Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply.

Type of Game

A six ball variation of Nine Ball.


Twoindividuals, or two teams.

Balls Used

Object balls numbered 1-6, plus the cue ball.

The Rack

A diamond rack with the one-ball on the apex of the triangle and the six-ball in the center of the last row.

Object of the Game

To legally pocket the six-ball.


The shooter continues at the table any time his first contact is with the lowest numbered ball on the table and a ball (other than the cue-ball) falls in a pocket as a result of his stroke. Ball and/or pocket need not be called.

Opening Break

An "Open Break", or a pocketed ball, is required for a legal break. Failuire to do at least one of the preceeding is a foul and gives incoming player option of accpeting balls as they are and putting cue ball into play from the kitchen, or breaking a fresh rack himself.

Rules of Play

  1. Cue-ball's first contact, on a legal shot, must be with the lowest numbered ball on the table. Failure to do this is a foul.
  2. Safety play is not allowed. Playing a safety is a foul.
  3. Three consecutive fouls by a player is loss of game for that player.

Illegally Pocketed Balls

Are spotted. No penalty is imposed beyond fouls associated with the stroke.

Jumped Object Balls

Are spotted -- no penalty.

Cue Ball After Jump or Scratch

Incoming player has cue ball in hand behind head string.

Penalty for Fouls

Incoming player has cue ball in hand behind head string.

These rules are used by Billy Aardd's Club, NMIMT, Socorro, NM.