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RULES OF THE GAMES

English Pool

1.Rack Up the balls


2.The Break - Player 1 must place the white ball behind the line and hit the pack ensuring a minimum of four balls must hit the cushions, if not it is a foul break.


3. If Player 1 pots on the break when they are on that colour for the rest of the game. If player A pots a red and a yellow, then Player 1 can choose which colour they want.


4. If no balls are potted off the break then the table is open for player 2 to attempt reds or yellows. Once either player pots a ball, they remain on that colour and the same player gets another shot. When that player misses, the other player takes their turn, and this continues until one player clears all their balls and the eight-ball. The eight-ball must be the last ball potted to win the game.


5. In the event of a foul, the opposing player receives two shots and these shots carry (i.e. if a ball is potted on the first shot, the player still has two shots). When a player gets two shots, they can pick up the white ball and place it anywhere behind the line.


6. The following shots are classed as fouls: 

a. Hitting a ball which you are not supposed to hit (i.e. opposition colour or the eight-ball out of sequence) or missing all the balls on the table.

b. Potting a ball which you are not supposed to pot (i.e. opposition colour)

c. A ball jumping off the table

d. Potting the white ball


7. If the eight-ball is potted before a player’s colours are potted, that player loses the game.


8. When on the eight-ball, if the player pots it but also fouls, that player loses the game.

American Pool

9 Ball-Pool

There’s also an exciting format of the game known as nine-ball pool. As the name suggests, the game is played with just nine balls. The objective is to pot each consecutive ball based on its number. So, starting at one and ending with nine. The winner is the player that legally pots the nine-ball once all others are down.

Here’s a brief explanation. We provide diamond racks, so why not give it a try?


1. Rack the balls in a diamond. one at the top, nine in the middle. The remaining balls can be placed randomly in the rack.


2.You must hit the one ball first. Pot a ball & you keep going. Fail to pot and your turn is over.


3. If you foul, your opponent gets the white ball in hand and can place it anywhere on the table (one shot only).


4. If you don’t have a clear shot at the lowest number ball after the break, tell your opponent you are playing a push out shot. Hit the white ball anywhere on the table. You don’t have to hit another ball but it’s OK if you do.


5. You opponent either takes the next shot or asks you to play the next shot.


6. Pot the balls in number order. Miss a pot & it’s your opponent’s turn to pick up where you left off.


7. The nine ball should be the last ball on the table - whoever pots this ball wins!


8. Potting the nine ball in a combination shot wins too, if the first ball you hit is the lowest number ball on the table.


At Top Spot our American pool tables are easy to spot, they are larger with multi-coloured cloths and the balls have stripes and spots instead of the traditional English reds and yellows. You could also play the eight-ball version of the game, which is very popular in America. The rules can vary but it often depends on what you agree with your pals.

At Top Spot our American pool tables are easy to spot, they are larger with multi-coloured cloths and the balls have stripes and spots instead of the traditional English reds and yellows. You could also play the eight-ball version of the game, which is very popular in America. The rules can vary but it often depends on what you agree with your pals.


1. Rack Up


2. The first player hits the cue ball into the rack. This is known as the break. 4 of the balls in the rack must bounce off the cushion. Anything less and it's a foul.


3. The objective of the game is to pot either the spot or striped balls using the cue ball. If none of them end up in the pockets following the break, then the two players exchange shots until one of them drops. If a player pots a stripe, then the striped balls are now allocated to that player. It becomes that player's objective to pot all the stripes and then eventually the black ball in order to win. Vice versa with the spots.


4. If a player fails to pot, the opposing player comes to the table. Keep potting the right balls and you'll stay at the table.


5. A foul can occur in several ways and results in the opposing player having the ball in hand (meaning that they can place the cue ball anywhere on the table for their next shot).


6. A foul can be given for failing to hit any ball on the table with the cue ball, hitting the cue ball into a ball that isn't designated to you before any other one or potting the cue ball accidentally. 


7. A player will automatically lose the match if they accidentally pot the black ball before they've potted all their designated balls or if they pot the cue ball and black ball in the same shot. Hitting the black ball off the table is another way to immediately hand your opponent victory.


8. The game can also be played in pairs. Good luck!