(FAQ) Game Rules - Pool Snooker

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

This games is not officially sanctioned. It is, however, a fun game that can help improve your playing skills.

Pool Snooker

This game is an adaptation of American snooker rules to the pool table.

Object

Score the highest number of points.

Opponents

Two sides (individuals or teams)

Balls

3 - 8 (replaces 2-7 balls used in snooker). 10-15 are used as the red balls. Plus cue ball.

Racking

Following is the table setup for this game.

The "D" in snooker is replaced by the kitchen (behind the head string). See example setup for 3 ball, 4 ball, and 5 ball (head spot) placement.

The 6 is on the center spot, the 7 is placed above the foot spot, the 8 is placed one diamond up from the center diamond on the foot rail.

10-15 balls are racked in a triangle on the foot spot.

Break

Breaker determined by local rules (coin, lag, card draw, etc.)

Cue ball from the kitchen. A legal break must contact a striped ball. At least one striped ball must hit a cushion or a ball is pocketed.

Pocket a striped ball, any solid (3-8) is the next target ball.

Scoring

The 10-15 balls each are worth 2 points. The 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 balls score their face value.

Regular play

Combinations are legal for the stripes. No combinations with solids.

While stripes remain on table, incoming player must pocket a stripe and then a solid (immediately spotted), followed by another stripe and solid (immediately spotted), and so on until all stripes are pocketed with the related shot on a solid. Then, solids are pocketed in sequence

Optional: Call ball and pocket.

Fouls

All of these include loss of turn and 3 points added to the opponent's score. Incoming player has ball in hand on the table.

  • Cue ball scratch
  • No legal hit
  • Pocket illegal ball
  • Ball off the table
  • Scratch
  • Illegal ball touching (optional – moved balls can be replaced with opponent's approval and play continues with no penalty)
  • Uncalled balls pocketed

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