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First leg 180 is a darts term used to signify when a player hits the maximum score of 180 in the very first leg of a set or game.
Each player has three darts per throw and the maximum total score that can be achieved with a throw of three darts is 180. A score of 180 consists of landing three treble 20s.
Gaining a first leg 180 gives a player a psychological edge early on in a game or set as it immediately puts the opposing playing under pressure to either match their score, or ensure they record a high three figure score with their next throw.
A first leg 180 is similar to a first dart treble 20 which then sets a player up to land a coveted 180 score.
In darts there are a host of markets to bet on for total score on a player’s individual throw. For example, a punter can bet on the likelihood of a bullseye being landed in the opening set or leg of a game.
However, with first leg 180 betting, over/under markets exist for the total number of 180s that are scored in the first leg of each set. This is calculated as a total between the two players combined and is similar to that of an over/under goals market in football.
However, it is important to have an understanding of the two competing players and take a look at their 180 statistics in the tournament to date to make an educated bet as opposed to a blind bet.
In 2014, Scotsman Gary Anderson beat Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor by seven sets to six to win the PDC World Title.
During the final, Anderson scored 19 180s to overtake Adrian Lewis as the player to have scored the most maximums in a World Championship tournament with 64.