What Is A Nine-Darter Ahead Of The BoyleSports World Grand Prix?
The 2022 BoyleSports World Grand Prix of Darts is in October and here we explain what happens when a player scores a nine-darter.
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SO TELL ME – WHAT IS A NINE-DARTER?
Also known as a nine-dart finish, a nine-darter is the ultimate, perfect leg in a single game of darts. A player must score 501 with the final throw landing on a double or bullseye.
It is one of the most difficult sporting feats to achieve, on par with a maximum 147 break in snooker, or in bowling when you score 300.
Each shot consists of three darts, with 60 maximum score that can be hit with any one dart. So 180 is the maximum score from three darts, and nine throws are the minimum needed in order to win.
There’s a few combinations to score a nine-darter, with the traditional finish requiring a score of 60 (hitting treble 20) with each of the first six throws – the first two shots of three.
That would then leave the player with 141 to score on the final shot of their three darts, and this is known as the outshot.
Did you know there are 3,944 ways to score 501 with nine darts?
WHO HIT THE FIRST EVER NINE-DARTER IN HISTORY?
That was way back 38 years ago on television in October 1984 by John Lowe.
HOW MANY NINE-DARTERS HAVE EVER BEEN SCORED?
The Professional Darts Corporation has its own Nine-Dart Club, which recognises players who hit a nine-dart finish during their tournaments.
Players who score a nine-darter in a televised tournament are awarded a Gold Pin badge, while players who hit a perfect leg in a non-televised event are awarded a Silver Pin badge. Nice!
Since the PDC began recording them at their tournaments from 1999 to date, there have been 419 scored!
The best year was in 2019 when 47 were hit, followed by 41 in 2021.
WHO HAS THE MOST TELEVISED NINE-DARTERS IN 2022 SO FAR?
Well, overall there’s been 33 scored this year – but on TV Gerwyn Price leads the way with three! Two at the Premier League in Belfast, and one at the World Matchplay.
Others to do it on TV this year are Michael Smith, James Wade and Jose Justicia. Smith produced another one which wasn’t televised, at the Players Championship 15.
AND WHO HAS THROWN THE MOST EVER ON TELEVISION?
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has 15 on TV, first scoring in 2002 and his last one several years ago in 2015. He is also the only player to do it TWICE in one match.
Brendan Dolan achieved one at the 2010 World Grand Prix, starting with and ending on a double, as per the format.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE 2022 WORLD GRAND PRIX?
The dates and location about this year’s tournament are HERE.
HOW CAN I BUY TICKETS FOR THE TOURNAMENT?
Sure, join us and get involved with the crowd! Information can be found right HERE.
Tickets sold ARE subject to standard PDC T&Cs. The ticket prices stated do not include booking or transaction fees, while the PDC advise fans to only purchase tickets from official Box Offices advertised on the PDC website, like the link here at official tournament sponsors BoyleSports.
There’s also a seating plan available to view when you’re choosing your night of attendance.
WHO WILL BE PLAYING IN THE WORLD GRAND PRIX?
There’s 32 players, which is firstly the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit. The first eight are seeded, while the top 16 from the ProTour Order of Merit that have not already qualified via the PDC Order of Merit.
The current champion is Jonny Clayton, followed by the likes of: Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwyn, Peter Wright, Michael Smith, Joe Cullen, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Nathan Aspinall, Rob Cross, Dirk van Duijvenbode, James Wade, Jose de Sousa, Gary Anderson, Damon Heta, Dave Chisnall – plus many more!
WHERE CAN I FOLLOW THE ACTION EVERY NIGHT?
WHERE CAN I BET ON THE WORLD GRAND PRIX?
At BoyleSports, we will have tons of markets in the build up and during the tournament. You can currently bet on the Outright winner HERE.
Here’s a few selections below – click the image for the full list!
Remember, always gamble responsibly. Here’s our Safer Gambling Guide.