English Billiards Rules

English Billiards is played on a six by twelve foot Snooker table with three balls. There are two cue balls, a white and a yellow, and one red ball. Each player has their own cue ball which is an object ball when your opponent is shooting. Curved pocket cushions and the large table size makes pocketing balls difficult. The goal of the game is to reach the point goal before your opponent.

Start of Game

The red is placed on the spot and the first player shoots, only two balls are on the table at the start with the other cue ball added for the second players turn.


The following are legal scores in English Billiards:

  • A cannon (billiard) shall score 2

  • A hazard (in/off) off the white is 2 points and off the red is 3 points. The term in/off means to “scratch” in US terms, you carom the cue ball off the other ball and into a pocket.

  • Potting the white is 2 points, potting the red is 3 points

These scoring methods can be combined. Note that “white” denotes the other cue ball which may be yellow depending on which colour cue ball you are shooting with.

Spotting Balls

The red ball is spotted after being pocketed. If the white is pocketed it remains off table until the turn changes. If the cue ball is made on a hazard the player takes ball in hand in the D. I

Limits on Hazards

Only 15 consecutive hazards may be made without a cannon, the 16th is a foul.

Limits on Cannons

Only 75 consecutive cannons may be made without a hazard, the 76th is a foul.