Game On for any Valentine

It’s that time of year again where Roses are red and Violets are blue. But no matter who you’re spending the 14th with, we’ve got the perfect billiards game for you.

The Family and Friends Date:
Straightforward and great for groups, Kelly Pool (sometimes called Pill Pool) is a great game for families with children of all ages as well as a group of friends up to 15 people who just want to have fun. It doesn’t involve called shots, a specific order of pocketing balls or a lot of fouls so virtually anyone can play. It’s a rotation game that breeds competition making it perfect for groups and sibling rivalry. Ewa’s instructions on the game can be found here.

The Double Date:
One-Pocket billiards is a perfect game for the couples going on double dates because it can easily be played with two teams of two. Like basketball or soccer, each team chooses a foot pocket where they must pocket eight balls. Calling shots isn’t necessary but making them is. Ewa walks you through the game in her video here.

The Happy Couple:
Just you and your soul-mate this Valentine’s Day? We suggest 9-ball for your date night. 8-ball sometimes gets the reputation of being played too often, so this is a nice way to spice it up! On each shot, the first ball the cue ball contacts must be the lowest numbered ball on the table, but the balls need not be pocketed in order. No calling of shots is required and there are multiple games in a match, allowing for a lengthy competition. A match ends with the required number of games won — may we recommend 14? Follow Ewa’s instructions here.

Single and Loving It:
Single this Valentine’s Day? Give your Netflix the night off and Play the Ghost, one of Ewa’s favorite solo-games, and a great way to practice so in 2015 you can be undefeated against Mr./Mrs. Right. We’d also advocate having The Hustler on in the background as inspiration. Need instructions on how to play the ghost? Ewa’s got you covered here.

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