Darts (arcade game)

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Playtech’s casino arcade game called “Darts” allows players to bypass the pub and experience the thrill of a good toss right from their home computers. It is a fixed odds game that displays a dart board in the center of the screen, which is identical in every way to a professional dart board, right down to the solid “thunk” that’s heard when a dart reaches its mark.

A variety of wagers are possible when playing Darts. At the upper left side of the display is the betting area for “Dart Combinations.” It is divided into four columns, one each for the number of times the darts will land in a specified section of the board—0X, 1X, 2X or 3X. There are seven potential sections for betting on each of those numbers, including four colours—Black, White, Green and Red—as well as the three scoring possibilities—Single, Double or Treble.

Each section pays out at different odds, of course. The exact amount that a wager may be worth can be seen by passing the cursor over the desired bet and checking the “Bet Odds” indicator in the centre of the Results display on the right side of the screen. There is a toggle below the Bet Odds indicator that can be used to switch back and forth between Fractional Odds and Decimal Odds, too.

Just below the Dart Combinations betting area on the left is the “Total Score” wagering zone. Here, the player may wager on ranges of possible totals, from 3 to 180. There are betting areas for Low (3~37) and High (40~180), as well as groups of 20, such as 21~40, 41~60, 61~80, etc., for eleven different ranges in all.

Wagers may also be made on any individual section of the dart board. This is accomplished by first clicking on a “Chip Value” in the lower right corner of the display. Available denominations are £1, £5, £10, £25, £100, £500 and £1,000. Click on the desired value and then on the section of the board for wagering. Single number sections pay out at odds of 7/1, the Doubles ring numbers pay 45/1 and the Trebles ring numbers are worth 75/1. The Outer Bullseye fetches 55/1, while the Inner Bullseye offers odds of 110/1.

When placing the bets, it is possible to make changes by clicking on either of two “Undo Bets” buttons below the Bet Odds indicator. The one on the left will undo the “Last” bet placed while the one on the right will undo “All” bets. The total amount being wagered at any time can be seen in the “Wagered” indicator at the lower right corner of the display, just above the “Balance” of funds indicator.

Once the wagers have been placed, clicking on the green “Bet” button beneath the dart board will cause three darts to be thrown. A hand holding each dart can be seen taking aim just prior to each throw. As the darts land, their results show on the “Chalkboard” on the lower right side of the display. Any time a winner occurs, a crowd can be heard to cheer and a “Bet Summary” showing the winnings appears in the center of the screen over the dart board.

Whenever the throws result in winnings, the dart board will change to a “Bonus Board” of alternating red and black sections. The player then has the option to gamble the winnings by throwing a single dart. If it lands on a red sector, the amount won will be multiplied by 1X or 2X. If it lands on a black sector, the amount won will be cut in half or lost altogether. A Bullseye pays 3X.

Other features of Playtech’s Darts include a “Turbo Bet” button to speed play, an “Auto Bet” button for automatically playing 1, 2, 5 or 10 games without the Bonus Board gamble option, and a “Repeat Bet” button to make the same wagers on the next turn. All of these buttons are located just below the dart board.

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