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Thailand 8 Ball Rules, Cambodian Crazy Rules


Thailand 8 Ball Rules, Cambodian Crazy Rules

I learned to play pool in thailand, having a lot of time on my hands. Here are some of the rules they play with for an 8 ball game:

on the break: scratch = 1 shot scratch with a ball pocketed = 2 shots 2 or more different balls pocketed = shooter chooses 1 "color" stripes or solids and continues with 1 shot only.

foul = 2 shots, only 1 shot at the 8 ball scratch hitting the opponents ball before contact with your ball pocketing the opponents ball hitting the 8 ball touching or moving any balls by hand or cue accidently ball jumps off the table = cue ball gets put up behind the 2nd line (2 spots breaking side) opposing shooters choice ball must be shot upward, any balls behind the 2nd line may not be shot at, any other ball gets pocketed and put out of play, the fouling shooter loses his turn.

after a foul: cue ball gets put up behind the 2nd line (2 spots on the table, the breaking side) opposing shooters choice ball must be shot upward, any balls behind the 2nd line may not be shot at. only 1 shot at the 8 ball

Cambodian rules: almost the same as Thai rules, but:

after a foul: cue ball gets put up behind the 2nd line (2 spots on the table, the breaking side) opposing shooters choice ball may be shot at any direction, even behind the 2nd line. 2 shots are carried on even at the 8 ball.

Both countries: odd rules, hitting the cue ball with the butt of the cue is OK

foreigners arguing that their home countries rules apply are looked down upon and are subject to being called "silly or stupid" in thai or cambodian. The most common is the thought that the foreigner thinks that they get ball in hand. A foreigner insistant on playing the rules from his home country are usually told "you are a long way from home, welcome to thailand"..........its Thai rules here, you are not at home.

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Thailand 8 Ball Rules, Cambodian Crazy Rules

Replies & Comments

  1. thai_shooterFenwick on 11/29/2007 7:22:40 PM

    "scratch with a ball pocketed = 2 shots" as in or equal to two points lost off total of 9 for a game where you run out the table leaving all of your opponents ball on the table? I am trying to understand the rules. I was in Bangkok Thailand in 1969 and the beer was Bo Co good and strong. I can't remember being in Cambodian? Never played any pool games there though. Lovely country. Almost had a job lined up in 1970 but plans fell through.

  2. thai_shooterthai_shooter on 11/29/2007 9:49:19 PM

    If you shoot at your ball, pocket it and scratch the cue, the other player gets 2 shots at his turn, ball placed behind the 2nd line of the side that was used for breaking.

    I found that shooting pool was a wonderful tool to break the ice with girls in cambodia, I just followed the game/rules as they came, and had a good time. The tables in the places I played pool were cambodian made and terrible, the balls rolled crooked, and hung in front of the pocket on a dip. The girls there knew the table well and worked around it.

    Thailand has many good tables, many beautiful girls may be met while shooting pool.

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Thailand 8 Ball Rules, Cambodian Crazy Rules

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  • Published: 11/29/2007 1:41:05 AM