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First 180 is the term used to describe the first 180 maximum score in a game of darts.
Comprising of three treble twenty scores (60, 60, 60), a total of 180 is the highest possible score a player can throw each time they approach the oche.
The first 180 can include the first 180 of the match, the first leg 180 or first set 180 but cannot be called such if it follows another 180 in any of the legs or sets.
Landing the first 180 is quite prestigious and immediately puts your opponent under pressure, making it the target score for all players – especially in the 501 format of the game.
First 180 in betting will most commonly be available as first leg 180 with bookmakers. This is because it ensures there is no confusion about the bet made and makes it much easier for the punter to follow.
In professional darts, sets are made up of legs often, in a first to three legs wins the set scenario. This means that in any set, there could be up to five legs in the game and five possible chances of winning.
As you are betting on just two players, your odds of winning may seem like 50/50, but you can give yourself an advantage by taking into account each player’s scoring average throughout the tournament.
During the final of the 2017 PDC World Darts Championship, professional thrower Gary Anderson threw a whopping 22 180’s against Michael Van Gerwen.
It was the highest ever number recorded in the tournament and was one more than Dave Chisnell achieved AGAINST Anderson at the quarter final stage of the very same tournament.