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Annoying Bar and Pool Room and House Rules

Annoying Bar and Pool Room and House Rules

So we all know that there are so many "pool rules" that people make up when playing pool in a bar, and that a lot of places have "house rules" by which pool players must live by. There are so many but a few house pool rules that annoy me include:

  • Having to rack 8 ball solid strip solid strip and so forth
  • Not allowing safeties. This one bugs me the most. I play with a group of guys on Tuesdays that refuse to play with safeties. Some people just don't realize that its a big part of the game.

What kind of annoying crap house billiard rules do you guys have to deal with?

Annoying Bar and Pool Room and House Rules

Replies & Comments

  1. BishopSlowhand on 3/21/2007 10:21:34 PM

    The classic one that I'm sure we've all heard in a bar at some point in time:

    Say your opponent has one of his balls in front of a pocket so you only have half a pocket to shoot at. Now he insists that you have to call it, either clean, off of his ball or off the rail then off of his ball. If it doesn't go exactly as you say, then you lose your turn.

    Also, I hate when you ask your opponent before you start what rules do they play by, they like to say "the standard everyday 8 ball rules that everybody plays by". They'll say sarcastically, "what's wrong, don't you know how to play 8 ball?" Usually they're the ones that can't play.

  2. BishopMilty on 3/21/2007 11:06:29 PM

    I hate that, but luckily I don't encounter it very often.

    I was shooting with a good player and he wanted to use that rule because it was just a "casual" game.

    Why don't we just make it easier and take ball-in-hand for every shot!

  3. Bishopdjkx1 on 3/22/2007 8:06:44 AM

    I've heard some crazy rules over the years. Some of my favorites:

    1. Scratch on the break is a loss of game
    2. Cant use the 8 in a combination shot (e.g. As the middle ball of a 3 ball combo)
    3. If you hit the 8 with the cue ball before you are on the 8, you lose Honestly, who comes up with these "rules" in the first place? And why?
  4. BishopBishop on 3/22/2007 9:56:47 AM

    Last night I had to play a game where you have to stick with either a solid or stripe depending on what went down after the break.

  5. BishopA-Train on 3/23/2007 9:02:30 PM

    My personal most hated "house rule" is the "3 foul rule". Not 3 consecutive fouls, but rather, 3 fouls in any one rack.

    Suddenly guys weren't trying to run out, they were playing safes all over the place. Luckily I can kick out of just about anything so it didn't affect me too much.

    I had one guy shaking in his shorts. I kicked 4 rails and buried the ball in the corner pocket with shape, then told him that "after I run this out he'd better not play anymore safes and run balls."

    I ran out and he started trying to win legitimately. I beat him like 7-2. Moron.

  6. BishopMilty on 3/24/2007 11:38:56 AM

    That's the APA rule actually, and I don't like it either.

  7. Bishopsureideas on 7/16/2009 9:46:41 AM

    Here are a few bar-room rules I have seen:

    • Never place your drink on the snooker table or near the edge of the table
    • Don't break the concentration of your opponents as they shoot; don't engage in loud conversations, shout, stand in their way, etc.
    • If you are tossing a coin to decide who breaks, never let it land on the cloth as this can cut it, leaving permanent damage.

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Annoying Bar and Pool Room and House Rules

  • Title: Annoying Bar and Pool Room and House Rules
  • Author: (Ryan Jones)
  • Published: 3/21/2007 2:39:23 PM