BILLIARDS (Carom, Pool, and Snooker)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
(New Mexico Tech)


Fidel Student Center ,
  Socorro,   NM   87801,   USA ,   (575) 835-5927.

Updated:   Tuesday, 24-Mar-2015 16:52:27 MDT

Maintained by Ray Piworunas (


  1. Introduction

    Learn more about the Billy Aardd's Club at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
    You can also view the Billy Aardd's Club constitution, and the club's operating procedures.

  2. Notices.

  3. Meetings.

      Wednesdays during semester starting around 7:00 pm.   We welcome new players (come by and pick up a few tips).

  4. Ladders

      (14.1,   8-ball,   9-ball (team or individual),   Straight Rail Carom,   18.2 balkline,   3-cushion,   Snooker).

  5. Tournaments

      Open to students, faculty, and staff unless otherwise noted  (see specific tournament flyer).

  6. Recommended Equipment Care.

  7. Rules.

    Check out 9.1 Lulu - for pool players wanting more of a challenge, and Korean 9 Ball - a carom game that uses nine balls (and can help with learning to avoid kiss-outs in 3-cushion).

  8. History of Game Room (with billiard table layouts).

  9. Links to Other Sites.



(If this information seems outdated checking with the game room attendant at 835-5927 is always an option.)

Wednesdays during Fall and Spring semester starting around 7:00pm.   (No meetings during the Summer semester.)

Liam Hallada is the club's President.   Scott Rollins is the Vice President.   Anthony Giljum is the CFO.

Aside from the occasional business that needs to be conducted the meetings offer opportunity for:


Sign up on the round sheet (posted on the right wing of the rightmost white board) of which ever ladder you want to play on.   Be sure to leave your name (first and last), your conditional rating (CLBPI, CPPI, ...), your phone number, and an email address (preferably one from Tech).   Please check with one of the players on the ladder your are interested in for setting your conditional rating.


  1. Announcements and Schedules   current,   and past,   (BAC) tournament information.

  2. History of NM Tech's participation in ACUI recreational tournaments.

  3. Score Sheets.

  4. Round Robin formats.

  5. Various format brackets.

Rules for Various Cue Games

    House Rules

Pocket Billiards

  1. General Rules of Pocket Billiards.
  2. Seven-Ball.
  3. Eight-Ball.
  4. One, Fifteen, Eight-Ball.
  5. Any Eight   (created by a Billy Aardd's member).
  6. Nine-Ball.
  7. Back Pocket Nine-Ball.
  8. Bowlliards.
  9. 9.1 Lulu   (created by a Billy Aardd's member).
  10. 14.1 Continuous.
  11. Cutthroat.
  12. Bank Pool.
  13. One Pocket.
  14. Whammy   (created by bored Billy Aardd's members).
  15. Cribbage.
  16. Cricket   (created by Ken Hart, former game room manager).


  1. American Snooker.

Pockets and Caroms

  1. English Billiards.
  2. Cowboy Pocket Billiards.
  3. Bottle Pocket Billiards.

Carom Billiards

  1. General Rules of Carom Billiards.
  2. Carom Billiards.
  3. 18.2 Balkline.
  4. Korean 9 Ball.
  5. Three Cushion Billiards.
  6. Progressive Billiards.

Tournament Considerations

  1. Tournament Rules and Regulations.

    Other Rule Sets

Brunswick Balke Collender rules of billiards, from 1914.

World Pool-Billiard Association.

Billiard Congress of America.

VNEA   (Valley National 8-Ball League Association).

UPA   (US Professional Poolplayers Association).

World rules of 5-pin billiard (Italian billiard).

Cannonball Pool is a variation of Eight-ball that allows more variety in shot selection. has an interesting collection of rules.

Mouse Ball Pool. While the table dimensions are a bit strange it seems to be doable.

A single page copy of the Alan Hopkin's Q-Skill rating system scorecard and rules.

Game Room

Some history and billiard table layouts.

Links to Other Sites

Cue Sports: General

Carom Billiards

Pocket Billiards


About tables