Seven Ball: The Quickest Game of Pool There Is
What is Seven Ball?
Seven ball is a speedy rotational game. The average playtime is only around three minutes per game. The players shoot at the same seven object balls, permitting each participant to show skills to deliver a mix of different shots. Such as, combination and carom shots, defensive shots, and placement shots. Despite that, it is still attractive to players of moderate skill level. It is a game of “handicapping” your opponent. Participants must lower the number of pockets in which the better player can legally pocket the game winning seven ball.
To legally pocket the 7-ball.
Object balls 1 through 7 and the cue ball.
Rules of the game
With the help of a diamond rack, the billiard balls one to seven are racked in a hexagonal arrangement. The 1-ball is at the rack’s apex, centered on the table’s foot spot. While at the rack’s center is the 7-ball. All the other remaining balls are then placed clockwise from the 1-ball.
Starting the game
The starting player must either make an open break or legally pocket an object ball. If he/she fails to do so, the incoming player has the choice between two things. Either a foul penalty (1), or have the balls re-racked to shoot the opening break shot. In subsequent games, players alternate in performing the break shot.
The balls have no point value. The player who legally pockets the 7-ball is the winner.
Loss of game
In Seven ball, a player loses the game by committing any of the following errors:
- Pocketing the 7-ball in a non-assigned pocket after the break
- Committing a Scratch when the 7-ball is the legal object ball
- Pockets the 7-ball on an illegal shot
- Miss the shot when the 7-ball is the object ball (optional alternative is to assess Foul Penalty)
- Commits three successive fouls.
Penalty for Fouls
(1) The incoming player has cue ball in hand behind the head string. With the object balls in position. As an exception, the ball is spotted if the lowest numbered object ball is also behind the head string.
(2) Player gets cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.