Racking the Balls
The balls should be randomly racked with a solid color in front preferably the yellow one ball and a solid and a stripe on either side of the back row. The one ball should sit in the center of the second row of diamonds on either side of the table. Playing slop should be decided at the beginning of the game.
Lagging for Break
If for some reason there is a problem determining who will break, another round of drinks might help but lagging might be an option too. Place the cue ball and another ball behind the second row of diamonds on the opposite side of the table and hit the ball into the opposite bumper hard enough to make it come back and get as close as possible to the bumper you are shooting from. If your ball hits both rails it’s OK. The winner is determined by the resting distance from the bumper to the ball. Whoever is closest wins the break.
Breaking the Balls
Place the cue ball anywhere behind the second row of diamonds on the opposite side of the table and break the balls to start the game. If you don’t get any balls in your turn is over.
Playing the Game
This game requires at least three players. The first person to shoot (which is the break) has the balls 1,2,3,4, and 5. The second person to shoot has balls 6,7,8,9, and 10. The third person to shoot has balls 11,12,13,14, and 15. To continue your turn you must pocket a ball.
Loss or turn results
- If you hit your ball first
- Anytime you pocket the cue ball
- If you knock the cue ball off the table
- If you knock an object ball off the table
- If you make a slop shot during a no slop game
- Anytime you hit the cue ball without pocketing a ball
Scratches and fouls
Anytime you pocket the cue ball or knock the cue ball off the table it’s called a scratch and is considered a foul. If you hit your opponents’ ball with the cue ball before hitting one of your balls it’s called a foul. These fouls result in loss of turn and the cue ball is placed anywhere behind the second diamond at the end of the table opposite of where the rack of balls was originally. You are not allowed to hit any of the balls behind the second diamonds without hitting a bumper first.
Loss of game can result from any of the following
- All of your balls pocketed
- Pissing off the bartender, etc…
- Getting tossed out by the bouncer
- Knocking the cue ball off the table too many times
- Knocking the cue ball off the table while breaking repeatability
If a ball is knocked off the table it should be spotted in the middle of the second set of diamonds where the yellow one ball was placed to start the game.
Winning the Game
You must pocket all of your opponent’s balls to win. Calling bank shots or shots that include touching a bumper is optional but not required. It doesn’t matter how you get your balls into the pockets, it matters if they go in or not. So just hit the balls in the pockets, what could be easier?