Cue Cue Balls Object Balls Rack Six Pocket Billiard Table
One-pocket can be played by no more than two players. Play starts when one player breaks, then chooses a bottom corner pocket to be theirs for the duration of the game. The opponent is given the other bottom corner pocket. Each ball pocketed in a player's designated pocket is worth one point. A player's turn continues until a ball isn't pocketed. A foul results in the loss of a point. A scratch results in the cue ball placed on the table at the opponent's discretion.
One-Pocket is a two player game, where a point is made when a player makes any ball into their specific single pocket. The winner is the first player to get 8 points. Long the preferred billiards game of dark pool halls and nefarious gamblers, one-pocket has evolved in a big money, high-stakes competition sport. Known to involve as much strategy as a game of chess, one-pocket forces players to attack their own pocket while at the same time, prevent their opponent from successful attacks.
Billiards was first played in 15th century England, and has been a popular game throughout Europe and the United States ever since. Many styles and variations have been created using the same basic rules and equipment. One-pocket was first played in the 1920's and 1930's in the United States. It was, and still is closely associated with gambling. Today, there are numerous large-scale competitions where players compete for big money prizes.