How to Play Russian Billiards

Russian billiards

Playing billiards is a fun hobby and past time activity with family and friends. But do you know that there are actually different kinds of billiards being played all over the world. If you haven’t played Russian billiards then for you are interested how this game is played, its rules, and other details for you to start playing Russian billiards. Russian billiards is quite an unusual game and unlike other billiards, it does not have a defined end and the rules of the game are sometimes modified.


In a Russian billiard table, there are 6 or more colored balls. There is also one white ball and all of these balls need to be on the table. Every ball has its respective spotting location and pocket. For instance, the white ball is at the D and it is not associated with any pocket.

Red Ball: Spotted on the 1st central spot and its value is 1 point

Blue Ball: Spotted on the middle part and its value is 9 points

Pink Ball: Spotted on the 2nd spot

Black Ball: Spotted on the upper center and its value is 6 points

Green Ball: Spotted on the upper right and its value is 3 points


Compare to other games, Russian Billiards has the so-called “declaration” where a player gets to declare the pink color to be another color. The declaration needs to be explicit.

How to Play

The balls need to be spotted on their designated spots. The game will start once the balls are spotted and the first player hits the white ball. After the initial shot, the cue ball can either be the pink ball or the white ball.

A shot refers when the player strikes the cue ball using a cue and a turn is when the same player has one or more shots. A player can continuously shoot until there is a shot yields scratch or zero. This in turn allows the next player to play.

All balls need to be put on their associated spot. What if it is blocked? It should be placed in any vacant spot depending on the discretion of the current player.

If the white ball is used as a cue ball, the next shot must not strike a ball in the D line and on the opposite site of the said line. At the end of the shot, if the cue ball is in contact with the other ball, it is considered the first ball regardless of the shot direction.

In terms of scoring, it is cumulative and players have a running tally. The scores are posted after every turn of the player. In case it is a scratch, there are penalties imposed to the player.