Below you’ll find some supplements/specific rules concerning the TOTO Dutch Open Darts 2021. If not mentioned below, the General Game Rules of the Dutch Darts Association (NDB) apply. These rules can be found on our website by clicking on ‘Reglementen’ (only available in Dutch).

  • Players must be at least 16 years old at the time of the Dutch Open Darts to participate in de senior events (this also applies to the pairs tournament and paradarts tournament). For the youth and paradarts there are other rules, see further in this regulations.
  • Youth players cannot compete in the Dutch Open Youth if they are still in the senior tournament on Sunday.
  • You do not have to be a member of the NDB (Dutch Darts Association) or another darts organization to participate in the Dutch Open Darts.
  • The Dutch Open Darts is a WDF registered and ranked tournament. As a result, players must also be eligible to play in accordance with the rules of the WDF (
  • Seeding will take place in accordance of the WDF Main Table, version August the 21th 2021. Up and until 32 participants 4 players will be seeded, up and until 128 participants 8 players will be seeded. Up and until 256 participants 16 players will be seeded, from 257 and up 32 players will be seeded. Where there is a tie on the WDF Main Table, then the player who has played the least amount of tournaments will be seeded as highest. If they played the same amount of tournaments, a draw will decide.
    System for 4 seeded players: (1 – 4) : (2 – 3).
    System for 8 seeded players: (1 – 8) : (4 – 5) : (3 – 6) : (2 – 7).
    System for 16 seeded players: (1 –16) : (8 – 9) : (5 –12) : (4 –13) : (3 –14) : (6 –11) : (7 –10) : (2 –15).
    System for 32 seeded players: (1 – 32) : (16 – 17) : (9 – 24) : (8 – 25) : (5 – 28) : (12 – 21) : (13 – 20) : (4 – 29) : (3 – 30) : (14 – 19) : (11 – 22) : (6 – 27) : (7 – 26) : (10 – 23) : (15 – 18) : (2 – 31).
  • It is forbidden to deliberately influence or manipulate the course and outcome of a game by cheating or deliberately losing. This is considered as matchfixing.
  • During the tournament, photos and videos of all matches, players and visitors can be made for promotional purposes. Participants and spectators commit themselves to this by means of registration or buying an entrance ticket. From the first round to the final, players are obliged to play matches that can be recorded (live) for live stream or television. Giving up a match or deliberately losing a match is not possible and in violation of these regulations. If this is neglected, the NDB will hold these players responsible for the (financial) consequences and he or she loses the right to receive a trophy and/or prize-money.
  • The Dutch Open Darts is supervised by the NDB and decisions and interpretations of the rules are binding (according to the rules of the NDB).
  • The organization has the right to change the time-schedule.
  • The Dutch Open Darts is played in the knock-out format.
  • It’s not allowed to participate in the pairs with a mix-pair.
  • In pairs matches the player who is registered first at registration must start all legs.
  • Separate tournaments are organized for paradart players more information can be found here. A player can only participate in a tournament or category if this does not affect the circumstances of the game. It’s not allowed to participate in the paradarts and in the other categories. Darters who fall within the criteria of a paradarter may also choose to participate in the other categories instead of the paradarts tournament. They always have to play on a regular dartlanes, without extra space, with oche and a high board and be mobile enough to remove the darts from the board themselves and to play in the regular room. Therefore, a wheelchair player cannot participate in the regular tournament. Based on this, the organization has the right to refuse a player or to place it in a different category at any time. The organization can also oblige players to bring guidance.
  • Before the game starts, every player is allowed to throw nine practice darts on the lane where he or she has to play.
  • All questions concerning score checks have to be asked before the player throws again.
  • Concerning stage games, players has to dress representative in accordance with the general NDB dress code. This means a decent pair of trousers (no jeans or denim type trousers) and a collared shirt. Always applies; club expressions of any kind (football, motorcycle or otherwise) are not permitted.
  • Entered players and spectators are commited to the promotion- and sponsorpolicy of the NDB; This means, amongst other things, that the organisation has the right to protect the interest of her sponsors and because of this disallow sponsor badges and/or other (commercial) expressions.
  • All players who play on stage are required to wear a sticker of the main sponsor provided by the organization.
  • In the whole playing area, drinking alcohol and/or smoking is forbidden for both players. Players who ignore these rules receive a warning; the second warning means that the player will be taken out of the tournament immediately.
  • When a player doesn’t show up at the prize ceremony, he or she loses the right to receive a trophy and/or prize-money.
  • If you have registered and paid, but can not participate, you can get the registration fee back. This is only possible up to and including August 20th, the date on which the seeding is based.
  • Dope and drugs will not be tolerated. During the event, players can be checked on the use of dope or drugs. Again, when it turns out the player has used dope or drugs, he or she will be taken out of the tournament immediately.
  • You are NOT to be called out, on the players card you’ll find the time-schedule and on which lanes you have to play. You have to report at the lane official ten minutes before each game. If you don’t report in time, you’ll lose the game in a regulatory way.
  • Players will throw for the bull to decide who starts the first leg. The player who is first on the match sheet will throw for the bull first. The winner of the bull will start every odd numbered leg. These scores have to be written down on the left side of the writing board. The player who starts the first leg, will also start the last and deciding leg.
  • The winner of the game has to return the game sheet to the official nearby the lane.
  • On Friday and Saturday from the start of the tournament the winner of the match have to mark the next match on the same lane until something else is written on your match card. From there the loser of the match have to mark the next match on the same lane. If a player, or one of the players of a pair match, refused to mark, both players will be disqualified for this year, of the next year’s edition if the players are already out of the tournament.
  • Everybody is obliged to stick to the rules and follow the directions from members of the tournament committee. Players who don’t follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • Only players younger then 18 years old, on the day of the youth tournament, can play in the youth tournament. Boys and girls who are 16 or 17 years old are allowed to play in the mens/ladies and the youth tournament. If these players are still active in the mens/ladies tournament on Sunday, they cannot play in the youth tournament. Players who are younger then 14 years old on the day of the tournament are able to choose between the boys categorie and the boys under 14 category.
  • Players who lose their players cards have to buy a new one for €5,-.
  • By registering participants commit themselves to the promotion and sponsorship policy of the NDB.
  • Pricemoney will be payed by banktransfer. It is therefore very important that you fill in the prize money form correctly during the Dutch Open Darts. You will receive this form at the control desk before the start of the round where prize money can be earned. You are responsible for the correct completion and submission of this form. You can hand in this form on all days at any control desk or at the reception of the Bonte Wever. Make sure you have your IBAN and BIC code with you.
  • The regulations are subject to possible changes. In cases in which these rules can’t be applied, the tournament committee will decide.