© Mike Stooke 2010. Historical Notes
This is loosely based on the American game that uses the fifteen numbered balls and a special pack of playing cards. Each player is dealt seven cards from the deck and each card relates to a specific ball on the table. The winning player is the first to pot the balls which relate to the cards he was dealt.
This variation is much simpler and uses only the normal set of snooker balls. No points are scored when any balls are potted, instead the winning player is the first to pot each of the six colours at least once.
Like snooker, a red must be potted before a colour can be played, but unlike snooker, after the last red is potted, and before the next stroke is played, all nine reds are replaced as at the start of the game.
If you commit any foul stroke you miss your next visit to the table. So if only two play and you commit a foul, you hand your opponent a great advantage - two consecutive visits before you return to the table.
The game is best played by four or five players, any more and you wait too long for your next shot.
The Rules of Poker Pool
The normal rules of snooker apply to Poker Pool except where clearly contradicted below.
To begin the game set the table as shown in the dagram. The yellow, green, brown, and blue are placed on their normal spots.
The pink and black are placed in a direct line between the blue and the brown, the pink one-third of the distance between blue and brown, and the black half-way between the pink and brown.
Only nine reds are used and these form a diamond shape at the start of the game. The apex ball of the diamond must be positioned on the pink spot.
No points are scored for potting any ball.
The winner is the first player to pot each of the six colours at least once.
The balls must be played as they are in snooker, so a colour can only be played after potting a red.
After the last red is potted, and before the next stroke is played, the nine reds are returned to the table and placed in their original position.
If the cue-ball is within the area required for replacing the reds, it is removed and the next shot is taken from within the 'D.'
If any colour is within the area required for replacing the reds, then it is removed and replaced on its own spot.
When any coloured ball has to be respotted and its spot is occupied, it is placed as close to that spot as possible, without touching any other ball, on a direct line to the nearest part of the top cushion. It is NOT placed on the highest spot available.
For any foul stroke, the offending player misses his next turn at the table.
The BLACK spot is never used in Poker Pool.
The PINK spot is only used for positioning the apex ball of the nine reds.
You will need some method of keeping score, so here is a printable score sheet.
It allows for six players, but four or possibly five make a better game. Then you don't wait too long for your next turn.
The score sheet is in the .pdf format, so you will need Adobe Reader or a similar .pdf program to open the file.
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