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Blackball Rules

The Rules of Blackball

The Break

Players must lag for the break using the same size balls. Both players must lag at the same time. If a player hits a side cushion, crosses over to opponents half of the table or commits a foul then the player loses the lag. Closest to the bottom cushion wins. Winner has choice.

You can break from anywhere behind the baulk line. If the black is potted from the break it is deemed a re-rack with the same player to break again, no penalty.

Once the balls are broke, 2 balls must fully pass the middle pockets or a ball must be potted for a legal break. If they fail to do this the opponent is given 3 choices- 1: play from where the ball lie. 2: have ball in hand. 3: restart the frame and take the break with a free shot.

Deciding Groups

Groups are never decided from the break or from a free shot following a foul. They are decided by the first legal pot. If a player breaks and pots a ball the table is till open until they pot on their 2nd visit. All balls potted on the break are disregarded.

Cue Ball in Hand

When a foul is committed/' ball in hand' situation; visiting player must request their opponent or referee moves the cue ball. Failing to do so results in loss of frame!

Frozen Ball

When a ball is touching a cushion this is deemed a frozen ball. It is up to either the player, opponent or referee to point out if the ball is frozen or not. If the ball is frozen the player must still hit a cushion after contact with another ball.

Legal Shot

On all shots players must a) cause the cue ball's initial contact with a ball to be a ball on, and then pot a ball on. or b) cause the cue ball, or any ball to strike a cushion following a legal shot.

Total Snooker

If you cannot see either side of any of your balls then you must call a total snooker. When you call a total snooker you don't need to strike a cushion to perform a legal shot. If you fail to call a total snooker and don't hit the cushion after striking your ball it is deemed as a foul stroke.

Skill Shot

If a player pots their ball and then an

opponent's ball is deemed as a legal shot as long as they strike their own ball first (except following a foul).

A player can pot their remaining ball and the black in a skill shot to win the game as long as they strike their own ball first (except following a foul).


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