Rules for SEVEN-BALL
Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply.
Two individuals, or two teams.
Object balls numbered 1-7, plus the cue ball. The seven ball has a
black stripe around it, the numeral seven is white in a red circle.
A circular rack is used. A standard Nine Ball rack can be used if it is
turned sideways. The balls are racked with the 1-ball at the apex with
balls 2-6 running clockwise for the outside of the rack; the 7-ball is
in the middle of the rack.
OBJECT OF THE GAME
To win by legally pocketing the 7-ball.
The balls have no point value. The player legally pocketing the 7-ball
wins the game. If the 7-ball is illegally pocketed the shooter looses
The starting player must make an open break, or legally pocket an object
ball. If he fails to do so the incoming player may elect to take the
balls as they lie and put the cue ball in play from behind the head
string, or shoot the opening break himself. In subsequent games the
RULES OF PLAY
A legal shot requires that the cue ball's first contact be with the
lowest numbered ball on the table. The player must then either pocket a
ball, or send the cue ball or an object ball to a cushion. Failure to
do so is a foul.
A legally pocketed ball entitles the shooter to continue at the table
until he fails to pocket a ball on a legal shot.
Immediately after a legal opening break the opponent chooses the side of
table on which he will pocket the 7-ball. Balls 1-6 may be pocketed
Pocketing the 7-ball on a legal break wins the game.
Any violation of the General Rules of Pocket Billiards that is deemed a
foul will give the opponent cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.
LOSS OF GAME
A player looses the game if he commits any of the following infractions:
- pockets the 7-ball in a non-assigned pocket after the break,
- fouls when on the 7-ball,
- pockets the 7-ball on an illegal shot,
- commits three successive fouls.
ILLEGALLY POCKETED OBJECT BALLS
All illegally pocketed balls are spotted and the opponent gets cue ball
in hand anywhere on the table.
JUMPED OBJECT BALLS
Are spotted. No penalty.
Incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.
These rules are used by Billy Aardd's Club, NMIMT, Socorro, NM.