(FAQ) Game Rules – Equal Offense

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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.

Equal Offense

Based on 14.1 Continuous.

Object

Score a higher number of total points in a group of opponents with an agreed number of innings. Or, if playing against yourself, beat your previous best score. Generally a game is 10 innings with a 200 point maximum.

Balls

Regular set of balls.

Racking

Standard random rack.

Breaking

Standard break. Any pocketed balls are re-spotted.

Start shooting from the kitchen.

Regular play

After break, first shot is from the kitchen.

Call ball and pocket. See 14.1 rules.

Skill levels

Play at the level of your skills and abilities.

Level 1 – Beginner: After the break, start with ball in hand anywhere. Three misses or fouls to end the inning. After each miss (1st and 2nd), ball in hand anywhere. Advance to the next level when your total score reaches 120.

Level 2 – Intermediate: After the break, start with ball in hand anywhere. Two misses or fouls to end the inning. After the first miss, start with ball in hand anywhere. Advance to the next level if your total score reaches 120.

Level 3 – Advanced: After the break, start with ball in hand from kitchen. One miss or foul ends the inning. Advance to the next level if your total score reaches 120.

Level 4 – Professional: After the break, start with ball in hand in the kitchen. One miss or foul ends the inning. For each inning, the goal is to reach 20 (playing through the rack like 14.1). Reaching 170 would be considered top-level.

Fouls

Penalty is end of turn.

  • No legal shot
  • Ball off the table
  • Scratch
  • Illegal ball touching (optional – moved balls can be replaced with opponent’s approval and play continues with no penalty)

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