I've invented a new pool game... Race to The Eight.

The game is played like nine ball but with all 15 balls. Solids shoot 1-7 in order, and stripes shoot 15-9, in revers order. Its still a work in progress, but so far the rules are:

  • All 15 balls are racked in a specific order starting from the head ball: 7, 4, 12,14, 8, 2, 10, 5, 13, 6, 15, 3, 9, 11, and 1.
  • The two players can lag for the break.
  • After the break, it is an open table-- if the breaker pocketed any balls as a result of the break, they continue their turn at the table, if not, it is the opponent's turn. The possible object balls are either the lowest or highest balls on and open table.
  • The shooter may make contact with their object ball to sink any other ball on the table-- except the eight ball, which must be a single shot.
  • On an open table, if the shooter pockets a ball of one side with the current object ball of the other side the table is still open.
  • After a successful shot, the shooter continues to shoot at their current (next) object ball-- always the lowest (solids) or highest (stripes) left on the table.
  • Normal nine ball safety and foul rules apply-- failing to hit your object ball first, failing to make contact with a rail or drop a ball after contact, etc. All fouls are ball-in-hand.
  • The game can be played as a race to a number of racks, where dropping your opponents ball may give them an advantage, but lets you continue your turn at the table. (Sacrifice)
  • Or it may be played as a race to points, where any ball you pocket in a legal stroke gives you a point, with an additional 7 points for pocketing the eight-ball. (War) In the point format, the maximum number of points possible would be 21. (Sinking all of your opponents balls with combinations of your balls and shooting all of your balls and the eight.)






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