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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...sufficient caution to prevent unscrupulous players from taking any unfair advantage. Pool is a game so universally played in the present day that the rules should be adopted to meet equally a dispute at the Army and Navy Club in the West End of London, or an elegant wrangle that might possibly take place at a Wapping restaurant in the East. 152 CHAPTER XXVIII. THE RULES OF POOL. 1. When coloured balls are used the players must play progressively, as the colours are placed on the pool marking-board, the top colour being No. i. 2. Each player has three lives at starting. No. I places his ball on the spot; No. 2 plays at No. i; No. 3 at No. 2, and so on, each person playing at the last ball, unless it be in hand; in that case the player plays at the nearest ball. 3. If a life is lost in any way the next player plays at the nearest ball to his own, but if the player's ball be in hand, he plays at the nearest ball to the centre of the baulk line, whether in or out of baulk. 4. If a doubt arise respecting the distance of balls the distance must, if the player's ball be in hand, be measured from the centre spot on the baulk line; but if the player's ball be not in hand, the measurement must be made from his ball to the others, and in both cases the doubt must be decided by the marker, or by the majority of the company; but if the distance be equal, then the owners of the balls at equal distance must draw lots. 5. The baulk is no protection at pool under any circumstances. 6. A life is lost by a ball being pocketed by the player. 7. The player loses a life by any one of the following means:--By pocketing his own ball; by running a coup; by missing a ball; by forcing his own ball off the table; by playing with a wrong ball; by playing out of his...
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