Here’s an interesting game that was introduced to me by Mike Fieldhammer. The game is called FARGO, and was developed by Mike Page, founder of the super popular Fargo Billiards & Gastropub. Try this one and see if you enjoy it as much as I do…
Rack all 15 balls and break from anywhere in the kitchen. All balls pocketed on the break are spotted and you start with ball in hand anywhere on the table. There’s no penalty for scratching on the break. This is a call shot game; i.e. call the ball and the pocket. All balls pocketed count as one point. The objective is to play 10 racks (innings) and add up the total number of points made.
But here’s the fun part…
Each inning consists of two parts: (1) a random phase, and (2) a rotation phase. At the beginning of each inning, you place a coin (or other marker) on the table with the heads up, indicating that you are in the “random phase” of shooting. In the “random phase”, each ball pocketed counts as one point, and you can shoot the balls in any order you choose. At any time, you can flip the coin over, indicating that you are entering the “rotation phase”. In the rotation phase, each ball pocketed counts as two points, but you must contact the lowest numbered ball on the table first. Add up the total number of points scored in ten innings and then compare your performance with the ranking chart below.
> 220 Pro
< 60 D