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Billiards Ring Game Rules

There are a number of common cue sport games which have ring game versions. Here you can find the rules to the most common billiard ring games.

Billiards Ring Game Rules

Welcome to the billiards ring game rules page. Ring games are billiard games played with more than two players. Below is a listing of common billiard 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.

For more information on billiard ring game rules, visit the ring game definition in the billiard glossary of terms.

Billiards Ring Game Rules

  • Title: Billiards Ring Game Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 9/19/2016 2:41:58 PM
  • Last Updated: 9/19/2016 6:02:08 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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Billiards Ring Game Rules Comments

  1. RayMillsRayMills from Seattle, WA on 12/13/2020 8:41:17 AM

    I was reading the discussion on the definition of an inning; it mentioned "Killer Pool" and I couldn't find any other mention. In case the Forum doesn't already have an essay on it, I thought I'd offer one.

    I guess it would go under "Ring Games" (This might be bad timing since we're mid-Covid!).

    The best source I found was a site starting with alandavisautomatics.weebly.com in the United Kingdom.

    • Starts with 4 to 13 players. Each player gets 3 lives.
    • Rack 15 balls, with some rules putting the black ball in the 8-ball position.
    • Breaker gets a second shot if no balls go into a pocket and the cue ball stays on the table. Break scratch gets ball-in-hand in the kitchen for next player.
    • Each player gets one shot per turn: pocketing a ball preserves all of that player's current lives; scratching costs him one.
    • Pocketing the black ball at any time wins an extra life.
    • Slop counts.
    • Penalty for scratch/foul is ball-in-hand anywhere on the table that doesn't touch another ball.
    • Last player with lives wins if he pockets a ball to "confirm" the previous shooter's miss.

    It is unclear whether pocketing two object balls on the same shot is worth extra or if one would cancel a simultaneous scratch, etc.

    Some rules have the player take another's life instead of adding one to his own supply, but nobody can be knocked out this way.

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 12/19/2020 9:10:39 AM

    @RayMills - Thanks! I've added an entry above on how to play killer pool (and it's popular variation, "Cards Killer").

    The part you are unclear on:

    It is unclear whether pocketing two object balls on the same shot is worth extra or if one would cancel a simultaneous scratch, etc.

    ... seems to be a common variation whereby the player receives an additional life (see the "Killer Pool Variations" section).

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