One Hundred and One (2)

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I found this website wondering if there was anyone else who played 101 on a snooker table, however your rules are somewhat different from the game which I have grown up playing. I am from a small town in the center of Colorado (USA). No one is sure where or whom brought this game to town, but it's been here for at least a good 80 years.

The table set for the game of 101 The version played here is closely the same. The pocket values are the same, and a foul leaves you in the D to shoot out of any direction. In our version we use the pink and the yellow, and 10 red balls. The pink and yellow are placed behind the head ball in the rack of reds, with seven more behind the colored balls to make a triangle. The last 2 reds are placed anywhere at the back of the rack.

It can be two of them in a line or spaced apart, but they must be touching the rack, (a few examples are shown below), and their position is decided by the person racking.

Showing several ways the last two reds can be placed

The object of the game is to score exactly 101 points. If you score more than 101 you return to zero.

Potting a red scores the value of the pocket it is potted in. The pink and yellow are each worth 25 points plus the pocket, but if the pot is missed the player goes back that many points.

Say you miss the pink on the 15 hole it will cost you forty points. If you didn't have that many points accumulated then you are considered to be in the "hole". And if you're in the "hole" and you're gambling, and someone lands on 101, then you pay double.


The pink or yellow may be played at any time but the ball and pocket must be nominated. Then if the pot is missed the correct points can be deducted from that player's score.

Optional. If a player fails to pot the nominated ball (pink or yellow) in the nominated pocket, and flukes that ball into another pocket, it is not considered a foul, and the player scores 25 points for the pocketed ball plus the value of the pocket the ball entered.

If a red ball is struck first and the pink or yellow is potted in the same stroke, accidently or deliberately, nominated or not, then that counts to the player, who scores 25 points for the coloured ball plus the value of the pocket it entered, plus the points for any red balls pocketed in the same stroke.

Players do not have to nominate the ball or pocket when playing any red ball. If more than one red is potted in the same stroke the player scores for each ball.


Respotting the reds in 101 If the pink or yellow are potted they are replaced immediately. They are placed on the pink spot if it is vacant, or, if occupied, as close to it as possible, in a straight line towards the black spot without touching any other ball.

After each players turn, all pocketed red balls are replaced on the table. They must be replaced as close to each other as possible - but without touching, in a straight line starting at the pink spot and going back towards the centre of the top cushion.

Should a player pot the pink or yellow and make a foul stroke in the same shot, the pink or yellow is returned to the table before any of the red balls.


If a foul is committed when playing a red you lose only the points that you have made during that break.

If a foul is committed when playing pink or yellow, you lose the points you have made during that break, and 25 points plus the value of the pocket played for is deducted from the score you had built up before that break.

Scoring more than 101 points is a foul, you lose all the points made in that break, and all the points made before that break, so you start again from zero.

All the usual rules of snooker apply to this game, except that:

1. - After potting a red you are not committed to playing the pink or yellow.
2. - Any pocketed reds are replaced on the table at the end of each break.

Hope this will interest other players.   Mike Day, Colorado.

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