Dart Games - Grand National

Grand National

Grand National - Great betting game for all abilities

Players: More the Better

Darts: Three each


There are loads of games that can be played on the dart board and here is another. I put together this game after viewing the Grand National horse race at a local pub some time ago.

Many of the pub punters had a small flutter on the gee gees and a few drinks to go with it. The dart board was being occupied but only by punters that could play reasonably well. So I thought with a big gathering that we had it would be a good idea to gain a few more converts to a wonderful sport of darts.

This game is based on the horse race the Grand National and over the years it has developed a bit so here are the basic rules that I suggest are played by a novice player followed by a revised version for the more experienced dart thrower.

The Grand National is probably the World's most known horse race. The race twice around the circuit jumping fences. The first home the winner! The trouble is most fall!

The basic darts game based on the Grand National is very easy to play and a varying degree of difficulty can be added. The basic game for the novice ‘new’ to darts follows this very basic format.

Novice Game

Each player has 3 darts and the object is to travel around the dartboard anticlockwise starting at 20, then 5 and then 12 etc. Each segment is known as a hurdle. In the novice game you must hit at least one segment with each turn (3 darts) i.e. start at 20 you must hit it, if not you fall at the hurdle and are out of the game. Hitting 20 you move to the next segment and so on first around and back to 20 wins!

The rules here for the novice are very simple and after a few drinks you won’t be surprised to see a few full during the race.

The Dart Throwers Version

For a competent dart player this will be a very easy and probably not that inspiring as I would expect each segment to be hit with a single dart. So here is a slightly harder version.

For the more experience player the Grand National is played in the following way. Again the objective is to travel anticlockwise around the board twice but this time you start at the large 5 segment (the light segment) of the board you then have to move around the board hitting each alternative large segment number i.e. 5 then 9 followed by 11 unit you reach 1. The second time around the board you must hit the small segment of the 5 and the small segments of each alternative number and then a final Bull / 25 that represents the finishing post. The players here also have three lives but you can vary this to suit the ability of the players. Here a life is lost if you miss the segment with a single dart. The winner is the first to travel round the board twice or the furthest travelled.


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Dart games you can play on a standard (London Clock) dartboard

Darts is a sport enjoyed by all regardless of age or gender. People play for fun while others take this sport very seriously. The ’01 game is the most common followed by ‘Cricket’ I call it American Cricket because it has no refence to wickets, bats, balls or runs. Shanghai probably rate third as most commonly played dart games around the world. However, there a lot of games for you to enjoy. Some are designed for the not so skilled while others do require a lot of skill to play well. A larger list of games and rules is availble on the main website



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