Hi. I have a few questions about calculating the general scoring of games, if I may.

I understand how a best of game works with just legs. If it were best of 9, it is effectively the same as first to 5, or in maths terms:

Where n is the pre-determined number of legs, and x is the winning leg - If n is odd, x = (n + 1) / 2

That brings me on to my first question, does anyone ever play best of games where n is even? I realise that could result in a tie, I'm just curious whether it's ever an option in professional scenarios where games are ultimately won on an aggregated points decision elsewhere? Or perhaps when you're just playing a casual game down the pub with a friend and you're happy for it to be a tie, if it comes to it?

Anyway, my real confusion lies when sets are also factored in. Say you're playing "best of 5 sets". Is it normal to state how many legs are required to win a set? Or is it always a fixed number?

For example, would you clarify "best of 5 sets" with "5 legs required per set"? Or would you just say "best of 5 sets" and it is a given that to win a set, a player has to win a known, fixed number of legs? That is, "5 legs required per set" isn't even a thing, it is ALWAYS 3 legs to win a set, for example?

I've been trying to work this out for myself, but the trouble is, when you search for professional dart matches on YouTube and include "best of", you inevitably get "Here's the best of 2019 games" instead of matches that are scored using "best of".

If there is a rule, that when sets are used, there is always a fixed number of legs required to win a set, I presume the same number applies to "first to" games when sets are also involved?

Essentially, if there isn't always a fixed number of legs to win a set... In a best of scenario, would the number of legs required to win a set also be calculated using "best of"?

For example, if "Best of 5 sets, 9 legs" is a valid game, would you take that to mean "a player has to win 9 legs to win a set", or, "a player has to win the best of 9 legs to win a set", i.e. the player would have to win 5 legs to take a set, in this scenario?

Sorry to sound like a totally amateur here, I hope that all made sense!

Thank you very much

I understand how a best of game works with just legs. If it were best of 9, it is effectively the same as first to 5, or in maths terms:

Where n is the pre-determined number of legs, and x is the winning leg - If n is odd, x = (n + 1) / 2

That brings me on to my first question, does anyone ever play best of games where n is even? I realise that could result in a tie, I'm just curious whether it's ever an option in professional scenarios where games are ultimately won on an aggregated points decision elsewhere? Or perhaps when you're just playing a casual game down the pub with a friend and you're happy for it to be a tie, if it comes to it?

Anyway, my real confusion lies when sets are also factored in. Say you're playing "best of 5 sets". Is it normal to state how many legs are required to win a set? Or is it always a fixed number?

For example, would you clarify "best of 5 sets" with "5 legs required per set"? Or would you just say "best of 5 sets" and it is a given that to win a set, a player has to win a known, fixed number of legs? That is, "5 legs required per set" isn't even a thing, it is ALWAYS 3 legs to win a set, for example?

I've been trying to work this out for myself, but the trouble is, when you search for professional dart matches on YouTube and include "best of", you inevitably get "Here's the best of 2019 games" instead of matches that are scored using "best of".

If there is a rule, that when sets are used, there is always a fixed number of legs required to win a set, I presume the same number applies to "first to" games when sets are also involved?

Essentially, if there isn't always a fixed number of legs to win a set... In a best of scenario, would the number of legs required to win a set also be calculated using "best of"?

For example, if "Best of 5 sets, 9 legs" is a valid game, would you take that to mean "a player has to win 9 legs to win a set", or, "a player has to win the best of 9 legs to win a set", i.e. the player would have to win 5 legs to take a set, in this scenario?

Sorry to sound like a totally amateur here, I hope that all made sense!

Thank you very much