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A leg is a single game of darts where the aim is to be the first player to get to zero after starting with 501 points. Each player takes turns to throw three darts at a time to reach the target. All points are counted but the leg must finish with the throwing of a double.
Depending on the tournament the aim of a match might be to win a certain amount of legs – for example first to 10, or best of 19. But some competitions such as the World Championships use the sets formats where each set is best of five legs.
There are plenty of outrights and other betting opportunities – such as most 180s – when it comes to darts but wagering on the legs markets are some of the most popular.
Bettors can choose from a variety of markets including total amount of legs in a match, or the winner of the next leg. There is even the chance to predict what colour the next leg winning double will be (each number around the board has a double that is coloured either red or green).
Handicap betting has become very popular in darts – especially with the mismatches in the early rounds of tournaments. Here players are given a number of legs head start and bettors factor that into their match predictions.
One of the most notoriously bad darts legs in history happened in 2010 when Australian Anthony Fleet felt the nerves live on prime time television. Not only did the player score terribly in the very first leg of the match, he compounded his misery by dropping his darts at one point as well.