How Many Points Is The Bullseye In Darts?

Welcome to Darts 101!

The dartboard is divided up concentric rings. Darts scores are based upon where they land in relation to this board, but what is that circle in the middle of the target? Well, even if you have an electric dartboard and prefer to use a dart scorer, here is something you need to know in advance.

Is The Bullseye So Important?

The bullseye is split into two sections. The outer green area and the red section on the center. The red area has a diameter of 0.5 inches, while the green one has a diameter of 1.25 inches.

It is important for beginners to understand that each section is worth different points:

  • Hitting the red section (also referred to as a double bull) will yield you 50 points. It’s the only way to get them, for example, if you are missing 50 points to win a game like 301 or 501.
  • Hitting the outer green era of the bullseye is worth 25 points.

Keep in mind though that the bullseye is not the highest-scoring point on your dartboard. In fact, there are plenty of spots that yield more points than the 50 points you get by aiming at the bullseye. The tiple 17,18,19 and 20 will get you more points if that’s what you are after.

In some games, you may have to hit the bullseye with your last throw in order to win the set. So, better get yourself some practice!

Why Is It Called Bullseye?

The bullseye or bull’s-eye is the smallest and innermost in diameter ring and marks the center of the board. When the dartboard has first created the bullseye was a blank, unmarked circle. To make it easier to aim at the bullseye – as that is where you wanted your darts to go – they added a small dot into the center of this nonexistent bullseye.

While we can not be certain about the origin of its name, there are theories that the dot could have been called a “bull’s-eye” because it resembled an actual bull’s eye. Another popular theory is that it derives from a British coin of the era that was named after.