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This practice routine was introduced to me by Bob Anderson way back in 1991 we where in the Happy Valley Inn in Las Vegas, there was a bunch of us trying to practice for the North American Open, we had 8 boards to play on but we all wanted to take part in the same game that would be interesting and yet competitive, well the dollar a man soon put the competitive edge on it the rest becomes obvious.


Each player begins with 29 points to his name; the game is played on one board with each player taking three darts in rotation.

The first three darts are all thrown at double 1, every double 1 scored is added to that players score, should the player miss double 1 the value of that double is subtracted from the 29 points, i.e. player scores 2 double ones, score is added to the 29 making 33, player misses with all three darts at double one, the value of the double; 2 is deducted from the 29 points = 27.

After all players competing have thrown at double one the procedure is repeated on double 2, double 3 and so on with the game ending on the centre bull, should any player miss doubles and run out of points i.e. player is on double 6 but only has 11 points to his credit, misses double 6 value of 12 he does not have enough points to continue 11- 12 leaves Ė1, that player is then eliminated from the game and will mark for the other players for the duration of the match.

The player who has the most points after the last double is thrown at; 50-centre bull, wins the match.

To make the game even more interesting a little stake can be placed on any player scoring all three darts in the required double, i.e. double 10 required, players scores 3 doubles, value 60 all the other players pay him the agreed stake.

As a guide to scoring, if you can reach 100 points before double 9 you should post a good overall total, I have been in the 300ís consistently, over 400 quite a few times and have recorded a top score of 747.

Twenty nine is a great way to practice on those all important doubles but much more than that it makes the player use the whole circumference of the board, every eye contact versus number location that is possible to make, I play it on my own and I do not always win! I set a target score and should I not reach that target I put it down to a board win, I then reduce that target by 50 points and go again, if I win then I had 20 points to my score and off I go again.

Give it a try, donít be to disappointed if you run out of points a few times, after a while you will be surprised how you hit those doubles that you never ever considering going for.

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