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Most darts tournaments are played over a series of sets, with each set being made up of a specific number of individual games known as legs. In each leg, the score starts at 501 and is reduced by the number scored by each player with every set of three darts they throw. The winning player is the player who first manages to reduce the score to zero, with the other proviso being that the last dart has to land on a double score. The maximum score it is possible to achieve with just three darts is 180, made up of three treble twenties. Next leg 180 refers to the possibility of either player throwing a maximum score in the next leg.
Although most bettors begin darts betting by placing a bet on the outright winner of a match or tournament, the fast moving scoring system of darts matches means that there are a wide range of in play betting options on offer from the majority of bookmakers. Many of these revolve around the 180 score, such as which player will score the most 180s over the course of a match or tournament, whether there will be a 180 scored in the first leg and, in the case of this bet, whether either player will score a 180 in the next leg.
Betting on a 180 in the first leg is clearly a matter of considering form going into the match and, to some degree, taking a guess as to how the players will perform in the early stages. Betting on a next leg 180, on the other hand, relies upon studying the match as it unfolds and evaluating the form of each player on the day or night. The odds on a 180 being thrown may shorten if it becomes clear that one or both of the players is scoring particularly well, so the key to making good value bets of this kind lies in spotting the moment when players begin to hit their best form and betting quickly before the odds shift too dramatically.