TYPE OF GAME
Bowlliards apply the scoring concepts of bowling to pocket billiards. Like bowling, there’s a perfect score to strive for. That could be a good training game since scoring allows you to track if you’re improving.
Any number of players or teams can play.
Any ten object balls plus cue ball
Standard triangle position(front apex ball on foot spot) without the last 5 ball row, as in 10-pin bowling. (see picture below)
OBJECT OF THE GAME
In Bowlliards, as in bowling, the goal is to achieve a perfect score of 300 in 10 frames. Or, when playing against an opponent, shoot a higher score.
Each legally pocketed ball is scored as one point regardless of the ball number. The points scored as per the Rules of Play below are treated exactly as in regular bowling.
In Bowlliards, at the start of a the player’s frame, he has a free break meaning that the player doesn’t have to pocket a ball to continue playing. If one or more balls are pocketed in the break shot, they are spotted back on the table and the player starts its scoring play with the cue ball in hand behind the head string.The opening break takes place at the start of every frame.
BOWLLIARDS RULES OF PLAY
A legally pocketed ball entitles the player to continue at the table until failing to pocket a called ball on a shot or scoring 10, the maximum total per frame. The player must designate a single ball and a pocket into which the ball will score. The shooter need not indicate kisses, caroms, combinations, or cushions, none of which are illegal.
As in bowling, player has two chances to pocket the 10 balls in each frame. If he does it on the first try, it’s a strike. If he takes two tries, it’s a spare. If after his 2 tries, some balls are still on the table, that’s an open frame and his score is the number of balls pocketed after his two tries.
A strike in the tenth frame earns two extra shots and a spare, one extra shot.
If the score is tie after the game, players go in “sudden death” and the first player to post a higher score in a frame is the winner.
ILLEGALLY POCKETED BALLS
Illegally pocketed balls are spotted.
OBJECT BALL JUMPS OFF THE TABLE
They are spotted. The stroke is a foul and the penalty for fouls is followed.
CUE BALL AFTER JUMPING OFF THE TABLE OR SCRATCH
Only apply if occurring as a player’s first foul of a frame. Player has cue ball in hand behind the head string to begin his second chance of the frame.
PENALTY FOR FOULS
One point is deducted from offender’s score for each foul. If a foul ends the player’s first chance of a frame, he has cue ball in hand behind the head string to begin his second chance of the frame.