The game of darts became popular in English inns and taverns in the 19th century and increasingly so in the 20th. A form of darts was used as a training game for English archers in the Middle Ages.
Dart Board Map The game was popular with Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII. In its modern form in Britain, the game is ordinarily played in the public house, or pub (tavern), or in a club, rather than in the home. Of an estimated 5 million players in the British Isles, about 25,000 are represented by the British Darts Organisation (BDO; founded 1973). The BDO is the founder member of the World Darts Federation (WDF), which represents more than 500,000 darts players in 50 countries. The major championships are the Winmau World Masters, the WDF World Cup, the Embassy World Professional Darts Championship, and the News of the World Championships.
Beginning in the 1980s, coin-operated electronic darts machines, which feature a perforated plastic board and darts made entirely from plastic, gained widespread popularity in the United States. The number of American darts players grew to an estimated 17 million in the early 1990s. The American Dart Association represents more than 60,000 players. Information Provided by Britannica

 

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