Bar Shuffleboard Rules

Do you need instructions in knowing how to play the game of shuffleboard, whether it’s in a bar or otherwise? Well, Shuffleboard ruleslook no further as I am going to go over how to play the Knockoff version of this game. I, for one am going to educate myself as well by going over the rules in this post since I have not played this game as much as I wanted to. These rules can be applied whether you are playing on a 9-ft, 12-ft, 14-ft, 16-ft, 18-ft, 20-ft, or 22-ft sized tables.

Before I get into the rules, I would like to first mention that the object of the game is to knock your opponent’s puck off the table where it falls to the side (not hitting the floor) or by sliding your pucks past his where it is closest to the other end of the table where it doesn’t fall off. To win the game, the person who gets to 15 points first wins. Now, on to the rules.

The play

Before the start of the game, there would be a coin toss to determine who will shoot his puck first. The game can be played by four people where there are two players on one end of the table who are competing against another set of two people at the opposite end of the table. The team who wins the coin toss has the option of selecting a particular weight called the “puck” that is composed of “color” (red puck) or “hammer” (blue puck). The hammer puck is the heavier of the two and is the most advantageous one as well. And, once the color and hammer pucks have been decided by both teams the game begins.

The team that’s shooting color shoots first and whoever scores 15 points first wins the game. Players will continue to take turns shooting until all pucks are used. At this time, points are counted and the game play continues from the opposite end. The team which scored points on the previous round must shoot first on the next round. If all pucks are knocked off on the preceding round (in which case, no points were scored) than the rules of the hammer changes. In other words, the team that decided to get the hammer after the coin toss during the round where no points were scored must shoot first at the start of the next round. Play continues in this manner until one team reaches 15 points first.


If no team scores in a round, play continues until only one team scores in a round. After one team scores, then the second round begins. The team that has their weight closest to the end of the board scores. All of their pucks that are closest to the end of the board are added together for the score for that round. A weight scores one point when it is located between the #2 line and the foul line.

Pucks completely across the “2” or “3” line would be counted as 2-points or 3-points, respectively. To tell if a puck is completely over the line it should be viewed from above the table. The entire puck must be completely over the line for it to count as the next higher point value. Some part of the wood of the table should be visible between the puck and the line.

If any portion of the puck is hanging over the end of the board (not the side) it is called a “hanger” and counts four (4) points. Close calls can be checked by holding a puck so the bottom of that puck is along the back end of the board. The puck is then slid along the back end of the board. If it hits the “disputed” hanger the puck is indeed hanging and is worth 4 points.

Miscellaneous rules

Before a player shoots, he can dust the board if dry spots are showing if he so pleases. Some players can do this to have an even playing field. An interesting thing to note is that in tournaments, this may be restricted to the edge of the board. Shooters must have one foot behind the playing surface while they are shooting. And, hitting, shaking, or moving the the table about in any way is prohibited and never allowed.  

In conclusion

I have went over the rules of how to play the Knockout version of shuffleboard. I have included a video that you can see how this game is played below. In a future post, I am going to go over other shuffleboard rules such as Horse Collar and Crazy Eight. If you are interested in a shuffleboard table, I have went over one in my previous post that you can check out. If you have any questions/comments/feedback regarding these rules of this version of shuffleboard, please feel free to add them to the comments section, and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!


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    Hello Armand!

    Glanced thru your website and find that bar shuffleboard game is really interesting! To be honest here in my country, I think I have never came across group of people playing this games. Perhaps I will consider on recommendation of this games and and it will add more fun. Thank you for sharing again!


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      Thanks for replying to my post, Ahmad. Yes, I feel that shuffleboard is not being played much by the residents of the USA. Since it’s quite an obscure game to say the least, I thought that I’d share it with the public in hopes that they might be interested in checking this game out. Once again, thank you for commenting on my site, and much appreciation.


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    Very interesting article on playing shuffleboard! I’ve honestly never played this game, although we had this variant with marbles that I used to play when I was a kid. Based on your description it sounds like a lot of games were derived from shuffleboard (like curling). If I may ask, how many variations of gameplay are there?


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      Hi Raphy and thanks for commenting on my site. I know that shuffleboard games are quite a rarity and most parts of the world including my country of the USA. I never knew that games were derived from shuffleboard like using marbles and curling. The many variations of gameplay of shuffleboard can vary from country to country. For instance, the most popular ones here in the USA are Horse Collar and Crazy Eight. Other countries may have rules that are slightly different. I’ve read on Wikipedia that Canada has a certain rule where two players play to 21 points (2 vs. 2) instead of 15 points to win the game.

      I hope I answered your question right. If you want me to go over them in a post I can. Send a reply and I’ll make it happen.


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        greetings and salutations…we play in a mixed shuffle board league up here in eagle river,wi at one of the local bars and I have a quick question regarding their scoring ….. understandably a hanger is 4 or 5 points depending on the table but have you ever heard of adding an extra point to all the other scoring pucks if there is a hanger ? last nite a team had 2 hangers and a 1 and the captain awarded them 15 points ..I thought it should have been 11 … what r your thoughts ? thanks

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          Hi Garry! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on this post. To answer your question, there can be players and establishments can make their own rules when it comes to playing on a shuffleboard of any size. But, 4 or 5 points on a hanger is the standard. I hope I have answered your question. Feel free to stop by anytime, and I’ll help you out as best I can. See you around. Cheers!

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