Billiards is a fun pool game to play with a few people and billiards rules are easy to follow. You have to ensure that everyone knows the rules of the game when the time comes to play. Having a print out of the rules and regulations during gameplay might improve everyone’s playing. This provides everyone with the knowledge of knowing how the house plays billiards.
- Table, balls and the equipment. The triangle must be used when racking the balls and the apex ball has to be placed on the foot spot. The balls should have contact with each other. The cue ball can only be struck using the cue tip when playing billiards. When one player does not pocket a ball, then it is time to switch turns to the main billiards rules.
- Breaks. Each of the players has to use balls that are the same size and weight. The cue ball should be used for the break. Opening the break shot is usually chosen depending on the lag/lot shot or when one opponent gives the break shot to the other. The cue ball has to be behind the head string when breaking at all times. The next billiards rule is when the player breaking the triangle scratches, the other opponent then gets a turn to break.
- Pocketing the balls. The balls must be pocketed with legal shots. If the ball does not stay in the pocket, then it is not considered a pocketed ball. If a player shoots while there are balls in motion on the table, it is considered a foul. The cue ball has to come in contact with that player's other balls on the table and cause the numbered ball to fall into a pocket for it to be a legal shot.
- Fouls of the game. If any of the number balls are hit with the stick, it is a foul. If the cue ball is pocketed, it is considered a foul. Touching or moving one of the balls with your hand is considered a foul. No double hits or pushing the ball using the stick. You cannot allow the cue ball to leave the table and come back to it at any time. Otherwise known as a jump shot in billiards.
- If more than one ball is pocketed on a legal strike, then those balls are counted for the player as well. All of the rounds of billiards are played in innings where each of the players takes turns trying to pocket the balls until someone wins the game of billiards.