Cribbage, Game of the month for May 2010, is a great game to break up the monotony. It combines the flexibility of shot choice and pattern play of 8 Ball and 14.1 and the requirement to get position on one particular ball of all rotation games. Try Cribbage if you ever find yourself getting bored with your normal fare; you’ll be surprised at how much you like it.
Rotation is a wonderful, strategic, tough game that will keep you thinking and reward your creativity. With more balls on the table it’s like 10 Ball on steroids and will really make you work for your runouts.
Last Ball 8 Ball is a great variation of 8 Ball where the 8 ball must be pocketed in the same hole as the last ball of your suit. It adds a layer of strategy to an already great game.
One Pocket is the chess game of the pool world. It’s a great game to expand your horizons, learn lots of new shots, and perfect your position game. With its emphasis on defense and creative safety play, it will reward strategic thinking more than any other game.
Cowboy, an old game combining pocket billiards and English billiards, is a great game and an excellent example to kick off the new “Game of the Month” feature on Pool Student’s Blog. Using only 3 object balls, having 3 different scoring periods and having a heavy penalty for fouling, Cowboy is a fun and exciting game to learn.