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Saturday, August 26, 2021

Someone at the New York Times is really pushing pool as the next hip pasttime for the urban sophisticato.

Last week, there was a feature on the no-pockets three-cushion variant of the game. And now, bottle pool, with its elaborate scoring system, is presented as an upscale niche pursuit.

In the first leg, you can score three ways: by sinking object balls pool-style, earning 1 point for yellow and 2 points for red; by caroming the cue ball off both object balls billiards-style for 1 point; or by caroming the cue ball off an object ball and knocking over the bottle for 5 points. The trick is to score 25 points and only 25 points. If you “go over” (say, by knocking over the bottle after already amassing 21 points), you have to restart the first leg and work your way back up to 25.

The goal in the second leg is to score two billiards points. But if you unintentionally sink an object ball without making a billiard on the shot, you lose your turn. In the final leg, you have to make an intentional “scratch” in which the cue ball caroms off the yellow object ball and disappears into a called pocket.

For someone who never advanced beyond cutthroat and 9-ball — despite at one point having a roommate who was a veritable pool shark — this is all way beyong my tolerance for stick-and-cue entertainment. Beside, the cardinal rule I learned about drink containers during a pool game: Keep those beer bottles off the table!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/26/2006 04:04:40 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Other Sports, Publishing
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  1. I’m no pool shark, but I have to say this sounds entertaining. It reminds me of arbitrary rules we’d make while out drinking. As we’ve got a pool table here at the house we might have to give this a go at a party…

    Comment by douglas.nerad — 08/27/2006 @ 05:56:34 PM

  2. I had an in-house pool table in my first post-college dwelling, right by the front door. It was great for something to do after a day at the grind. Never got into freestyling on rules, though.

    My uncle has a pool table at his house upstate. Last time I saw it, it was still intact, but in pretty dismal shape; his little grandsons tend to tear it up pretty good.

    Comment by CT — 08/27/2006 @ 08:38:24 PM

  3. I grew up in a house with a pool table, straight out of some smoky bar, but it was a 5/6 size table or something, so coming home every day from school and practicing did nothing except ruin my ability to play on full-size tables for life.

    Comment by tim — 08/28/2006 @ 02:10:44 AM

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