The goal of the tournament is to earn points by winning games of (8-ball) pool against other participants. After the match, one of the player has to scan the QR-code and fill in the form. You can do so at the following site: https://ulsvamino.nl/pool-points/
When a match is played that counts in the tournament, the winner will be able to acquire points. The victor will acquire points according to the flow chart on the fridge and mentioned below. When counting the amount of balls that the opponent has left, the black 8-ball needs to be excluded. The score will be updated semi-daily. When a player is in the top 3 when a match would kick the person out of the top 3, the score counts! You can check the leaderboard at the following site: https://www.ulsvamino.nl/pool-leaderboard/
For example: Your opponent have pocketed all of their full balls, they have just pocketed the black ball, you still have three half-full balls left. You’re third in the competition but number 4 is one point behind you. Your opponent is 10th. According to the flow-chart you will lose 2 points, you’re opponent receives 2 points. You want revange and you play again, you lose again. You know you’re fourth now so you technically would lose only 1 point. This is wrong! The score as it is stated on the leaderboard/ranking is leading. You have to give/take points according to the current leaderboard/ranking. So in this case you would lose again 2 points.
- The form on the website needs to be filled in completely and truthfully according to every played match.
Every played match that does not have a corresponding entry in the form, or has an incorrectly or incompletely filled in entry will not be counted towards the tournament.
- The QR-code is on the “Aminouncements” board. A ranking will also be placed near the QR-code, which will show the best participants of that week.
- Matches may only be played in the Amino room. Participants may deny a challenge at all times.
- When a ball is played outside of the table one of the board members can give a warning.
- A board member can suspend a player if they misbehave while playing pool.
- What counts as “misbehaving” is up to the board member.
The following default 8-ball pool rules will be applied:
- Two players play versus each other, during the match each player needs to pocket either all full balls or all half balls. This will be determined by the first ball that is pocketed. At all times, only the white cue ball may be shot to achieve this.
- On the first shot, the triangle of balls is broken with the black ball in the middle, where the triangle is placed in the middle of one of the two sides of the table. The breaking is only done by shooting the white cue-ball, which is placed in the middle of the opposite side of the table.
- A ball type cannot be determined during this first shot, this can only be done during the following shot(s). When a player pockets a ball when the ball type is not yet determined, their ball type is determined and they may shoot again. If two balls of different types are pocketed, the player may pick their ball type. When a ball type is determined, a player may only shoot again if they pocket a ball of their own type.
Examples for different situations for the opening:
- Person A starts, so they shoot the cue-ball towards the triangle. The balls go all over the place and nothing goes in, person B can go now. They pocket a full ball, from this point on, person B has to pocket full balls en person A half balls.
- Person A starts, so they shoot the cue-ball towards the triangle. A full ball goes in, this doesn’t mean that they have to pocket full balls from now on, it’s still not determined. Person A goes again (now that there’s already a full ball in person A would be wise to pocket another white ball so they have to pocket fewer balls) and they pocket a full ball again. The ball type is decided and person A has to pocket full balls from now on and person B has to pocket half balls from now on.
- Person A starts, so they shoot the cue-ball towards the triangle. The balls go all over the place again but nothing goes in. Person B can go now, they also pocket no balls. The two people alternate turns until a ball goes in, the ball type is determined.
- When the ball type is determined, it is important that the players hit their respective ball types with the cue-ball first. If a players hits the opponents ball type first, the opponent can go twice, given the opponent hits their ball type first of course.
- When a player pockets the cue-ball during their shot, then it is now their opponent’s turn and they may place the cue-ball on the middle line of one of the halves of the table. The ball needs to played towards the middle of the table.
- Pocketing a ball of the opponent’s type, whether it is an accident or not, is seen as an illegal shot and it is the opponents turn.
- When a player pockets a ball of their own type but a ball of the other type also goes in, the player can still go again. As long as the first ball that goes in is the “correct” ball type, it is a legal shot and the player can go again.
- When a player shoots a ball outside of the pool table, the opponent can place the ball anywhere on the table.
- When a player pockets the black ball, directly or indirectly, while balls of their own type are still on the table. they will immediately lose the game.
- When a player has pocketed all the balls of their own type they are able to win the game by pocketing the black ball in the pocket opposite to the last pocketed ball of their own type.
- When the black ball is pocketed and the cue-ball is pocketed in the same shot, that player will immediately lose the game.
- When Player A has potted all of their balls and player B has one left the following situation might occur. The full ball is in the opening of one of the pockets and the black ball is in front of it. In order to win player A decides to shoot to cue-ball towards to black ball, both balls go in. Player A loses, the rule is that a player can pot multiple balls as long as the first ball is one of their own. As the full ball went in first (not theirs), player A loses.
- When player A has potted all of their balls and is trying to pot the black ball and player B has one ball left, the following situation might occur. Player A shoots the cue-ball towards the black ball but accidently pots the last ball of player B. As this is player B’s last ball, they are free to pot the black ball in whatever pocket they want. One important note is that they are free to choose what pocket the want to pot the black ball, but they do have to call the pocket. After they’ve called their pocket, they can’t change it for the remainder of the game. Player A still has to pot the black ball in the pocket opposite of where the last ball of their type was potted.
- The points scheme states that you get 2 points if you win with a >2 ball difference. There is one exception to this rule. If someone pockets the black ball on accident (too early), meaning they still have balls of their type on the table. The other player doesn’t get 2 points but 1.
- If the white ball is played out of the table by (unnecessary) force, the other player may put the white ball down wherever they want.
- If a coloured ball is played out of the table by (unnecessary) force, the other player may put the coloured ball in question wherever they want.
- Sometimes the balls are a bit shitty and you have to hang all the way over the table to play the ball. The rule is that at ALL TIME you must have at least 1 foot on the ground.
- If you have any other edge cases, please contact the board.