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First dart of the match is a term used in darts to describe the very first dart thrown in a match.
First dart of the match does not mean the first dart of a set or leg but only the first dart thrown in the first leg of the first set only.
A player’s target with their first dart of the match would be land a first dart treble 20, which would give the player the best possible chance of scoring the maximum total of 180. This would then put their opponent under pressure.
Betting on first dart of the match is a naturally a quick market to bet on as only the very first dart counts.
However, many bookmakers will run a first dart of the match market as it does provide an opportunity for a fast pay out.
However, as the 20 segment is sandwiched between the five and one score sections, they can often prove to be a popular betting option.
Sixteen-time World Darts champions Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor’s first ever televised match came at the BDO Canadian Open in 1988 against Chris Johns.
Taylor’s first dart of the match was a single 20 but he went on to win the leg and match.