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Air Hockey Rules

Air Hockey Tables are an investment in entertainment. They are a perfect way to guarantee hours of fun for years to come. Whether you play as a hobby, during social events, or for competition, knowing the official United States Air Hockey Association rules will add to the enjoyment of your air hockey table. House Rules - feel free to establish your own "house rules," since the main purpose of playing is to have fun. If "house rules" will be used on your table, be sure both players agree to them before facing off.

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Bumper Pool Rules and Tips

indoor gamesBumper pool is a variation of billiards that is played on a rectangular or octagonal table. This game is different from traditional pool in that there are bumpers in the center of the table and around the scoring pockets that are intended to prevent players from scoring. Additionally, there is only one pocket for each player to shoot at, instead of six. Bumper pool is a fun game to play, but a very difficult game to master.

Basic Bumper Pool Play Overview
Each player selects a color, and lines up their five bumper pool balls on the circular marks next to their goal. To see who will go first, each player hits their cue ball off of the right bank board and towards their goal. The player whose ball gets closer to the goal gets to go first. If a player gets the ball in on this shot, that player may continue shooting until he misses. Normal gameplay continues from there.

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Dart Rules and Games

There are many different games and variations of games available for when playing darts. We have compiled a list of rules, strategies, tips, and tricks for some of the most popular dart games.

Rules For Cricket


Cricket is my favorite dart game and also the one that I learned first. It is also the most common one played in bars across America. Cricket is a game that, unlike x01, requires some strategy that can help a weaker player beat a stronger player.

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Basic Foosball Rules

Here are the basic rules of playing foosball - just to get you started!

1. Tables have 9 Balls, best out of 9 wins which is first team to 5 goals.
2. If a ball goes into the goal legally, it is a point, no matter who hit it.
4. Here are some more rules you should 'try' to use as well!


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Pool Rules

Listed below are the basic rules of pool play for 8 ball and 9 ball pool. We also have a complete list of official rules from the UPA.

8-Ball Pool Basic Rules:

1. Rack all 15 balls with the first ball on the foot spot and the 8-ball in the middle of the rack with the outer balls alternating stripes and solids.
2. On the break, the cue ball must be behind the headstring. At least four balls must make contact with the rails OR you must pocket at least one ball for it to be considered a legal break. Pocketing the 8-ball on the break is an automatic victory.
3. If no balls are pocketed on the break, the other player may choose to attempt to pocket any ball on the table except for the 8-ball.
4. When one player sinks a ball, they must only sink that type of ball i.e. stripes or solids. If the cue ball makes first contact with an opponent's ball or the 8-ball (if you aren't on the 8-ball) that is a foul.
5. Once a player has pocketed all seven of their ball type they may proceed to the 8-ball.
6. A win is when a player pockets the 8-ball without fouling. Scratching (pocketing the cue ball) while on the 8-ball is an automatic loss.
7. If a player scratches or commits any foul, the opposing player may place the cue ball anywhere on the table (commonly known as ball in hand) and shoot.

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Shuffleboard Rules


To play table shuffleboard, you need a shuffleboard table and eight shuffleboard weights, four for each person. Liberally sprinkle the table with silicone beads or table wax to reduce friction with the weights. Flip a coin to decide which player goes first, the winner of the flip can choose to go first or second. The player who goes second has the last shot of the game known as the "hammer." For this reason, it is considered advantageous to go second.

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Table Tennis Rules

The Serve:

When serving, hold the table tennis ball in the palm of your hand and throw it straight up in the air with no spin. According to USA Table Tennis, the ball should rise at least 16cm above your palm when throwing it into the air. This allows your opponent to properly see the ball during your serve. Hit the ball with your paddle so that it bounces on your side of the table, goes over the net without hitting the net, and hits the opposite side of the table. If the ball does not hit your side or your opponent’s side of the table during service, a point is awarded to your opponent. If the ball touches the net during service it is ruled a let, which means no point is awarded to either player. The side/player who serves changes every two points. If the two sides are tied at 10 points, service switches after each point.

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