Bar billiards

Guernsey Bar Billiards Pairs Open Final - Game 1

Roy Le Page & Terry Kenny vs. Mark Trafford & Ian Gordon

Game Score: 5,680 - 3,270

Guernsey Bar Billiards Singles KO SemiFinal 2013 - Match 1 - Game 2

Ian Champion vs. Bob Chapple

BEST BAR BILLIARD TRICK SHOT EVER

BAR BILLIARD TRICK SHOT

Guernsey Bar Billiards Singles KO Final 2013 - Game 1

Paul Dyer vs. Bob Chapple

'Bar Billiards' 10,450 Break on a Pre-war Jelkes Table.

Johnny George.
Premier League Northamptonshire Bar Billiards Champion 2014.
Holder of Northamptonshires':
Highest League Score 17,410.
Highest Away Break 11,680.
Member of Northamptonshire Bar Billiards Division 1 'Dream Team'
Exiles Team member.

Guernsey Bar Billiards Pairs Open Final - Game 2

Roy Le Page & Terry Kenny vs. Mark Trafford & Ian Gordon

Game Score: 2,840 - 0
Total Score: 8,520 - 3,270

Guernsey Bar Billiards Pairs KO Final 2013 - Game 1

Roy Le Page & Terry Kenny vs Trevor Gallienne & Barry Osborne

Guernsey Bar Billiards Singles KO SemiFinal 2013 - Match 2 - Game 1

Paul Dyer vs. Tom Oliver

Guernsey Bar Billiards Singles KO SemiFinal 2013 - Match 2 - Game 2

Paul Dyer vs. Tom Oliver

Bar Billiards 'Break' Demonstration on a Jelkes Table

Bar Billiards 'Oxford Break' Demonstration...
Played on a pre-war Jelkes table.

Demonstration on how to do the 'Oxford Break' in Bar Billiards

Bar billiards is played on a unique table with no side or corner pockets but with nine holes in the playing surface which are assigned various point values ranging from 10 to 200.
There are eight balls in all, seven white and one red. Potting the red ball in any hole scores double points.
On the playfield are normally placed three pegs or mushrooms. There are two white pegs one either side of the 100 hole with one black peg in front of the 200 hole. Earliest versions of the game used wooden mushrooms instead of pegs which have a thin curved stalk and a flattish rounded cap. These were normally placed in front of the 50 and 200 holes often with a fourth mushroom in front of the 100 hole. This version was often referred to as Russian billiards, probably named after the very similar French and Belgian game billard russe which has a longer history, neither are to be confused with the common billiards game in Russia. There are a couple of leagues that still play this version in East Anglia in the Norwich and Sudbury areas.

If a white peg is knocked over then the player's break is ended and all score acquired during that break is discarded. Knocking down the black peg ends the player's break and all points are lost. In the case that a white and a black peg are both knocked over, then the first peg to be knocked over is counted.
All shots are played from the front end of the table so access to all sides is not required which is ideal in a smallish bar or pub. At the start of the game or when there are no balls remaining on the table a white ball is placed on the spot on the 'D' and the red ball is placed on the spot in front of that. This 'Break shot' may be done a maximum of three times if both balls are potted before one ball must remain on the table known as the '1-up', failing to leave this one ball up results in a foul and loss of break. The next shot attempted is the 'split shot' where the object ball is usually potted in the 50 hole and the cue ball is potted in the 100 hole. There are variants to this, sometimes it is necessary to pot the balls into the 50 an 10 holes for example. If successful the break shot can be used again and so on. Players take alternate turns or 'breaks' at the table playing from where their opponent has left off. If the player fails to pot a ball then the break has ended and the second player takes his break by placing another ball on the first spot. If all balls are in play, then the nearest ball to the 'D' is removed and put on the spot. If a player fails to hit a ball, then the break ends and all points earned in that break are lost.

The play is time-limited. A coin will usually give around 17 minutes of play dependent on region. After this time a bar drops inside the table stopping any potted balls from returning, leading to a steady decrease in the number of balls in play.

The last ball can only be potted into either the 100 or 200 hole having been played off either side cushion.
The Bar Billiards World Championship (called the British Isles Open up to 1999) is held every year in Jersey.

Guernsey Bar Billiards Masters 2013 Final Game 2

Roy Le Page vs. Bob Chapple

Bar Billiards Table at The Strathmore Arms

The Bar Billiards Table at The Strathmore Arms Pub in St Paul's Walden, near Hitchin, Herts.

For more information, photos and videos from Richard & Emily Gottfried's Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and their adventures in other sports and games, please check out:

Channel Report - World Bar Billiards Championships 2011

Channel report - world bar billiards championships 2011, held at the Merton Hotel, in Jersey.

bar billiards presentation 2009

Oh My GOD

Bar billiard

The only bar billiard game I know located in Norway. This is at Banken Pub in sandnes, western Norway.

Bar Billiards

Bar Billiards in Lancing

Guernsey Bar Billiards Pairs Open Plate Round 1 - Game 1

Trevor Gallienne & Jim Millward vs. Tony Willis & Jon Bamsey

Game Score: 390 - 1,320

Guernsey Bar Billiards Pairs Open Round 1 - Series 1 - Game 1

Martin Friend & Bob Hall vs. Roy Le Page & Terry Kenny

Game Score: 1,980 - 2,290

Kro Bar pool tournament

Mike Miller at Kro Bars Mens 4x4 pool tournament 2013

Guernsey Bar Billiards Masters 2013 Final - Game 1

Roy Le Page vs. Bob Chapple

Menu