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Defensive 10 Ball Pool Rules

Here are the rules for a billiard game called Defensive 10-Ball. The game of Defensive 10 Ball may only be appreciated by top pool players but it is one of the fastest ways for an intermediate pool player to improve upon their safety and kicking skills at the pool table.

Defensive 10 Ball Rules of play

Defensive 10-ball follows the general, standard 10 ball pool rules except where otherwise noted below.

Defensive 10-Ball Rack

Defensive 10 ball is racked and played similar to a standard 10 ball pool rules with the 1 in the front and the 10 in the middle:

Balls, 1 through 10, are racked at the head (front) of a standard triangle just as in 8 ball. The 10 ball is to be placed in the middle of the middle row in the rack.

The object of the game is to earn as many points as possible during each rack.


The scoring in defensive 10 ball differs from that of standard 10 ball.

There are 10 points per rack and players should agree to race to a certain amount of points, 25 points is generally an interesting race.

In defensive 10 ball, the players earn 1 point for each ball pocketed, but are only allowed 2 offensive shots in a row. After that, you must play safe. You can score more than 2 points if you sink more than 1 object ball on a single stroke.

Defensive 10 Ball - Break Shot

A standard break starts the game and all balls pocketed stay down. Each ball pocketed is worth 1 point to the breaker, BUT, whether the breaker made a ball or not the 1st shot after the break must be a push out (a push out is when a player chooses a position on the table and shoots the cue ball to it, in order to re-position the cue ball). Once the player has re-positioned the cue ball, the inning ends and the next player up has the option to take the new challenging shot or pass it back to the other player.

Continuing Play

After the push-out, players may now either pocket balls or play safe. If you pocket a ball on your first stroke of an inning, you are allowed a second shot and if you pocket another ball you must now play safe on your 3rd stroke.

All standard "ball-in-hand" rules apply. If player 1 fails to make a legal hit or shot, then player 2 gets ball in hand and is allowed a maximum of 2 offensive shots before they must play safe. This is where it pays to play "tight safeties". If a player pockets a ball accidentally or on purpose on their 3rd stroke, the object ball is spotted on the foot spot and the cue ball stays where it is, so it is sometimes advisable to execute such a shot.

The player that sinks the 10 ball gets the break in the next rack.

Defensive 10 Ball Pool Rules

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The official Defensive 10 Ball Pool Rules are predominently observed in North America.

How to Play Defensive 10 Ball Pool

  • Title: Defensive 10 Ball Pool Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/10/2017 6:27:56 AM
  • Last Updated: 1/10/2017 7:12:33 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum
  • Source: Joe Tucker, AZB

Defensive 10 Ball Pool Rules

The Defensive 10 Ball Pool 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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