Interesting. Do you know of any printed rule set prior to the BBCCo putting it forward as their creation?The oft-repeated error that the introduction of casino balls by the BBC Co in the 20s represents the creation of 8-ball needs to die. The BCA themselves in the brief history in every edition of their rulebook state plainly that it dates from around 1900. The game was already being played with numbered balls decades before the all red and yellow sets came into being.
I am going to be playing in a "senior league" next fall and they play this 8 ball game where the 1 ball and the 15 ball must be made in opposite (predetermined) side pockets. I've never heard of this variation of 8 ball so here are my questions.
Does this game have a name?
Is there somewhere on line or a book where I can learn the stratagies of this game?
I've Googled it and searched here but didn't have much luck.
Interesting. Do you know of any printed rule set prior to the BBCCo putting it forward as their creation?
Edit: The rules of BBC Co pool, which is basically the same as eight ball but with reds and yellows, was in the 1908 BBC Co rulebook (page 117) but was not in the 1905 rulebook which did not go to page 117.
So you were allowed to make the 1 or 15 in any pocket?
Why would you be not just be playing 8-ball?
Until I see something written from prior to 1908 when Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company published the rules for "BBC Co. pool", I'll continue to go with them as the inventor of the game. Admittedly, it had slightly different rules but it was still groups of seven balls and then the black (eight) ball.Unfortunately not handy. ... .
And I'm saying that conclusion ignores that development of games, pool or otherwise, invariably predate publication of rules. Rules aren't published for games no one is playing, they're published to write down that which already exists. The first publication isn't the creation of a game, it the codification. And, in the case of BBC Co, they undertook that codification so they could try to sell more specialized sets, completely glossing over that no such sets are actually needed to play the game. It's marketing, not invention.