Bumper Pool Tables

By: Michiel Van Kets


Bumper pool is a game played by two people or 4. If 4 people are playing they get into teams of 2 and take turns. Bumper pool rules may vary depending on where and who you play.

Basic bumper pool rules start with arranging the balls. The game has 10 balls (5 for each player or team), 5 red and 5 white. Each set of red and white balls have a marked ball which is called the cue ball. The bumper pool table has pockets on each end and bumper pads around the center.

The bumper pool table is set by placing 2 balls on each side of the pocket and putting the cue ball directly in front of it. Both players shoot the cue ball simultaneously by hitting the side rails and trying to get their ball close to or inside the pocket at the other end of the bumper pool table. The player or team who gets the closest or sinks their cue ball first gets the next shot, following the same procedure above for the cue ball. The other player has to continue trying to get their cue ball in before moving on.

If both players get their cue balls in the pocket at the same time on the 1st try, they will follow the same procedure with an unmarked ball as they did with the cue ball. If a player hits in another ball before their cue ball, the opponent may remove two of their own balls and drop them in their own pocket.

If a player makes a ball leave the bumper pool table, the opponent can place the ball anywhere they want on the table and depending on the house rules may be able to remove two of their own balls and place them in their own pocket. A player can help a player get closer to winning the game if they shot their own ball into their opponents pocket or jump balls or bumpers giving the opponent a chance to remove two of their balls and place them in their pocket. However, if a player knocks his opponent’s ball into his opponent’s pocket, no penalty is given. The first player to get rid of all their balls wins the game.

Bumper pool tables are similar to ordinary pool tables except they have two pockets instead of six and they have bumpers toward the middle of the table. Many people consider bumper pool to be more challenging because the bumpers can alter the direction and location of where you want the ball to go. The average table has 4 bumpers but it can also have 14 or 16. The pockets have 2 bumpers surrounding each and the other bumpers only leave enough room for the ball to get between.

Bumper pool is definitely a game that can be played and enjoyed by everyone, young and old. It provides a challenge and endless hours of entertainment. It is a must have for game night. Many online merchants offer great deals on them also.

Many combination game tables come in 3 in 1 styles. Some are used for playing poker, bumper pool and dining. Others have air hockey, foosball, ping pong, table tennis, soccer, billiards, glide hockey and bowling. Some table top combination game tables have checkers, chess, shuffle board, cribbage, dice football, dominos, nine men morse, tic tac toe, solitaire; playing cards.

One of the most popular combination game table sets among kids is the air hokey and foos ball. The games can be found for as low as $200.00 or cheaper. They come in many styles, colors and sizes. Some of the top brands include Bonzini, Deutscher Meister, Dynamo, Futbolin, Garlando, Goodtime novelty, Great American, Harvard, Tornado; Tournament Soccer. No matter if you are a child or adult, there are many combination game tables available to suit what you are looking for, from air hokey to bumper pool.

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Michiel Van Kets provides article services for Sam Kakitani who works for Bumper Pool Tables, a company offering all of the fun and competitiveness of full size pool tables while using just half the space. For info on a 3 in 1 bumper pool table, a combination bumper pool table and bumper pool rules please visit the website.

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