How to Play Pea Pool (Kelly Pool): Game Versions and Rules

Do you remember “Old Geezer” games that were immensely popular in the 80s. These games were used for gambling and Pea Pool (Kelly Pool) is the advanced version of Old Geezer games. Currently, it’s also played by the gamblers. The game comes with two versions. Let me first introduce the Pea Pool to the enthusiasts.

Pea Pool or Kelly Pool is a great billiard table game to play with friends or family! It is a great way to have a little friendly or family competition, with a little mystery aspect added to the game. Now there are many versions of Pea Pool, you just have to figure out which one you and your family prefer! This game entails a little bit of luck when it comes to the pea number you draw, but it is all in good fun!

How Do We Play Pea Pool?

Kelly Pool

The rules differ depending on which version of the game you decide to play. The game is played with a standard 16 – ball set, and a set of “peas.” The peas are numbered 1-15; if you do not have a set of peas, visit one of our Viscount Locations or write out the numbers 1-15 on small pieces of paper and shake them up. Normally a game of Pea Pool is played with 4-6 players.

Basically, Pill Pool is a rotation game. When you start the game, your cue ball should hit the lowest numbered ball in the first turn. Your main objective is to pocket that ball with the same number as the pill given at the beginning of the game. The object of the game is to kill the rival object balls.

When someone kills your object ball i.e. sent your object ball to the pocket, you will lose the game. There are only two rules of the Pill pool: either pocket your object ball or kill your opponent’s object ball.

Below, we have discussed both the rules. Remember, these rules are applicable to gambling in Kelly Pool.

Game Rules

Number of Players: Usually, 2 to 15 players take part in the game but the game with 3 to 6 players is the best.

 

Balls for pea pool

Balls: The players use the standard set of balls. A total of 15 balls are used and all have numbers on them.

Score: You get +2 points for sinking your own target ball. The player who sinks the target ball of his opponent gets +1 points. However, if a player is unable to sink any numbered ball, he gets -1 point.

Racking: The players use the standard random racking. If you view from the foot rail, 1 is used on the head spot, 2 on the right and 3 on the left corners are used.

Secret Number: In the first round, you get a bead from the shake bottle, i.e. your secret number. If the number of players lies between 2 – 5, every player gets 3 beads. If the players are 6 – 7, each player gets 2 beads. When the number of players exceeds 7, everyone gets one bead.

Bet amount: It’s a must to put up the pre-determined ante amount before starting the game. It should be a quarter or $1.

Version One – Sink Your Own Ball

OBJECT: Sink your own pool ball

1. First, each player is given a pea from the shaker bottle, or each player picks a pea at random. Now, this pea signifies which ball is each player’s ball of the target, but it must only be known to that player. In other words, do not let others know which number pea or pool ball you have.

2. Next, determine the order of players, the first player then breaks. If the breaker pockets a ball, they continue to shoot until they fail to pocket a ball.

3. After the first player shoots and fails to pocket a ball, the next player takes a shot, but they must make contact with the lowest numbered ball on the playing field. Now, they do not have to sink the lowest numbered ball, but the cue ball must come in contact with the lowest numbered ball while they are attempting to sink their ball of the target. Each player takes their turn in order of succession, first making contact with the lowest numbered ball on the table even if that is not their ball of the target.

4. If your ball is pocketed by another player, you must announce that it has been sunk. You are not out of the game though, you continue to shoot in the same rotation. You continue to shoot at the lowest numbered ball on the table. The game ends when someone sinks their own pool ball, or everyone’s pool ball has been sunk by another player.

Version Two – Do Not Sink Your Own Ball

OBJECT: Avoid sinking your own pool ball by pocketing all of the other balls.

1. You start this version of Pea Pool the same way you started the first version. First, each player is given a pea from the shaker bottle, or each player picks a pea at random. Now, this pea signifies which ball is each player’s ball of the target, but it must only be known to that player. In other words, do not let others know which number pea or pool ball you have.

2. Next, determine the order of players, the first player then breaks. If the breaker pockets a ball, they continue to shoot until they fail to pocket a ball.

3. Once the first player is done shooting (when they fail to sink a ball), the next player shoots. The object is to sink all of the other pool balls that do not correspond to the pea you have picked at random. In this version of Pea Pool, you still want to keep the number you picked a secret. The game is over when a player sinks their ball off-target

POINTS:

+2 points – Awarded when a player sinks their own ball of the target.

+1 point – Awarded when a player sinks another player’s ball of the target.

-1 point – Taken from each player when their ball of the target is pocketed by another player.

Overall, no matter which version of Pea Pool (Kelly Pool) you play, it will always be interesting on how well one can keep their ball of the target a secret. This game is quite popular in the billiard world, that accommodates players of all skill levels. Want other fun family games to play on your pool table, come visit one of our two locations for more ideas!

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