Dart Games: Halve-It

Halve-It, sometimes called Murder, is one of the more challenging games is and is often played by the pros in both British and American tournaments. Halve-It, like Shanghai and Baseball, is played in "innings" where in each round only a single number is in play. The numbers used, and the order they are played, are as follows: 20, 16, double 7, 14, triple 10, 17, and bull's-eye. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible. You can only score on the number in play for that round. If you should miss the number in play with all three of your darts, your cumulative score is cut in half; hence the name of the game. If you have to halve an odd numbered score, you round up (37 would become 19)

The person at the end of the game with the most points is the winner. If there happens to be a tie, you can elect to shoot for the bull's-eye again or the winner can be the one who had to halve their score fewer times.

Halve-It Strategies

Accuracy, accuracy, and more accuracy. With the spread of numbers, the inclusion of both triples and doubles as well as the bull's-eye, you have to be an accurate thrower. Don't worry too much if you are getting creamed early in the game. With the bull's-eye being the last target, and it being the most difficult target on the board, many scores are cut in half during the end of the game.

Halve-It Variations

Cricket Halve-It. Uses the same rules as regular Halve-It but the cricket numbers are used instead (20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, and bull's-eye).

Halve-It With Doubles and Triples. Same rules are used but the numbers and sequence is changed. The sequence in this variation is 12, 13, 14, any triple, 15, 16, 17, any double, 18, 19, and bull's-eye.

Halve-It With Negatives. Same game but if you should happen to miss the first number, your score goes into the negative the value of the number you are aiming for. So if you are playing traditional Halve-It and you miss on the 20 with all three darts, your score is then -20.