Bumper pool is a unique version of the pool game. It is played with the help of pool sticks like the ones used in billiard table games. However this is where the similarities end. In this game you must shoot directly into the hole rather than shooting a ball for hitting another into the hole. You could even play defense by knocking the ball of your opponent into a tough position. It is actually an obstacle billiard game where the players shoot around obstacles for banking them into the pocket.
Octagonal bumper pool tables are appreciated for space-saving properties in comparison with other billiard table games. Moreover it is available in a 3-in-1 model which could be used as a card table or dining table.
Setup of the Game
The bumper pool is usually played by 2 persons or 4 persons in 2 teams. Each team or player selects either 5 red or 5 white balls. Out of them, one red ball consists of a white dot and a white ball has a red dot. They should be pocketed first in the game. One person places 2 red balls on each side of the white pocket and the marked red ball just in front of the white pocket. Another one places 2 white balls on each side of the red pocket and the marked white ball facing the red pocket at the other end of the table.
Starting the game
While starting the game, you should place your spotted cue ball facing the scoring hole on your side. Both the players strike the spotted cue ball simultaneously and bounce it off the edge of the table to their right side in order to get it in the scoring hole on the other side of the table.
Order of turns
The player spotting the cue ball end close to the scoring hole goes first. He goes on shooting till he fails to hit into the scoring hole. Then it’s the turn for the other player.
Every player should shoot toward the pocket on the opposite side of the table. In order to start the game both the players strike their respective marked balls simultaneously by banking them off the side of the table in the right direction. The players strike directly in bumper pool and not with cue ball as in case of the regular pool. If you are the first one to strike directly in the pocket at the opposite end of the table, you should continue your turn. In case if no one strikes, both return their marked balls to the starting point for shooting again. If both the persons hit directly into the pocket, each should place one of their remaining balls before the pocket and take the second shot in the similar way. The turn of a player continues till he fails to hit in the pocket.