Bobby George explains ‘perfect nine-darter’ with unique scoring combinationJanuary 3, 2023
Every nine-dart finish is perfect, right? Well, not according to darts maverick Bobby George.
The 2023 World Darts Championship has had pretty much everything. Almost. Ahead of the final between Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith, fans are still waiting for the first nine-darter of the tournament.
There were three at Alexandra Palace last year while there were numerous single-figure legs over the course of 2022. But despite a few near misses, fans have disappointingly missed out on the crowd carnage that only a nine-darter brings.
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With tonight’s final featuring the best two players in the world at the present, there is a reasonable chance that the drought could be ended. If it is, it would be only the second nine-dart finish in a World Championship final after Adrian Lewis against Gary Anderson in 2011.
There has been added motivation for a nine-darter this year as any player who hits two will scoop £50,000, with a further 50k being split between Cancer Research UK and a fan who registered via sponsors Selco Builders Warehouse. With two nine-darters in one match exceptionally unlikely, Selco look set to keep their cash.
The feat remains the holy grail of darts, like a 147 break in snooker or a hole-in-one in golf. But unlike those sports, a nine-darter can be achieved in a multitude of ways.
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For the legendary George, there is such a thing as a ‘perfect nine-darter’. In his autobiography, Bobby Dazzler: My Story, he wrote: “There are lots of ways to win a leg of 501 with nine darts. The tried and tested way is seven treble 20s followed by treble 15 and double 18, but that wasn't the way that Paul Lim hit the only ever nine-darter in the Embassy [World Championship] in 1990.
“He went two maximums and then treble 20, treble 19 and double 12. All darts professionals can hit nine-darters for fun and we practise them all the time but there is one formula that I have never seen anyone throw and that is what I call the ‘perfect nine-darter’ – treble 20, treble 19 and bull three times in a row.
“I tried it in Glasgow and came within a whisker of achieving it for the first time, hitting the outer bull with my final dart. It would have brought the house down.”
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