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Does Anyone Know the Rules for Russian Pool?

Does Anyone Know the Rules for Russian Pool?

Does anyone know the rules for Russian pool?

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Does Anyone Know the Rules for Russian Pool?

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  1. guestbilliardsforum on 4/3/2007 10:08:06 AM

    Sure, check back tomorrow and I'll post the full and current set of rules and regulations for Russian Billiards, or, Russian Pyramid as it is sometimes known.

  2. guestkyle on 4/3/2007 6:54:47 PM
  3. guestbilliardsforum on 4/5/2007 12:26:17 AM

    I came across that wikipedia article on Russian Pool (Russian Pyramid) but didn't find it terribly detailed or informative. I've found more of an official set of Russian Billiards Rules, simplified them, and posted them in our rules section.

    Its really confusing just from reading the rules. You'll need to read them at least twice, then get out there and just play.

  4. guestguzmaniya on 1/8/2010 2:52:36 AM

    I used to be a very good player when I was home in Moldova. But haven't played in 3 years, so I got rusty. (Too bad there are no Russian Pool Tables in Orlando, FL).

    There are 2 basic ways of playing it:

    1. Regular Russian Billiards
    2. Moscow Russian Billiards


    1. You can hit any ball with any ball in order to get as many as you can into the pocket. The game always starts with hitting the pyramid with the red ball. The first one to score 8 balls wins.
    2. You can hit any ball only with the red ball. Any ball can go into the pocket, but if the red one goes in it is taken out of the pocket and is placed back on the table in the start-up position (center of the front part of the table). Game resumes by the player that scored.

    The other rules are pretty similar to the regular pyramid game.

    If you hit the ball and it doesn't hit any other balls then the player is penalized and has to put one of his scored balls back on the table by any wall and the next player in line gets 2 shots. If the ball flies off the table there are two scenarios: a) the ball that you hit with the cue flies off - the shooter is penalized and has to put one of his scored balls back on the table by the wall that the ball hit before flying off; b) the ball that got hit with the shooting ball flies off - it just gets back on the table by the wall that it hit. In both cases the shot goes to the other player.

    The players sometimes have additional agreements that they set up before starting the game. E.g.: If either player has only one ball left to 8 (7 on the score board/shelf) then he/she can bet on the pocket and ball to score and says his choice out loud. If he scores in a different pocket or a different ball than he named, the ball gets back on the table by the wall. It's fun when the score is 7-7 and there are "fool" balls (that go in other than named/expected pockets) In Russian such balls are called "doorachyok" (=stupid, fool) or "phonar" (=lamp post, but also means fool in this case)

    My advice: Read up attentively the rules on Wikipedia once, then watch some videos of Russian pool (YouTube, Google Videos) and read the rules again, if you are really interested in understanding how the game is played.

  5. guestguzmaniya on 1/8/2010 3:09:20 AM

    OMG! Now I'm happy!

    After I posted the previous message I googled some and found a place with Russian Pool in FL about 2 hrs drive from my home!

    Perfect timing! My husband is on vacation starting tomorrow, so that's the place I'll take him!

    Cheers everyone!

    PS Russian pool is much more difficult than the colorful pyramid but if you try it and you are a real pool lover, you'll get hooked up!

  6. guestmprescott on 7/13/2010 8:47:46 PM

    Try a search for "Russian Billiards in Canada" in the search box at the top of the page, or visit the Canada Russian pool rules page in the link above.

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Does Anyone Know the Rules for Russian Pool?

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  • Published: 4/3/2007 5:56:30 AM