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10-05-2004, 07:35 AM
Several organizations publish rules of pool games. Be aware that different organizations have different rules for the same games. For example, the 8-ball rules that govern APA (American Poolplayers Association) league play are very different from those used in BCA (Billiard Congress of America) leagues. The following are links to sets of rules published by major organizers of pool leagues and tournaments in the United States.

Links to rules of pool

Billiard Congress of America:
http://www.bca-pool.com/play/ (click on game rules)

Texas Express (Promotions Group):

Pro Express (United States Pool Players Association--USPPA)

Valley National Eight-Ball Association

I'm posting this for the convenience of those who don't know where to find "the rules." Please feel free to post corrections, updates, and additional links to rules here.


10-05-2004, 09:54 AM
Pro Express (United States Pool Players Association--USPPA) <hr /></blockquote>

Although these rules are titled "Pro Express" they are not the rules that the PROS use. These rules are specific to the USPPA.

The keeper of the "Pro Express" rules used by the Pros in the major tournaments is Pat Flemming of Accustats. I don't know that these rules have ever been published for public viewing. Normally the Players in the "player's meeting" prior to a tournament, discuss the rules and 'agree' on any issues. So, these rules are not 'set in stone' for each tournament. Flexibility for the players is always considered. For Example, the 9 is racked on the 'spot'. and, 3 balls must cross the center of the table for a legal break (or a ball must be pocketed)

10-05-2004, 11:09 AM
Thanks, Tom. That's interesting.

Have you looked at the published rules for the 2005 Derby City Classic yet? They can be viewed at:

http://www.derbycityclassic.com/games.php .

On a side note--the promoters have instituted a dress code for competitors at the 2005 DCC and have explained why this has been done:

"The Derby City Classic is striving to attract sponsership outside the billiard industry. Please Dress to impress. Use good judgement. Cotton slacks, blue or colored denims, collared shirts. Plain t-shirts or the like, designer warm ups, sweats, shorts of any kind, or headgear will not be allowed during competition in the tournament arena . Any player who reports to a match and does not meet the dress code will receive a verbal warning from the tournament director. The player must then correct the fault and be ready to play in a specified period of time. Failure to comply may result in loss of match." (From the DCC 2005 web site)


10-05-2004, 11:47 AM
Yes, that is interesting, the DCC has always had a 'dress code' of limited success. No shorts or T-shirts, sandals or tank tops.

10-05-2004, 11:58 AM
I'm sure I'm not the only one who's probably noticed women players in halls shooting barefoot, I'm not talking tournaments of stature, but in establishments where guys are hustled away if they are in a tank top. In many ways we live in double standards when it comes to the different genders. I never saw a man barefooted yet..sid

10-05-2004, 03:26 PM
That's something we are working on for the game of One Pocket over at OnePocket.org. They're not 'official' yet, but they have seen input from a lot of One Pocket players over the last few months. The most recent draft can be viewed here:

10-05-2004, 04:29 PM
Thanks, Steve!


Chris Cass
10-05-2004, 09:35 PM

The BCA Master list. LOL


10-09-2004, 11:44 AM
Rules of Fargo: http://www.playpool.com/rsbasp/fargo/

Rules of Equal Offense:

Rules of 99: http://www.tourboard.com/ieo/about/rules.htm


10-09-2004, 05:42 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Leviathan:</font><hr> Rules of Fargo: http://www.playpool.com/rsbasp/fargo/
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So what exactly is fargo, the web site seems to be a couple of years out of date. From what i read, it looks like an online league where you emailed your score in, is this right?

10-09-2004, 06:07 PM
If you look under "Rules" at that site you'll see that Fargo is a game. It can be played competitively or as a training exercise. It's pretty entertaining, and several people who post here have played it. Fargo's scoring system is such that players can use their scores to track the increase in their skill.


10-09-2004, 06:17 PM
very cool, ill give it a try.

so is the fargo tourneys a thing of the past ??

10-09-2004, 06:57 PM
I'm sure it is, I haven't seen any postings on it for a long time. We use to email our scores in each week. Due to time restraint I played in the next to last one as I recall. It's a fun game and it really makes you think.