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What are the Counters on a Pool Table Used For?


What are the Counters on a Pool Table Used For?

Can someone tell me what these counters on this All-Tech pool table are used for?

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What are the Counters on a Pool Table Used For?

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  1. user1566048457billiardsforum on 9/17/2019 3:45:43 PM

    Those are for score-keeping.

    Mainly used in straight pool / 14.1 continuous pool for tracking points. It is usually done as follows:

    You play racks until 14 balls are down and one is left on the table, then you rerack with the head ball missing. The strategy is to leave the last shot so you can carom into the rack and break it up.

    You have inner and outer counters. The outer ones keep the game score and the inner ones the rack score (up to 14). For example, if I made 8 and you made 6, the total will be 14 when it's time to re-rack the balls. Then I add 8 to my game score, and 6 to yours, and set the rack counters back to 0.

    The reason is fouls. You deduct fouls from the game score instead of the rack score so you can keep the rack score adding to 14. If you forget how many you've run in an inning, you count the balls on the table and the ones already scored to figure it out.

    In games like 8-ball and 9-ball, they are sometimes used (but less-so) to track games won in a series of games played as a match.

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What are the Counters on a Pool Table Used For?

  • Title: What are the Counters on a Pool Table Used For?
  • Author: (Jordan Coffey)
  • Published: 8/17/2019 6:27:38 AM
  • Last Updated: 9/17/2019 3:36:05 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)