There are many different games and disciplines for pool and billiards. And in some circumstances, many games can obtain a regional or local influence and have amended rules to reflect those changes. Because of the possibility that there can be many different variations of the same game we encourage everyone to understand that “House Rules” will trump any other set of rules.
Eight-Ball is a call shot game played with 15 object balls. One player must pocket balls of the group number 1 through 7 (which are the solid colors), while the other player has 9 through 15 (striped balled) and the first to pocket all the balls of their group first and finish by legally pocketing the 8 ball, wins the game!
For a complete list of World Standardized rules for 8-Ball click here.
Nine-Ball is a rotational game played with nine object balls numbered one through nine. On each shot, the shooter must make contact with the lowest numbered ball on the table. The player that makes the 9 Ball first, wins the game!
For a complete list of World Standardized rules for 9-Ball click here.
Ten-Ball is a rotation game and a call shot game played with 10 object balls numbered one through 10. On each shot, the shooter must call his shot and make contact with the lowest numbered ball on the table. The player that makes the 10 Ball first, wins the game!
For a complete list of World Standardized rules for 10-Ball click here.
14.1 (also called Continuous or Straight Pool) is a classic game from the history of pocket billiards. In 14.1 the shooter can attempt to pocket any ball on the table. The shooter is awarded one point for every correctly pocketed ball. The player who scores the predetermined point total first, wins the game!
For a complete list of World Standardized rules for 14.1 click here.
One Pocket is a unique game in which only two of the six pockets are employed for legal scoring. Any ball may be played and need not be called. What is required is that an object ball falls in the player’s “target” pocket. The object of the game is to score a total of eight object balls in a player’s target pocket before the opponent.
For a complete outline of the rules of One Pocket click here.
Cutthroat is a three-player pocket billiard game. The object of the game is to pocket your opponents’ balls before the opponent’s pocket your group of balls. The last player with at least one ball still on the table, wins the game!
For a complete outline of the rules for Cutthroat click here.