Popular Pub Games

Pubs aren’t just places where people go to eat and drink. There are a number of games that are closely associated with pubs as well. Here are some of the most popular.

You may think of dominoes as being the building blocks for domino rallies, but the game is also played in watering holes from the Caribbean to Lancashire. In British pub rules, you score points whenever the sum of the two ends of the line of dominoes on the table is a multiple of three or five. For example, if one end is a five and one end is a three, this makes eight, which would actually get you no points. However, if you had a double-six on one end and a three on the other, this makes 15, which scores five points for multiples of three and three points for multiples of five, making eight points in total. Scores are marked on a board and it is usually first to 61, but you must end on exactly that.

Darts is one of the classic pub games and it has been growing in popularity as a spectator sport recently, thanks to heavy marketing efforts. Players like Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor are now household names, although as a 16-time world champion, he probably deserves a bit of recognition. The most common way to play darts is to start with either 301 or 501 and then subtract what you score with each set of darts. The winner typically has to finish with a double. However, many other darts games are played in pubs. The simplest is ‘Round the Board’ where you must hit every number in order before finishing with the bullseye, but ‘Killer’ is also popular. This is a knock-out game where each player has a designated number. Once you have hit your number five times, you can start going for other people’s and a number is taken off each time you hit. If a person is reduced to zero, they are out.

There are many different types of pool and a number of similar games as well. Eight-ball pool is the most common in pubs. In the UK, one this means seven yellow balls, seven red balls and a black. You select a colour by potting one colour or by your opponent potting one and therefore claiming it for themself and after that, it is simply a matter of trying to pot all your balls and then the black. If you pot a ball, you get another shot. If you don’t, your opponent takes a turn.

Darren Wycliffe loves pool and therefore writes on behalf of pooltablesonline.co.uk

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