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The first player to win three legs wins a set, and the player who wins the first leg of a set by reducing their total of 501 to zero, landing a double with their last dart, has hit the first leg winning checkout.
This can only be achieved at the beginning of each set and whichever player manages to checkout the first leg holds a distinct advantage for the rest of the set.
The term checkout means either any double on the board or bullseye has to be achieved with a player’s final throw in order to be deemed a successful checkout.
Many bookmakers will run markets on which player will claim the first leg of a match of darts but where the player boasting the first throw holds the advantage, additional markets such as size of first leg winning checkout may be offered in a specials sub market.
For example, in a match between Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson, you may back for there to be a 170 winning checkout in the first leg of a set. If there are due to be five sets and all five are played, then the punter has five chances of winning that bet.
However, it is important to note that hitting 170 is the highest and hardest first leg winning checkout to land but will offer the best odds due to the difficulty and narrow window of opportunity.
Landing a 170 first leg winning checkout has a 3% completion rate due to the complexity of having to hit treble 20, treble 20 and finally the inner bullseye.