TYPE OF GAME
Russian Pyramid is quite different than other games. It is played using 15 white balls and the cue ball is red.
Table : Even though sizes range 7′ (198 õ 99 cm); 8′ (224 õ 112 cm); 9′ (254 õ 127 cm); 12′ (356 õ1 78 cm) the most common variety is the 12′.
Ball size : There are 16 balls (15 white and 1 red) which are larger and heavier than Western billiard balls. There are two regulation sizes: 68 mm and 71 mm.
Pocket size : Pockets are only 2 to 4 mm wider than the diameter of the ball. This makes the game much more difficult and requires greater precision to pocket a ball.
Normally played with two players or two teams
To play real Russian Pyramid, you need 15 white balls and one red ball used as the cue ball to start. You can also play using 15 regular balls and the white cue ball to start.
Balls are racked in a standard triangle. The real start position of the ball are as in the picture below.
RULES AND OBJECT OF THE GAME
The game starts with 15 white balls racked in a pyramid as in eight-ball. One player breaks from the baulk line. In Russian Pyramid the object of the game is to pocket 8 balls. There is no set cue ball, at all times any ball may be used as a cue ball. The first player to score eight balls wins the game. You can also score by pocketing the red cue ball. In this case your opponent must choose a white ball to be taken off the table and the red cue ball is returned to the baulk line. A foul (missing a ball, driving a ball off the table, etc.) is penalized by deducting one of scored balls and returning it back on the table.
If played with regular balls, the same principle apply and players can use any ball as the cue ball.