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:   Thursday, 04-Dec-2014 17:08:53 MST

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.

      Thursdays during semester starting around 7:00 pm.   New players are welcome.

  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.

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(If this information seems outdated checking with the game room attendant at 835-5927 is always an option.)

Thursdays 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 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

Brunswick Balke Collender rules of billiards, from 1914.

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   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. Walt Harris' Billiard Atlas books on numerous diamond systems.
  5. - The online source for billiards.
  6. Axel's Carom Billiards.
  7. A compilation of Artistic Billiards shots.
  8. Some Artistic shots by Semih Sayginer.
  9. 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 .
  3. Ronnie O'Sullivan's 147 in his third win of the Welsh Open.
    A very fine video of an impressive run out, which also has a few views that give a sense of how enormous a 12-foot snooker table is.

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. Instruction from Bob Jewett of the San Francisco Billiard Academy.
  3. The Chicago Billiard Museum provides wonderful historical information.
  4. If you're looking for some used billiard or snooker books try
  6. InsidePOOL Magazine.   The source for news from the world of billiards and pool.
  7. Oran Green's massive list of billiard links.