Although the current form of bar billiards is mostly played in the UK,
this variation of the game seems to have originated with the
traditional game of bagatelle. In bar billiards, there is a special
table, but there are no side or corner pockets. There are nine holes
in the playing surface each of which has a certain number of points
attributed to it. The points for these holes range from 10 to 200.
Eight balls are used to play the game, seven of which are white and
the other red. When you pocket (also called potting) the red ball in
any of the holes, you score double points.
There are also two pegs on the table – one white peg in front of the
100 point hole and a black peg in front of the 200 point hole. Once a
player knocks over one of these pegs, his/her turn is over and the
opponent starts playing. The player that knocks over the black peg not
only loses his/her turn, but also loses whatever points have been
Players play from the end of the table, so there is no need for trying
to shoot from the sides. To start the play, the player places a white
ball on the starting spot and a red ball just a few inches away from
it. The player shoots and tries to get the red ball in one of the
holes. If he/she is successful, the play continues. There is a special
place on the table called the D line and the ball is considered played
once it passes over this line. If a player does not pot the ball, then
the opponent takes a turn.
There is a time limit for playing bar billiards and it is usually on a
table into which you insert coins. One coin will give you about 15
minutes of play. When you have only one ball left on the table, you
have to pot it into either the 100 or 200 hole to win the game.