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:   Friday, 04-Apr-2014 00:32:07 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 our club's operating procedures.

  2. Notices.

  3. Meetings.   Every Friday during semester starting around 6:30 pm.   New players are welcome.

            **   After Spring break we will be selecting new officers, as well as ladder and tournament directors.   **

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

  5. Tournaments   (Fall 2013).

    Four BAC tournaments and one Game Room tournament have been planned for this Spring.   In addition to those tournaments we will be running whichever handicapped ladders (14.1, Straight Rail Billiards, 9-Ball, 3 Cushion Billiards, and Snooker) are showing sufficient interest.

    The Game Room will be offering a progressive 8-ball tournament that runs on alternate Wednesdays throughout the semester.   Blacklight pool is happening on those Wednesdays that don't have a tournament.

    Here are short descriptions of the BAC (Billy Aardd's Club) Spring 2014 tournaments being offered.   Except as noted below these tournaments are open to students, faculty, staff, and affiliates of New Mexico Tech.

    For past tournaments, and others than those listed below (i.e. those at BAC meetings, and Game Room ones), please see our TOURNAMENTS page.

    1. 3 Cushion   --   Monday through Thursday evenings February 10 through April 17,   5:30pm to 8:30pm.
      (This tournament is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of New Mexico Tech.)

      Here is the schedule and brackets for the 3-cushion tournament.

    2. Carom / Snooker / 14.1 (Best Player)   --   March 28-30 (and if needed April 4-6).
      This is a Plaque event.
      (This tournament is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of New Mexico Tech.)

      Here is the schedule and brackets for the Carom / Snooker / 14.1 tournament.

      The intent of this tournament is to give players a chance for some intense competition and to come out and show us what they can do.   Courteous spectators are encouraged to come enjoy the event (and by their presence perhaps add a bit more pressure to the competition).

      As a Plaque Event, the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place finishers will have their names placed on a plaque which is to remain in the game room (or wherever the pool tables reside).   There must be at least five contestants ready to play at the start of this tournament for it to be run.

  6. Recommended Equipment Care.

  7. Rules.   (House sets, and others.)

    Check out 9.1 Lulu - for pool players wanting more of a challenge, and Korean 9 Ball - a carom game that uses nine balls, a Kelly bottle with peas, and poker chips.

  8. History of Game Room 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.)

Every Friday during semester starting around 6:30pm.

Miguel Aguirre is the club's president.   Holly Higgins is the Vice President.   Syngen Duncan is the CFO.

        **   After Spring break we will be selecting new officers, as well as ladder and tournament directors.   **

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 ACUI at NM Tech.

  3. Score Sheets

  4. Round Robin format

  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).     N E W ( 2013-Dec-21)
  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

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.

Alan Hopkins' Q-Skill Rating Systems scorecard . (A single page copy of the scorecard and rules.)

Game Room   billiard table layouts

Links to Other Sites

Carom Billiards

  1. Union Mondiale de Billard.
  2. United States Billiard Association.
  3. An instructional series for straight-rail and balkline play, The Weingartner Billiard Program.
  4. The Tuzul Club website.   Includes an introduction to some 3-cushion systems.
  5. Walt Harris' Billiard Atlas books on numerous diamond systems.
  6. - The online source for billiards.
  7. Axel's Carom Billiards.
  8. A compilation of Artistic Billiards shots.
  9. Some Artistic shots by Semih Sayginer.
  10. An interactive 3-Cushion Billiards training system can be found at

Pocket Billiards

  1. A variety of practice drills can be found the Barenada site's Pool link.
  2. Pocket Billiards practice drills courtesy of Nadine.
  3. A site for the One Pocket player (or those curious about the game).


  1. A site with a tutorial section -
  2. Ronnie "The Rocket" O'Sullivan fastest 147 .

About tables

  1. Pool Table Plans.

Other links

  1. The Billiard Congress of America site has many things (including the World Standardized rules for Eight-Ball, Nine-Ball, and 14.1 Continuous pocket billiards).
  2. The Chicago Billiard Museum provides wonderful historical information.
  3. If you're looking for some used billiard or snooker books try
  5. InsidePOOL Magazine.   The source for news from the world of billiards and pool.
  6. Hard Times Billiards
  7. Jim Loy's page of interesting Pool and Billiard links.
  8. Oran Green's massive list of links.