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Pool Rules

Here are the latest billiard, snooker, and pool rules that we've published. More coming soon.

Pool Rules - Rules for Pool and Billiard Games

Find the game that you want to learn from the list below. If you are a beginner, you will want to reference the general rules of pocket billiards, since they apply to all billiard games unless specifically contradicted by that individual game's rule set. The pool rules are categorized in to the common classes of cue sport games.

Question about pool rules? Ask in the Pool Rules Forums

Pocket Billiards Rules

Pocket billiards is a class of cue sport game commonly referred to as pool.

Game Rules for "Poker Pool" Ball Set by Crown Games

Crown Games, Inc. sold a set of poker-pool billiard balls which came with a "Players Guide" book of 10 poker pool games you could play with them.

Miscellaneous Billiard Game Rules

The miscellaneous billiards class of cue sport games includes games that are not technically members of the traditional five classes of billiard games.

Snooker Rules

Snooker is a type of cue sport game that is played on a snooker table.

Carom Billiard Rules

Carom billiards is a class of cue sport games played on a pocketless carom billiard table.

Cueless Billiard Game Rules

Cueless billiards is a newly developing form of billiards where no cue sticks are used to move the balls around the table.

Obstacle Billiards Rules

Obstacle billiards is a class of billiard games that are played with various obstacles on the table.

Billiards Ring Game Rules

In cue sports, a ring game is a game of pool played with more than 2 players and which follow a special set of modified rules.

Pool Rules Forums

This section is all about the rules of pool, billiards, and snooker. Whether you are a beginner pocket billiards player, or an experienced billiard aficionado, you will find the pool rules that you are looking for here in the pool rules section. In some parts, we have simplified and explained various rules of pocket billiards and have re-written some in a way that is easy for the novice billiard player to comprehend. We have also given some variations of the official rules that can make the game more enjoyable as you are learning to play.

Also for the novice, we have inserted some illustrations to give a clearer understanding of the official rules. If there are any terms that you do not understand, look them up in our billiard glossary section.

To supplement each of the pool rules, we have scoured the internet for various discussions about interpretations of the official pool rules for your advanced reading pleasure. Where possible, I have given credit to those whose ideas have been used in my discussions. I will also be posting feeds from the BCA and other sources on any proposed or actual billiard rule changes.

Finally, you will find articles outlining various local variations of billiard rules or snooker rules, as well as some anecdotal discussion on what some call "bar pool rules" or "house pool rules." These will outline the different rules and variations that some players throw in to make their games play better for the novice, or to simply make their billiard play more interesting.

The rules of billiards vary from game to game, and from hall to hall, but the generic pool game remains relatively similar in various locales across the world.

We've got about 50 more sets of different billiard game rules coming shortly.

Pool Rules

  • Title: Pool Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/1/2006 6:00:22 AM
  • Last Updated: 3/15/2018 8:39:46 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

Pool Rules Comments

  1. Andy R from Lantana, Florida on 9/20/2007 11:45:03 PM

    I want to know the proper ball set up with in the rack.

  2. DennisDennis from AB, Canada on 2/21/2008 9:47:40 PM

    I'm trying to find the billiard rules for the game of skittles.

    Can you help me?

  3. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 3/11/2008 8:55:21 PM

    @Dennis - At first I thought you might have been talking about rules for how to play Bar Billiards, but realized you probably were looking for cue sport games played with a set of skittle pins and skittle game peas.

    I think some folks have posted rules for a few variations of the rules for how to play skittle pool with the pins (aka skittles) and peas (aka pills):

    If you learn of any other billiard games played with skittles, please comment below with the original rules.

  4. ScratchBallScratchBall from Portland, OR on 7/8/2008 8:11:50 PM

    Is it possible to get the rules to ScratchBall listed?

  5. Joseph Azato from Ontario Canada on 10/15/2008 4:47:33 PM

    What is the straight pool rule for when the cue ball ends up in rack? Also, what about for when the cue ball and object ball ends up in rack?

  6. terrie4321terrie4321 from Fairbanks, AK on 11/21/2008 1:07:14 AM

    I would like to see the rules for English Billiards added. Also, I would like to see a set of rules for adapting English Billiards to an American pool table. In fact, I have a copy of the rules for English Billiards, and I have written up an adaption for playing on an American pool table. Would you like to have me email a copy of them to you? (As you most probably know, English Billiards is played on a standard snooker table.) ~Terrie

  7. Scottie from Gallatin, TN on 12/11/2008 2:36:09 PM

    Can you put the rules for Amos and Andy billiards game on here? We have the board, but can't find the rules anywhere.

  8. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 12/11/2008 8:46:05 PM

    Scottie - have a peek at the amos andy billiard board game keno forum post. I found, and posted a bunch of info.

  9. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 12/12/2008 6:40:28 AM

    Scottie - another forum member sent me a published copy of the Amos & Andy billiard game rules. Ill post them tonight...stay tuned.

  10. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 12/14/2008 9:31:14 PM

    Amos and Andy rules have been posted. You can click the link higher up on this page, under the "obstacle billiards" header.

  11. Walter from Las Vegas on 2/23/2009 1:39:09 PM

    Playing a game where the 15 and 1 ball must be pocketed at predermined sides if the table with the 8 ball pocketed at a pocket where your last ball was sunk. If the table has only one ball left and it is the eight ball and both players happen to have different pockets for the 8 ball, Is it a scratch shot if your opponent miss cues and misses the 8 ball.

  12. Vasu from Ambala on 3/28/2009 2:58:46 AM

    Send me a video with a man playing billiards.

  13. shelly from marietta, oh on 4/17/2009 10:43:41 AM

    Yes, I just have one question Are you allowed to call your ball off your opponents ball and make your ball? I never play that way, too me thats slop.

  14. Alino from Republic of South Africa on 5/26/2009 6:57:07 AM

    May you please give me the new rules of billards( pool) and snooker separetly? i am talking about 15 bulls. these rules must be specified for 2 preson including the faults, when can we say the game is over? when some body won or loose the game. I would like to heve those rules by email if possible so i can help the friends to perform according to the new rules. Sincerely, Alino

  15. Ravinder Khattri from Sahara India on 8/11/2009 9:54:01 PM

    Hello all, please kindly handle my below mentioned query. At the time of striking the black ball, I also caused the cue ball to be pocketed at the same time. Please kindly judge me the result as early as possible. Thanking you, regards, ravinder khattri, sahara india pariwar.

  16. ArchArch from NJ, United States on 8/27/2009 1:58:32 PM

    I recently bought a new pack of tally balls,to play pill pool. Why is there 16 balls in a set. Why there is only 15 balls in the rack.

  17. donaldchewdonaldchew from Singapore on 11/3/2009 2:03:51 AM

    If the cue ball land onto the position above the rail but did not fall off the table, does it constitute a ball in hand?

  18. Holly from NC on 11/3/2009 9:09:44 PM

    If a player hits the 8 ball attempting to end the game & hits the 8 ball in, and the cue ball follows the 8 ball into the pocket, is that just a scratch or does he lose the game?

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