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Basic Pocket Pool

 TYPE OF GAME
The game of Basic Pocket Billiards is a combination of the call shot aspects of 14.1 Continuous and the anything goes character of Fifteen Ball. It's a game well-suited for mixed (beginners and accomplished players) play, particularly in a team mode.

PLAYERS
2, or 2 teams.

BALLS USED
Standard set of object balls 1-15, plus cue ball.

THE RACK
Standard triangle rack; balls placed entirely at random.

OBJECT OF THE GAME
To score eight balls before the opponent.

SCORING
Any legally pocketed ball is scored as one ball.

OPENING BREAK
Starting player must:

1. legally pocket any numbered ball into a target pocket, or
2. cause the cue ball to contact any numbered ball and after contact,at least one numbered ball must contact a cushion. Failure to do so is a foul. Note: The cue ball does not have to strike a rail on the opening break. Failure is a breaking violation; the opponent can accept the table in position and shoot, or require that the balls be reracked and the offending player repeat the opening break until the requirements are satisfied.
If a starting player pockets a ball on the opening break, it is a legally pocketed ball if no foul or other violation is committed, and continues at the table. On all subsequent shots, however, the shooter must comply with all the Rules of Play below.

RULES OF PLAY
1.A legally pocketed ball entitles the shooter to continue at the table until failing to pocket a ball on a legal shot. The player may choose and shoot any ball, but before shooting, must designate a single ball that will be pocketed; the shooter need not indicate kisses, caroms, combinations or cushions (all of which are legal).

2. On all shots subsequent to the opening break, the player must cause the cue ball to contact an object ball, and then:

(a) pocket an object ball, or;
(b) cause an object ball or the cue ball to contact a cushion. Failure to do so is a foul.

3. When a player has the cue ball in hand behind the head string andall remaining object balls are behind the head string as well, the object ball nearest the head string may be spotted on the foot spot upon request. If two or more balls are an equal distance from the head string, the player may designate which of the equidistant balls should be spotted.

ILLEGALLY POCKETED BALLS
All spotted, no penalty.

OBJECT BALLS JUMPED OFF THE TABLE
All spotted. The stroke is a foul, and the penalty for fouls is followed.

CUE BALL AFTER JUMPING OFF THE TABLE OR SCRATCH
All spotted. The stroke is a foul, and the penalty for fouls is followed.

PENALTY FOR FOULS
One scored ball is returned to the table (spotted) by fouling player for each foul committed. If player who fouls has no previously pocketed balls to spot up, he "owes" for such fouls, and must spot balls after each scoring inning until his "owed" fouls are eliminated. After fouls other than cue ball jump or cue ball scratch, the incoming player accepts cue ball in position.

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