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How to Play Killer Pool with Cards

Learn how to play "Cards Killer" pool, a variation on the popular "Classic Killer" pool game.

In cue sports, "Cards Killer" pool is a ring game variation of "classic killer" pool.

Killer Pool with Cards follows the classic rules of killer pool, except for the variations and additions noted below. Read those complete rules first in order for this variation to make sense.

It is designed for anywhere from 2 to 13 players.

It uses the same equipment as classic killer pool, with the additional requirements of a deck of cards.

Cards Killer Set-up

  • In addition to the pool table, you need a deck of playing cards and a blackboard (it can be played without the blackboard but it helps).
  • On the board, write the numbers from 1 through 10, plus 'J' (Jack), 'Q' (Queen), and 'K' (King) (instead of numbers '11', '12', and '13'). You only need to do enough rows to accommodate the number of players participating (up to 13).
  • To the right of each number/letter, write one of the player's names, and to the right of the name draw three tally marks, representing that player's "lives".
  • Prepare the card deck by selecting three of each of the cards numbered from 1 to N (number of players). For example if there are five players, you'll need 3 of each card numbered 1 through 5, for a total of 15 cards.
  • Shuffle and cut the prepared card deck.
  • It is customary that the first person to get knocked out of the game takes over control of the cards.

The Break-Off Shot

  • Turn over the first card to determine who starts the game. The player corresponding with that number will perform the break-off.
  • Immediately after the break shot (and before the breaking player takes a 2nd shot, if applicable), the coins from the pot are placed in a tidy vertical pile in the center of the table (or as close to it as possible on the line joining the center with the black spot).

Cards Killer Pool - Continuing Play

  • The next player in sequence is always determined by turning over the next card in the prepared card deck.
  • If nothing is potted, or if the cue ball goes down or leaves the table, then the player loses a life (except on break shots as noted in the classic killer pool rules). A tally mark is wiped off of the board next to the player's name and their card (which was just turned over) is removed from the pack. Thus at any time the number of cards left in the pack should be the same as the number of tally marks left on the board.
  • When the last ball is potted, the balls are re-racked and the next card turned over to determine who breaks. The coins are removed from the table for each break-off shot, and the player breaks following the same rules as followed during the opening break shot as detailed above.
  • When the last card has been turned over and the resulting shot played, the cards are shuffled again before continuing to ensure a random order of play.
  • If the pile of coins is knocked over during a shot, the player must pay another unit of the entry fee, which is added to the pile once it has been re-stacked on the spot.
  • When there is only one card left, that player wins and takes the coins.

Difference Between "Classic Killer" and "Cards Killer" Pool

The cards version of killer pool has a benefit over the classic version of killer pool—Not knowing who plays next.

In classic killer pool, the players then simply play in the order the names are written on the board. This is not so good as the order is predictable, and thus, it opens the door to people teaming up. For example, a player might say to another:

...leave me an easy shot and I'll make sure that the next player gets eliminated

This can result in the better players getting knocked out almost immediately.

Cards Killer pool adds an element of risk stemming from not knowing who plays next. In classic killer pool, players usually attempt to try to leave a difficult, next shot, but in cards killer pool, the cards might determine that you are the next player.

Also, there are some times when you know for sure that you're not up next. This can occur when all your cards have been turned over since the last shuffle (except when the cards are about to be shuffled again)! Thus there is a sense in which the game becomes easier the fewer lives you have. You are more likely to go out (if someone leaves you a difficult position) but you also have more power to put others in tricky situations with little or no risk.

How to Play Killer Pool with Cards

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The official How to Play Killer Pool with Cards are predominently observed in UK.

How to Play How to Play Killer Pool with Cards

  • Title: How to Play Killer Pool with Cards
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/19/2020 9:46:51 AM
  • Last Updated: 12/19/2020 9:50:04 AM
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How to Play Killer Pool with Cards

The How to Play Killer Pool with Cards article belongs to the Billiards Ring Game Rules category.

In cue sports, a ring game is a game of pool played with more than 2 players and which follow a special set of modified rules.

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