The checkout is the name given to the last three darts a player throws during a game of darts. Every game starts with the score set at 501, and every score a player achieves with three darts is deducted from the total, until it reaches zero. The difference as far as the checkout is concerned is that the final dart has to land on a double. If the remaining amount is 36, for example, the player has to checkout by hitting a double 18.
The scoring system used by darts offer opportunities for many exciting bets over and above simply betting on the match or tournament winner. Some bookmakers will even accept bets on what the first dart of the match will score, and bettors can also attempt to predict what the correct score of the match will be, which player will be the first to score 180 and how many 180s the match will feature in total.
There are several ways of betting on the highest checkout. The first of these is to bet on what you think the highest checkout of the match will be. For a bet like this the bookmaker will set a figure, such as 157, and bettors decide whether the highest checkout will be above or below this figure.
Another way of betting on the highest checkout is to bet on what an individual player’s highest checkout will be. Once again, the bookmaker will set a figure for each player, and bettors have to bet above or below that figure.
Finally, bettors can bet on which of the two players will score a higher checkout during the course of the match. This last bet is slightly less random in nature than the previous two, and relies more upon studying the form of the players as they enter and move through a tournament. In simple terms, whichever of the two players enters the match in the best form is likely to score the highest checkout. Another statistic worth studying is the percentage of checkout doubles that a player hits. The lower the percentage, the more likely it is that they will have to go chasing the checkout, hitting smaller and smaller doubles.
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