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Last Updated: December 27, 2005

Jackpot Darts

Introduction

Jackpot Darts is a game found at Internet casinos using Playtech software. The game can be found under the Arcade Games menu.


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Rules

  1. The game will randomly throw three darts at a dartboard.
  2. The probability any given dart will land in the inner bullseye is 0.25%.
  3. The probability any given dart will land in the outer bullseye is 0.5%.
  4. The probability for any given dart that for all slices are the same at 99.25%/20 = 4.9625% each.
  5. The probability for any given dart that the dart lands in one of the single rings is 74.4375%.
  6. The probability for any given dart that the dart lands in the double ring is 14.8875%.
  7. The probability for any given dart that the dart lands in the triple ring is 9.925%.

In the screenshot above I bet $1 that exactly one dart would land in the double circle (which won $3), $1 that at least one dart would hit the outer bullseye (which lost), $1 on a total of 3 to 38 (which won $2), and $1 on the number 13 (which lost).

Analysis

The following table shows the probability and return for each possible bet. The table shows the best bet to be on one double at 97.0624%.

Jackpot Darts

Bet Pays Probability Return
Total of 3 to 38 2 0.480481 0.960961
Total of 39 to 41 14 0.068507 0.959097
Total of 42 to 180 2.1 0.451012 0.947126
0 singles 56 0.016704 0.935401
1 single 6.5 0.145922 0.948491
2 singles 2.2 0.424921 0.934826
3 singles 2.3 0.412454 0.948644
0 doubles 1.5 0.616567 0.92485
1 double 3 0.323541 0.970624
2 doubles 17 0.056592 0.962071
3 doubles 290 0.0033 0.956893
0 triples 1.3 0.730824 0.950071
1 triple 4 0.24158 0.966319
2 triples 36 0.026619 0.958273
3 triples 980 0.000978 0.958115
Specific single 9 0.107552 0.967969
Outer bullseye 64 0.014925 0.955208
Inner bullseye 125 0.007481 0.935158

The $1 progressive jackpot bet pays $20 for one bulls eye (either outer or inner), $2000 for two, and the jackpot for three. The expected return is 77.82% plus 4.22% for each $100,000 in the meter. The breakeven point is $525643.70.

Disclaimer

I was hired by Playtech to help design all of their Arcade Games. I was given permission by Playtech to publish this analysis.


Written by: Michael Shackleford

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