Playing 8 Ball in Thailand
I'm a terrible pool player but for the past 6 months I've played more games than I have in my entire life! It's already a hard game to play but what's fascinating to me is the rules and I was recently educated to the way people play in Bangkok. How it started was I was at the Stumble Inn at Nana Plaza, a place I like to play because there's an endless stream of people coming in and the tables are actually really good and worth the 20 baht. But what this place needs and in fact what most bars really need is a "House Rules" board that people can follow to avoid any troubles, and trouble is what I got into.
I'd been playing pool for about 4 hours with maybe a dozen guys no one really serious about it just having a laugh until the waitress found this Engilsh dude to play with me. I broke and it was tit for tat until I was on my last ball and the black. I shoot my ball and it misses the pocket but bounces again and lands in another pocket, Lucky Shot. All of a sudden the guy tells me "no lucky shots!" and tries to shoot. I'm like hang on dude what are you talking about no lucky shots? He says this is Thailand, Thailand rules. I've played games all over the country except the south and normally if you're going to say no lucky shots you say so in the beginning. So I tell the guy "I saw you pick up the white ball and put it at the end of the table and take a shot and I didn't say shit so don't tell me I can't have lucky shot! Since I won't let him take the shot he throws the cue on the table and walks away (bitch!). It wasn't until the next day when I go back to play when I meet another English guy (without a stick up his ass) who educates me on how they play in Bangkok (which may just be an English thing who knows).
No lucky shots
Your opponent pockets the white ball then you get one shot from ANYWHERE on the table
Chiang Mai Rules
Lucky shots allowed
Pocket the white ball you either get one shot ANYWHERE on the table or shoot forward only from the line and you get 2 shots.
Lucky Shots (depends who's playing apparently English don't like lucky shots, bar girls are cool 😉
Pocket the white ball two shots forward from behind the line only.
I don't know, someone tell me in a comment?
I was really pissed at the guy trying to tell me rules at the end of the game and since it was my game and he was invited it should have been my rules anyway and not what he said "Thailand Rules" because that's not really true since most Thai's don't even play pool they play Snooker on 9ft tables. Grumpy old English Thai Visa dicks like this guy are like that though, they have a disagreement and without their keyboard they get the shits and walk away.
So what are the real rules anyway? Was I right or the grumpy Englishman? Again that depends on who's rules you're following however it's generally accepted (anywhere in the world) that novice players (which this guy and I both are) are allowed lucky shots unless otherwise stated BEFORE the beginning of the game.
When this guy tells me ball in hand but no lucky shots I don't really agree with that because you foul and the guy just places the ball anywhere on the table and 95% of the time they will sink a ball, personally I believe that's just as lucky. A lot of guys here in Bangkok are playing ball in hand but you foul there's no two shots it's really confusing. No one seems to play straight shots either, that is if you have a straight shot on a ball you must take it you can't play off the bank if there is a straight shot. Even the staff are clueless, I asked to re-rack the balls after this twat didn't even make 2 balls hit the bank off the break and the staff wouldn't re-rack the balls.
Again I don't know who made up this rule ball in hand and put the cue ball anywhere on the table for 1 shot but personally I think it's a dumb rule. What do you guys think?