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Open Table - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Open Table

Open Table is a billiards term that is a part of Game Rule Terminology.

Open table refers to the state of the table in which no suit has been assigned to any player or team yet because no balls have been pocketed. When there is an open table, the choice of group has not yet been decided, and shooting players may shoot for any group or suit they desire.

See: open for more on the meaning of "Open Table".

Open Table - Usage

Did you pocket anything off the break shot? Are we still dealing with an open table?

Billiards - Open Table

  • Title: Open Table
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/12/2008 2:30:27 PM

Open Table Comments

  1. Charles HolmbergCharles Holmberg from Dublin, GA on 3/14/2020 10:33:36 AM

    In certain billiards leagues the table is still open after the break.

    Even after a break with no fouls and only one ball is pocketed.

    This gives the breaker the choice to chose which group he or she wants as opposed to getting stuck with a group of balls that may be badly clustered due to chance. That is if it's a legal break where a ball is pocketed.

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