Cut-throat Pool and Billiards Rules
Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply.
Type of Game
Cut-throat (also known as Elimination) is a very popular game in social situations, rather than for serious competitive play. It is very enjoyable to play – fast and with simple rules. A perfect game when an odd number of participants are available. This is a test to see if I can type here.
3 or 5.
Standard set of object balls 1-15, plus cue ball.
Standard triangle rack with the 1 ball on the foot spot, and the 6 and 11 balls on the two corners; all other balls placed at random.
Object of the Game
To legally pocket your opponents’ balls before the opponents legally pocket your group of balls.
Group balls have no point value. The player with a ball(s) still on the table, when all the other groups’ balls are legally pocketed, wins the game.
Starting player must make an open break. If failing to do so, incoming player may;
All balls pocketed on a legal break remain pocketed.
RULES OF PLAY
Illegally Pocketed Balls
Opponents’ group balls are spotted; no penalty. Shooter’s group balls remain pocketed, no penalty.
Object Balls Jumped Off the Table
All spotted. The stroke is a foul, and the penalty for fouls is followed. The incoming player accepts the cue ball in position.
Cue Ball After Jumping Off The Table or Scratch
Incoming player has cue ball in hand behind the head string.
Penalty for Fouls
Shooter’s inning ends. In addition, one ball from each of the opponents’ groups that is off the table is brought back into play. Players who had been eliminated can be reinstated at any time until the game is over. If a player’s group has no pocketed balls at the time of a foul by one of his opponents, then the penalty has no effect on that group or player; the penalty is not carried forward.
DISCLAIMER: This file contains property copyrighted by the Billiard Congress of America. Any modification or sale of the information herein is strictly prohibited by the laws governing that copyright. Please direct questions regarding interpretation of the following, or information on how to receive the current BCA Billiards - The Official Rules and Records Book to the Billiard Congress of America.