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Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules

Note: These Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules require a special set of poker pool balls like these ones below. Get this poker ball set from Amazon.com

Crown Games Poker Pool Set

Here are the Poker Pool - Stud Poker Rules for use in Poker Pool tournaments for Two Player games.

Except when clearly contradicted by these rules,the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply.

How to Play Stud Poker Pool

Stud Poker Pool is played with 15 object balls representing a portion of a deck of cards:

  • Eight through Ace of Hearts,
  • Eight through Ace of Spades, and
  • a Joker.

The object is to pocket five balls (cards) and score the highest Poker hand possible.

Starting Play: Players will lag to determine who breaks first. In subsequent games, unless otherwise specified by the tournament organizer, the loser of the previous game will break.

Racking the Balls: The balls are racked in a triangle at the foot of the table with the Joker in the center of the triangle and the Eight of Spades directly below it. Place the first ball of the rack on the foot spot and alternate the outside of the triangle Spade/Heart.

How to Rack the Balls in Stud Poker Pool

Poker Pool Break Shot: If the breaking player does not make a ball on the break or commits a foul on the break, his turn is over.Otherwise, that player's turn continues.Any balls pocketed on the break may either remain pocketed or be spotted at the player's discretion, but at least one ball must remain pocketed.

Calling Shots: Stud Poker is a call pocket game, so players must call the object ball and a pocket. The only exception is on the break, where calling a ball and pocket is not necessary. Before each shot, players must either call one ball in a designated pocket or call a safety. When calling a shot, details such as the number of cushions, banks, kisses, caroms, etc. are not required. Any ball may be contacted by the cue ball first, regardless of which ball was called.

Player Rotation: A player remains at the table until he misses a shot, plays a safety, fouls, or pockets his fifth ball. After a miss, safety or legally pocketed fifth ball, the incoming player must shoot from the position left by the previous player. If a foul was committed, the incoming player may place the cue ball anywhere on the table (ball in hand). The only exception is following a break foul, in which case the incoming player may place the cue ball anywhere behind the head string. Once a player pockets five balls, completing his hand, his opponent then shoots until one of the following occurs:

  1. he misses two times (a "miss" will be considered any legal shot in which a ball is not pocketed);
  2. he fouls once; or
  3. he pockets a fifth ball, completing his Poker hand.

At this point the game is over and the player with the better Poker hand wins the game. A match ends when one of the players has won the required number of games.

Score Case: Immediately after completing a turn, players will place their pocketed balls in the score case on their designated shelf.

Poker Pool Scoring Case Ball Placement

Fouls: Fouls include, but are not limited to, scratching, jumping balls off the table, and (during a missed shot or safety) failure to drive a ball (the cue ball or any object ball) to a rail after the cue ball's initial contact with an object ball.

Spotting Balls: The following balls are spotted immediately:

  1. Object balls (other than the called ball) that are pocketed during a legal shot
  2. Object balls pocketed during a foul or a safety shot
  3. Object balls jumped off the table
  4. Unwanted balls (cards) that are pocketed on the break

All spotted balls are placed at the foot of the table, on the long string. If more than one ball is to be spotted,they are placed one behind the other in order from lowest to highest. (Spades are ranked higher than Hearts and, for the purpose of spotting balls, the Joker will be considered the highest-ranking ball).

Wild Balls: The Joker can be used as any "card" in the hand. The Eight of Spades is used with the Joker and any pair as a wild ball for four of a kind only. The Ace of Spades is used with the Joker and a pair of Eights as a wild ball for four Eights only.

Poker Pool Wild Balls

Poker Pool Hands: Use the chart below to reference various poker pool hands. They are ranked in order of best down to worst hand.

Poker Pool Hands Chart

You can also download the PDF printable version of these poker pool stud poker rules.

Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules

If you have any questions about Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules, please post them in the pool rules forum.

...or view existing Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules questions in the forum.

Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules History

In 2005, several folks in Scottsdale, AZ formed a company called The Poker Pool Company to continue marketing the game of poker pool and to engage in selling sets of poker-pool billiard balls. They organized state and local poker pool tournaments and published these Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules to govern them.

These rules for playing Stud Poker Pool" were published to playpokerpool.com, which is no longer online.

The official Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules are predominently observed in North America (AZ).

The official governing body for Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules is the

The Poker Pool Company (Scottsdale, AZ)


How to Play Stud Poker Pool Tournament

  • Title: Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/15/2018 5:45:14 PM
  • Last Updated: 3/15/2018 7:15:33 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum
  • Source: The Poker Pool Company, Scottsdale AZ

Stud Poker Pool Tournament Rules

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

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