Saturday, January 05, 2008


Baka Ball

Over holiday, my brother and I recalled the rules for a billiards game I learned while in Japan - the game is called Baka Ball. I told him the rules right after I learned it, and then working together, we remembered the rules. So, rather than forget again, I'll just write down the rules here.

The game is a twist on the standard billiards game, 9-ball, adding a bit of psychology into the mix. This game requires the first 10 balls racked with the 1 in the nose, counting backward to 10 to build a smaller triangle. From a standard deck of cards, the 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 of hearts is selected, shuffled, and put face down. Before the break, all players (from 2-7 players possible) draw one card, look at it, but keep the value secret. This number on the card is the player's ball.

The objective of the game is to be the one to hit in your ball, and not allow anyone else to hit it in. The lowest ball on the table must always be hit first (just like in 9-ball). If someone hits in a player's ball, the player must declare their ball eliminated, and exit the game. If a player hits in their ball, they declare themselves the winner, showing their playing card as proof.

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