View Full Version : some rule book questions

06-29-2002, 04:26 AM
Where can someone get these rule books. Which rule books would should I get. It sounds like there are too many different ones available. And the small tournaments I played in says they go by Texas rules. Or something like that. I'm not in any leagues and won't be any leagues because of my health problems. And I haven't seen any around yet. But I have only been in taverns maybe 2 or 3 times in the last 20 years.

A couple more question about rules. I use to play a lot of straight pool and 15 ball bank pool in the 60s. I only played at about 4 different pool halls. When we played banks, if you scratched you would spot a bank if you had made one during that stroke. Otherwise we never spotted a ball on a scratch. A few weeks ago I saw someone playing 9 ball banks. They said the rules were exactly like 15 ball banks. But when someone scratched they would spot one of their balls if they had previously made one. We never did that. Is this a change in the rules or did I and everyone I ever seen play banks, play incorrectly. And once I play some guy named Lefty. I remember because Jim Parker from the IL. Billiard Club told me he was the same Left mentioned in a book by or about Minnesotta Fats as being the best banker he ever saw. And we didn't spot any balls on scratches unless we made one on the stroke in which we scratched. And if you scratch and don't have any made balls, do you owe 1 ball to be spotted if you make one? Thanks. I decided I should make this a separate thread instead of reply under 9 ball break shot.

06-29-2002, 04:32 AM
This thread was started by me as an anonymous by accident. I never log out. But somehow every once in a while when I come here I am logged out without me noticing.

06-29-2002, 06:19 AM
Eddie, There are rules available on-line at the following sites but nothing on banks:




My 1968 BCA book has nothing on banks but I believe you spot or owe a ball for any foul. Play the balls in position unless cue ball leaves the table and then BIH in the kitchen. Nine ball banks is just a short version of 15 ball banks. Here are some bank pool rules:



06-29-2002, 09:21 AM
You are good.. real good..
Thanks for getting the web info and sharing.

06-29-2002, 10:51 AM
Thanks Ken.
Those sites are excellent. I was having computer problems all morning so it took me about 4 hours to get through and print the rules. I printed out the Texas Express rules, the BCA rules and the rules for banks. The print on those sites were small. So I copied the rules. Then I pasted them in Words. Then I enlarged the font size to 12. Thanks again.