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Kelly Pool Rules

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Kelly Pool Rules - How to Play Kelly Pool

Billiard Lingo - Kelly Pool

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General Rules of Kelly Pool

Kelly Pool, also known as "Pea Pool" is played with two to fifteen players. It is played with a set of sixteen balls, one cue ball and fifteen colored balls numbered one through fifteen. The person designated as the table marker throws a numbered token known as an "alley" to each intending player for their rotation in playing. When all names are taken down, the alleys are returned and the pool money is collected. The marker then throws an alley to each player in the same order as marked in their record keeping book. The alleys are then placed in the box according to playing order. For example, the 1st player's alley in no 1 spot, the 2nd player's alley in number two spot and so on. The first player commences play by breaking the rack, following the "Opening Break" regulations of General Pocket Billiards. The cue ball must strike one cushion before coming in contact with object balls. The first player to pocket the ball on the table with the number corresponding to their alley wins the pool of cash and the game is over. A player may pocket any ball on the table other than the cue ball, and may continue their play until they either miss pocketing a ball or play a foul shot. Should a player pocket a ball other then their own, but one of which no player has the corresponding alley, that player gains nothing but is able to continue their inning. If another player has the alley corresponding to the ball pocketed, than they must pay the shooting player "half pool." For example, if the ante is ten cents, the player owning the alley corresponding to the ball that has been pocketed by another player, they must pay that shooting player five cents. The paying player would still take turns as normal when it comes around, however, any ball, once in the pocket by fair shot, remains there and does not come back into play during the game. If a ball is pocketed on foul shot, then it is spotted on the pink spot, or if that is covered, it is spotted directly behind it and as close as possible to it. Immediately after a foul shot has been played, the next player begins their inning. If another player desires to join the game they may do so by paying double or triple the normal entrance ante. This amount is arbitrary, and is determined by current players. The new player takes the last alley thrown for position.

Kelly Pool Foul Shots

If the cue ball does not strike a numbered ball, the shot is replayed but does not count for scoring purposes, and the next player begins their inning. Any player's balls pocketed on the second shot are spotted on the pink spot. If cue ball is pocketed, the shooting player's inning is over, and the next player commences in the usual General Rules of Pocket Billiards fashion and can play at any ball on the table. Should the player pocket the cue ball as well as their own object ball or any other object ball in the same shot, it is considered a foul shot and does not count for scoring purposes. Any balls pocketed via the above shots are respotted and the next player's inning begins. All other fouls included in the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply to Kelly Pool. In any case where the marker is satisfied that a player has deliberately played a ball so as to let the following player win the cash pool, it will be considered a foul shot and the ball will be spotted.

Other Kelly Pool Information

There are companies advertising equipment for this game and they appear to be concentrated in the United Kingdom and Australia. This would seem to indicate that the majority of Kelly Pool players are located in these regions as well. There are some indications that Kelly Pool was most popular in 1930's and 1940's. There were some coin operated Kelly Pool tables manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Co. throughout the 1930s to support this indication. These machines were also referenced on a "list of games made from 1931-1939" which was published in the January 1940 issue of the Coin Machine Journal.

Kelly Pool Rules

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Kelly Pool Rules History

At this time, the history of the game of kelly pool is not widely known. If you have any verifiable information about the history of kelly pool, please contact us using the form below. We do know that kelly pool has long since been associated with gambling. There are news stories dating back to 1938 where raids were made on pool rooms with arrests made for gambling on kelly pool.

The official Kelly Pool Rules are predominently observed in North America.

The official governing body for Kelly Pool Rules is the Billiard Congress of America.

How to Play Kelly Pool

Questions about Kelly Pool Rules:

  • Title: Kelly Pool Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/1/2006 3:22:00 PM
  • Last Updated: 3/22/2008 12:50:33 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum
  • Source: Internet

Kelly Pool Rules

The Kelly Pool Rules article belongs to the Pocket Billiards Rules category. Pocket billiards is a class of cue sport game commonly referred to as pool.

Kelly Pool Rules Comments

  1. sassypatsassypat from Hidalgo, TX on 1/15/2009 12:25:51 PM

    Yes this page was helpful, my husband used to play pea pool when in the navy. But what is a diamond shape rack? Where can I get one?

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 1/17/2009 10:39:06 AM

    Diamond 9 Ball Rack (from amazon.com)

    That is a diamond rack that you are asking about. It's only about eight bucks too.

  3. sassypatsassypat from Hidalgo, TX on 1/17/2009 2:31:40 PM

    Thanks for the imformation I'LL check locally and see if one is available.

  4. azeezazeez from Albuquerque, NM on 3/25/2009 12:36:27 PM

    I am looking for a pea pool jug complete with pea s . Do you have any idea where I might find thes. Thank you

  5. Bodyguard from Adelaide on 4/23/2009 9:50:28 PM

    What is the similar game where the players try to keep their ball alive till last? Can you please expand on "Any player's balls pocketed on the second shot are spotted on the pink spot."

  6. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 4/26/2009 5:47:42 AM

    Thanks for the comment. As I re-read this article, I can see that it's a little confusing because of the way it's written. I'll add it to the list for an editor review and update. To answer your question, I'll re-phrase the sentence. Basically we're talking about what happens after the shooting player commits a foul shot. If I commit a foul (as outlined above), I "replay" that shot, but during that replayed shot, if I pocket another player's "ball" that ball is to be re-spotted on the pink spot, and fees are to be paid. Does that make sense? Let me know...

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