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Landing a treble 20 is the highest possible score a darts player can score with a single dart as it equates to a total of 60 darts.
This means in a professional game, where each player starts with a score of 501 and the first player to reduce that to zero wins, landing a treble 20 as frequently as possible is the quickest way to win a frame and put pressure on an opponent.
Achieving this with the first dart of a players throw can then set them up to score the highest possible score in a single turn of 180, as each player has three darts each time they stand at the oche.
Doing this at the beginning of a frame also gives the player a rare chance to complete a nine-dart finish, which is the ultimate achievement in darts.
Much like in bullseye betting in darts and goal markets in football, the number of first dart treble 20s in a match between two players can often be backed if a bookmaker has extensive sub markets in darts.
It is important to note the terms of this kind of bet though, to clarify whether a first dart treble 20 is only counted at the start of a frame or a player’s individual turn, as this will widely affect the potential number of first dart treble 20s.
Players are often not in their best form at the very beginning of a game meaning first dart treble 20s are more likely to occur a couple of frames into the game, when both competitors have had time to get their eye in.
The only way to complete a nine-dart finish is to throw a first dart treble 20. The now-retired former 16-time world champion Phil Taylor is arguably the greatest-ever first dart treble 20 thrower, with a record 11 televised nine dart finishes.