Pub Old #1 Rules

Pub Pool is a popular type of Eight Ball played mainly in the United Kingdom on a small pub sized table with rounded pockets. Pub Old #1 Rules are legacy but are still used for some leagues in the UK.


Fifteen balls in a triangle with the black ball in the middle and the yellow an red balls in a specific pattern.


On the break, at least two balls must hit a cushion, or a ball must be potted. Failure to do so is a foul. If the black ball is potted the shooter re-breaks.


First legally potted colour determines ownership. If more than one colour is made the shooter must nominate their colour choice.

Valid Shot

If the table is open, the shooter may pot any ball except the black. If ownership has been assigned, the shooter must hit an owned ball first and pot an owned ball to continue at the table. Combinations are valid with any ball if the table is open. If ownership has been assigned, an owned ball must be hit first. It is a foul to strike a non-owned ball first. This includes the black ball unless all owned balls have been potted. Potting your opponent’s ball is a foul unless you have a free ball.

Two Visits

Two visits are awarded after a foul (your opponent misses his next turn). A free ball may be nominated and played with the first visit following a foul, but not potted if the black. The incoming player may also move the cue ball to baulk.

Spotting Balls

All balls knocked off the table are spotted.

Ball To a Rail

There is no requirement for a ball to go to a rail, the cue ball must only touch a ball on.

Penalty for Fouls

Scratching is or cue ball off the table is ball in hand in baulk. For all fouls, the opponent has two visits.

Three Foul Penalty


Potting the Black Ball

Unlike the US Eight Ball variants, the black does not have to be called in Pub Pool.

Loss of Game

The game is lost if any of the following occur:

  • the black ball is potted before all owed balls are potted

  • potting the black ball on an illegal shot

Winning the Game

The game is won if The black ball is potted in after all owned balls have been potted.


Determine if a running the table is possible. If not plan on playing safe at some point. Pub Pool is harder to run out than US Eight Ball so play safe more and put your balls into blocking positions. Play for Snookers so you can get free shots and break up clusters and blocking balls.

When you have a two visits look to use the first to clear up clusters or knock opponents balls that block yours out of the way. Trying to make a ball on the first visit is not always the best play.