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X Ball 1 Shot Rules

X Ball 1 Shot rules come out of a game created by Jeffrey Bay. Unless specifically outlined in these specific X Ball One Shot Rules, the 8 ball rules shall apply first, followed by the rules for straight pool. This game and it's rules are published at the Billiards Forum with the permission of Jeffrey Bay. This article may not be copied or reproduced in any way, however, his original article is available online as public domain.

The rules of X Ball 1 Shot were both derived from, and were borne out of rules for Up and Down billiards. The two billiard games are similar in that they both incorporate the idea of the use of multiple cue balls. X Ball 1 Shot is a billiard and pool game that can be played by any number of players, and that is played to a pre-determined score.

X Ball 1 Shot is played with "X" number of balls, meaning that it may be played with an arbitrary number of balls, X. Rack (X - 1) balls in a random manner on the foot spot. The creator of the game implies that the choice of racking pattern is to be left up to the player or official that is racking.

The rules for a legal X Ball 1 Shot break are also open to choice, but should be determined before play commences. One of the following two break methods may be chosen, depending on your skill level or mood:

  • Drive four balls to rails. This method forces a better spread after the break.
  • Drive two balls to rails

The rules of X Ball 1 Shot are based upon the regulation that each ball on the billiard table, starting with the cue ball shall only be used as a cue ball one time, and one time only. Scoring uses a plus-minus one system much like Up and Down pool rules.

Gain One Point By...

  • calling and pocketing a ball
  • pocketing additional, un-called balls on an originally called, and pocketed shot

Lose One Point By...

  • pocketing a non-called ball when the initially called shot was missed.
  • using and incorrect ball as the current cue ball
  • executing a non-legal shot
  • calling "pass" and allowing the incoming player to shot, which is essentially failure to touch a ball and drive a ball to a rail

The cue ball may also be sunk, either before, after, or without any other object balls. For example, it would be a legal shot to carom the cue ball off of the corner of the rack of balls on the break shot and in to a pocket. This shot is worth one point. Conversely, one can also perform straight-line shots with top-spin on the cue ball so that both balls roll in to the pocket. If you are successful in performing this, you'll be awarded two points.

As play progresses, it is likely that each ball will have been used as the cue ball. At this juncture, all of the balls are re-racked and play continues from the break. The game ends when one player reaches a pre-determined score.

X Ball 1 Shot Rules

If you have any questions about X Ball 1 Shot Rules, please post them in the pool rules forum.

...or view existing X Ball 1 Shot Rules questions in the forum.

X Ball 1 Shot Rules History

X ball 1 shot rules come out of a game created by Jeffrey Bay, and are inspired by up and down pool rules created by Victor Engel. See the-light.com for more information on Victor. (victor@victorengel.com)

The official X Ball 1 Shot Rules are predominently observed in North America.

How to Play X Ball 1 Shot

  • Title: X Ball 1 Shot Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 2/12/2008 8:58:00 PM
  • Source: the-light.com

X Ball 1 Shot Rules

The X Ball 1 Shot 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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