Topic: Pool Live Pro /
How To Play Snooker
Thanks for posting this! Your description of the rules is broadly correct but is inaccurate in a few places.
Originally posted by petesahooligan:
Numbered (colored) balls.
The colours are not numbered and they’re refered to as “the colours”, not “the numbered balls.”
When it is your turn you must always hit one of the red balls FIRST. If you pocket that ball, you may take another turn.
To clarify, if you pot any red ball (not necessarily the one you first hit), you must take another turn. Also, if you pot multiple reds on the same shot, you score one point for each.
On the SECOND shot of your turn, (because you had just sunk a red ball), you must take aim at one of the [b]numbered balls[/b] that have been knocked about the table. These are called object balls, meaning that you must declare which of the numbered balls you will be hitting first (and hopefully pocketing).
All the balls other than the cue ball are called object balls. Being an object ball doesn’t mean you must declare which one you’ll be aiming for. Nonetheless, as you say, you do need to nominate which colour you’ll be playing after potting a red. Note that it is a foul shot if you pot any ball other than the nominated colour (including the white and another red). If you pot your nominated colour, you must then aim for a red, and so on.
Notice: The numbered balls are returned to the table while the red ones are not. Eventually this will mean that there are fewer red balls to hit in first yet the 8 numbered balls are all always on the table.
The six colours (brainfart, I’m sure).
When the last red ball is pocketed the next ball must be the smallest ball on the table.
No. When you pot the last red, you nominate and try to pot a colour as normal. If you succeed, that colour is respotted as normal. Then, the colours are potted in increasing order of value (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black) and, in this final phase of the game, they’re not respotted.
Scratches and ball-in-hand must be placed in the half-circle area (the kitchen).
I have never in my life heard the half-circle called “the kitchen”. It’s normally called “the D”.
Points are awarded to the opponent in fouls. If you foul (miss your object ball or hit another ball first), your opponent is awarded points AND your opponent may then decide if they would continue the game or to have you take the shot again.
If you must take the same shot again, the game will automatically return all of the balls to exactly as before. Your opponent is hoping you will miss again so that they may receive even more points from your foul.
Here, you correctly describe how the game behaves. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t follow the actual rules of snooker after fouls, as I explained in my other post; but that can’t be helped. I’ve submitted a bug report.