John Brain - the inventor of a new game
Kingston's New Game
Pool is a favourite pass time at Oak Tree Retirement Village Kingston, but thanks to the creativity of resident John Brain, the Kingston residents now have a new way to play.
Shaking up the competition, John devised a new game called "Sixty-One" and residents have more than enjoyed the new challenge.
Here are the game rules in case others are intersted.
Set up 15 numbered balls in the following pattern:
6 5 4
7 8 9 10
15 14 13 12 11
- Decide who is to break first. Alternate between games.
- The cueball is always spotted on the centre spot on the baulk-line, or close behind it if that spot is occupied.
- The balls may be pocketed in any order.
- The "number" on any ball (or balls) legally pocketed in a strock is added to the player's score (score kept on snooker scoreboard).
- The player continues until a stroke fails to pocket any ball, or a foul is committed.
- The winner of a game is the player to score 61 or more points. If opponents tie on 60, then each drives a ball down table; on its return, closest to baulk-cushion wins the game.
- Fouls occur when:-
- cueball goes in pocket - re spot it; score any balls pocketed and lose turn.
- cueball leaves table - re spot it, score any balls pocketed and lose turn.
- any other ball leaves table - score its value to opponent; place in a pocket, not back on table; lose turn.
- player hits ball than cue-ball with any part of cue - add any balls pocketed to opponent's score; lose turn.
- unethical interference with any ball during play -
- if player fouls - lose turn and opponent scores any balls pocketed.
- if opponent fouls - player has an extra turn.
"Unethical interference" includes handling a ball during play (except when re-spotting the cue-ball), preventing a ball from entering pocket by any means, deflecting it, or any other practice which by normal standards would be considered unethical.
Remarks & Hints
Rules have been kept to a minimum to keep them simple; e.g. there is no "two shots" rule for a foul except foul by opponent interfering with a ball. It is not banned to shoot at a ball behind baulk after re-spotting cue-ball (i.e minimal rules!).
It is a permissible strategy to deliberately play a "miss" ball and thus snooker opponent from a valuable ball. It is not a foul to miss all balls with the cue-ball, just lose turn.
As there is a total of 120 points available, it takes at least 61 points to win a game, therefore four "high" balls plus one "small" may result in a winning score; (e.g. 15+14+13+11 + 8 is enough).
Don't neglect a low value ball which may make it easier to pocket another - it could make the difference at the end of an even game! Better to make a small score rather than nothing by failing to pot a big one!
Thanks for sharing John!