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Cowboy House Rules

Cowboy House Rules

Can you guys give me some clarification on Cowboy rules? I absolutely love the game, but as I know no one who plays, I often resort to my own house rules when playing.

For starters, on the break, is it permissible to pot the 3 ball? I'm guessing it is, but I think it gives the Breaker too much of an advantage. So, my own house rule varies between:

  1. you have to break from within the 'D' (lots of English tables still have a D), but can pot it, to
  2. you can break from anywhere behind the baulk line, but can only play a safety shot or canon off of the 3 ball.

Secondly, after someone has fouled by potting the white, can the next player play up and down the table?

Thirdly, one of my own house rules is that after a ball has been potted, if its spot is taken it can either go on another spot, or wait for its spot to clear. I understand that this is my own addition, but I like it!

Fourthly, if a ball is potted between 90 and 101, is that actually a foul, involving a penalty? I've been playing as if it's allowable - e.g. for position, but the ball comes straight back up without adding to the score.

Finally, am I right in thinking that at least one ball has to touch a cushion on every shot? It's what I play and discourages silly tap shots to get canon after canon after canon...

Any ideas?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Cowboy House Rules

Replies & Comments

  1. divromquickshot on 9/25/2008 2:03:36 PM

    Cowboy Billiards Rules Go to billiard rules on the top of your screen, click on billiard rules and on the right side scroll down to the Cowboy Billiard Rules.

  2. divromdivrom on 9/25/2008 2:46:28 PM

    I'm still not clear on the first question I asked. Is it legal to pocket the 3 ball off of the break? I've found that this gives a major advantage and one can end up cleaning up in 1 visit.

    Also, after a scratch, when the ball is played from behind the baulk line can it be played in either direction?

    The other stuff I'm now clear on, so thanks. How popular is cowboy over there?

  3. divromquickshot on 9/25/2008 3:54:55 PM

    I never heard of it until your post. Although, there are a lot of cue sport games I never heard of. I'm afraid I can't answer your questions. Maybe some one will pop up with the answer. Good luck.

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Cowboy House Rules

  • Title: Cowboy House Rules
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  • Published: 9/25/2008 11:43:23 AM