3 alternative pool games to play with your friends


Pool is one of those games almost everyone loves playing on a night out. With enough luck and skill, even the most uncompetitive among us can sink a few balls and avoid popping the black ball.

However, if you are part of a large group, there might not be enough time to play singles pool (1 on 1). In this case, you need to be a little more creative in your game mode.

So, on your next night out at KingPin Bowling, try out these alternative pool games and get all your friends involved - it's sure to be enjoyable!


This game mode is perfect for three people, but five people could also play it. The aim of the game is to be the last person on the table with a ball in play.

After breaking, the first person to sink a ball selects a set. This is either low (1-5), mid (6-10) or high (11-15). Taking turns, you have to sink your opponent's balls without accidently popping one of your own. The game is called Cut-Throat because sometimes you have to sink your own ball to give yourself a better chance to win!

Doubles, Triples, Quads

The most obvious way to include more people in your pool game is to simply add players to each side. Whether this is two on two, three on three, four on four or more, the fun comes with the mix of good and bad players all working together.

It might be a simple shot for one person, but it might not be their turn. As such, they'll have to guide their friend into making the play - much to the amusement of the other team.

The hardest part of these game modes is probably just remembering the order as the night gets older!

Three pockets

This game mode is pretty self-explanatory. Each team selects three pockets to sink their solids or stripes. If someone accidentally pots one in the wrong pocket, then it is classed as a scratch and the other team gets a free shot (at the table, not the bar!).

If you want to be mean, you could consider whether the other team has left or right handers and select pockets that make the angles harder for them. The more competitive could also try to block pockets with balls, but this is probably not in the spirit of pool!