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[Part I].
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The Rules :

1.OBJECT :
The winner is the player with the highest points total from
pots and fouls once the table has been cleared.

2.BALL VALUES:
         15 reds : 1 point each;
         yellow  : 2 points;
         green   : 3 points;
         brown   : 4 points;
         blue    : 5 points;
         pink    : 6 points;
         black   : 7 points.

3.TABLE SET-UP:
a)The six colours should be on their spots. Looking from the
Baulk of the table (i.e. with the curved line of the D facing
you)their positions are as follows:
 right to left along the Baulk line:      yellow, brown, green;
 on the centre spot:                      blue;  
 on the nearer of the two far-end spots:  pink;
 on the farther of the two far-end spots: black.
b)The fifteen reds are placed in a triangle between the pink 
and the black, base parallel to the top of the table, the apex 
red being as near to the pink as possible without touching it. 

4.FIRST IMPACT:
The first impact of the cue ball shall govern all strokes.
Example : a player making legal first contact with the blue 
then pocketing the white off the black is penalized 5 points, 
the value of the ball on which the cue ball made first impact. 

5.MODE OF PLAY :
a)The first player plays from on or within the lines of the
D.
b)The cue ball shall strike a red as the initial stroke of 
each turn, until all the reds are off the table. For 
the next stroke of the turn (should a legal score be made), 
the cue ball shall strike a colour. The game continues by 
pocketing reds and colours alternately in the same turn.
c)If the striker fails to score or fouls, his turn ends and 
the other player plays the cue ball from where it comes to 
rest (unless it was jumped off the table, in which case it 
is played from any unoccupied part of the D).
d)If the player making the first stroke fails to hit a red,
the other player receives the penalty for this foul [see 
Rule 12] and plays his first shot from where the cue ball 
came to rest on the table.
e)Each colour potted or jumped off the table must be 
re-spotted before the next stroke [until finally potted 
under Rule 5f)]. It is the responsibility of the striker to 
ensure this happens but he scores all points made in that 
turn until the non-striker claims the foul. No foul is 
awarded if the improper spotting is noticed during a later 
turn.
f)If the player lawfully pocketing the last red pots with 
his next stroke a colour, that colour is re-spotted. 
Otherwise (reds being off the table) the colours must be 
struck by the cue ball in ascending order of their values 
and are not re-spotted if lawfully potted. 
g)A player must, when asked, nominate what colour ball he is 
aiming to play and must always, to the best of his ability, 
endeavour to strike the ball he is on.

6.RE-SPOTTING OF COLOURS :
a)All colours due to be re-spotted should be placed on their own 
spots [as specified in Rule 3a)].
b)No colour may, however, be touching another ball when it is 
re-spotted.
c)If the spot of a colour due to be re-spotted is occupied by 
another ball, or if the colour cannot be placed fully on its spot 
without touching another ball, the ball to be re-spotted should be 
placed on the available spot with the highest value (i.e. firstly 
the black spot, then the pink etc.)
d)If all the spots are occupied a colour to be re-spotted is placed 
as near its own spot as possible between that spot and the nearest 
part of the top (i.e. opposite Baulk) cushion without touching 
another ball.
e)If the space between the black spot and the top cushion be occupied, 
the black ball shall be placed as near as possible to its spot on the 
centre line of the table without touching another ball. The same 
applies to the pink and its spot should the space between that spot 
and the top cushion be occupied.

7.TWO BALLS:
Two balls [other than tworeds or the ball on and the ball 
nominated under Rules 9c) and 9d)] must not be struck simultaneously
or pocketed by the same stroke. Any number of reds may, however, 
be potted in one legal shot.

8.TOUCHING BALLS:
a)If the cue ball is touching an object ball the striker must play 
away from the touching ball or be deemed to have pushed (a foul 
stroke).
b)Playing away from a ball on, it is not a foul to hit a ball not on 
or to miss all other balls, since first contact is deemed to have 
been made with the touching ball on. It remains a foul to pot a ball
not on, however.
c)Playing away from a ball not on, it is a foul to hit a ball not on 
or to miss all balls.
Examples
 1.The ball on is red, cue ball is touching red, striker plays away 
from and does not disturb red, strikes and goes in off black.
Penalty: 4 points, the value of the ball on.
 2.The ball on is blue, cue ball is touching blue, striker plays 
away from and does not disturb blue and pockets black.
Penalty: 7 points, the value of the ball illegally potted.
 3.The ball on is red, cue ball is touching black, striker plays away 
from and does not disturb black, misses all balls and scratches white.
Penalty: 4 points, the value of the ball on.
 4.The ball on is red, cue ball is touching black, striker plays away 
from and does not disturb black, misses all reds and hits blue.
Penalty: 5 points, the value of the ball hit.
 5.The ball on is red, cue ball is touching black, striker plays away 
from black but moves it.
Penalty: 7 points, the value of the ball hit.

9.SNOOKERS:
a)A player is snookered if, through the obstruction of a ball not on, 
he cannot hit both sides of a ball on with a direct stroke in a 
straight line.
b)If the player has the cue ball to play from anywhere in the D after 
a foul, he is not snookered if he can get a direct and straight shot 
at the ball on from any part of the D.
c)If a player is snookered with regard to all reds after his opponent 
has just fouled, that player is on any ball he may nominate. That 
ball is regarded as red for that stroke for all purposes except 
that it shall be re-spotted if potted.
d)If a player is snookered with regard to the colour on(all reds being 
off the table) after his opponent has just fouled, that player is on 
any ball he may nominate. That ball is regarded as the ball on for 
that stroke for all purposes except that it shall be re-spotted if 
potted. In that case the player would continue his break with the ball 
he would have been on, but for being snookered. If the ball on be 
pocketed by playing the nominated ball it shall be scored and the 
player shall continue his break. Should both the ball nominated and 
the ball on be potted by the same stroke, only the ball on is scored
and the player continues his break after the nominated ball (only) is
re-spotted. 
e)Failure to strike a nominated ball is a foul.
f)Should the striker leave the opponent snookered by the nominated 
ball this is a foul on his part, except when only pink and black 
remain on the table.

10.CUE BALL ANGLED:
a)A cue ball is angled when the corner of the cushion prevents a 
stroke being made in a straight line directly on any part of all 
balls that may be lawfully struck.
b)A cue ball angled must be played from where it lies, except after 
a foul, when it may be played from any part of the D.

11.PENALTIES:
a)A player fouling:
  i]does not score for that stroke;
 ii]ends his turn;
iii]concedes a minimum 4 penalty points to his opponent.
b)After any foul the incoming player has the option of playing the 
cue ball from where it came to rest or requesting his opponent to 
play the stroke.

12.FOULS:
Fouls result from all of the following:
a)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
b)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
c)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
d)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
e)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
f)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
g)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
h)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
i)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
j)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
k)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
l)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
m)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
n)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
o)
Penalty:the value of the ball on or of the ball struck, 
whichever higher.
Examples
 1.The ball on is red, 







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