not just for experts. If you’re new to the game, you can start off with 301 points and work your way up. Just make sure you hit the double or bullseye with your last dart to win!

Nine-dart finish

I’m sure you’ve seen some awesome videos on youtube of people playing this game at a very high level. It is famous for its nine-dart finish. You see, at that high level, we’ve seen people score a 180 with only 3 darts, but we’ve also seen people reach 501 with 9 darts. In fact, this was first caught on camera by John Lowe, back in 1984.

In case you are wondering, the ways to finish 501 in 9 darts are the following:

  • triple 20, triple 19, and double 12
  • triple 20, triple 15, and double 18
  • triple 17, triple 18, and double 18
  • triple 20, triple 19, and bullseye

So there you have it! If you want to practice for your next 9-dart finish, you can try the combinations above.