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Play 99: Rules
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The Issue

Many sporting game purists and aficionados have expressed their perplexity in the accepted manner of scoring in cue sport games.

The Target

The contention is that pool/billiards is a "target ball" game, and thus falls into the same category as other games such as golf and bowling, However scoring in pool uses a different concept than the individual, unhindered, equal performance opportunities enjoyed by the other target sports, even curling! These games are usually divided into a set number of turns taken by each player: ten frames, eighteen holes, etc.. Pool is the exception.

Of all the popular "target" games, pool is the only sport that does not reward the participant a record of their own individual score.

The Opponent

The other classification of individual sporting games falls into the "opponent ball" category. In this type of game the participants in some way propel the game’s ball toward an opponent, instead of a target, who in turn attempts to return it. Examples here include tennis, ping pong. These games are won when a player is the first to reach a predetermined number of points, say 21 points, or run home because of pain and cold.

Therefore, of all the popular "opponent ball" games, pool/billiards stands alone as the only sport that races to a predetermined score without an opponent immediately attempting to interfere with the path of the game ball after it has been struck.

Disadvantage

Pool/billiards is a "target ball" game that is scored as an "opponent ball" game.

The Fix

Back in the day (a decade or two in the past) Pool & Billiard Magazine rolled out a version of 9-Ball that utilized a "target ball" scoring method. The game is called Ninety-Nine Pool-Billiard or "99’ for short. It was an instant hit and P&B has been filling requests for copies of the rules and score sheets ever since. Now available for download here, the rules and score sheets you can print and use wherever you play pool!

So if you’ve missed it in past issues, or are new to the game… here’s your chance to begin enjoying the fun…

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RULES AND SCORESHEET!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PRINTABLE SCORE SHEETS!


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