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Why are the numbers on a dartboard arranged the way the numbers are arranged on a dartboard?

This question about the origins of darts is probably the most frequently asked question. Who was the smart person who arranged the segments of the board in such a frustrating way?

The man who is credited with inventing this arrangement on the modern standard dartboard is called Brian Gamlin. Gamlin was a carpenter from Bury, Lancaster, England and he came up with the sequence of numbers that could drive one to a frenzy in 1896 at the age of 44. He died before he could patent the idea.

At that time, many working men, above all joiners and carpenters, made dartboards from elm and poplar wood on a part-time basis. This DIY activity was later particularly widespread in the north of England, the Midlands and the South East when darts became increasingly popular from the mid-1920s. In order to increase the family income, the dartboards were mainly made at home, in the gazebo, and sold to the local pubs. Often enough, however, this income did not find its way home. Dartboards were exchanged for credit in the pub or given back at the counter.

The sequence of numbers on the standard dartboard is intended to limit the frequency of "lucky throws" and limit the element of chance. The numbers are arranged in such a way that they require marksmanship. That is the entire secret. As simple as that.
The arrangement of low values ​​next to high values, for example the 1 and the 5 next to the 20, or the 3 and 2 next to the 17 or 4 and 1 next to the 18, punishes a lack of accuracy. If you throw at 20, you will be punished with a 1 or 5 for lack of accuracy or concentration.

The 20 numbers on the dartboard allow 2,432,902,008,176,640,000 different hit possibilities and so you have to consider Gamlin's arrangement as almost perfect.

Gamlin itself is a mystery. As with the lost court records in the case of William "Bigfoot" Annakin, the story of Gamlin is also missing an essential piece. Despite thorough research, no records of Gamlin's death in 1903 could be found. Even if one searches the Lancashire and Suffolk records up to three years before and three years after, there is no evidence of his death. Maybe it's because Gamlin was on the move.

The 1992 Daily Mirror asked, "Who decided the numbers on the dartboard were so messed up and why"?
The answer was:
"Brian Gamlin of Bury, Lancastershire introduced this unusual numbering system to our fairgrounds in 1896, claiming that" no special skills are required. "Drunks had no chance, it is a test of sobriety, the darts game" Around the clock "(in which the Numbers must be taken in numerical order) became a great success ".

That is probably why we cannot find out more about his death. If Gamlin was a showman, he was sure to be out for at least six months a year. It is also very believable that the idea originally came from the amusement park. "French Darts" was also introduced there, which was later referred to as "Darts amusement park".
Darts has been known in amusement parks since the middle of the 19th century, who, other than a showman looking for a new attraction to attract customers, could come up with such a devious number arrangement?

The left side of the board is recommended for all newcomers to this sport, as there are relatively higher numbers there, such as 16, 8, 11, 12, 9. This tactic also does not guarantee higher scores, but at least you won't hit a 5 or 1 ( at least theoretically!). This side of the dartboard is also known as the married men's side because married men always play for safety!

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