Three Ball Rules

Three ball is a rotation game where you have to pocket all balls on the table to win. Unlike nine ball there is no winning ball. This is a fast paced aggressive game.


Three balls in a triangle with the 1-ball in front.


Open break required. Failure to do so is a foul.

Valid Shot

Pocket any ball in any pocket without a foul to continue at the table.

Spotting Balls

No balls are spotted except when fouling on a winning shot, then all balls pocketed or hit off the table are spotted.

Penalty for Fouls

Ball-in-hand anywhere on the table.

Three Foul Penalty

Three consecutive fouls is loss of game.


The ideal is to run all the balls off the table from the break Don’t look for safeties unless you are in a really poor position.