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Common Billiard House Rules

Common Billiard House Rules

We are about to open a neighborhood tavern with a pool table in it. We'd like to post our "house rules" to avoid (as much as possible) any pool table disputes. Any suggestions on what we need to establish as our house rules would be appreciated!

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Common Billiard House Rules

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  1. snappyFenwick on 11/16/2007 5:09:01 PM

    In your best interest; No Drinks on the table, No cigarettes on the table or No smoking while you shoot. and No sitting on the edge of the table to name a few. Otherwise you can do a search and find all rules of every game on line or you may join a association the has a official rule book. There are so many different rules with 8 ball alone. No slop, last pocket, call just the 8 ball and 8 ball last pocket etc. Good Luck With Your New Venture!

  2. snappybilliardsforum on 12/17/2007 10:13:47 PM

    Is there any particular game that will be played most often? If you are in North America (and thus, likely follow BCA rules or APA rules) you should base them on the general rules of pocket billiards, and build from there. House rules usually explicitly clear up areas of ambiguity based on how the house feels the game should be played.

    Some common courtesy rules may also apply as Fenwick suggested, and frankly, I'm in favor of every one. It all depends on the type of club you have and the type of player it attracts.

  3. snappyFenwick on 12/18/2007 10:00:46 PM

    Thank you sir. I would like to clarify one thing I mentioned. When I said no sitting on the edge of the table I meant using the table as a chair. It is a well known fact that sitting on the bumper will cause it to shift. We, I can't speak for all, pool players treat the Pool or Billiard table with respect or that is how I was taught but we now live in a new era. I see young people, 20 something climbing on the table like it was a Jungle Gym? There are times when with one foot on the floor and you must shoot over a ball you do sit in the edge of the table. That is as I understand it expectable.

  4. snappyBen from Cali on 1/30/2008 7:48:48 PM

    For 8-ball and 9-ball, most house rules are similar to the APA rules.

    • poolplayers.com/pdf/DefensiveShotsin8-Ball.pdf
    • poolplayers.com/8-9-ball-Rules.pdf

      I'd tack them up them under a notice like this:

    HOUSE RULES FOR 8-BALL and 9-BALL By default, APA rules apply with the following modification to 8-Ball:

    After any foul which does not end the game, the incoming player plays the cue ball as it lies (no ball-in-hand). If the cue ball has ended up off the playing surface, the incoming player takes ball-in-hand from behind the headstring.

    Unfortunately, that rule is ubiquitous among bar bangers. They also usually don't allow defensive shots, but I'd allow them - they can prevent arguments.


  5. snappychopspop on 3/7/2008 12:33:34 PM

    Best rule in the world is the one that reads:

    The eight ball need only be struck when its the "Last" ball on the table to be determined a scratch.

    This stops underhanded positioning of the cue to force a "no hit scratch" and end of game. Stops a lot of fights too.

  6. snappydogassokie on 3/10/2008 7:19:11 AM

    Place a hard copy of the APA rules by the cue chalk rack and post a sign saying that house rules correspond with the rule book.

    The less opportunity for argument among bar players the better for you as an owner.

  7. snappyBen from Cali on 3/19/2008 7:20:00 PM

    I don't understand. When the 8-ball is the last ball, striking it is determined a scratch?

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Common Billiard House Rules

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  • Published: 11/16/2007 11:29:24 AM