: There was a game I haven't seen played in years called Chicago. It also
: involved some kind of scoring like this. Anyone remember how it's played?
This may apply. -- Bob
From an earlier post:
Subject: Re: Tournament game?
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 1994 17:42:21 GMT
> I am going to have three friends over for a friendly 14.1 "tournament".
> I would like all four of us to play the same (simultaneous) game. Maybe
> the first one to 100 wins. Are there any rules governing this sort of
> game? What about changing the rotation every 25 balls or so? Are there
> any other games that lend themselves to four players?
If you want to play multi-handed 14.1, you might consider Equal
Offense, the rules of which are in the BCA rule book and at the WWW
Another game that is good for exactly four, especially if a small wager
is acceptable, is "money ball" (which may also be called Chicago?).
It's played like rotation; use all 15 balls and hit the lowest one first.
Anything that goes in on a legal hit counts.
It is a partners game, but partners are decided during each game. The
person who gets the 1 ball is partners with the person who makes the
lowest "money" ball, the five. The money balls are: 5,8,12,15 (as I
recall). Each of these is called a "way". In addition, as in regular
rotation, the most points counts, but as two "ways". Since there are
120 points total on the 15 balls, 61 wins these ways. There are 6 ways.
If the person who makes the 1 also makes the 5, the next money ball, the
8, is the "partners" ball. Sometimes partners are not decided until
late in the game, for example if A makes the 1 and 5 and B has slopped
in the 12 and 15. At that point, the 8 is very valuable to everyone.
If one side gets all the ways, their scores are doubled to 12 each. One
person may get all the ways without a partner, in which case he collects
double from everyone.
You shoot in the order that was established in the previous game until
partners are decided, and then the partners alternate. The person to
make the last shot in the game breaks the next -- the 2 and 3 go on the
corners, the money balls go in the middle as do the high balls as much
If a player fouls, the following player can have him shoot again --
there is no ball in hand. Balls sunk illegally spot, a scratched cue
ball goes in the kitchen.
Surely I forgot some details. We used to play this day and night at the
Rec Center at Berkeley. The standard bet was 10 cents per way, or 25 if
we were feeling adventurous.