Cowboy (Russian) Snooker Rules
This game is played on a snooker table, either the English (6’ x 12)’, or American (5’ x 10’).
Snooker Balls Used
4, 5, 6, 7 balls
4 ball – on the 4-ball (head) spot
5 ball – on the 5-ball (center) spot
6 ball – on the foot spot
7 ball – on the 7-ball spot
Cue ball – played from the D-ring
All standard pool rules and fouls are maintained. Fouls include knocking a ball off the table, touching the ball improperly, using the cue stick improperly, etc.
All balls down are immediately spotted. If the spot is covered, the ball is placed on the next higher available spot (5 to 6, 6, 7, 7 to 4) Turn ends when the player
• Commits a foul.
• Shoots and does not make any billiards and does not pocket any balls
• Shoots a ball into the wrong pocket.
The game is to 150 points.
Points are awarded in the following way:
• 1 point for a billiard (cue ball hitting two object balls.
• 2 points for a double billiard (cue ball contacts three object balls
• 4 points – 4 ball to head corner pockets
• 5 points – 5 ball to side pockets.
• 7 points – 7 ball to foot corner pockets.
• 6 points (wild) – 6 ball to any pocket.
• Points for cue ball scratch – cue ball caroms off object ball and scratches into object ball’s pocket – same as object ball (i.e., cue ball off 5 ball into side pocket is 5 points). Cue ball is played from the D-ring.
• Double scores – cue ball and object ball pocketed in same pocket. (i.e., cue ball and 7 ball in same pocket scores 14 points. Spot object ball and place cue ball in the D-ring.)
First player (chosen by coin or lag) starts from D-ring. Any object ball can be targeted.
Player begins with the cue ball in place. If a previous player ended the inning with a scratch in a wrong pocket, incoming player shoots from the D-ring.
Points scored in an inning are tracked. When inning is over, points made are added to player’s score. Inning ends when player makes no points on a shot or makes a penalty shot. Penalty points are subtracted and next player begins..
For example, in an inning, the player pockets the 6 ball to get 6 points on inning score. The 6 ball is spotted and play continues. Then 3 points are added by 3 consecutive billiards. Then, the 7 ball goes in the side pocket. 7 points are subtracted from the inning score and 2 points are added to player’s score. An inning score can go negative (i.e., inning score is 2 and 5 goes in wrong pocket for a minus 3 points from total score.
Different ways to score points
• Shooting the 4, 5, or 7 and following the cue ball in with the ball or in the other legal pocket. Shooting a 5 in the side pocket and scratching in the side pocket counts as 10 points. Any billiards made on that shot count as part of the stroke (1 for a billiard or 2 for a double billiard).
• Shooting the 5 in the corner pockets and scratching in any corner pocket looses 10 points. Any billiards made on that shot do NOT count, plus or minus.
150 points (or as agreed by players). Winning player MUST get exact points. Going over means a minus strategy must be used. For example, on getting to 155, the player must make a 5 point penalty to bring the score to 150 and a win.
On the break shot (won by lag), the player shoots the six into one corner pocket and scratches in the other corner pocket. 12 points. The six ball is spotted, cue ball goes back into the kitchen and player continues the inning.